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Parkers overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 4.7

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.7 - 9.0 mpp
Diesel engines 8.2 - 10.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 33.2 - 52.3 mpg
Diesel engines 48.7 - 60.1 mpg
  • Extremely low cash and PCP finance costs
  • Strong diesel fuel economy, petrol mediocre
  • Essential and Comfort trim make most sense

Dacia Duster running costs might not be the lowest, but take into account the very low cash prices and finance costs and this must be one of – if not the – cheapest car in the class to access and run.

With a claimed fuel economy figure of 64.2mpg, the two-wheel drive 1.5-litre diesel is by far the most economical option at launch, followed by the 43.5mpg two-wheel drive 1.6-litre petrol. However, the diesel’s fuel savings are offset by a huge £2,000 price premium and lower residual values – seen in similarly inflated PCP finance costs.

This means, that a driver covering 30,000 miles over three years is likely to be around £800 better off by choosing the petrol if you combine fuel and PCP finance costs. As a result, all bar the highest-mileage drivers or those who want a machine with greater low-down punch for towing or off-roading would be better-suited by a petrol model.

A 130hp turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol is expected to arrive at the start of 2019 and this should provide an improved blend of performance, fuel economy and low prices.

Dacia also offers one to four-year servicing packs (one service per year), which should keep maintenance costs down.

Off-roader emissions are typically higher than equivalent hatchbacks, due to their additional weight, fuel-sapping four-wheel drive kit and bluff aerodynamics and that goes some way to explaining the Duster’s high emissions.

The lowest CO2 emissions come from the 115g/km two-wheel drive 1.5-litre diesel, while the four-wheel drive 1.6-litre petrol kicks out a substantial 158g/km according to official figures.

The upcoming turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol should offer improved emissions and performance over the current 1.6-litre model.

  • Dacia recycles Renault engines and kit
  • Basic Duster has only experienced one recall
  • Mostly proven tech used in Duster

Despite parent company Renault not having the best reputation for durability, the previous-generation Dacia Duster proved to be reliable.

With little to go wrong on the Duster and much of the kit proven in older Renaults there should be little to worry about here.

The second-generation Duster gains a lot of new tech such as keyless entry, automatic headlights and climate control – all new to the Dacia range – though as this isn’t cutting edge kit, we don’t anticipate too many problems.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145
Insurance group 9 - 15
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