It depends what your looking at ...Here's an interesting read about how safe your duster may be !
Don't look too good to me !
I think you've got to look at the info that's available and make up your own mind as to the dusters safety abilities.I've been considering buying a Duster (1.5 diesel Laureate WITH ESC), however I have concerns about safety and the opinions above have not done much to allay them. I've checked the NCAP report for the Duster and it appears that the 3-star rating is not solely due to the lack of ESC technology as an option on the entry-level model. Adult occupant protection of chest is MARGINAL for both driver and passenger in frontal impact and WEAK in side impact pole. Rear impact (whiplash) [which according to research published in the scientific journal Traffic Injury Prevention constitutes the 'vast majority of injuries leading to permanent medical impairment'] is rated as MARGINAL in the Duster. By contrast, adult occupant chest protection is rated as GOOD in the Skoda Yeti and KIA Sportage and ADEQUATE in the Nissan Qashqai while whiplash protection is rated as GOOD in all three of these cars. In addition, independent research has shown that there is significant correlation between a car's NCAP star rating and the real-world crash data. (References available on request).
Please don't get me wrong. I'm not here to bash the Duster or promote any other car. In fact, I'm pretty disappointed because a Duster would suit me far better than a Yeti or a Sportage as I consider these to be mainly city cars whereas the Duster appears to offer an extremely desirable combination between price, off-road capabilities (even for the 2WD model -- certainly superior to the others) and performance. However, until someone shows me that the 3-star rating of the Duster can be SAFELY disregarded, I'll think twice about buying one.
Thanks for the comment, I've ordered a duster access 4x4, I looked at the info available and made my decision .A carefully considered view, Unicoder, thanks for replying. I'm in a kind of conundrum, as I said, because I really like the Duster and it seems to be the right car for me right now, but... I'll have to do some hard thinking in the next week or so...
I did the same reviewed all info available... including reasons why it only got a 3 rating rather than 4 or 5.A carefully considered view, Unicoder, thanks for replying. I'm in a kind of conundrum, as I said, because I really like the Duster and it seems to be the right car for me right now, but... I'll have to do some hard thinking in the next week or so...
Thanks for the comment, I've ordered a duster access 4x4, I looked at the info available and made my decision .
Hi ****,Hi Light_drizzle
It's not really for us to convince you to buy a Duster or not, most of us would be extremely biased having invested in the car. I am not suggesting your questions are not valid but perhaps you should direct them at Dacia via their Facebook Group or via your local dealer?
Have you test driven a Duster, Yeti and Sportage? That might be the next step for you?
Whatever you do I wish you all the best - if you find anything of interest then please let us know.
Bandit and Unicoder,I did the same reviewed all info available... including reasons why it only got a 3 rating rather than 4 or 5.
And decided for me the reason it was not awarded 4/5 were not important to me.