I am 500 miles in on a new Duster Laureate TCe 125 4/2. So this is just first impressions. This was brought to replace the Kia Venga since I have retired we took the cars down to one and the Venga had served us well, just it was a tad boring lacked any personality. Managed to get a good deal on the Duster from Pentagon in Lincoln so took it on a test drive and sorted the deal.
Nothing I am going to say about the car will surprise existing owners.
Firstly even though its not run in the speed response of engine was a lot better than expected, though in first a slow pull away seems to take the engine by surprise and it takes it time to get going, put your foot down for a fast pull away it responds straight away.
The instrument panel why oh why not have it light up even if lights not on it can be difficult to see, not helped as I have reactive lenses in glasses.
No CD on radio....ok I am an old git music in cars has gone through the whole gambit from nothing, radio, eight track,tape,CD. Its ok sir you can use the music on your phone (yes right that has nothing on it). I invested in a MP3 player earnt how to RIP a CD transferred my 15 strong Springsteen CDs and a couple of bootlegs from YouTube on to it. Now setting phone to the car was easy simple childs play (I did it myself did not use one of the kids to do it for me), setting the MP3 player by bluetooth no 40 mins latter I settled for plugging it in to the USB, it works though track selection I have to sort.
Thats it thats the whole list of negative comments. Oh the tyre low air warning light came on at around 400 miles checked the tyres all were fine, now that might be the local RAF stations fault every now and then the Venga s use to play up flash at me I learnt that it was always by RAF Scampton, the Dusters came on by RAF Scampton will keep an eye on it, its not everytime you go by its an occasional thing every one in fifty.
As for the positives I have to say the first impressions are I love it, comes with everything I want (except CD), its far faster than I thought, even turning on ECO still matches the Venga performance for instance. Its quieter than I expected. It absorbs the pot holes on the local roads well, and on the A1 though only 30 miles or so was great. I love the high driving position a fair few of my cars as I got older were similar the last being a 51 plate Honda CRV. I mention that because the fuel consumption whilst nowhere near whats claimed is far better than expected. Its about the same with ECO off as I was getting with the Venga and smashes the CRV that drank petrol.
Thats it one very happy customer so far will keep you updated cannot wait for it to get to 600 miles and sneak out without the wife just to see how it performs maybe its just the once before I go back to sedate old git driving but the boy racer lives on..