Fresh polish applied to Duster

Dacia Duster

DACIA is giving its chunkily handsome budget off-road hero, the Duster, a bunch of updates, writes William Scholes.

There's some mild exterior changes - we're in new headlamp and grille territory here, with fresh paint colours and wheel designs - with the biggest revisions inside.

Higher-spec cars get a new eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A reshaped centre console now offers up 1.1 litres of storage and in the back, there are USB chargers for the rear-seat passengers.

Dacia Duster

The Duster's range of engine remains largely the same as before with petrol and diesels standing alongside a bi-fuel option that can use both petrol and LPG.

A six-speed automatic gearbox is offered, too, while the 1.5-litre diesel version can be had with four-wheel-drive.

Thus equipped, the Duster is a properly capable little off-roader - as evidenced by its popularity in places like the Alps.

These are highly likeable cars, and while they may have some rough edges compared to rivals these can be forgiven when the car's conspicuous value-for-money is taken into account.

There's a simple honesty about the Duster which contrasts with the over-designed and underwhelming sensation that more expensive rivals can leave.

The updated Duster is due to go on sale later this year; expect it to remain conspicuously good value.

Dacia Duster

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