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Dacia DUSTER ESTATE 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr

Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
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Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.3 TCe 130 Prestige 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG47.00
  • 0-62mph11.1 secs
  • Top Speed118 mph
  • C02139 g/km
  • BHP130
  • Torque177 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

Review

A new car for the price of a second hand one is always a tempting prospect and when it's as smartly styled and capable as Dacia's Duster, the concept becomes particularly appealing. Undercutting rival models in the small SUV segment by an enormous amount, this Romanian budget brand uses proven Renault engineering to create a very likeable product that could prove ideal as back-up family transport. This second generation version gets more technology and a bit of extra polish, otherwise, the basic recipe's pretty much unchanged. Dig down the back of the sofa for some money and join the queue to try one.

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The second generation Dacia Duster continues to offer a trendy compact 5-door SUV Crossover for supermini money. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Background

The original Duster SUV was the car that really built the Dacia brand. Launched in 2009, it was far better than any model in this class had a right to be for less than £10,000 but it did have a few rough edges - enough to keep some buyers in the compact SUV segment loyal to more established brands. You always felt that if this Renault-owner manufacturer could add a bit of extra quality, technology and polish to this value-orientated recipe, then it would be well set. We're told that this is exactly what's happened in creation of this second generation model. There are now features that Dacia buyers won't be used to - things like climate control, curtain airbags, blindspot warning, keyless entry and much more. And it's all been put together with a bit more love. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

Cut back on cost and you also cut back on expectations. Admit it - you didn't think the Duster was going to be any good at all to drive. It may well come as quite a surprise then, to learn that the market consensus in Europe, where this car has been a huge sales success, is that this Dacia has the sort of ride/handling compromise that would shame rivals many thousands of pounds more expensive. Engine-wise, first up is the 0.9-litre Tce 100hp unit familiar from other compact Renault and Dacia models. It's a decent choice, far more efficient than the old Sce 75 unit and offering a lot more pulling power. There's also a more modern 1.3-litre Tce turbo petrol unit, available with either 130 or 150hp. If you need more torque, you'll be directed towards the 1.5-litre Blue dCi 115hp diesel. The Tce 150 and Blue dCi diesel units can be ordered mated to 4WD. The 4x4 set-up is the same Nissan-engineered three-mode system as was in the previous model, selectable via a rotary controller in front of the gear stick. Most of the time you'll be in '2WD', but in wet or icy conditions, there's the peace of mind of being able to switch seamlessly to 'Auto' so that extra traction will automatically cut in when necessary. For mud-plugging meanwhile, you'll want to keep all wheels turning permanently by switching to the 'Lock' setting.

Design and Build

Though this second generation Duster model looks familiar, Dacia says that not one body panel has been carried over from the previous generation car. A redesigned bonnet flows into a more distinctive grille extending to the head lights that makes the car look wider. This is flanked by a more distinctive lighting signature that includes LED daytime running lamps. A larger, mass-coloured, scratch-resistant front skid plate reinforces Duster's adventurer credentials. A higher belt line adds to the impression of robustness and protection while the windscreen has been brought forward 100mm and is more steeply raked, which makes the cabin appear more spacious. Ah yes, the cabin. That's been redesigned too. The smarter centre console accommodates a higher-positioned MediaNav multimedia touchscreen display viewed from more supportive seats. The window glass is thicker for greater refinement and there's extra cabin storage too. Of course, if you look for them, there are signs of cost-cutting, but everything's been decently put together and the boot's a decent size, offering 445 litres for the 2WD version and 376 litres for the 4WD variant. That's the same as the old model. As for rear seat accommodation, well, there's actually more space here than you'd find in most compact 4x4s, with reasonable levels of head, leg and shoulder room for two and, on shorter journeys, even for three.

Market and Model

While the thought of owning a trendy compact SUV/Crossover-style model for less than £10,000 might be the thing that gets people into Dacia showrooms, the car that satisfied prospective buyers end up driving out of them will probably require a very differently-sized cheque. Still one though, that'll offer a considerable saving on comparable models from other brands. Dacia's ethos is to keep things simple and no-nonsense - so the line-up is no different. There are five trim levels to choose from; 'Access', 'Essential', 'Comfort', 'Prestige' and 'Techroad'. 'Access trim', available from £10,995, features 16-inch steel wheels, electric front windows - and not a lot else. You'll probably want at least to find the £1,500 premium for 'Essential' trim, which adds 16-inch 'Fidji' steel wheels, body coloured front and rear bumpers, manual air conditioning, a DAB radio with steering-column mounted controls and Bluetooth connectivity. 'Comfort' spec adds 16-inch 'Cyclade' alloy wheels, a front-seat armrest, a leather steering wheel, a rear parking camera and sensors, electric rear windows, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, MediaNav 7" touchscreen multimedia system with navigation and an on-board computer. The 'Prestige' version gives you 17-inch 'Diamond-cut' alloy wheels, a multi-view camera, blind spot warning, climate control and keyless entry.

Cost of Ownership

You'll find the Duster not only inexpensive to buy but similarly cheap to keep on the road. The base TCe 100 petrol model manages up to 52.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and 124g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. For the TCe 130 and TCe 150 4x2 variants, the figures are 47.0mpg and 137g/km. For the TCe 150 4x4, it's 44.4mpg and 145g/km. For the Blue dCi 4x2, it's 64mpg and 115g/km. And for the Blue dCi 115 4x4, it's 62.5mpg and 123g/km. As for peace of mind, well Dacia has chosen to cock a snook at the Koreans by - and I quote - 'deciding not to force buyers into paying a premium for a longer warranty they might not want'. You may disagree, but at least if you do, you've the option of extending the standard 3 year/60,000 mile cover with an affordably-priced five or seven year policy.

