Dacia Duster (2018) Review

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Dacia Duster (2018) At A Glance

Much improved from previous Duster with improved refinement. Vastle better interior. Still affordable. New 1,332cc 130 and 150PS petrol engines from 2019.

Initially no diesel 4x4 model. 1.6 SCe petrol engine is slow. Basic Access model doesn't even get a radio. In DCI model, AdBlue tank means full size spare cannot be carried in the wheel well.

New prices start from £11,245, brokers can source from £11,245
Contract hire deals from £160.97 per month
Insurance Groups are between 10–15
On average it achieves 87% of the official MPG figure


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When it comes to new cars, there's not much you can get for £10,000 these days - even the cheapest Fiesta would set you back another £4k. Yet you can get your hands on a shiny new Dacia Duster for your hard earned £10k. And it represents a lot of SUV for the money.

Dacia says it has spent the past five years listening to existing Duster owners to find out exactly what needed to be improved when it came to producing the 2018 generation Duster.

What those owners must have said is sort the interior out, as it's here where you'll find the biggest changes from the old model. This is still a budget car, make no mistake, but it's a lot nicer inside now with less rough plastics and a better quality finish.

The seats have been redesigned and are far more comfortable, plus you get the added bonus that the driver's seat no longer wobbles. Which is nice. It's also much quieter inside, thanks to better sound insulation.

Go for the basic Access model with its headline sub-£10k price and you'll have to be prepared to make some compromises. For starters there's no radio. At all. So the steel wheels will be the least of your worries. Still, you do get electric front windows, Isofix in the back and a heater. 

You're better off with an Essential which gets things like air con while Comfort at £13,195 comes with satnav. Even the top Prestige model still looks very good value for money at £14,500 considering it gets climate control, keyless entry, parking sensors and navigation.

The 1.6 SCe engine is fine around town but pretty gutless if you want any sort of half decent acceleration. Fortunately the far superior 1.2 TCe is on its way. The 1.5 dCi is the best choice if it's low down pulling power and big mileage economy you want.

The Duster is pretty much what you'd expect from behind the wheel. The steering is responsive enough and it rides reasonably well but as with the old Duster, this is a car that's designed for affordable A-to-B motoring, if it's bells and whistles you want, you'll be disappointed. What you do get is an honest and unpretentious SUV that's great value.

Dacia Duster 2018 1.6 SCe Comfort 2WD Road Test

Ask Honest John

Should I buy a Dacia Duster Bi-Fuel LPG?
"I'm thinking of buying a Dacia Duster. The salesperson at the dealer has told me there is a new LPG version of the Duster. What do you think about the Bi-Fuel Duster? Should I buy one?"
It probably depends whether you live close to (or regularly pass) an LPG filling station. If you do, you'll soon recoup the cost of the Bi-Fuel model over a standard Duster. It'll be cheaper to run and won't hinder practicality.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the best fault code scanner?
"Which diagnostic scanner is best for a Dacia Duster?"
This one is very well-liked, but read the info to make sure it'll do what you want: https://amzn.to/32ED69j
Answered by Georgia Petrie
I need a spacious SUV or pick-up. Would my low mileage rule out a diesel vehicle?
"I'm looking for a reliable 4x4 that has lots of storage. I mainly do quite low mileage so a DPF is a concern unless you can advise how I may manage this. I would be open to either and SUV or pickup but basically need plenty of space, good off-road capability and reliable. My budget is approximately £30,000 and I'd consider new or used."
Those low-miles will rule out diesel. The DPF will not take kindly to lots of short runs from cold: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/what-is-a-dpf-and-does-your-car-have-one/ If you plan to use the car off-road, you'll need a 4x4 with lots of ground clearance. Something like the Dacia Duster or Suzuki Vitara would be good options. Both are available with four-wheel drive and petrol power. They will also have a lot of boot space, too.
Answered by Dan Powell
Which 4x4 do you suggest I buy?
"I'm 6'4" and live in rural Somerset. I'm looking to buy a secondhand 4x4 petrol with a budget of £10,000. What do you suggest?"
A budget of £10,000 will get you a 2018 Dacia Duster 1.6 petrol 4x4: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Dacia/Duster/?fuel=Petrol&l=0&p2=10000&s=PriceDesc It's a practical and affordable car. It will also have some of its manufacturer warranty left on the books. However, make sure you choose the second-generation Duster that was launched in 2018 and not the older version. The latest model is far superior: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/dacia/duster-2018
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Dacia Duster (2018) cost?

Buy new from £11,245 (list price from £11,705)
Contract hire from £160.97 per month