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The offer for the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 sounds tempting trendy compact SUV Renault with sophisticated technology for the price of a small car. But how beats the SUV in the endurance test over 50,000 km?

As Dacia 2005 Logan showed up with the on the German market, the competition could still console themselves that the cars of the Romanian Renault subsidiary brand were indeed offered at dumping prices, but little else irritant sprayed. Launched in early 2010 Dacia Duster Dacia However, the program has a model whose appeal is not based on an extremely low price for the first time. The powerful compact SUV is a hand width shorter than a VW Tiguan, but with a base price from 11 990 EUR only half as expensive as the Wolfsburg bestseller. That depends: 2011 Duster ranked in the favor of private clients behind Tiguan and Nissan Qashqai, but ahead of BMW X1 and Skoda Yeti in third place of the German SUV registration statistics.

Compromise on quality of materials and workmanship

Prestige is the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 several amenities such as air conditioning, CD radio, fog lights and leather on the steering wheel and seats, and thereby the functional cockpit rustic ambience changes nothing. During the cold winter months instead intensified the criticism of the little contoured seats, for a Dacia dispensed with leather upholstery usual seats. Outside the reinforced top version, however, with large aluminum wheels, dark-tinted rear windows and rear underrun protection, roof rails and side skirts the appearance of the off-roader. Thus, the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 makes her a lot, although it requires compromise on quality of materials and workmanship in detail. These include unclean carpets laid facing the bottom plate or loose door seals as well as interior and exterior solid door opener or a little limp-simple tonneau cover. Pragmatists have left for only a shrug and point to the easy entry and exit, or the good layout of the body, which provides enough space for passengers and luggage available.

Thanks sufficient direct steering allows the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 great control through the urban jungle. Newcomers but wonder about the short first of six gears. He serves as a substitute for the lack of low range gearing, on the road is possible without starting in second gear.

For trips off the beaten slopes of the otherwise all-wheel drive automatically on a rigid force distribution can be changed. In everyday life, it is usually only the front-wheel drive mode since the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 anyway not animated at a brisk pace. Not even on the highway: as long there remains the pace in the field of advisory speed, the passengers traveling quite comfortable. However Eiligeren pilots make noise strong wind noise in the ear swelling. The diesel engine is not a mealy-mouthed. Especially after the cold winter nights he wakes up with severe difficulty nailing, and it takes a while until it reaches operating temperature, and falls into a bearable grumbling tone.

Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 used in the test average of 7.8 liters

On performance and consumption, there is little to complain about, however. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder drives the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 progressing rapidly and was satisfied over the test distance on average 7.8 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.

Although the technique is based on proven components group, not just the four-wheel drive proved to be reliable. After 23,000 miles there were complaints about scratching noises when engaging second gear. The workshop discovered the decomposing metal shavings inside and replaced the defective gear to guarantee - and valid at Dacia at least three years or 100,000 kilometers. Otherwise, this action would have cost around 2,500 euros. A few thousand miles later suffers the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 to massive loss of oil. The cause, a leaking supply line to the turbocharger is found quickly. Lack of rapid availability of suitable spare part helps the workshop unconventional and uses short hand of a new car. The only consolation: Typically these defects do not seem to be. Among the letters to the editor (see below), there are no similar problems.

During the remainder of the test distance was the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 only once for the interim inspection in the workshop, which now belong to the customer service every 15,000 km for the four-wheel drive diesel version of the past. Now, like all other Duster only every 30,000 kilometers to the inspection. On this occasion, the door lock was re-adjusted to the driver's side to stop rattling. On the often criticized, inaccurate fuel gauge but no defect was found. Recommendation of the workshop: When refueling after the fuel nozzle stops not fill up until it stops. Such little things like you can forgive the cheap Dacia Duster. But he should already be reliable.

And we continue: 62,000 km

Since the trouble with the gearbox and the oil loss of Dacia Duster dieselt without interference from the world - totally free premium, resulting in the small four-wheel drive in turn is appealing. Allows the materials at least not the distance traveled from around 62 000 kilometers read, they had already used on the first day anyway and washable. So what? So far, nothing fell off, and the downright decadent when acting Duster Leather upholstery is still tight and free of wrinkles. The only signs of wear: increasing wind noise in the driver's door and a shaky driver's seat. Since the remaining seats have no game, this lack can not derive from the rumbling 1.5-liter engine.

Reader opinions on Dacia Duster

So far I drove Kia and Honda, all problem cars, and the Dacia Duster joins seamlessly - just refueling, air and oil level check, that's it! It must be a family car - practical, durable, puncture-free, without electronic frippery, honest and affordable. I regretted the decision to buy on any day so far. By the way: Many Duster drivers greet the go - which I find very appealing. René Emperor

Rarely have I so well spent money for a car. To over 16,000 faultless miles I enjoy the feeling of having my best car of the last 24 years. Whether packed full of great holiday travel or everyday use, the Dacia Duster Renault 4 as convinced of modern times all around. The few criticisms - strong interior heating, ventilation weak, scratch-sensitive panels - I assume because of the low purchase price and the current reliability gladly accept. Thomas Petersen

My Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 consumes on average 6.5 liters per 100 km, including vacation trips crossing the Alps and stretches of motorway with a speed of 130 to 150Defects or shortcomings? So far, no. I am very satisfied. Peter Behrenbeck

For the endurance test, however, we did not choose the basic version, because at that time in the fall of 2010, the case only option offered was to have ESP (300 euros) exclusively for the powerful diesel version with 110 hp. With all-wheel drive (1,900 euros), full-fledged
spare wheel (50 €), metallic paint (450 euros) and Prestige features added up the price of the test car Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 then on no longer as favorable 19.390 euro - today he would new cost 19,600 euros.

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