Is it an ideal proposition for amateurs of inexpensive SUVs? We check the Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster made its debut in 2010 and immediately gained immense popularity. Although the car was built on the Logan platform, thanks to the relatively spacious cabin, modern design and attractive price, it found interest in many people looking for a compact SUV. From the very beginning, Duster’s advantage was the presence of both front-wheel drive cars and the 4WD version. This was also available in the second generation model offered from 2017. In mid-2021, the Duster II underwent a facelift and it is this design that is currently in the Dacia product range.

Dacia Duster – a spacious compact SUV

In its latest version, Dacia Duster combines a rather comfortably finished interior with good driving characteristics. The 4341 × 1804 × 1693/1682 mm (L × W × H) body measures four adult passengers and the necessary amount of luggage. The trunk can accommodate from 376/445 l to 1,409/1478 l – the least spacious is the trunk on models with a spare wheel or with an LPG installation. On the plus side, you have to include quite good driving properties of the car, also after going off the beaten track. Passengers should not complain about the amenities available inside, although they cannot count on solutions used in other, i.e. much more expensive cars.

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige - test

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Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige – test

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Photo: Igor Kohutnicki / Own materials

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Photo: Igor Kohutnicki / Own materials

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Dacia Duster – available engines, two or four wheel drive

Dacia Duster buyers have a sufficiently wide range of drivetrain types to choose the one closest to their expectations. Although most of the engines offered on this SUV are gasoline, there are also diesel and LPG versions. In addition, customers can choose a car with a manual or automatic transmission, as well as a variant with front-wheel drive or 4WD.

Dacia Duster II after facelift

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Dacia Duster II after facelift

  • TCe 90: the base petrol unit, which with three cylinders and a capacity of 999 cm3 produces 67 kW (90 HP) and a torque of 160 Nm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that transmits power to the front axle. Duster with this engine reaches a top speed of 166 km / h and accelerates 0-100 km / h in 13.1 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 6.1-6.2 l / 100 km.
  • TCe 100 LPG: the version with the factory LPG installation uses the same 3-cylinder engine as the TCe 90, but depending on the type of fuel, it achieves the power of 67 kW (90 HP) or 74 kW (100 HP) and a torque of 160 or 170 Nm, respectively. The maximum speed, regardless of the type of fuel, is 168 km / h, and the acceleration from 0-100 km / h takes 13.8 seconds. The differences are noticeable in the fuel consumption. When fueled with petrol, the Duster needs 6.3-6.4 l to travel 100 km, and when fueled by LPG, it needs 6.8-7.0 l to cover the same distance. The drive is transmitted to the front wheels via a manual transmission (6 gears).
  • TCe 130: the weaker version of the 1.3 engine (1332 cm3) is only mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, which transfers power to the front axle. This 4-cylinder engine delivers 96 kW (130 hp) and a torque of 240 Nm. This allows the Duster to accelerate to 193 km / h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.6 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 6.2 l / 100 km.
  • TCe 150 EDC: the more powerful version of the 1.3 engine, ie 110 kW (150 HP), is the only one that can be combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission (front-wheel drive). In this configuration, the Duster achieves a torque of 250 Nm. Top speed is 199 km / h, 0-100 km / h acceleration in 9.7 seconds, and average fuel consumption is 6.2 l / 100 km.
  • TCe 150 4WD: the same engine as in the TCe 150 EDC is also used in the four-wheel drive version, but in this case the customer has to accept the presence of a manual 6-speed gearbox. Power and torque are the same as in the TCe 150 EDC, but the Duster 4WD has slightly worse performance: it accelerates to 198 km / h, accelerates 0-100 km / h in 10.4 seconds and consumes an average of 6.8 l of gasoline per 100 km.
  • Blue dCi 115 / Blue dCi 115 4WD: the only diesel available in Duster is the 1.4-cylinder (1,461 cm3) engine, which produces 84 kW (115 hp) and a torque of 260 Nm. This unit is paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox, which drives the front or all-wheel drive (4WD). In both cases, the Duster accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 10.2 seconds, but the two-wheel drive version achieves a higher top speed of 183 instead of 175 km / h, and also consumes less fuel: 4.8 l / 100 km, the 4WD version requires almost a liter more (5.6 l / 100 km).

