Dacia Duster - best small 4x4s

Entry into the 4x4 segment needn’t be bank-breaking, as proved with the Dacia Duster.

The Dacia Duster is not just one of the cheapest SUVs on sale, it’s also one of the cheapest cars you can buy. 

Four-wheel drive can be had from Comfort-spec models and coupled with a variety of engines. The 4x4 versions aren’t the smoothest thanks to short gearing, but the 113bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel is a tried and tested powertrain and will muster 62.5mpg on the WLTP cycle. If you want your Duster with some punch, the 148bhp TCe150 petrol is the most powerful engine but still offers a respectable 44.4mpg. 

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The Duster presents itself as an off-roader capable of shaming 4x4s many times its price thanks to 210mm of ground clearance and a wading depth of 350mm. On the road, the Duster is easier and more refined than the old car but still some way off its German and Japanese rivals due to excessive road and wind noise and an inert driving experience. 

The interior is functional, which will be music to the ears of 4x4 enthusiasts, but it’s laden with equipment you wouldn’t expect at the Duster’s price-point. Touchscreen, sat-nav and a parking camera are available on the Comfort spec and upwards.

Best small 4x4s to buy now



    1. 1. Skoda Karoq
    2. 2. Volvo XC40
    3. 3. Dacia Duster
    4. 4. Mini Countryman
    5. 5. Mazda CX-3
    6. 6. Jeep Renegade
    7. 7. Fiat Panda 4x4
    8. 8. Suzuki Jimny
    9. 9. BMW X1
    10. 10. SEAT Ateca

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