Dacia Duster review

Our Rating: 
2012 model
By Auto Express Test TeamComments

The Dacia Duster is a Nissan Qashqai alternative with a Nissan Micra price tag. It’s consistently one of our top-rated small SUVs

Superb value for money, roomy enough to be a usable family car, nice to drive
Entry-level Access models are basic, diesel is noisy, poor safety score

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The Dacia Duster is a compact SUV that costs the same as a supermini. The low pricing helps make it competitive enough to take on the best in the family hatchback and crossover SUV sectors. See it as a cut-price Nissan Qashqai that’s good enough to have buyers questioning whether they really need to spend more for the real thing. 

The Dacia Duster range is simple and some models are very basic, but there’s no doubting the value for money on offer – it’s a genuinely cheap and cheerful model, particularly after the range was subtly enhanced for 2015 with a new grille and new top-line trim level. 

It does have weaknesses, particularly in the areas of safety, the lack of features on some models and engines that aren’t quite as economical as more expensive alternatives. But the Duster compensates with superb interior flexibility, appealing looks and decent overall driving manners.

It’s a no-frills but stylish SUV that does exactly what it says on the tin without costing you a fortune. A smart buy indeed.

Our Choice: 
Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 110 4x2 Laureate Prime

The Dacia Duster launched in Britain in 2012, offering bargain-hunting car buyers a unique proposition: a family-friendly Nissan Qashqai-style compact SUV for the price a supermini. It remains so today: remarkably, the cheapest Duster costs less than the cheapest Ford Fiesta!

Unlike many budget cars, though, the Duster has genuine appeal. Dacia is part of the huge Renault-Nissan Alliance, so the oily bits beneath the surface are up to date, and some of the bits inside can also be seen in Renaults and Nissans.

Offered in a single five-door bodystyle, The Duster is similar in size to a Nissan Qashqai, which means it has a roomy interior that’s big enough for a family of five. There are only two engines and the 1.6 petrol is only offered on the base car so most buyers get the 1.5-litre diesel. Dacia offers a 4x4 option, but not an automatic.

For 2015, Dacia gave the Duster a mild facelift. A revised grille, some fresh colours and new wheel choices were offered. A top-spec trim level was introduced too, called Laureate Prime. As a result, the Duster has never been more expensive but Laureate Prime is also probably the best value version in the range.

It all means there are now four trim lines for the Duster: Access, Ambience, Laureate and Laureate Prime (that will only be sold in 2015, says Dacia). The Access is almost unacceptably basic – you don’t even get a radio or body-colour bumpers, and the only colour you can have is white – which makes the effective entry-level car the Ambience. Do note, air con is only standard on Laureate models. 

Prices are comparable to superminis but the Duster’s chief rivals are cars like the Ford Focus, Skoda Yeti and Suzuki S-Cross – and of course the Nissan Qashqai and new Renault Kadjar with which it shares showroom space.

Engines, performance and drive

A simple engine choice and a straightforward drive: the best engine is the diesel, and Dacia’s trim line-up reflects this

The Dacia Duster is a simple, straightforward car and this is reflected in the way it drives. If you’re looking for something a bit more engaging, look to the Ford Focus: the approach here is focused on delivering a decent ride and safe, foolproof handling, rather than the ultimate in driver enjoyment.

Because it’s a bit higher off the ground than a regular hatch, the soft suspension means the Duster does lean a bit in corners. It doesn’t give much feedback either, but the benefit comes in ride quality around town. The Duster soaks up bumps well and is supple over rough roads. Just be mindful that the suspension can produce a sensation like a bobbing boat if you drive too fast down undulating roads.

Early UK-market Dusters didn’t have ESP as standard, a major safety omission. All 2015 cars now have it as standard though, and there’s a Nissan-derived three-mode 4WD system available across the range if you want the security of extra traction.

The high seats and raised stance mean the Duster is a confidence-inspiring drive in the city, although the budget car does still lag behind pricier rivals in its lack of safety assist tech – emergency auto-braking is unavailable, for example. Rear parking sensors are a dealer-fit option: front sensors are not offered by Dacia. 


The engine choice is simple for the Duster range: a 103bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine, or a 108bhp 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel. Indeed, Dacia makes it even simpler: the 1.6 is only offered on base Access trim – all other Dusters come with the sole diesel engine. 

