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Brand New Dacia Duster 1.6 16V 115 Ambiance 5dr

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From £10,495
£168 deposit
£168 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemEco mode
PASRev counter

Entertainment

4x20W radio/CD/MP3 with aux input and fingertip controlsUSB connection

Exterior Features

3 speed windscreen wipersBlack roof rails
Body colour bumpersChrome front grille
Chrome trim on tailgateElectric front windows
Front fog lightsHeated rear window
Rear wash/wipeTinted windows

Interior Features

3 rear height adjustable headrests60/40 split folding rear seat
Air vents for rear seat passengersBoot light
Chrome effect insert to gearknobDriver's seat height adjustment
Front reading lightsGear shift indicator
Heating/ventilation unit with 4 speed fanHeight adjustable front headrests
Height adjustable steering wheelIsofix on 2nd row outer seats
Rear reading lightsSatin chrome interior door handles

Safety

ABS + EBD + EBAChild locks on rear doors
Door open warningDriver/Front Passenger airbags
ESC - Electronic Stability Control + traction controlFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt pretensionersFront seatbelt unfastened audible+visual warnings
Front side airbagsHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Three 3 point rear seatbeltsTyre pressure monitor

Security

Automatic door lockingEngine immobiliser
Remote central locking 

Trim

Chrome air vent surroundsChrome instrument dial surround
Satin chrome centre console surround 

Wheels

16" Matterhorn steel wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.625CO2 (g/km)145
HC0.04Noise Level dB(A)73.8
NOx0.036Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio10.7:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)78Cylinders - Stroke (mm)83.6
Engine CodeH4MK JR5Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryMULTI POINT FUEL INJECTIONGears5 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)44.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)50.4EC Urban (mpg)36.7

General

Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power115
Coin Description16V 115Coin SeriesAMBIANCE
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 076EVehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)11Engine Power - BHP115
Engine Power - KW84Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT115
Engine Torque - MKG15.9Engine Torque - NM156
Engine Torque - RPM4000Top Speed105

Tyres

Tyre Size Front215/65 R16Tyre Size Rear215/65 R16
Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KITWheel Type16" STEEL

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1625Height (including roof rails)1695
Length4315Wheelbase2673
Width1822Width (including mirrors)2000

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1697
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1636Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)475
Max. Loading Weight550Max. Towing Weight - Braked1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked580Minimum Kerbweight1147
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.44
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Dacia Duster

Can Dacia's cut-price Duster really be as good as much more expensive small Crossovers and compact SUVs? June Neary reports.

Will It Suit Me?

In a word association game, if I said 'cheap' you might well say 'nasty'. We've become increasingly programmed to see price as a barometer of a product's intrinsic worth. You hear business case studies of companies that doubled their prices and saw sales rise as a result of the perceived exclusivity of their pricey wares, which should tell you that what you pay doesn't always correspond with what you get. Take this car, the Dacia Duster. It looks good, it's solidly built, it's practical and even drives pretty well. On that basis, you'd expect it to command a respectable asking price, but Dacia is a Romanian offshoot of Renault that campaigns on an almost unbeatable value proposition. What's it like to live with? Join me and find out.

Practicalities

Get inside and it all smells a little petrochemical, like cars in the Eighties used to, but there's no shortage of space. The panel fit on the dashboard isn't going to give Audi engineers cause to break out their drawing boards, but I actually think you'd feel a bit let down if you got inside this car and found soft-touch plastics on the dash. You want elephant grey, indestructibly hard plastic? Coming right up. And once again, it fits perfectly with the pared back utility feel of the car. My friend's kids reckoned that there's better legroom in the back than you'd find in most compact 4x4s, and the boot is a decent size, although the different layout of the rear suspension in the all-wheel drive model pinches a little space. You get 475 litres under the parcel shelf in a front-wheel drive car and 443 in the all-wheel drive model. That's still quite a lot of bag room. By contrast a four-wheel drive Skoda Yeti fronts up with just 408 litres.

