Dacia Duster (2012–2018)

Model History

December 2009

Dacia Duster launched

Launch of tough, reliable, easy-to-use 4x4, aimed at motorists looking for an everyday car with real off-road ability that is economical both to buy and run. 4,310mm long x 1,820mm wide x 1,630mm high.

Available with a choice of economical engines with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The 4x2 diesel versions of Dacia Duster emits less than 140g CO2/km, making them eligible for the Dacia eco² signature, while the 4x4 diesel versions will emit less than 150g CO2/km.

Both 4x2 and 4x4 versions of Dacia Duster are available with either a 1.6 16V 110hp petrol engine, or 1.5 litre 85hp or 105hp dCi diesel power. All familiar Renault engines. dCi diesel versions emitting less than 140g of CO2/km in 4x2 form (qualifying Duster for the Dacia eco² signature) and less than 150g of CO2/km in 4x4 versions.

June 2012

UK pricing details announced

By limiting the number of options and colour palette choices available on its cars and vans, the brand can reduce production line complexity, thereby passing the savings onto its customers through lower list prices. Duster is no exception. In the UK, this leads to an easy-to-fathom options list incorporating simply two items, ASR traction control and ESC on diesel-engined versions for £350, and metallic paint. All trim levels have non-metallic white as standard. The choice of four metallic paint finishes on Ambiance and Laureate are Argentum Silver, Caspian Blue, Granite Grey and Mariana Blue, priced at £470 including VAT.

The first pack, Adventurer, includes door sill protective mouldings and front and rear wheel arch protectors, at £445 including VAT. The second, Styling, costs £655 and brings daytime running lights and chrome for the side and front bars and exhaust tailpipe. The penultimate, Protection, as befitting its name and undoubtedly a boon for city dwellers, pet owners or the odd mud-plugging adventure, offers an alarm, rear parking sensors, tailgate protection, bootliner and front and rear mudguards at £575. The last, Touring, costs £555 and should prove ideal for outdoor types, boasting a towbar and transversal roof bars, plus a front centre armrest for increased comfort on the longer journey.

Trim level Version Insurance Group OTR Price
Access 1.6 105 4x2 7P £8,995
1.6 105 4x4 7P £10,995
Ambiance 1.5 dCi 110 4x2 10P £11,495
1.5 dCi 110 4x4 10P £13,495
Laureate 1.5 dCi 110 4x2 10P £12,995
1.5 dCi 110 4x4 10P £14,995

The Duster is available with a choice of two Renault Group engines, the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.5 dCi. The former gives fuel economy of 39.8 mpg (35.5 in 4x4) and CO2 emissions of 165g/km (185g/km 4x4).

Renault Group’s best-selling diesel engine, the 1.5 dCi 110, is put to effective use in Duster, particularly given the car’s sub-1,300kg kerbweight. Giving the best CO2 performance in the range, in 4x2 models it offers 130g/km, as well 137g/km in 4x4, together with 56.5 mpg (53.3 in 4x4).

All new Dacias come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty (whichever is reached sooner). Rather than forcing buyers to pay a premium for a longer warranty they might not want, the new brand will be giving customers the option to extend their warranty to a five- (60,000 miles), or seven-year (100,000 miles) policy, for £395 or £850, including VAT.

January 2013

Access model spec changes

Change to Access models giving them white painted bumpers instead of grey bumpers.

February 2013

UK warranty details

Three-year 60k mile warranty standard. 5 year/60k mile warranty costs £395; 7 year/100k warranty costs £850.

July 2013

Black edition goes on sale

Dacia Duster Black Edition launched in just two wheel drive but at a price of £17,575, which is £4,600 more than the 4x2 Laureate it is based on. Extras include a "striking brushed black vinyl wrap finish, luxurious ash leather interior, hi-tech Kenwood media system and stylish 18” alloy wheels. The media system includes a 6” high resolution screen, Garmin satellite navigation with TMC traffic information, DAB, Bluetooth with hands-free calling, ipod connectivity, DVD playback and rear USB connection."