The diesel is easily preferable. The Renault-sourced unit can be a bit gruff under acceleration, but it’s a decent performer with lots of pull at the bottom of the rev range and ample strength to pull a family of five. You don’t have to keep changing gear to maintain progress, and the six-speed gearbox itself is light and easy; this helps keep engine noise under control when cruising. 

The 1.6-litre engine is harder work. Despite being the fastest Duster on paper (0-62mph is quoted at 11.5 seconds, compared to 11.8 seconds for the diesel), it feels flat on the road because it has to be revved: it has 60% less pulling power than the diesel, and this torque is delivered 2,000rpm higher up the rev range.

Driving the 1.6 quickly is thus a noisy affair that you won’t enjoy. If it’s fully laden, you’ll have to work the gearbox – if you have to go petrol, choose the 4x4 variant as this has a six-speed gearbox that makes it a bit easier. Do note, Dacia doesn’t offer an automatic transmission on any Duster.

MPG, CO2 and running costs

Diesel fuel economy is average compared to rivals but the petrol is uncompetitive

The two Renault-derived engines are both familiar units – and easily the best choice is the dCi diesel. Fuel economy isn’t exceptional by modern standards, but 56.5mpg for the front-wheel drive 4x2 version is still acceptable. CO2 emissions of 130g/km mean it just falls into the free first-year road tax category.

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Impressively, the fuel economy penalty for choosing the 4x4 diesel is minimal: it still averages 53.3mpg and official consumption figures for urban driving are even more closely matched. Do note that stop-start or any other green assist features are unavailable on any Duster, though. 

The petrol engine is much less competitive. It averages 39.8mpg, a figure we used to associate with 1.6 petrol cars of a decade ago. In town, official figures suggest less than 30mpg, which is worryingly thirsty. The 4x4 version officially averages just 35.3mpg overall, and emits a whopping 185g/km of CO2 – that’s a full four VED tax bands higher than the 4x4 diesel. 

Insurance groups 

The 1.6 Access petrol reflects its basic nature with a supermini-like group 6 insurance rating. Its unpainted black bumpers will be cheap to repair and there’s so little kit as standard, it’s unlikely to attract much attention in a car park.

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The stronger everyday performance and more complex nature of diesel-engined Ambience models means insurance group ratings take a jump up to group 10. Laureate models are higher still, at group 11 – although do note the theoretically more secure handling of Laureate 4x4 models pitches them a group lower, back in group 10. 

Laureate Prime Dusters will be the most expensive to insure, with the 4x2 model coming in at group 12. Again, the 4x4 has an advantage, at group 11. 

An alarm isn’t standard on any Duster variant, but is offered as part of the £595 protection pack, which also includes rear parking sensors and extra tailgate protection.

Generally, the Dacia Duster holds a significant insurance group advantage other compact SUVs. The base Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Visia, for example, starts at group 17.


Not only is the Duster cheap to buy, but it also holds on to a good proportion of its value on the used market. It’s a popular car that’s in demand, which helps retained values remain comparable or even slightly better than rivals from Skoda, Kia and Hyundai.

Because the list prices are so very low, the monetary cost of depreciation will be thousands less than comparable compact SUVs.

Some versions do perform better than others, though. The Laureate is sought after because used buyers know it will come with air-conditioning as standard, for example; the base Access is less appealing because of its solid white paint and thirsty 1.6-litre petrol engine.

Interior, design and technology

The Duster isn’t the most stylish or high-tech machine inside, but space and practicality more than compensate

The Duster has an appealing, chunky SUV style on the outside, with bold wheelarches and a stylish front end. The latter has been enhanced for 2015, and the new colours now on offer also modernise the Duster. The black sheep is the Ambience which, with its white paint and unpainted trim, looks cheap. 

Incidentally, the Laureate Prime only has one paint choice too – but it’s a very appealing Cosmos Blue metallic. 

The appealing style isn’t quite carried through to the inside. The dashboard is neat enough, but a bit plain compared to other compact SUVs – and quality reflects its budget roots in being a bit plasticky and plain in places. It feels like a supermini-class car, rather than a more premium SUV. 

The dials and switchgear will be familiar to Renault Clio drivers, and it’s all very simple to use. It lacks high-tech features, preferring good old fashioned knobs to more modern electronic displays. You don’t even get a trip computer until the top-spec Laureate, for example. 

