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VIDEO: Dacia Duster review - too cheap for its own good?

Published 16 April 2019

Once again Dacia has created a crossover with absolutely staggering showroom appeal in pure value terms. However, the shortcuts the Duster has to make - including safety - will be a deal-breaker for many. Mark takes you through it in our latest review video.

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Comments

Saucebox    on 17 April 2019

I haven't watched the video but I agree with your headline declaration.

Late last year I did my customary painstaking research and bought a low mileage used Sandero. Initially I was impressed with it but the gilt soon fell from the gingerbread and after a mere two months I got rid of it for a Kia (Picanto). What most irked me about the former beast was the characteristics of the turbo engine plus a most annoying boot key situation and, above all, utterly useless satnav, which device caused me unprecedented inconvenience. Grrrrrr!

As for the Picanto, thé 1.2 version, It's a basically fine(er) product but has a split personality: in the urban environment - it's natural habitat of course - it almost reaches sophistication levels (though at idle it betrays a slight 'interventionist' trait) but take it on the motorway and the powertrain proves to be a tad underpowered and just a little bit too noisy. Nice try, Kia, but you need to tweak it here and there. One mega minus point is a ridge in the driver's footwell which irritatingly catches your shoe's toecap when operating the clutch... Oh, a word about the satnav, viz perfection.

MarkNichol    on 17 April 2019

I haven’t read your comment but I agree with you agreeing with the headline declaration.

Edited by MarkNichol on 17/04/2019 at 16:58

David F    on 17 April 2019

Is it just me as I can't load the vdeo:
VIDEO: Dacia Duster review - too cheap for its own good?
on Chrome or Firefox

David
On his old XP puter

Chris C    on 23 April 2019

Is it just me as I can't load the vdeo: VIDEO: Dacia Duster review - too cheap for its own good? on Chrome or Firefox David On his old XP puter

I have the same problem and Noscript shows how the HJ website connects to all sorts of other websites in order for the video to work - better/safer to go onto Youtube and search for the "car review in a few" review there.

   on 18 April 2019

Dacia Duster is a "rudimentary" and an "old school made" car. Yes! But that's the charm of it. That makes the difference between a real car and a "gadget car".

All the best!
Emil

hissingsid    on 18 April 2019

The reviewer categorically stated that there is an automatic Duster.
I cannot find it. Where is it?

Honestjohn    on 19 April 2019

There was an EDC version of the previous model Duster with the 1.5dCi engine. There probably will be of the current one.

HJ

MPH25    on 23 April 2019

The reviewer categorically stated that there is an automatic Duster. I cannot find it. Where is it?

www.john-clark.co.uk/dacia/latest-news/duster-auto.../

hissingsid    on 25 April 2019

I have just checked on the official Dacia UK website. There is no automatic!

Ken Vanderbull    on 20 April 2019

Mark @6.05 you put a caption stating that you can buy a 130bhp petrol 4x4. I have been on the Dacia website & cannot find that variant - am I missing something ? Thanks .

Howard Millichap    on 23 April 2019

I like these videos and their honest reviews. Your conclusion here is about what I've thought about these for a few years now. Nah, I'll stick with my Freelander2 SD4HSE, faults an' all.

Edited by Howard Millichap on 23/04/2019 at 13:57

Pauline Hopkins    on 23 April 2019

I like the look of the Dacia Duster, but it does not come with an
Automatic Gear Box,
It is such a shame as i would have seriously thought of buying one when i
changed my car last year.
The Dealer's comment was - i said does it come with an automatic gear
box ? No he said, bu would have made a fortune if it had.
I have driven automatic cars for many years, and just find that it is easier
if you have back or hip problems.

Rob2707    on 23 April 2019

Oh dear! That's that one off the list! Have friends with this and previous model that are very happy with them! Will show them review and see what they think. There will always be a compromise and he stated that it is less than half the price of some of its rivals.

Petegeoff    on 24 April 2019

Oh dear! That's that one off the list! Have friends with this and previous model that are very happy with them! Will show them review and see what they think. There will always be a compromise and he stated that it is less than half the price of some of its rivals.

You should make up your own mind. Don't forget, the reviewer has probably driven loads of very nice cars. If someone is coming from a 10 year car this may well seem to be fantastic.

   on 23 April 2019

Cant load the video content, shame,

clivea    on 23 April 2019

On holiday in Bhutan there were a lot of “Dusters” used for taking visitors and their guide around the country. They were Dusters but upgraded and rebadged as Nissan Terrano. Speaking to one guide he told me they were chosen because of their ability on the really rough roads and solid reliability.

I Thompson    on 23 April 2019

I read that the A-Class Mercedes has the Renault engines that are in the Duster, is this correct?

soldierboy 001    on 23 April 2019

Saucebox you obviously haven't the idea behind the Dacia range, It's for people that can accept that for half the price of a major manufacturers vehicle of the same size ability you can get a good compromise. In fact I have compromised twice and am not disappointed, and you can beef them up quite economically also, for example one of my beef ups is an economically priced replacement Android/Apple play radio that would put up the price of a ford by 4 or b5 hundred, which I did for just under £200 and now I have Offline free upgradable Sat Nav as well, saves on the £80 Dacia upgrades.

Mike Herriot    on 23 April 2019

The full EURO NCAP video is frightening. I recall an early interview with Dacia admitting that it was deliberately designed and built to achieve only 3*! IMHO that type of cost saving is unacceptable in a family car. After all it’s not as if the knowledge and technology to build safe cars is unavailable in the Renault group.

Edited by Mike Herriot on 23/04/2019 at 21:34

barrie crowther    on 25 April 2019

You get what you pay for. The Dacia stepway looks good to me for the money.

miked7    on 25 April 2019

I drive a Duster, last car Logan MCV. They are what they are. I have better things to do with my money than buy an expensive car with gadgets I don’t need. I would sum up Dacia as “totally adequate. You want more, then pay more.

aethelwulf    on 14 May 2019

What it lacks, as do most makes, is a seven year warranty. My Kia had this , now run out, and I liked the confidence Kia put in their car. If a manufacturer thinks a car will only last , reliably, three years he can keep it is my opinion.
Waste of time, money and hassle to have breaking down car.
In my seven year warranty I needed a new brake light switch. Installed, at no cost of course, next day.Can Dacia match that? Come on ,try!

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