September 2013

LHD market facelift details

The Dacia Duster, for European left hand drive markets, has been upgraded to underline its go-anywhere style, while the interior has been completely redesigned with a new dashboard and new upholsteries. The new Dacia Duster features more equipment and better value for the same price, with the following new equipment and features: Dacia Media Nav, cruise control/speed limiter, rear park assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) fitted as standard on Euro 5 versions, even higher quality, new styling, and improved modularity. The new TCe 125 petrol engine significantly reduces the fuel consumption andemissions with 140g/km

November 2013

Dacia launches Pack

Aimed at farmers allowing any Yamaha Grizzly quad bike to be teamed with a trailer and towbar, fitted to the Duster, from £5,400 including VAT. Best-selling Pack combination expected to be mid-range Duster Ambiance dCi 110 4x4 (£13,695) with entry-level Grizzly 350 AWD, costing £21,495 on-the-road. Cheapest combination is Duster Access 4x4 at £11,095 with the same AWD quad bike ATV Pack for £18,895. Specifying the Grizzly 125 2WD costs only £16,495.

February 2014

Extended warranties of up to 5 and up to 7 years and fixed price service packages now offered online to existing Dacia owners whose cars are less than 12 months old. Prices are the same as if they took the packages on purchase: 5 year/60k mile warranty (whichever comes first) £395; 7 year/100k mile warranty (whichever comes first £850; 3 year/36k mile service plan £489. All are transferable to the new owner on sale of the car.

September 2014

Updated Duster launched

Model range continues to be two and four-wheel-drive models based on three trim levels and two engines. Entry-level Access powered by 105PS 1.6-litre 16-valve petrol engine, while mid-range Ambiance and top-grade Lauréate versions have 107PS (109PS on 4x4 versions) 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel power unit. Prices start at less than £9,500 for the two-wheel-drive Access model and under £11,500 for the four-wheel-drive version.

New for 2015 is a more stylish chrome front grille made up of two layers of four small intakes surrounding the Dacia logo. All versions now have ‘Duster’ branded roof bars – chromed on Lauréate models. At the rear, a black tailgate trim with ‘Duster’ branding sits above the number plate. Lauréate versions have smart new Tyrol 16-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and dark metal door mirror casings. Five new metallic colours – Mercury, Khaki, Pearl Black, Slate Grey and Cinnamon – replace the previous choices as alternatives to solid Glacier White on the Ambiance and Lauréate.

There is new upholstery and seats for every model. Access versions are finished in Hassium cloth, Ambiance in Osmium cloth and Lauréate in Rhodium cloth with ‘Duster’ lettering. An Emergency Spare Wheel now becomes a £150 option on all 4x2 versions and remains standard on 4x4 models.

Access models come on 16-inch Eiger steel wheels and have remote locking, Thatcham-approved engine immobiliser, electric front windows, anti-lock brakes with Emergency Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control, Tyre Pressure Monitor, four airbags, an ECO driving mode and gearshift indicator and a four-speed heating and ventilation system. Body-coloured bumpers, black door handles and Duster-branded roof bars and bumpers are all standard. Glacier White is the sole colour. The 4x4 version has a centre differential lock with 2WD, Auto and Lock modes.

Ambiance versions add Matterhorn 16-inch steel wheels, satin chrome door handles, a chrome gearlever insert and instrument surrounds, a radio/CD player with AUX and USB sockets and Bluetooth, front foglights, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a 60:40 split rear seat.

Topping the range are the Lauréate models with 16-inch Tyrol alloys, manual air conditioning, electric mirrors and rear windows, cruise control with a speed limiter, a seven-function trip computer, a glovebox light, a passenger vanity mirror and body coloured door handles, satin chrome Duster-branded roof bars, scuff plates and side sills. Also standard are piano black interior door handles, door and steering wheel inserts and centre console surround, a leather-covered steering wheel and map pockets in the front seat backs.

