Dacia Duster - car review

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Duster is a compact budget crossover with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, developed by the Romanian unit of the Renault-Nissan-Dacia alliance. The development of the car cost the alliance โ‚ฌ 290 million. Production has been established in Romania, Brazil and Russia. Depending on the sales market, the crossover is presented both under the Renault brand and under the name Dacia Duster. The world premiere of the model was held at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010.

The car is built on the global platform Nissan B. Dimensions are 4315 mm in length, 1822 mm in width, 1625 mm in height and 2673 mm base. For its size, it is very light: 1160 kg for the front-wheel drive version and 1250 kg for the all-wheel drive. The ground clearance depends on the type of drive: 205 mm in the 4x2 version and 210 mm in the 4x4 version. The geometry of the body is such that it allows the car to easily overcome obstacles on the way - deep bumps or high mounds. Short overhangs, large angles (angle of entry - 30, exit 35, overcoming obstacles - 23). The capacity of the trunk is 475 liters, with the rear seats folded, the size of the useful space is increased to 1636 liters.

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The verified silhouette and the correctly selected exterior elements underline the off-road character of the car and its multifunctionality. For Russia, the exterior of the Renault Duster was specially modified, thanks to which the car received a massive grille and additional chrome-plated elements, which made the car look aggressive and powerful. Wide wheel arches and crankcase reinforce the idea of โ€‹โ€‹all-wheel drive.

The interior of the Duster is largely copied from Sandero and repeats the same minimalism and characteristic features of the Logan family. For example, the original form of air ducts or rear door handles. The overall similarity of the salons is diluted with decorative inserts (under wood and metal), and round shapes of the speed indicator and the tachometer, slightly flattened at the bottom. The Duster engine range consists of three units: a 1.6-liter 102-horsepower gasoline and two 1.5-liter diesel engines with a capacity of 85 and 110 hp. Two transmission options are included. A five-speed manual for a monodrive with a gasoline engine and a weaker diesel.

Six-speed manual for all-wheel drive car with a gasoline engine and a more powerful diesel engine. It is also possible to install a 6-speed gearbox in the front-wheel drive version with a 110-strong diesel. All engines boast particularly economical fuel consumption. All engines boast economical fuel consumption. The combined cycle fuel consumption in the 4x2 and 4x4 diesel interpretation of the Renault Duster DCI 85 version is 5.1 and 5.3 l / 100 km, respectively. The combined cycle fuel consumption in the 4x2 and 4x4 petrol interpretation of the Renault Duster 1.6 16V 105 version is 7.5 and 7.9 l / 100 km, respectively.

At the same time, the car shows good environmental performance for its class - 140 g / km in the version with front-wheel drive and diesel powertrain, and 150 g / km with all-wheel drive and turbo diesel.

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