Dacia Duster Extreme SE UK review Car News

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The Dacia Duster is the ultimate example of the Romanian company’s ability to tap relevant market segments with affordable and practical cars.

Launched in 2018, it was updated last year with a cleaner design, better efficiency and a revamped interior. Today, Dacia has added the crème de la crème of Dusters: the Extreme SE.

This plays into its desire to be seen as an outdoor adventure brand. Additionally, few customers opt for the base trim, so Dacia thinks it makes sense to nurture the top end of the Duster market, adding a specification based on its highest trim level, Prestige.

The special edition receives 17-inch black alloy wheels, exclusive Urban Gray paint and gray and orange details on the exterior mirrors, grille and roof bars. Inside, the orange theme continues on the air vents, center console, stitching and more.

The engines remain the same: here we are testing the mid-range 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a manual gearbox.

What does it look like?

It’s surprisingly lively, cruising comfortably around town but also not slouching on the highways.

The steering is light and a little indirect but not disruptive. In this sense, it has more sensations than the Citroën C3 Aircross.

Those inclined to throw it around corners would discover considerable body roll, but that’s so far from the Duster’s intended purpose that it’s largely irrelevant. The ride is generally comfortable and spongy, but gets choppy on dirtier surfaces. Another weakness is harsh wind noise at higher speeds.

Inside, the Duster plays with its audience with tough finishes and all the tech most would want. The Extreme’s equipment list includes keyless entry, multi-view camera, blind spot warning, heated seats and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, all of which work effortlessly .

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This notice was published: 2022-04-25 23:01:00

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