The only version that does feature advanced tech is the Laureate Prime: it comes with a standard MediaNav Evolution touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav. This has live traffic info and Aha web radio; the regular Laureate is available with an older version of MediaNav sat-nav as an option.

Cloth trim in Ambience models feels cheap, but things do improve as you go up the range (every variant has a different type of seat trim). The Laureate Prime has special dark carbon upholstery with blue inserts; you can also choose leather on all versions above Ambience, but we’d stick with cloth.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment 

It’s a huge black mark here for the Access – because you don’t even get a radio as standard! At least Dacia fits the pre-wiring for an aftermarket stereo and speakers.

Ambience models have an MP3-comaptible CD stereo with AUX and USB connectivity, plus remote fingertip controls and Bluetooth connectivity. If you want infotainment, you must choose the optional MediaNav kit on the Laureate (it costs a bargain £300), or take the Laureate Prime where it’s fitted as standard.

Practicality, comfort and boot space

Roomy, practical and with a big boot, the Duster takes some beating in the usability stakes

The Duster may be priced like a supermini but one of its key showroom draws is the amount of space it offers. It’s a similar size to the Nissan Qashqai on the outside and this is reflected in the amount of space within – for drivers, passenger and luggage. Sensibly, Dacia only offers the Duster as a five-seater.


At 4,315mm long, the Duster is just 55mm shorter than a Qashqai, and it’s actually a bit longer and wider than regular hatchbacks such as the Hyundai i30. It’s of course higher off the ground than a regular family hatch – at 1,695mm tall, it’s actually the same height as the more SUV-styled Nissan X-Trail

Another key advantage over less SUV-biased models is ground clearance. The standard Duster can clear obstacles 205mm tall and the 4x4 version has an additional slight advantage in terms of ground clearance, offering 210mm. This can pay dividends in the urban jungle, not just off road. 

Leg room, head room & passenger space 

All occupants will appreciate the Duster’s tall design. It gives a better view out for driver and passengers and the fact that you step into it rather than lowering yourself down makes access easier. Getting in won’t be a struggle and neither will helping children do up their seat belts in the back. The driving position is decent but do note, a height-adjustable driver’s seat is not fitted to base Access models.

Rear seat access and roominess is impressive for a car so competitively priced; three people can be loaded into the back, making it a viable family car choice. Just note, the rear seat is a bit soft, so for regular long journeys fully-laden, you may prefer a more conventional car such as a Ford Focus.


The Dacia Duster has a superb 475-litre boot. This is much bigger than models such as the Ford Focus (363 litres) and Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), and it can stretch to 1,636 litres with the seats folded. Again, though, the Access suffers here as the Duster doesn’t have a split-fold rear seat as standard. 

4x4 versions of the Duster have a slightly smaller boot, due to the all-wheel drive running gear. If you have a spare wheel option, they offer 408 litres with the seats up and 1,570 litres with them down. You can choose a puncture repair kit instead though, to yield more space: 443 litres with the seats up and 1,604 litres with them folded.

The boot is a good, well planned shape and, although the boot lip is a bit higher off the ground than in a regular hatch, this actually makes it a bit easier to slide things in and get them out again.

What the Duster lacks are any premium load bay features such as fancy tie-down points and clever sliding rear seats to trade passenger legroom for boot space. It’s a basic setup that reflects the value-led list prices – it offers space in abundance and Dacia feels for most buyers, this will be enough. 

The Duster will haul a maximum braked trailer weight of 1,200kg in 4x2 guise and 1,500kg as a 4x4. Unbraked, it ranges from 615kg for the 1.6 4x2, up to 680kg for the 1.5 dCi 4x4.

Reliability and Safety

Simple, straightforward and well proven, although safety is middling and early cars suffered a few issues with rust

The Dacia Duster had been sold for several years in Europe before arriving in the UK. This, combined with its simple nature and use of very well proven Renault and Nissan-sourced components means reliability and dependability are proving competitive.

There has been a surprising issue with rust appearing on early models, though. These were built in India and don’t seem to have had quite the same level of corrosion protection we’ve come to take for granted in the UK. The 2015 model is built in a different plant in Romania and Dacia assures us the issue has now been sorted. 

What really lets the Duster down is its weak safety score. Euro NCAP has given it just three stars for overall crash safety. In a marketplace where five stars is the accepted norm and anything less than four stars is unacceptable, this is a real weakness.

