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Parkers overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 4.7
  • Only scores three stars in European crash test
  • New test more stringent than previous versions
  • Duster marked down for lack of crash-avoidance kit

Dacia Duster safety is a story of two halves; the Duster comes with ABS, stability control, front and side airbags and blind-spot detectors – that flag if there any cars alongside you hidden in the blind-spot. However, it lacks kit that is standard on pricier rivals, such as AEB – automatic emergency braking – which dramatically limits its crash test rating.

As a result, the Duster only gets a three-star Euro NCAP crash test rating compared with five stars for the smaller Hyundai Kona, though the closely related Kia Stonic only scored three, as did the budget-focused MG ZS.

This means that the Duster lags behind pricier models that do a better job of preventing being involved in a crash in the first place. However, even if you ignore the clever crash-avoidance kit, the Dacia does a notably worse job of protecting adults in the front and children in the rear than the smaller SEAT Arona and Hyundai Kona/Kia Stonic.

While the Duster is not unsafe, several of these alternatives could keep you out of trouble in the first place and keep you better protected if you do have a crash.  

How many Isofix child seats can I fit in a Dacia Duster SUV?

Isofix child seats can be fitted onto the Duster’s outer rear seats, though if you want to fit any more child seats, you will have to use another mounting system to secure them in place.

WATCH: Dacia Duster SUV Euro NCAP crash test

  • Tonnes of space for the price
  • Lots of boot room, though a little narrow
  • Enough room in the rear for three adults

Five people should be able to fit in the Dacia Duster without too much trouble, though larger adults won’t be too happy in the middle of the Duster’s rear bench on longer journeys. Kneeroom for rear passengers can be a little tight as well, if those in the front have the seat moved all the way back.

Boot space on the other hand, is good for the size of car, so you shouldn’t often have luggage overflowing from the boot into the cabin.

Despite its SUV billing, the Duster feels relatively small and easy to manoeuvre. The high driving position gives a good view of the road ahead and the rear visibility is better than it looks from the wide rear pillars and small windows.

As a result, if you go for a Duster with a reversing camera and/or parking sensors, you shouldn’t have many issues parking.

The boot is long but relatively narrow and has a bit of a lip to lift luggage over, making loading a little trickier than it could be.

Meanwhile, the rear seats don’t fold flat either. This means that if you hope to slide large and heavy loads all the way into the boot and onto the seat backs, you’ll have to use some muscle to lift them over the large bump made by the base of the seatback.

Go for a four-wheel drive Duster and boot space tumbles from 445 litres to 411 with the rear seats in place. If a spare wheel is fitted that falls further to 376 litres. In terms of absolute volume for Dusters fitted with four-wheel drive that stands at 1,559 litres if a spare is fitted and 1,614 litres without.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Dacia Duster SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Steel wheels

Access equipment

Access standard equipment
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels
Access optional equipment
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator

Comfort equipment

Comfort standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Comfort optional equipment
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator

Essential equipment

Essential standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels
Essential optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Prestige optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator

Techroad equipment

Techroad standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Techroad optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Dacia Duster SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 71%
Child Occupant: 66%
Pedestrian: 56%
Safety Assist: 37%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.