Dacia Duster 4×4 dci 110 in the endurance test: 50,000 km not faultless

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

05/06/2012 Jens Dralle

As Dacia 2005 showed up with Logan on the German market, the competition could still console ourselves that the cars of the Romanian Renault subsidiary brand were indeed offered at dumping prices, but little else sprayed appeal. With the introduced in 2010, Dacia Duster but Dacia has a model in the program, whose appeal lies not only in 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 Euro only half as expensive as the Wolfsburg bestseller. That depends: 2011 ranked the Duster 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.

For the endurance test, however, we did not choose the basic version, because at that time in autumn 2010, which was in any case only optionally available ESP (300 euros) to have exclusively for the more powerful diesel version with 110 hp. With all-wheel drive (1,900 euros), Full size spare (50 euros), metallic paint (450 euros) and Prestige equipment, the price totaled for the test car Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 then on no longer as favorable 19,390 euros - today he would cost new 19,600 euros.

Compromises in material quality and processing

Prestige is the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 few amenities such as air conditioning, CD radio, fog lamps and leather on the steering wheel and seats, where nothing changes on functional rustic cockpit ambience. During the cold winter months, instead criticizing the little contoured seating intensified because Dacia dispensed with leather upholstery usual seats. Outside reinforces the top version, however, with large aluminum wheels, dark tinted rear windows and underride guard, roof rails and side sills the performance of the off-roader. So the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 makes her a deal, but it requires compromises in material quality and processing in detail. These include dirty carpets laid facing the bottom plate or loose door seals and interior and exterior flimsy door opener or a limp-simple loading bay cover. Pragmatists have for only a shrug and left refer to the easy entry and exit, or the good layout of the body that provides passengers and baggage enough space.

Thanks to sufficiently direct steering the Duster dCi can be controlled by the fine 110 4x4 Großstadtdschungel. But newcomers wonder about the short first of six courses. It serves as a substitute for the lack of low-range gearbox, on the street is easily possible start in second gear.

Desk off-slopes of the otherwise automatically selectable all-wheel drive on a rigid power distribution can be changed. In everyday life, the front-wheel drive mode is usually sufficient, especially as the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 already not animated at brisk pace. Not even on the highway: As long as there remains the pace in the recommended speed, the passengers travel quite comfortably. however, more urgent pilots make noise strongly swelling wind noise in his ear. Also, the diesel engine is not a mealy-mouthed. Especially after cold winter nights he wakes laboriously with violent nailing, and it takes a while until it reaches operating temperature and falls into a tolerably grumbling key.

Duster dCi 110 4x4 consumed in the test average 7.8 liters

On performance and consumption, there is, however, little to complain about. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder driving the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 rapid progress and was satisfied about the test distance with an average of 7.8 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers.

Although the technique is based on proven components group, the four-wheel drive not just proved to be reliable. After 23,000 kilometers, there were complaints about scratching noises when engaging the second gear. The workshop saw from cutting metal chips inside and exchanged the defective gearbox to guarantee - and that applies at Dacia least three years or 100,000 kilometers. Otherwise, this action would have cost around 2,500 euros. A few thousand kilometers later the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 suffers to massive loss of oil. The cause, a leaky supply line for the turbocharger is found quickly. helps deficiency rapid availability of the right spare part, the workshop unconventional and uses ado of a new car. The only consolation: Typically these defects do not seem to be. Among the readers' letters (see below), there are no similar problems.

During the remaining test distance of the Dacia Duster dCi 110 4x4 was only one time for the intermediate inspection in the workshop, where the customer services now belong to every 15,000 km for the four-wheel drive diesel version of the past. It must now only every 30,000 km for inspection as all other Duster. On this occasion, the door lock was readjusted on the driver's side to stop rattling noises. but no defect was found in the often criticized, inaccurate fuel gauge. Recommendation of the workshop: When refueling after switching off the pump nozzle not fill up until it stops. Such little things you forgive the cheap Dacia Duster like. But reliable it should be.

And we go: 62,000 km

Since the trouble with the gearbox and the oil loss of Dacia Duster dieselt without interference from the world - completely free premium, from which the small four-wheel drive again is appealing. not the distance traveled of some 62 000 kilometers starts the materials at least read, they appeared on the first day somehow used and washable. Yes and? So far, nothing fell off, and the leather upholstery and downright decadent effect during Duster is still tight and does not crease. Only wear: increasing wind noise in the driver's door and a wagging driver's seat. Since the other seats do not have a match, this defect can not originate from the bumpy 1.5-liter engine.

Readers opinions on Dacia Duster

So far I drove Kia and Honda, all trouble-cars, and the Dacia Duster joins seamlessly - only refueling, air and oil level, that's it! So a family car should be - practical, durable, puncture-free without electronic frippery, honest and affordable. I regretted the decision to buy at far any day. By the way: Many Duster drivers greet each other on the road - which I find very appealing.
René Kaiser

Rarely have I created money so good for a car. On more than 16,000 kilometers defect-free I enjoy owning my best car of the past 24 years the feeling. Whether packed convinced on a larger holiday trip or for everyday use, the Dacia Duster as Renault 4 modern times all around. The few criticisms - strong indoor heating, ventilation weak, scratch-sensitive panels - I like to take into account because of the low purchase price and the previous reliability.
Thomas Petersen

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


Two serious defects spoil the balance sheet. Other weaknesses into perspective given the low price.