The Duster suffers not because of any major failings in crash protection, but in its lack of safety assist features. ESP has only recently been standardised, for example, and electronic emergency braking isn’t available even as an option. Only front and side airbags are fitted as standard; curtain airbags are not available.


The Duster has an average warranty of three years and 60,000 miles. Although it’s sold in the same showroom as Renault, Dacia has decided not to follow the French firm’s four-year warranty package. Significantly for owners of early Dusters, there is a two-year paintwork warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty: a surprising number of owners have already claimed on this.

Dacia offers two optional warranty extension packs for buyers of new Dusters, to five years and 60,000 miles, or seven years and 100,000 miles. If you buy on finance, the five-year pack is often included as standard, as an incentive. 


The Duster has a rather short service schedule of one year and 12,000 miles: most Renaults and Nissans stretch this further, which is surprising. There is, however, no difference in schedules between diesel and petrol, or 4x2 and 4x4 models, which makes things straightforward. Variable service intervals are unavailable. 

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I'm sorry but 3 and a half stars for styling... the car doesn't even have alloys??!!!

4 stars for this is just a joke... what a horrible dreadful piece of crap!

I know there is a huge fanclub for Dacia because "ooooo there so cheap"... but that doesn't rub off on me. Why you wouldn't buy a NICE second hand car for the price of this TAT is beyond me!!!

Well I bought an 1.5dci Ambiance early May (metallic paint but no other extras) and have been running it for about three weeks and covered nearly 3000 miles, across Europe 4 times. Diesel noisy? - yes they all are, it comes down to level of soundproofing, it is not a problem when cruising. Comfort? no real problem and dead easy to get in and out of. Extras? who really needs them for a vehicle of this type. Space? excellent. Performance? As recommended I don't exceed 2500 rpm just now but it pulls OK and cruises at 70 mph all day. How many speeding tickets do you need before you wake up to today's reality? Satisfied? Absolutely, I want it for its utility, not to pose with. Gripes? The dealer offered extra packages are not worth the money, a pick and mix approach would be more interesting. Just about scrapes 50 mpg which is not that impressive, but maybe body size (drag?) is a factor and it may get better as the engine beds in.

A NICE second hand car won't have a 3 year warranty and zero miles on the clock.

Have you actually been in one? I sat in one in a Renault showroom and didn't think it was 'TAT'.

£655 for an upgraded styling pack to include DLR's? Aren't DLR's now compulsory for all new models under EU law?

Because you can buy a nice second hand Duster as well.

Actually that is the most silly argument ever. You can always buy a nice send hand car for the price of any new car. It applies to any new car so is has zero value. It comes up every now and then to remind us there are plenty of car brand snobs out there.

Oh, and why would need (and pay extra for) alloys on this type of car is way beyond me.

Well yes I have sat in one, and yes, it is EXTREMELY tatty.

As for 0 mileage, are you having a giggle? I have always ran my cars into high mileage and never found a problem. I would have far more faith running my old Audi A6 with 180,000 miles on the clock than this junk.

As for warranty... Anyone who has had a problem with their car and tried to get it repaired under manufacture warranty will tell you that it is not as valuable as it would appear on paper.

True, but nevertheless, it is still a valuable point!!! WHY buy this over a year old Qashqai for example which is nice to look at, good to drive and more reliable?

Why are you so bitter about this brand? Can you not afford one or something?

How on earth you can claim it is extremely 'tatty', that's just a typical trolling response.

I bet the indicators work for starters.

I suppose you could say I have a phobia of cheap and nasty products.

I would much prefer to be called a brand snob in the comfort of my BMW, than have to drive that!

This isn't a new model. It's new to the UK, but has been out in the rest of Europe for a few years now. Therefore it doesn't need DRLs as standard.

I think you have a phobia of Common Sense...

I think you have a phobia of Style...

I would be very interested to see how can you prove the Qashqai is more reliable than a newly released car.... By the way, both cars are built by the same manufacturer.

Why would you buy this one instead of similarly priced 1 year old Qashqai? Because it's new, has longer warranty, it's cheaper to run and does 16 mpg more (combined) whilst having 50% more torque. Not to mention much better attack angles, bigger boot, better off road capabilities.

Price? the cheapest 1 year old 4WD Qashqai is £19000 (autotrader) whilst the cheaper 4WD Duster is £11000. So you pay £8000 less for a new, more spacious, better offroader car.

