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Review – Dacia Duster (2024) – Dacia does it again!

April 26, 2024

One size bigger?

The new Duster seems to have grown considerably, but appearances are deceptive. It is only a few millimeters larger than its predecessor. But thanks to its tough and rugged design, it has considerably more “road presence. With its angular shapes and elaborate plastic protection all around, it exudes adventure. Dacia used a lot of Starkle plastic, a material developed by Dacia itself containing 20% recycled material, which protects the car from scratches and damage. The hood only descends at the end, so that when you’re behind the wheel you can see the imposing hood in front of you and almost feel like you’ve bought a huge truck.

Three powertrains

Under the hood, the Dacia Duster offers kchoice of three different powertrains. At the bottom of the ladder is the familiar ECO-G 100 gasoline engine that also likes LPG. Thanks to two 50-liter fuel tanks – one filled with gasoline, the other with LPG – this version has a range of up to 1,300 kilometers. For those looking for a slightly more powerful but economical option, there is the 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with mild-hybrid technology. The mild hybrid is available with a manual and automatic transmission, while the LPG version is manual-only. A 4×4 version of the Duster is also back on the scene.


The version you want most is the full hybrid, with a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors, together good for 105 kW (143 hp). This version is always equipped with an automatic transmission. This smart powertrain allows the engines to work together without the need for a clutch. It allows one motor to blend seamlessly into the other, making it seem like you’re driving electric almost all the time. Why the full hybrid should be at the top of your wish list, we tell you in the video.


Inside, the Duster offers a tough interior that perfectly matches its rugged appearance. The dashboard with the inscription “Duster” and hexagonal air vents make it feel like you are in a mini-Jeep or -Hummer. The use of hard plastic is still prominent, but because it features beautiful patterns we cannot be annoyed by it. The addition of a 10.1-inch display tilted toward the driver, a wireless phone charger and USB-C ports puts modern conveniences at your fingertips. The Extreme version we are testing offers easy-to-clean MicroCloud upholstery and modular roof rails for added functionality for adventurers.

Luggage space Dacia Duster

In terms of luggage space, the Duster certainly does not disappoint, with a generous 472 liters of space, even when the LPG option is chosen. For adventurous travelers, the Duster now includes the optional Sleeppack, which allows a double bed to be set up in the car in less than two minutes. In the Extreme version we are testing, you get standard rubber mats in the luggage and footwells.


With a starting price of 25,590 euros, its tough design and practical functionality, the Dacia Duster is once again an excellent choice for those looking for a versatile SUV without breaking the bank. With several powertrain options and a spacious interior, the Duster offers everything needed for both daily drives and adventurous trips. In the video below, we tell you how the new Duster drives: