If this car cost anything like as much its key rivals, we might easily knock a couple of stars off the Duster’s interior rating for the sheer quantity of hard plastic mouldings you’ll find inside it.
However, as with nearly every aspect of the Duster, the need to remind yourself that you’re dealing with what we might reasonably consider to be the UK’s cheapest family car is ever present. After all, you don’t make a viable business proposition for the £13,195 price tag for our Comfort-spec model by throwing leather, wood veneer and brushed aluminium at its every cabin surface.
Viewed through the ‘shockingly affordable’ lens that Dacia attaches to its marketing bumf, there’s very little to bemoan with regards to the Duster’s cabin. Sure, the plastics aren’t inviting to the touch and, yes, a lot of the switchgear looks plain and some of it feels a little flimsy. But the sculpted shape of the car’s dashboard actually breaks up its surface area quite cleverly and it looks fairly attractive in places, and it doesn’t reflect the sun too much either.
Despite the Duster being pitched as a bargain-basement SUV, you can nevertheless get one with a fairly modern-looking touchscreen infotainment system. Graphically, it’s a pretty rudimentary system — the navigation mapping reminding you more of a third-party add-on solution — but it’s surprisingly responsive and works fine.