Car Test: Dacia Duster 2, the Same … and Better!

The Dacia Duster 2 resembles the old but better!

With the arrival of the new Dacia Duster 2, took no risks in pleasantly reshaping its rugged looks and keeping him a modest fee that starts at € 11,990.

Appeared in 2010, the Dacia Duster could have, should have, be the car of the year. Its look, its simplicity, convenience, versatility and price were an incredibly seductive cocktail.

Also, the Franco-Romanian brand launches its secon generation taking care of any better without breaking the spell. In other words, the new Dacia Duster 2 looks like the former although it doesn’t share any body part.

Its grille stretches to headlamps pushed to the ends of the front, they adopted a new light signature that incorporates LED daytime running lights. The windshield is steeper and its base has been advanced by 10 cm, while the waistline is higher. The rear face stands out more lights formed with four red squares. Finally, arches front and rear, wider, emphasise its adventurer side.

A better perceived quality

The interior has also been redesigned to offer more comfort, ergonomics with input from better materials.
The interior has also been redesigned to offer more comfort, ergonomics with input from better materials.

The front seats, more enveloping, benefit from a more dense foam provide better support and receive integrated armrests. The multifunction steering wheel is now again adjustable in height and depth. The dashboard, dressed in a duller and flexible coating, has been altered so as to enhance the multimedia screen and navigation.

Finally, more absorbent materials and thicker windows allowed a good reduction of interior noise. Thus, comfort appears as the great improvement to earnings of the new Duster. The driver is installed better behind the wheel and, from the first laps, soundproofing is appreciated, especially in the case of a petrol engine.

A greater driving comfort

The new electric power steering enhances led by its small gear and support evolving according to the speed. The lifts in the steering wheel are better filtered for poor surfaces.

So many improvements that make the Duster more effective on dirt roads more or less saggy it is obliged to deal with its ground clearance and flight angles, especially in his 4 × 4 versions. The latter has the option to block transmission in traction or to transfer constantly 50% of torque to the rear axle or to prefer a torque distribution between front and rear automatically depending on the conditions of adhesion, and up to 50% on the rear.

Side cameras, positioned below the mirrors, are used to directly visualize the front wheels to accurately place the vehicle. An automatic descent control system for steep descents is also planned.

In contrast, no new petrol engines with still a 1.6 litre 115 HP and a 1.2 litre turbo 125 hp, and Diesel of 1.5 litre in two power versions of 90 or 110 hp, the latter can receive the famous automatic EDC 6-only version 4 × 2.

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