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

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Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Dacia Duster – Access, Essential, Comfort, Prestige and SL Extreme to choose from

The Dacia SUV is available in one of five trim levels: Access, Essential, Comfort, Prestige and SL Extreme. The basic Access is available only with the TCe 90 engine, the richer Essential with TCe 90 and TCe 100 LPG, while the Comfort can also be selected for the TCe 130. The Prestige version is the only one available in combination with any level of equipment, while the SL Extreme excludes the weakest gasoline engine (TCe 90) and diesel engine with front wheel drive.

Dacia Duster II after facelift

Photo: Krzysztof Grabek / Auto Świat

Dacia Duster II after facelift

Basic Access gives you access to … basic equipment. We find in it, among others LED daytime running lights, front, side and curtain airbags, electric power steering and electrically adjustable windows, but that’s almost the end of the comfort additions – not even a radio, only installation for its assembly. This is only found in the Essential version, as are the 1 / 3-2 / 3 folding rear seat backrest and the height / depth-adjustable steering wheel. The Essential, on the other hand, is optional with manual air conditioning, which Dacia comes as standard with the Comfort version.

Dacia Duster

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Dacia Duster

In addition to the aforementioned manual air conditioning, the Comfort is the first equipment level of the Duster, in which 16-inch alloy wheels as well as the steering wheel and gear lever covered with ecological leather are standard. For many users, the standard rear parking assistance system may be a useful solution, the convenience of using the car is also increased by electrically adjustable and heated side mirrors and electric rear windows. Enthusiasts of technical innovations will be pleased with the multimedia system with an 8-inch touch display.

Dacia Duster

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Dacia Duster

Together with the Prestige version, Dacia introduces, among others, satellite navigation, lumbar support in the driver’s seat, automatic air conditioning, rear view camera, blind spot monitoring system, 17 “aluminum wheels, front and rear skid plates in satin chrome, and hill descent control on 4WD models. SL version SL version. Extreme can be recognized, for example, by black aluminum rims, orange styling accents, Multiview camera, keyless access (Renault Hands Free card) and upholstery combining fabric with elements of eco leather.

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Photo: Igor Kohutnicki / Own materials

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Dacia Duster – a compact SUV for just over 50,000. zloty

Without a doubt, one of the main reasons for the continued popularity of the Dacia SUV is its relatively low price. It is true that the base model, the price of which starts from PLN 52,500, in terms of equipment, is far from the expectations of most customers, but a better equipped model in the Essential version with a price of PLN 59,200 (TCe 90) or PLN 6100 (TCe 100 LPG) nor will it ruin the pockets of potential buyers.

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

Photo: Igor Kohutnicki / Own materials

Dacia duster 1.5 dCi Prestige

A little more, i.e. a minimum of over 5,000 PLN, you have to pay extra to become the owner of the Dacia Duster in the Comfort version. This equipment line with the TCe 90 engine costs PLN 66,400, with the TCe 100 LPG it was priced at PLN 68,400, and with the TCe 130 engine, it costs PLN 73,500. The prices of the Prestige version start from PLN 70 700 (TCe 90), but it is worth mentioning in this case about three models, the prices of which slightly exceed PLN 88 thousand. PLN, ie TCe 150 EDC with automatic transmission (PLN 88,300), which costs the same as the version with a top gasoline engine and 4WD drive, as well as 4WD diesel for PLN 88,800. The same models, but in the SL Extreme version, they are 3 thousand. PLN more expensive (prices of SL Extreme start from PLN 75 700 for TCe 100 LPG).

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