Compact offroader has a robust character and represents one hell of a bargain

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Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is a no-nonsense machine that wears its bargain price tag like a badge of honour. And we can’t help liking it for that.

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28 April 2010

Its completely Fab and i want one right now, why do we have to wait until 2012?

28 April 2010

I have to say this looks bang on. Given the expected price tag etc. a total bargain...... Have Renault out Skodered Skoda?

28 April 2010

I had the chance to test drive the 1.6i Duster recently here in Germany. I must say I was impressed. Great looks, very good levels of comfort and lots of space. Prices here start at 11.900,- € (about 10.300,- in pounds) with very basic levels of equipment. But a decent pertol Duster with a/c, stereo, electric windows, remote central locking, leather seats and alloy wheels costs 14.400,- € (about 12.500,- in pounds) . A real bargain! 4-wheel drive is optional at 1.800,- € (about 1.500,- in pounds) The 110 HP Diesel is 2.000,- € more (about 1.700,- in pounds) Yes, noise levels are slightly higher and there are no fashionable soft touch plastics, but who cares... Sales of the Duster started on april 17th here and there is already a wait list until the end of the year for certain versions... I'm not surprised!

28 April 2010

I was going to comment on would it compare to a Fiat Sedici, but I notice Fiat UK have stopped selling them - I think I've only ever seen 1 on the road. But I guess the comparison still works with its sister the Suzuki SX4 that starts at £11750.

28 April 2010

If that comes into the UK at around £11k I'll eat my own earwax.

And we all know how horrible that tastes - right, kids?

Copyright Rick in The Young Ones

18 June 2012

Straff wrote:

If that comes into the UK at around £11k I'll eat my own earwax.

And we all know how horrible that tastes - right, kids?

Copyright Rick in The Young Ones

You had better get eating as I have just come back from the Duster drive and evaluation and it will definately be starting at sub £10k!

4 July 2012

Get a big spoon full as it starts at sub 9k Smile

28 April 2010

Will it carry a family of 4/5, a dog and camping stuff if needed? - Yes

Does it look half decent? - Undeniably yes

Would you rather have one than a second/third hand Astra Estate? - Most probably

Does it go as well as a Golf and have soft plastics? - Does it matter? Most prob not.

Will it sell in UK? - Yes certainly at the sort of prices quoted.

Audi A3 2.0TDi S-Line / Subaru Legacy Tourer

28 April 2010

Sounds like it might be good enough off-road to replace the legions of ancient SJ's and Vitara's treading the rough-stuff!

28 April 2010

Did you know that in 1Q of 2010 Dacia Sandero was 5th best-selling car in France? In March alone it even came second (if you count new-shape and old-shape Clios separately)!

Although I quite like the Duster and its appearance on the market is quite refreshing, I must say it qualifies as a bargain only if you can accept poorly-equipped versions. I made a quick comparison with Kia Soul CRDi with 1.6, 128 PS diesel engine, 6 airbags, ESP, aircon, 16-inch alloys, USB/MP3 radio with wheel-mounted controls, 4 electric windows (...) and if you tried to spec the Duster to this level you'd end up with a much pricier and slower car. And the Soul is an surprisingly large inside. A

Admittedly, the Dacia has a 4x4 option, which is a strong argument in its favour.

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