While Duster prices may start at under £10,000, you’d have to be a fairly committed sort to opt for that entry-level Access model. This variant comes without air-con or a radio, although it has been upgraded with electric front windows as standard.

The one-up Essential trim, which adds air-con, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, looks less like an austerity special and still has an appealing £11,595 price.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
Residuals are good but not stellar, at 53% after 36,000 miles, but it doesn’t depreciate quite as sharply as its rivals

Our pick of the range, though, would be the Comfort. Here, you get a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, as well as smarter-looking satin-chrome front and rear bumpers, cruise control, electric rear windows, and a rear parking camera and sensors. It does command a £3200 premium over the entry-level model but, in the grand scheme of things, £13,195 is still buttons when you consider how much car you’re getting for the money.

In terms of depreciation, the Duster performs well. Our experts predict that our test-specification model will retain 53% of its value over 36,000 miles and three years. Pricier rivals such as the Suzuki Vitara and Ssangyong Tivoli are forecast to do much worse.

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