Model

Power

(hp @ rpm)

Torque

(Nm @ rpm)

0-62mph (sec)

Top speed (mph)

Access 1.6 16V 105 4x2

105 @ 5750

148 @ 3750

11.5

104

Access 1.6 16V 105 4x4

105 @ 5750

148 @ 3750

12.8

99

Ambiance dCi 110 4x2

107 @ 4000

240 @ 1750

11.8

106

Ambiance dCi 110 4x4

109 @ 4000

240 @ 1750

12.5

104

Lauréate dCi 110 4x2

107 @ 4000

240 @ 1750

11.8

106

Lauréate dCi 110 4x4

109 @ 4000

240 @ 1750

12.5

104

Model

MPG

CO2 (g/km)

BIK (band %)

VED (band)

Insurance group

Access 1.6 16V 105 4x2

39.8

165

26%

G

6E

Access 1.6 16V 105 4x4

35.3

185

30%

I

5E

Ambiance dCi 110 4x2

56.5

130

22%

D

10A

Ambiance dCi 110 4x4

53.3

135

23%

E

10A

Lauréate dCi 110 4x2

56.5

130

22%

D

11A

Lauréate dCi 110 4x4

53.3

135

23%

E

10A

Model

Price (On The Road)

Access 1.6 16V 105 4x2

£9,495

Access 1.6 16V 105 4x4

£11,495

Ambiance dCi 110 4x2

£11,995

Ambiance dCi 110 4x4

£13,995

Lauréate dCi 110 4x2

£13,495

Lauréate dCi 110 4x4

£15,495

September 2014

Following 90 UK complaints about mainly white painted Dusters rusting, Dacia has shifted production of RHD Dusters for the UK from Chennai in India to its Pitesti plant in Romania. An added benefit of this is shorter delivery times for cars built to order.

March 2015

125PS 1.2TCe engine added in other European markets.

This is effectively the same engine as the 1.2DIG-T in the Nissan Qashqai, with Stop & Start, deceleration energy recovery and reduced friction. Offers 205Nm torque from 2,000-3,000rpm with 90% from 1,500rpm. The useful torque output allows for a wide spread of gear ratios. A short first gear in the six-speed four-wheel-drive transmission enables the car to manoeuvre at very slow speed on rough terrain, while a long sixth makes for quiet, comfortable, economical highway cruising. That high torque output comes from a combination of direct high pressure fuel injection and a turbocharger with a twin continuous angle variator on the camshaft.

March 2015

Laureate Prime special editions go on sale

These luxuriously appointed models, featuring an exclusive colour scheme, are being introduced to mark 10 years since the Romanian brand re-launched in Europe in 2005, and are available for just £500 more than the existing Lauréate versions. It offers buyers the chance to own a more distinctive, more personalised car while remaining faithful to Dacia’s exceptional ‘shockingly affordable’ value-for-money ethos.

All Lauréate Prime special editions are finished in exclusive Cosmos Blue metallic paint, which pays homage to Dacia’s traditional livery. This is reflected inside each car, with blue fabric inserts on the front and rear seats, blue detailing on the floor mats and blue seat belts.

Other distinguishing exterior features are smart dark metal alloy wheels and dark metal grey door mirror shells. Additional equipment over Lauréate versions includes a front central armrest, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel and the latest MediaNav Evolution multimedia system.

Collectively, the addition of metallic paint, MediaNav Evolution and the Comfort Pack would cost up to £895 as options on the Lauréate (on Sandero and Logan MCV), yet they are all standard on the Lauréate Prime for a premium of just £500, embodying the very spirit of Dacia’s ‘you do the maths’ strapline.

Lauréate Prime versions of the Sandero and Logan MCV are available with the 0.9-litre TCe 90 and 1.5-litre dCi 90 engines, while the Duster Lauréate Prime comes with the 1.5-litre dCi 110 engine in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations.