Firstly, the Duster is a cheap Renault, a company hardly known for robust reliability, the Qashqai is built by Nissan, a brand in the motor industry which stands for reliable motoring. Renault and Nissan are in alliance but not on these two models my friend.

Secondly, the cheapest 1 year old qashqai on autotrader is just over £10k, pointless comparing 4x4 as they are both useless offroad, you may as well buy a real offroader like a Defender if off-roading is a priority.

As for styling... I simply refuse to argue why the qashqai is better looking than the WORST looking car on sale today.

Tell me something - you say you have sat in one. Given that you'd clearly made up your mind about them beforehand, can I ask why you bothered?

(P.S. there is a saying: "more money than sense" - I think it applies.)

OK folks - you heard it here first. Never mind the expert reviews from Auto Express, Carbuyer, Car and Driver, Top Gear etc. etc; never mind the string of awards from top motoring bodies. Mr 3-series sat in one and knows more about it than anyone else. It doesn't have a premium badge, so it's no good. Must be true.

A wise man once said "a fool and his money are easily parted." A cynic might argue that certain so-called "premium" brands have been relying on this principle for too long. Wonder what Mr Rightfoot drives...? Oh, right....

"The Qashqai is built by Nissan, a brand in the motor industry which stands for reliable motoring"

"Renault, a company hardly known for robust reliability"

You are really funny. The Qashqai is built on the C platform, just like Renault Megane, Koleos, Fluence, Kangoo and Scenic. And the diesel engines are Renault built as well.

Renault has such reputation because of car brand snobs like you.

Just like your Audi A6 is built by a company that used to have a reputation of being the folks' car. Fortunately for you, they increased their prices so you are driving a premium brand now. Although it still lags behind Renault Megane in the 2013 most reliable car top published by Autoexpress.

The cheapest Qashqai might be just over 10k, but you wouldn't buy that one because it's too cheap, so it must be bad.

"Renault has such reputation because of car brand snobs like you."

At that point I stopped reading because of your stupidity and naivety.

Renault are known for being unreliable because they're cars are unreliable!

Your banter is nearly as impressive as the styling of this car.

And another wise man once said "No way am I driving something THAT ugly. Instead I'll buy a car that I wouldn't mind people seeing me in"

Because they are on display in a range of shopping centres up and down the country?

Your're out of arguments so your high education starts to prevail.

Don't worry mate, there will always be a more expensive car for you to buy. Chill out, have another bear!

Look, I'm bored now, if you want to buy a cheap car which looks like it has some sort of mental disability, then go for it! I really don't mind!

Meanwhile, Yes... I will enjoy driving my overpriced BMW, because I am a petrolhead; someone who gets great enjoyment out of driving powerful sports cars... A concept I understand that the owners of these hideous vehicles will struggle to understand.

You also get great enjoyment spending your life online bashing cars you don't like.

Judging by the amount of energy you put in this instead of just enjoying your "overpriced" car, makes me think there is plenty of frustration in your petrolhead.

Live and let live!

well, your obviously in the minority, nigh 5,000 buyers in just a few months for a new brand to the UK is amazing, and as for quality, I think teh reputed quality of the German marques are factually poor, against other brands like Skoda, Jaguar and many others.

A year old bimmer looks tatty and rubbish and a second hand one would still cost twice that of a Dacia, they are honest and true, they don't have idea's above their station, and do exactly what they say they will do.
I have been in Dacia's and german cars, yes they dont ride the same, but they dont compete in the same segments, so to compare them is pathetic.

I would rather have a new Duster than a 2nd hand anything, your comment on warranties is stupid, and if you have had issues with your German cars and warranties, well that says it all.

That was most stupid comment I have ever read, well done.

Clearly I am the majority as Dacia are hardly the biggest selling manufacturer in the uk!!

As for the statement that you would prefer a new Duster over ANYTHING second hand... Hahaha that is brilliant! What an idiot.

In the latest JD power jobby, BMW faired poorly, in fact based on the comments below and its uber reliability the ACTUAL reliability is dreadful, and was beaten by such Quality brands of Kia, Mazda, Hyundai, Skoda, Jaguar Mercedes and so on.

BMW were in 15th place, thats DOWN one place from 2012 and down a further six places from 2011, whereas Renault have risen from 24th in 2012 to 21 this year, and only 1.5% away from beating your beloved BMW.

