First launched in the UK in 2013, and available across Europe since 2010, the Duster quickly earned a reputation for delivering all the benefits of an SUV at a city car price. With shockingly affordable value, the Duster has shaken-up the SUV segment, having broken the industry rules to become a unique offering for consumers. With more than 2 million vehicles sold, the Duster has been the number one car for retail sales in its class in Europe’s SUV market since 2019.
True to its heritage, the Duster is a family SUV with a trailblazer spirit. It is a reliable companion for everyday use, but also for adventures in the great outdoors. Its captivating design has evolved over the years, but it remains a comfortable, attractive SUV for those who want a robust, versatile vehicle, with the option of 4×4 capability.
The Duster’s fresh and contemporary design is marked out by Dacia’s refreshed visual identity featuring a bold new grille and Y-shaped daytime running lights. This modernised front end reinforces the Duster’s adventurous personality.
The always-on lighting at the front and rear shows the new Dacia light signature, and Duster is the first Dacia model to be equipped with front LED direction indicators. This technology is also used for the dipped headlights (with automatic main beam activation as standard), and the number plate lights. As well as lower electricity consumption, the LEDs offer brighter lighting, day and night, providing greater visibility for both the driver and other road users.
Thanks to the advanced expertise of Dacia’s innovative designers and engineers, the most recent Duster’s aerodynamic performance has been improved. The design of the rear spoiler and 16 and 17-inch alloy wheels have been put to the test in a wind tunnel. These, plus new wheel bearings, tyres and LED lighting, allow for CO2 optimisations and, including the drag area (SCx), achieves a reduction of up to 5.8g of CO2 on the 4×4 version.
As well as the CO2 reduction, these features have also helped to deliver lower fuel consumption, providing further benefit for customers.
The Duster welcomes its occupants with its inviting yet durable cabin. With its most recent update, the Duster gained 100 per cent new seat fabric and newly shaped headrests for improved ergonomics. The new, slim profile of the headrests improves the visibility in the passenger compartment for rear passengers looking to the front and vice versa.
Available on selected models, the high centre console with 70mm sliding armrest houses a closable, 1.1-litre storage compartment and two USB charging sockets for the rear passengers.
The comprehensive standard equipment includes an onboard computer, automatic main beam activation and cruise control and speed limiter with backlit controls on the steering wheel.
Automatic climate control with a digital display, heated front seats and a hands-free key card are available on higher specification versions.
The Duster’s engine range has been completely renewed to combine driving pleasure with reduced CO2 emissions and includes petrol, diesel, and Bi-Fuel LPG powertrain options, a choice of manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions, and the option of a proven and capable 4×4 drivetrain.
The Duster is available with a six-speed automatic EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox paired with the TCe 150 engine, offering the comfort and pleasure of an automatic gearbox while keeping fuel consumption and CO2 emissions close to those of a manual.
The EDC gearbox has two clutches: one for the odd gears (1,3,5) and one for the even gears (2,4,6 and reverse). Gear changes are controlled via electric actuators which are, in turn, controlled by a computer that selects the ideal gear for the driver’s requests. During a gear change, the engaged clutch opens at the same time as the clutch of the next gear closes. Gear changes are quick and smooth, and the torque is transmitted continuously. No energy is lost and there is no engine stutter, resulting in greater efficiency and comfort.
The EDC system reduces the rotation of the engine by ensuring the vehicle is in the highest gear possible for a given speed, thus controlling fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The Duster has a complete range of Euro 6D Full compliant engines. The line-up includes:
- Diesel: dCi 115 (two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.
- TCe 90 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.
- TCe 130 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.
- TCe 150 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed automatic EDC gearbox.
- Bi-Fuel (petrol-LPG): TCe 100 (two-wheel drive) combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Dacia Duster is priced from £17,295 on-the-road