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Dacia Duster – MPG, emissions & running costs

Adding mild and full hybrid technology means the latest Dacia Duster is even more efficient than before

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG, emissions & running costs Rating

4.4 out of 5

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Model 

MPG

CO2

Insurance group

Dacia Duster TCe 130

46.3mpg

124g/km

N/A

Dacia Duster Hybrid 140

55.3mpg

115g/km

N/A

Being relatively light counts in the Duster’s favour when it comes to efficiency. The old Duster could return up to 45.6mpg with the TCE 90 and 130 petrol engines. Thanks to mild-hybrid help, Dacia says the assistance from the 48-volt starter-generator used in the TCe 130 reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by around 10 per cent compared with the previous car’s non-hybrid motor, and we managed a respectable 46.3mpg from a two-wheel drive model.

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The Hybrid is even better at 55.3mpg. To help boost efficiency around town, the Hybrid 140 always starts off in electric-only mode, which can motivate the Duster at slow speeds without using the engine much. However, the Hybrid 140’s claimed efficiency figure is a challenge to match at higher speeds because you’ll rely more on the engine to power the car.

Tax

While final pricing has yet to be announced, we doubt any Duster model will breach the £40,000 limit that would require an additional tax surcharge.

Private buyers will get a small discount going for the Hybrid 140 compared with the TCe 130 petrol version since the former is classed as an alternative fuel vehicle.

In our view, the hybrid’s CO2 figure of 115g/km could be a little lower, given that the mild-hybrid alternative puts out 124g/km and is likely to cost less to buy than the hybrid. For company car drivers paying Benefit-in-Kind (BiK), the Hybrid 140 is in the 28 per cent band, while the TCe 130 is in the 29 per cent band.

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