Dacia, the UK’s champion of affordable motoring, has committed a mild betrayal of its most heavily-touted mantra. It’s increased the starting price of Duster compact SUV by around £1,000, with the announcement of a new entry-level variant.
Previously, the Duster had been available for a four-figure sum (just) with a starting price of £9,995. The new entry-level TCe 100 doesn’t take away from the fact that the Duster remains the most affordable SUV in the UK. It’s still hiked up, though, with a new starting price of £10,995.
The TCe 100 replaces the SCe 115 as the entry-level engine, improving on CO2 emissions and fuel consumption by 18 percent. It’s a three-cylinder turbocharged lump that’s lighter and more compact.
It achieves between 48.7mpg and 49.5mpg on the WLTP cycle and produces 126g/km of CO2. Though down slightly on horsepower, it has 66 percent more torque, with 100hp and 192lb ft respectively.
The rest of the range continues on, with TCe 130 and 150 engines further up the engine line-up along with the 115hp diesel.
Duster delivers for Dacia
While you’ll pay a premium, the new entry-level engine sounds like a commendable lump. Dacia has to hope it’ll carry appeal. Over the past year, the Duster is the marque’s best-selling model.
The second-generation car has seen an 89 percent increase in registrations since this time last year, with 100,000 Dusters sold.