Now thats not just talk, thats statistics from people that OWN these cars, SO, if, as they are, Dacia are based heavily on tried and tested parts from Renault, there reliability will undoubtedly be the same if not better, as the cars are predominantly built for less than perfect road systems in their home country, SO, who now is driving the better car, I dont think it is the BMW driver, with a reputation dropping like a stone.

you want Ugly, what about the hideous 1 Series or the bloated and awful looking 6 series, the X1 is just so weird in proportions, and what about all the BANGLE BUNGLES as they were known....

This is easily the funniest bunch of comments I have ever read... The duster a better car than any BMW... HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA

Compared to the duster, the BMW's are gorgeous, even the runts of the family.

The Duster rivals the multipla, rodius and PT cruiser for the best representation of what a car would look like if it had downs.

NO, your the idiot, because you still think your BMW is better than anything else when there are far more superior cars out there,

yes you laugh at your own failure, heavyrightfoot= FAIL, why, because you cant see the facts for what they are


and your banter is nearly as pathetic as the bimmers are horrid

Wasn't that you that said that not me? When did I say my Beamer was better than anything else?

You are a strange little man... you have my sympathies.

Moving on now - as we all should, folks. No point appealing to a closed mind.

When you buy a BMW you are not just paying for the car you are also paying for the dealership premises that have to be of BMW specs and to make sure they are to spec BMW sells the repair equipment the showroom furniture the tin[les for the walls everything at another inflated price and the floor area around the repair bays has to be a certain size etc adding to the rateable value of the property. You are also paying for the availability of courtesy cars or collect from place of work when in for service or maintenance and as for reliability two cases from many come to my memory of many cases one that every auto box of a certain model had to be replaced because of faults and another model from a certain factory had to have a complete re-spray before being delivered to it's new owner.
I know this because I used to work for the delivery company that had the sole contract for BMW deliveries.
I also owned a Duster for 2 1/2 years and had no faults and was 100% satisfied with it and did not consider it ugly and before you ask I changed cars to purchase a Lodgy another Dacia model.

Folks, I'm aware this thread has gone cold, but I was put in mind of the "useless offroad" comments above. If anyone is interested in making up their own mind, objectively, as to the Duster's off road credentials, simply search 'Dacia Duster 4x4' or 'Dacia Duster off road' into YouTube. There are numerous videos that should help - sadly, it appears I can't post the urls direct in Disqus.

My experience with renault warranty has been second to none, even when my vehicle was outside of its 3 year warranty it was repaired with genuine parts free of charge because it had been serviced as per manufacturers specifications. Dacia is looking good europe wide.

When I paid for my BMW, I got a free phallus extension. It's got a little LED daytime running light on the crown too. I win.

Had my Duster for 4 months and am totally disgusted at the lack of customer service, appalling build quality and faults, all over a 2000 mile period. 2 breakdowns, rust appearing in 3 different areas and the dealwer and Dacia UK don't want to know.Avoid like a plague of locusts!

can only agree after having owned a BMW -it's shait!

wonder if those slaging you off also buy their food at Aldi. or heaven forbid Lidl!

Can't believe the comments about BMW having good reliability. I've owned 3 new BMWs over 7 years and had 7 breakdowns, requiring recovery. The most serious was a catastrophic engine failure requiring a new crank, big ends etc. Just out of warranty - cost a bloody fortune!

Why is no one talking about 3 star euro ncap crash rating of this car... If u want to be one of the statistics, go ahead and buy one

Fully discussed in a separate thread. Look beyond the headline ratings and you might lear n something - about the car, or about yourself...

I have a Dacia Duster and I am very happy with it I have previously owned an Audi q5 an Audi TT a Nissan Juke and various Peugeot models and also a Mercedes A clas all new and I can honestly say I wish Dacia had been around years ago and I could have saved myself a fortune I am more than happy with my Dacia it's a great car

The dacia is built with the same chassis as a qashqui, the 4x4 is off an xtrail and it uses the same 1.5dci as the qashqui, pretty reliable then.

the qashqai ( stupid name) is as dog ugly as a kia or hyundi who also make cars with stupid names

look at Clarksons comments about SSangyongs pub brawl and believe it or not designd by a brit who obviously designed the skoda estell as well

Last updated: 7 Oct, 2015