The new Dacia Duster goes on sale next week, priced from £9995 for the entry-level Access version — a price increase of £500 over the previous entry-level Duster.
As before, the car gets four trim levels: Access, Essential, Comfort and Prestige. Coming as standard across the range are LED daytime running lights, height-adjustable front headrests and seatbelts, a stop-start system and automatic emergency braking. Access gets steel wheels and wind-down rear windows, however.
Essential trim upgrades the steel wheels to a different design, along with painted bumpers, air-con, a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity for £11,595, while Comfort, at £13,195, adds all-round electric windows, alloy wheels, electric adjustment for the mirrors, a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, a rear camera and parking sensors. Top-of-the-range Prestige (£14,395) adds diamond-cut alloy wheels, a multi-view camera, keyless entry, climate control, keyless entry and blindspot monitoring. This version is £680 more expensive than the entry-level Ford Fiesta.
Access trim is only available with the 113bhp and 115lb ft 1.6-litre SCe petrol engine with front-wheel drive; this achieves 43.5mpg and has CO2 emissions of 149g/km. All other trims can choose the petrol engine in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (the latter with 40.7mpg and 158g/km CO2), or a 113bhp and 192lb ft diesel engine in two-wheel drive (which records 64.2mpg and 115g/km). There's no automatic transmission. The 0-62mph sprint takes between 10.5sec and 12.9sec, with four-wheel-drive versions being the slowest, while top speed is 105mph for all four-wheel-drive models, 107mph for two-wheel-drive petrols and 111mph for the diesels.
Diesel-engined and four-wheel-drive petrol models carry a £2000 premium over two-wheel-drive petrols. Meanwhile, each trim is priced £2000 above the trim below, except Prestige, which is £1000 more than Comfort. Metallic paint remains a £495 option, while leather upholstery costs £500.