In-depth reviews

Dacia Duster review - Reliability and safety

The Duster's lowly safety rating might be a concern for some buyers, although Driver Power customer feedback is improving

With the budget price comes one or two compromises, but safety is something many buyers will be unwilling to sacrifice. In an age when many cars seem to receive a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the new Dacia Duster can only muster three stars.

Not only is this the same rating it received in 2011, but two of the scores have actually decreased in the six years between the two tests. Of course, the test has become tougher, but adult and child occupant protection scores of 71% and 66% respectively aren’t even close to class best. Scores of 57% for pedestrian safety and 37% for safety assist technology are nothing to write home about, either.

Safety devices such as autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping assist simply aren’t available, while blind spot monitoring is only offered on the top-spec Prestige model.

The Duster finished in a creditable 16th place on a 75-car list in our 2021 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while the manufacturer itself has managed to move up a few spots from 30th (and last) position in the Best brands poll, to 27th.

Warranty

The Duster’s three-year/60,000-mile warranty is merely adequate for this sector, especially considering Hyundai offers a comprehensive five-year warranty, while Kia and SsangYong offer seven years of protection, and Toyota provides up to ten years cover.

Still, at least the Duster is covered by an additional two-year paintwork warranty and six years of anti-corrosion cover. Extended warranties are available, for up to six years or 100,000 miles. You’ll pay between £150 and £650, depending on which package you opt for.

Servicing

Dacia recommends getting the Duster serviced every year or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. Service Plans range from £399 for a three-year/30,000-mile deal to £999 for a four-year/60,000 plan, although this also includes an extended warranty. Monthly payment plans start from £9.99 per month.

Most Popular

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work
speed limiters
News

EU demands speed limiters on all new cars from next week: know the rules and how they work

Car industry body calls for UK government to adopt the new measures, but we’ll probably get them anyway…
29 Jun 2022
New Nissan Ariya 2022 review
Nissan Ariya - front
Road tests

New Nissan Ariya 2022 review

Nissan is looking to reestablish its electric car credentials with the new Ariya and rivals should be worried
30 Jun 2022
Best car manufacturers 2022
Best car manufacturers header
News

Best car manufacturers 2022

We reveal the UK’s best car brands based on the feedback from car owners who took our 2022 Driver Power survey...
29 Jun 2022