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Dacia DUSTER ESTATE 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr

Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
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Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr
Dacia DUSTER 1.0 TCe 100 Access 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG52.30
  • 0-62mph12.5 secs
  • Top Speed107 mph
  • C02120 g/km
  • BHP100
  • Torque118 lbs/f
  • P11D30%

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. There's also a 1.0-litre petrol turbo Bi-Fuel LPG engine option. 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 £11,500 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', 'SE Twenty' and 'Prestige'. 'Access trim', available from just over £11,000, 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. Let's get to the WLTP-rated figures. The base TCe 100 petrol model manages up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle and 138g/km of CO2. For the TCe 130 and TCe 150 4x2 variants, the figures are 42.8mpg and 149g/km. For the TCe 150 4x4, it's 39.2mpg and 162g/km. For the Blue dCi 4x2, it's 57.7mpg and 128g/km. And for the Blue dCi 115 4x4, it's 51.3mpg and 145g/km. All Dacia models can now also be ordered in LPG form, badged 'Tce 100 Bi-Fuel', featuring a 1.0-litre turbocharged dual-fuel powertrain combining petrol and LPG capabilities. 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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Driver Convenience
Dusk sensor
Eco mode
Electric power assisted steering
On board computer, odometer, trip computer, average fuel consumption, average speed, service indicator, outside temperature gauge
Rev counter
Speed limiter
Stop/start system
Entertainment
Pre-wiring for accessory-fit radio and speaker system
Exterior Features
3 speed windscreen wipers
Black door handles
Black door mirrors
Black longitudinal roof bars
Black number plate surround
Black side sills
Black/satin chrome tailgate trim with Duster inscription in black background and lettering
Body coloured front and rear upper section bumpers
Chrome front grille
Daytime running lights
Double optic headlights
Electric front windows
Front and rear black lower section bumpers
Heated rear window
High level third rear brake light
LED automatically switched on - In main headlights
Manual rear windows
Manually adjustable door mirrors
Matt black front door handles
Matt black rear door handles
Rear wash/wipe
Solid paint
Tinted windows
Interior Features
3 rear height adjustable headrests
4 speed heating and ventilation with air recirculation
Bainite cloth upholstery
Boot light
Gear shift indicator
Height adjustable front headrests
Isofix points for child seats in both outer rear seats
One-piece folding rear bench seat
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS and Emergency brake assist
ASR traction control with Electronic stability control
Child locks on rear doors
Door open visual and audible 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
Remote central locking
Thatcham approved engine immobiliser
Trim
Black air vent surround
Black instrument dial surrounds
Matt black central console fascia
Matt black central console surround
Wheels
16" steel wheels
Tyre inflation kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 120
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 141
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 138
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 999
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 81.34
Engine Code HR10DET
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 52.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 58.5
EC Urban (mpg) 43.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 51.4
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 1.0
Badge Power 100
Coin Description TCe
Coin Series Access
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 10E
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) 12.5
Engine Power - BHP 100
Engine Power - KW 74
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 118
Engine Torque - MKG 16.3
Engine Torque - NM 160
Engine Torque - RPM 2750
Top Speed 107
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? No
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 215/65 R16
Tyre Size Rear 215/65 R16
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 16" STEEL
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 1725
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1623
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 445
Max. Loading Weight 534
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1400
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 630
Minimum Kerbweight 1191
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.72

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £167.51 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £171.72 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £175.91 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £185.30 p/m £23.67 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £190.81 p/m £38.03 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £198.48 p/m £50.29 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £205.22 p/m £52.68 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £148.23 p/m £15.23 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £151.05 p/m £19.88 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £153.88 p/m £24.54 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £161.05 p/m £30.95 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £167.96 p/m £39.48 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £174.83 p/m £51.62 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £179.77 p/m £69.86 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £133.77 p/m £19.42 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £136.53 p/m £22.98 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £139.28 p/m £26.55 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £146.22 p/m £32.51 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £153.12 p/m £54.45 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £158.25 p/m £59.68 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £162.35 p/m £85.65 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £201.01 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £206.06 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £211.09 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £222.36 p/m £28.40 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £228.98 p/m £45.64 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £238.17 p/m £60.35 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £246.26 p/m £63.22 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £177.87 p/m £18.27 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £181.27 p/m £23.86 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £184.66 p/m £29.45 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £193.26 p/m £37.14 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £201.55 p/m £47.38 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £209.79 p/m £61.95 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £215.72 p/m £83.83 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £160.53 p/m £23.30 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £163.83 p/m £27.58 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £167.14 p/m £31.86 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £175.46 p/m £39.01 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £183.75 p/m £65.34 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £189.89 p/m £71.62 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £194.82 p/m £102.78 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Paintwork
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Trim
Bainite cloth - Black FOC
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