Dacia Duster

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How much does the Dacia Duster cost to run?

The 1.5L diesel is the most economical Dacia Duster to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Dacia Duster 1.5L diesel costs £30.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band C.

It does just over 64 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Citroen C4 Cactus 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Renault Kadjar 1.5L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 10, which is lower than the Nissan Juke 1.5L diesel, but higher than the Citroen C4 Cactus 1.2L petrol. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Citroen C3 Aircross has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.5L diesel
mpg53.3 - 64.3
emissions115 - 137
tax£145.00 - £30.00
insuranceGroup 10 - 15

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Dacia Duster: How big is the boot?

The Dacia Duster has an above average boot space (453 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This would allow one pushchair and 2 large bags. Alternatively you could load up with 3 large bags or 3 cabin bags instead.

Worth knowing, the Renault Kadjar hatchback is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 4 large bags with its 647 litres.

Is the Dacia Duster easy to park?

This is one of the widest cars in the class, which makes it feel like a bit of a squeeze in the multi-stories. If that stresses you a bit, try the much narrower Citroen C4 Cactus.

When it comes to parking on the street, the Duster is one of the hardest. It has a turning circle of 10m, and a length of 4321m, giving you a relatively small 479mm gap to turn the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking instead, the Hyundai IX20.

Which Dacia Duster has the best performance?

The fastest Dacia Duster from 0-60, is the 1.5L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 260 lbs/ft torque and 115 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 10.5 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Citroen C3 Aircross 1.2L petrol, which will beat your Dacia Duster to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.5L diesel
zeroTo6210.5 - 12.5
torque240 - 260
bhp107 - 115

What size caravan or trailer, can the Dacia Duster tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Dacia Duster 1.5L diesel which has 260 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.