TEST – Dacia Duster (2023): cheaper?

At the end of the year, Dacia offers a new identity to its models, as well as some new equipment that should justify a small inflation. Will the Romanian manufacturer be cheaper? To make sure that this is not the case, we took one of its best representatives, the Duster, on the Moroccan roads of the Agafay region!

As you discovered last October at the Paris Motor Show, Dacia has given its entire range a new visual identity through a revisited grille with the brand’s latest signature, consisting of a “D” and a “C” combined The first to benefit from the new logo was the Duster, one of the manufacturer’s bestsellers, with more than a quarter of the sales mix (almost 2.2 million Dacias + 1.6 million Renault-badged models sold worldwide).

Good to know: expect buying and reselling.

It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Dacia Duster, the alternative to the Argus rating.

Optimized with small touches

Launched in 2010, Duster continues to evolve slightly: number of airbags, air conditioning in basic finish, reversing camera, GPS, position of window controls, design and comfort of seats… In each restyling the goal is limited to the optimization of a well-born model.

Moreover, in the second generation presented in 2017, in addition to the adoption of larger diameter rims, most of the work consists in improve body panel fit. For a little anecdote, the Dacia staff told us that the matte plastic element integrated behind the front wheel arches has a double function: to bring a little character to the design, and to “hide suffering” (approximate adjustments). Rather clever!

The latest development in 2021 Above all, it offers a larger multimedia screen, as well as a less restrictive interior and… the EDC double-clutch gearbox on the 150 hp 1.3 TCE petrol unit.

Assessment now, after 13 years of racing (we are now in generation 2.2), The Duster took only 29 kilos. The Romanian SUV will enter its last straight line before being completely renewed at the end of 2023.

Dacia Duster (2023)

Latest developments

It doesn’t take much to change the view we have of a model. This year, Our Duster asserts itself with a more modern face. In addition, the brand now displays its full name on the tailgate. And by the way, the last chrome elements disappear in favor of white painted elements.

An original choice but perfectly in tune with the times. And a sort of culmination for the low-cost builder who works on the finishes. Let’s face it, the old bottle opener logo was really cheap. Today, we are even noticing the adoption of new body colors including the gorgeous matte black!

On board, there is nothing new on the horizon compared to the last restyling. Since June new rectangular aerators replace the three round nozzles. Double benefit: improved air flow in the rear seats and slightly raised multimedia system screen. A point that is strongly demanded by customers. With use, it gets better, but it’s too low for perfect visibility.

However, we note (finally) the adoption of important equipment, including automatic wipers and electrically folding exterior mirrors. Yes, a great first for Duster!

Dacia Duster (2023)

As comfortable in the city as in the desert!

Mechanical level, Dacia remains one of the only manufacturers (along with Renault) to offer LPG engines. They represent at least 29% of Duster sales in France.

But buyers also appreciate the availability of simple and proven engines, such as the four-cylinder Diesel 1.5 dCi 115 hp of our test model. Only the engine is offered with all-wheel drive (17% of sales) and must be linked to a mechanical gearbox in this configuration. Ideal for tackling the Moroccan desert where this Duster was presented to us.

To get there, the Duster has reconfirmed its excellent performance on the road. We found the intrinsic qualities that made it a success (besides the price). This is a vehicle that aims to be basic and therefore which turns out to be quite light (1,433 kg for our test model). An integrated mass that benefits everyone: agility, consumption, performance, but also all-terrain capabilities.

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Dacia Duster (2023)

In use, with 115 hp and 260 Nm of maximum torque, the 1.5 dCi block needs 10.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h but fuel consumption very rarely exceeds 6 l/100 km (ie +1 l/100 km vs 4×2).

In fact, performance is penalized by a mechanical gearbox equipped with a very short first gear in our all-wheel-drive version. A trick to do without a short range and therefore save money.

Not perfect in the town where you spend your time playing lever, but perfect for our test conditions on Moroccan tracks. In fact, with all-wheel drive (focused via dedicated tires) and a ground clearance of 21.4 cm, it goes anywhere just equipped with Mud & Snow tires as standard (reinforced grip).

The front and rear cameras are very practical to see where you put the wheels. We were even surprised that the Duster group returned to the fold without a single hole, after us day on uneven tracks, overcoming sometimes impressive obstacles.

Dacia Duster (2023)

More expensive but better used

Bad news: there is a minimum inflation of 500 euros throughout the range, due to the enrichment of the equipment. A common strategy among manufacturers, but is it relevant for Dacia customers?

Yes, because the various optimizations are not even mentioned, the 8-inch touchscreen Media Display multimedia system is now standard (previously a 300 euro option).

So, the Duster now starts from 16,990 euros in the Essential finish with the Eco-G 100 petrol unit and from 18,500 euros on Diesel dCi 115 hp 4×2.

At the top of the catalog, the new Journey finish (replacing the Prestige finish) is enriched with folding electric mirrors and automatic wipers, and starts in the dCi version from 22,400 euros in 4×2 (excluding 2023 malus 150 euros with 127 g/km of CO2 emitted) and 24,700 euros in 4×4 (not including the penalty of 450 euros with 139 g/km of CO2).

Dacia Duster (2023)

Technical specifications Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 115 hp

Data sheet Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 115 hp BVM6 4×4
Model tested: Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 115 hp BVM6 4×4
Dimensions L x W x H 4.34 / 1.80 / 1.68m
Wheelbase 2.68m
Minimum / maximum trunk volume 411-1614 l
Tare weight (DIN) 1.433 kg
Engine transfer 4-cylinder turbo diesel – 1,461 cc
Maximum power 116 hp
Maximum torque 260 Nm at 1,750 rpm
0 to 100 km/h 10.2s
fastest 175 km/h
CO2 rate (WLTP) 139g/km
Mixed consumption advertised (WLTP) – raised 5.3l/100km
Prices from 22.450 €

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