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Dacia Duster (2012) priced from £8995

Published: 27 June 2012 Updated: 26 January 2015

Renault’s sub-brand Dacia will price its Duster compact SUV from just £8995 when it goes on UK sale on 28 June 2012.

That puts the Duster among Ford Fiesta and Hyundai i10 prices, and around £6000-7000 less than its rivals from Skoda and Nissan.

A new 4×4 for less than £9000?

Well, not quite. The entry-level Duster may only cost £8995, but for that you’ll have to settle for front-wheel drive, a 104bhp 1.6 petrol engine and no radio.

If you want all-wheel drive for a proper 4×4 spec, you’ll have to stump up a still bargain £10,995. Upping the price to £13,495 buys the Ambiance trim level, with alloy wheels, chrome interior finishing – and, yes – a radio, with MP3 player connectivity.

You can also choose the 109bhp diesel motor priced from £11,495; it comes just in intermediate Ambiance and top-spec Laureate trim.

What’s on a top-spec Dacia Duster?

Your surprisingly affordable £14,995 brings you heated electric door mirrors, a leather steering wheel and BlueTooth compatibility, which, above the standard Ambiance trim, makes for a well-equipped machine.

Dacia expects the majority – two-thirds, in fact – of UK buyers to opt for the flagship Laureate Duster, since it only costs £50 more than a base Skoda Yeti, and £1600 less than a poverty-spec Nissan Qashqai.

When can I buy a bargain Dacia?

UK order books open on 28 June 2012, alongside a UK debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June  – 1 July).

Dacia is confident the highly competitive pricing, and options to extend to standard three year/60,000 mile warranty to five or even seven years, will make for a compelling ownership proposition for those who might otherwise shy away from a brand new car in favour of second-hand purchases.

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish