2014 Dacia Duster Review

2014 Dacia Duster Review

A while back, at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the well known crossover has been revealed with an all new facelift from Renault-Dacia. While the Duster has been around for at least 3 years, the exterior hasn't really changed too much, meaning that a makeover was pretty much expected.

Even though the exterior has been updated, the guys at Renault-Dacia decided to bring some additional features in order to balance it even more.

The very first Dacia Duster has been created using a modified Clio platform. However, the 2014 model has received a new style which helps the Duster highlight its true off-road capabilities.

Some of these additional features include a redesigned grille which should give the Duster a more rugged look, daytime running lights with turn indicators combined together. While the wheels haven't been actually changed, the latest Duster received a new roof rail which has "DUSTER" written on it. With all of these changes, Renault-Dacia tried to keep some of the original characteristics as much as possible.

There isn't much of a difference compared to the previous Duster interior but it combines quite well with its exterior. The rear seats have been reinforced and it seems that the front seats have been changed according to the customer preferences. A wide range of gadgets have been added to the new Duster such as: rear parking sensors, cruise control, an exterior temperature display, and motion auto-lock. For the navigation system, it now includes Satellite Navigation and Bluetooth.

As for the drivetrain, the 2014 Dacia Duster will be getting an all new gasoline engine. Even though it gets some help from a turbocharger, the fuel consumption is fairly low. The direct-injected four-cylinder turbo engine is able to produce 123 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Unfortunately, pricing isn't available yet for the 2014 Dacia Duster. However, the previous Duster was one of the most affordable 4x4s out there which means there shouldn't big a price difference.

You can truly say that Renault-Dacia did a nice job balancing the Duster in every category.