Used Dacia Duster
Dacia came to the UK in 2013, with a mission to offer great value cars. The hero in the line-up was the Duster SUV. It offered superb value for money and despite its low price point offered good looks alongside robust, dependable SUV traits.
Used, the Dacia Duster is even more attractive. But what makes the Duster so good?
- Hugely affordable
- Handsome SUV looks
- Charming/underdog character
These are just a few points as to why the Duster is a great SUV. Find out more about why it makes a great used purchase below.
Engines and Driving Experience
Despite the chunky SUV presence, many of the engines available in the Duster are petrol, with just a few diesel options, along with an LPG biofuel choice too.
The entry-level TCe 100 is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, 98bhp petrol engine offers plenty of punch and good economy, with 46mpg possible. Larger 1.6-litre petrol engines are also available, but a good sweet spot is the 1.3-litre, as it offers 147bhp and features the quickest 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds, whilst still able to return 44mpg.
The diesel engines are 1.5-litre units, and can offer 60mpg, whilst the biofuel engines return around 35mpg - but you save money when buying LPG, which at the time of writing is about half the price of petrol per litre.
To drive, the Duster is compliant and comfortable, with excellent off-roading ability for the price.
Practicality and Running Costs
The Duster isn't the largest SUV around, and yet it still offers plenty of cabin space and a big boot, with 445 litres, or 411 litres if you opt for a four-wheel drive model. Fold the rear seats down and 1,614 litres becomes available, or 1,559 litres with four-wheel drive models.
Due to the size, the Duster is easy to maneuver in tight car parks and around town, so venturing into the city is relatively simple.
As for running costs, Dacia is a value brand, and therefore offers good economy and straight-forward, affordable servicing and maintenance costs. The costs themselves can be looked at in more detail via our dedicated servicing page, or by contacting your local Evans Halshaw Renault retailer - as Dacia is part of the Renault group.
Interior, Technology and Safety
An uncluttered, attractive and easy-to-use dashboard awaits occupants in the cabin. Clear analogue dials are complemented by a smart and easy to use central touchscreen, along with neat and concise switchgear. The general simplicity is refreshing and straightforward.
'Access' models strip back Duster specification even further, as these models do without the infotainment screen, air-con and radio. Seems very basic, but then a scarce interior will appeal to some who want the Duster as a no-nonsense workhorse.
'Essential' models offer many modern day luxuries, such as a radio, air-con and Bluetooth, whilst 'Comfort' models gain alloy wheels, touchscreen infotainment, sat-nav and parking sensors. 'Prestige' models are the range-toppers and include larger 17-inch alloys, a part leather interior, parking cameras and climate control.
Safety kit on the Duster includes ABS brakes, front and side airbags, blindspot detectors and ESC (electronic stability control).
Is the Dacia Duster right for me?
If you are in the market for a compact SUV, and love the idea of grabbing an underrated bargain, the Dacia Duster should be at the top of your list.
Its robust, simplistic approach is admirable in a world where manufacturers continue to fill cars with lots of 'toys', some of which are nothing more than a gimmick.
With peppy engines, smart styling and used versions offering excellent value for money, the Duster appeals to so many buyers. First SUV, dependable workhorse, family hack - whatever the reason, when compared to other compact SUVs, the Duster is an underdog hero.
Why purchase a used Dacia Duster through Evans Halshaw?
At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.
All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same-day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.
If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw dealership, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.