Behind the Wheel

Dacia sells the Duster with a choice of either a petrol or a diesel engine, so you're probably not going to spend too long agonising over that decision. The petrol engine is a 1.6-litre 105PS unit and it's available with either a front or a four-wheel drive chassis. Go diesel and there's a choice of trim levels as well as a 110PS engine and, again, the option of choosing a front or all-wheel drive version. The two standout models in the range are actually the bookends. If you don't want to spend too much, you'll still find a lot to like in the cheap seats. Yes, the 1.6-litre engine is a bit thrashy if you want to get anywhere in a hurry. Load it up with gear and people and you'll wonder how Dacia ever wrung an 11.5 second sprint to 62mph out of the thing, but in most instances, it feels quite light on its feet and the 104mph top speed will be enough for most. It will mean that you'll need to give the gearbox plenty of attention and while the five-speed gear shift is positive in its action, it's got quite a throw on the lever. Even the entry-level model is fitted with traction control, so even in the wet it steps off the line fairly well, making you wonder how many people really are going to get value from paying another couple of grand for the all-wheel drive model. Still, there's a school of thought that says that if you're going to put up with the downsides of a tall, SUV-style vehicle, you might as well equip it with the advantage of all-wheel drive. You've got to go four-wheel drive if you're thinking of doing some interesting off-road stuff. Its strengthened undercarriage is suitable for dirt roads and all-terrain use thanks to more than 200mmm of ground clearance, and impressive clearance angles, with a front approach angle of 30 degrees and a rear end departure angle of better than 35 degrees.

Value For Money

Now you might have seen the launch ads for the Duster proclaiming you can get one for less than nine grand. And it's true, you can. I wouldn't be surprised if a good few people buy these entry-level 1.6-litre petrol cars in the belief that they own a four-wheel drive and then eventually sell it, being none the wiser that drive's only directed up front. There's a lot to be said for the entry-level car. After all £9,000 doesn't buy a lot of tempting options. You'd need nearly £5,000 more to net a Skoda Yeti and as for something like a Land Rover Freelander, well that's comfortably more than twice the price. Even something resolutely utilitarian like a Peugeot Partner Tepee starts at nearly £4,000 more, so it's virtually impossible to grumble at the value proposition. You'll pay £2,000 extra on every model to upgrade from a front-wheel drive version to a four-wheel drive model and unless you're actually planning on going off-road in the thing I wouldn't bother. I'd go shopping for a set of snow tyres in the middle of summer when prices are low and you'll end up with a car that will be able to handle any road condition the British weather can throw at it.

Could I Live With One?

The Dacia Duster barely puts a foot wrong. I might revise that view if it retailed at £20,000 and was subject to far harsher judging criteria and tougher competition, but the fact that you can get a spacious and good-looking utility vehicle for much the same price as an entry-level Fiat Panda earns the Dacia a heck of a lot of brownie points. The entry level car might just be the best buy in the whole range, but you'll need to make do with no air conditioning and it'll also mean looking for an aftermarket stereo. The other option is to go for a Duster with as many bells and whistles as possible, which admittedly isn't going to sound like the Berlin Philharmonic. For less than £15k, you get a four-wheel drive diesel model in top trim. Let's get some perspective here. That's the price of the very cheapest front-wheel drive Kia Soul diesel. It's not a notable extravagance. So why wouldn't you? Think about that one for a while. Examine what you really need from your next new car purchase. Because do you really want to be the person who always pays over the odds? Dacia reckon it doesn't have to be that way. With this Duster they have a very convincing point.

Performance
60%
Handling
50%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
90%
Equipment
80%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
80%

Finance this car

Representative finance example
Monthly payment£168
Deposit£168
Term (months)48
Cash price£10,495
Arnold Clark deposit£750
Credit amount£9577
Guaranteed future value£3595
Total amount payable£11,827
Contract mileage24000
Excess mileage charge8.0p per mile
APRFixed 7.9% APR representative

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