Summary

The afforable Dacia Duster SUV is a freshing change to the way that new cars are often a lot more expensive than perhaps they need to be, especially in fashionable market sectors like those for Crossover 4x4s. It's a trend manufacturers try and justify with high technology that's certainly very impressive but which many buyers neither appreciate nor really want. These are the people being targeted here by what continues to be a very clever package indeed, one that gives you almost everything you need - and nothing you don't. The things it can't offer - cutting edge handling, hi-tech equipment levels and a soft-touch trendy cabin - become irrelevant when you consider the asking price. A figure that in 4x4 models buys you off road ability that betters that of some rivals costing nearly twice as much. And in whatever guise you choose, you'll find a Duster smartly styled, practically finished and affordable to run. Enough to make it a better bet than a late, low mileage second hand Crossover/4x4 rival? Many will think so.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
3 speed windscreen wipers
Black side sills
Body coloured door handles
Body coloured front and rear bumpers
Chrome front grille
Dark metal door mirrors in grey
Dark tinted windows
Daytime running lights
Double optic headlights
Electric adjustable/heated door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Front door sill protection strip
Front fog lights
Heated rear window
High level third rear brake light
Rear wash/wipe
Satin chrome front and rear skid plates
Satin chrome longitudinal roof bars
Tailgate trim with satin chrome Duster inscription in black background
Interior Features
Graphite cloth upholstery
3 rear height adjustable headrests
4 speed heating and ventilation with air recirculation
60/40 split folding rear seat
Boot light
Climate control
Driver seat lumbar adjustment
Fabric decorative insert on door panels
Front passenger reading light
Front seat armrests
Front under seat storage
Gear shift indicator
Glovebox light
Height adjustable driver seat
Height adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable steering wheel
Isofix points for child seats in both outer rear seats
Map pocket on front seat backs
Passenger sunvisor with vanity mirror
Rear passenger reading light
Satin chrome gear lever cap insert
Satin chrome interior door handles
Satin chrome lower steering wheel insert
Soft feel steering wheel
Wheels
Tyre inflation kit
17" Diamond cut alloy wheels
Driver Convenience
Blind spot monitoring
Bluetooth connectivity
Cruise control
Dusk sensor
Eco mode
Electric power assisted steering
MediaNav Evolution 7" touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation with Apple car play and Android auto
Multi view camera
On board computer, odometer, trip computer, average fuel consumption, average speed, service indicator, outside temperature gauge
Rear parking camera
Rear parking sensors
Rev counter
Speed limiter
Stop/start system
Entertainment
4x 20W FM/AM/DAB tuner with steering column mounted fingertip controls
Aux-in socket
USB connection for MP3 players
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS and Emergency brake assist
ASR traction control with Electronic stability control
Child locks on rear doors
Door open warning
Driver airbag
Driver and passenger seatbelt not fastened - visual and audible warning
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Keyless entry
Remote central locking
Thatcham approved engine immobiliser
Trim
Dark carbon central console surround
Matt black central console fasia
Piano black decorative insert on door panels
Satin chrome air vent surround
Satin chrome instrument dial surrounds
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 139
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1333
Compression Ratio 10:5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 81.2
Engine Code MFM TL4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 47
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 54
EC Urban (mpg) 38.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 41.5
General
Badge Engine CC 1.3
Badge Power 130
Coin Description TCe
Coin Series Prestige
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 14E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11.1
Engine Power - BHP 130
Engine Power - KW 96
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 177
Engine Torque - MKG 24.5
Engine Torque - NM 240
Engine Torque - RPM 1600
Top Speed 118
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/60 R17
Tyre Size Rear 215/60 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style DIAMOND CUT
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1633
Height (including roof rails) 1693
Length 4341
Wheelbase 2674
Width 1804
Width (including mirrors) 2052
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1762
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1623
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 478
Max. Loading Weight 528
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 650
Minimum Kerbweight 1234
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.14

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Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £297.99 p/m £13.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £310.99 p/m £44.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £320.99 p/m £63.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £241.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £258.99 p/m £48.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £271.99 p/m £81.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £213.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £226.99 p/m £59.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £238.99 p/m £99.99 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £324.92 p/m £9.59 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £356.99 p/m £16.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £339.52 p/m £9.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £354.12 p/m £19.20 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £372.99 p/m £53.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £368.72 p/m £38.39 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £381.88 p/m £43.20 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £383.99 p/m £76.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £395.03 p/m £56.39 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £287.02 p/m £16.80 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £289.99 p/m £30.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £294.25 p/m £24.00 p/m
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36 months 20,000 miles p/a £309.99 p/m £58.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £315.36 p/m £50.41 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £326.35 p/m £74.40 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £326.99 p/m £97.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £336.61 p/m £88.80 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £251.72 p/m £19.20 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £255.99 p/m £39.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £257.86 p/m £28.80 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £267.11 p/m £42.00 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £272.99 p/m £71.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £277.34 p/m £63.60 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £286.55 p/m £81.60 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £286.99 p/m £119.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £291.92 p/m £104.40 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Western European map upgrade £90.00
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £495.00
Interior Features
Leather upholstery £500.00
Paintwork
ID Metallic - Desert orange £495.00
Metallic - Cosmos blue £495.00
Metallic - Dune Beige £495.00
Metallic - Mink £495.00
Metallic - Pearl black £495.00
Metallic - Slate grey £495.00
Solid - Glacier white FOC
Trim
Graphite cloth - Black FOC
Leather - Black £500.00
Wheels
Full size emergency spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated