- Prices and specs announced for new Duster
- More safety kit available
- Costs from £9,995
- Release date – 11 June
Dacia has announced exactly how much the new Duster will cost when it goes on sale in the UK on 11 June 2018. Keep reading for a full rundown on the model’s price, specs and release date.
2018 Dacia Duster price and release date
The new Duster is on sale now, and costs from £9,995 for a two-wheel drive petrol model in basic Access trim.
Essential versions – with Bluetooth, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, DAB digital radio and body-coloured bumpers – cost from £11,595.
But you’ll have to hand over £13,195 for a Comfort model if you want a seven-inch touchscreen with built-in sat-nav, parking sensors, alloy wheels and electric front and rear windows.
Range-topping £14,395 Prestige cars come with blind-spot warning, a reversing camera, keyless entry and 17-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Dacia Duster specs overview
Dacia’s rugged SUV is available with more safety kit than ever and an all-new more-upmarket interior.
Before this new model goes on sale, check out the latest deals on the outgoing Dacia Duster, or click the green button below to configure your perfect car and compare offers on a range of new, pre-registered and used in-stock cars.
2018 Dacia Duster styling
The new Duster retains the old car’s chunky proportions, but looks a lot more modern thanks to its wraparound grille, which adds more than a hint of Land Rover Discovery to its appearance.
The headlights and brake lights have been tweaked, too – the former now come with LED daytime running lights – and are much prettier than the basic designs found on the old model.
The bulging bonnet and boxy wheel arch extensions help it look tough as do the large silver trims on the bumpers, which mimic the underbody protection you get on hardcore off-roaders.
New 17-inch alloy wheels and optional Atacama Orange paint – as seen on the car in these images – mean the new Duster looks less utilitarian than the car it replaces.
2018 Dacia Duster interior
The new Duster’s interior marks a significant step up in quality from the old car. Grey, cheap-looking plastics are out, replaced by darker materials that appear more expensive.
The design is also more dramatic courtesy of three central air vents that sit proud of the rest of the dashboard. Although, you still get practical features such as the storage bin in front of the front passenger and the large tray that sits ahead of the gearstick.
Comfort models and above come with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display with satellite navigation and USB connectivity as standard. It’s now located more prominently at the top of the centre console, so it’s easier to follow its directions while you’re driving.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to pay extra for a range-topping Prestige version if you want climate control, while leather seats cost an extra £500 across the range.
Thankfully, more-padded seats comes as standard that, when combined with the Dacia’s thicker windows, should make the Duster a more comfortable car to travel long distances in.
You now also get more interior storage spaces – it has increased by 20 per cent compared to the old Duster – while boot capacity sits at 445 litres (two-wheel drive models) or 376 litres (four-wheel-drive cars). For reference, a Volkswagen Golf has a 380-litre boot. As of yet, there’s no word on passenger space, although you would expect it to improve.
2018 Dacia Duster engines and driving
The new Duster comes with the option of a 115hp 1.2-litre petrol capable of more than 40mpg or a 115hp1.5-litre diesel engine that can crack 60mpg. Both come with a manual gearbox and front-wheel drive as standard, but you can upgrade to four-wheel drive for £2,000 in petrol versions.
Unfortunately, you can’t get an automatic gearbox, but blind-spot warning and a rear-view camera – that’ll help you park in tight spaces – come fitted as standard to Prestige versions.