Version

Price (OTR)

Sandero Lauréate Prime TCe 90

£9,295

Sandero Lauréate Prime dCi 90

£10,295

Logan MCV Lauréate Prime TCe 90

£10,295

Logan MCV Lauréate Prime dCi 90

£11,295

Duster Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4x2

£13,995

Duster Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4x4

£15,995

August 2015

New engines for Dacia Duster

The new 115hp 1.6-litre 16-valve engine is a brand new unit, not simply an EU6 version of the old 1.6 petrol engine. It develops 10hp more at 5,500rpm and has an extra 8Nm of torque – now 156Nm at 4,000rpm. This trims the 0-62mph acceleration time of 4x2 versions from 11.5 to 11.0 seconds, while for 4x4 models the reduction is 0.8 seconds to 12.0 seconds. The top speeds rise by 1mph and 5mph respectively.

The greatest gains are in fuel efficiency and running costs. For 4x4 versions, CO2 emissions are down to 155g/km, while NEDC fuel consumption is now 41.5mpg. This is cuts the annual VED cost by £170 to £180. The gains with 4x2 models are CO2 down to 145g/km, fuel economy improved to 44.1mpg and the yearly VED charge is £35 less at £145. The increase in power and torque also raises the towing capacity of 4x2 versions from 1,200 to 1,500kg so that it is now on a par with that of the 4x4 versions. Benefit-in-kind (BIK) taxation is four bands lower with all-wheel drive and two bands lower with front-wheel drive.

The new engine is a 1,598cc unit with multi-point fuel injection, driving through a five-speed manual gearbox in 4x2 models and a six-speed manual in the 4x4s. Engine Stop and Start is standard.

Model

Price (On The Road)

Access 1.6 16V 115 4x2

£9,495

Access 1.6 16V 115 4x4

£11,495

Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4x2

£10,495

Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4x4

£12,495

Ambiance dCi 110 4x2

£11,995

Ambiance dCi 110 4x4

£13,995

Lauréate dCi 110 4x2

£13,495

Lauréate dCi 110 4x4

£15,495

Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4x2

£13,995

Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4x4

£15,995

December 2016

Automatic six-speed EDC transmission launched

Available on Lauréate and flagship Prestige 4x2 Duster variants, the automatic EDC gearbox is mated to the 1.5 dCi 110 turbodiesel engine. NEDC fuel economy is 62.8mpg (Combined) and CO2 emissions 116g/km.

Duster EDC

0-62mph (secs)

CO 2 (g/km)

VED band

MPG (NEDC combined)

Insurance group

Price (OTR)

Lauréate dCi 110 4x2 Auto

11.9

116

C

62.8

12

£14,995

Prestige dCi 110 4x2 Auto

11.9

116

C

62.8

12

£15,895

May 2017

Duster SE Summit introduced

It comes in a new Nordic Grey metallic paint and with 16-inch diamond-cut black ‘Cyclades’ alloy wheels. The SE Summit also adds a body kit consisting of wheelarch guards and protective side mouldings, enhancing the rugged exterior of the Duster.

Inside, the seats feature Burnt Orange piping and top-stitching, with the name ‘Duster’ embroidered into the fabric. The air vent surrounds are highlighted in Burnt Orange, and the carpet mats are finished with matching top-stitching.

This is on top of the high amount of equipment that comes as standard on Prestige trim such as a rear parking camera, MediaNav touchscreen navigation with satellite navigation, DAB radio and SIRI ‘Eyes Free’ and electric front and rear windows as standard.

The Duster SE Summit is priced from £15,195 – £1,000 above the equivalent Prestige model which includes exclusive metallic paint and rugged new exterior protection.

What does a Dacia Duster (2012 – 2018) cost?

List Price from £11,205
Buy new from £10,995
Contract hire from £160.82 per month