Dacia Duster review - Interior, design and technology
The Dacia Duster looks better than before, and the interior quality is up a notch
The second-generation Dacia Duster looks far more upmarket than its predecessor. It’s an evolution of the old car, albeit with a sharper, more muscular look, but not a single body panel has been carried over. The 2021 facelift has also injected some additional style with tweaks to the exterior and upgrades inside the cabin.
The Comfort and Prestige models are given more street appeal courtesy of contrasting front and rear skid plates and alloy wheels. On the Prestige model, the wheels are 17-inch ‘diamond-cut’ versions.
Things are much improved on the inside, too, with the comfortable seats benefiting from higher-quality upholstery than before, reduced cabin noise when on the move and a good range of hard-wearing plastics. It’s not what you’d call luxurious, but it’s hard to find fault with the build quality, especially considering the price point.
Overall, the cabin design is more functional than it is inspiring, although the new ‘piano-style’ controls below the air vents is a nice touch. Dacia has fitted a bigger eight-inch infotainment screen to Comfort and Prestige versions which also include Bluetooth, a DAB radio and two USB ports.
The Essential trim features black exterior door handles, mirrors and roof bars, 16-inch steel wheels and model specific upholstery, while top-spec Prestige models feel a definite step up in quality with chrome trim, grey roof bars, automatic air-con, heated seats and a multi-view camera.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The entry Essential car has a basic audio set-up, with no media display, although does include a radio/CD with MP3 connectivity, Bluetooth and steering wheel controls. Comfort and Prestige cars have an eight-inch infotainment screen, a DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the top-spec car also includes integrated sat-nav.
In this review
- 1Dacia Duster reviewThe Dacia Duster is better than ever, and is possibly the best value SUV you can buy
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Duster focuses mainly on delivering comfort, while being reasonably economical and rather good off-road
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsCheap to buy and cheap to run – owning a Dacia Duster shouldn’t break the bank
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingThe Dacia Duster looks better than before, and the interior quality is up a notch
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spacePracticality is a real Dacia Duster strong point, offering space for five adults and a large boot
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Duster's lowly safety rating might be a concern for some buyers, although Driver Power customer feedback is improving