Long term report: Dacia Duster #4

Dacia Duster long termer
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Celebrity car reviews sometimes cause a bit of a kerfuffle. I've mentioned before that Chris Evans hated the new version of the Aygo that Toyota launched last year. Naturally that didn't go down too well at the company's UK HQ, but shed-loads have been sold since its arrival so I'm guessing he's been forgiven.
The Dacia Duster we have on loan at AOL Cars is a car Mr Evans does like. And with good reason. His recent review in The Mail on Sunday summed it up neatly: "Dacia may not do finesse, but it does do brilliant grass-roots bang-for-your-buck value."

And in his own entertaining style (if his broadcasting career ever went belly-up, he could always apply for a job here), he goes on to mention the car's rather feeble de-mister and enormous fuel filler cap. But he concludes: "I absolutely love this car."

I must admit, I'm beginning to feel the same way about NJ14PFD, and she seemed even more appealing after a thorough wash and brush-up ready for a fresh photo-shoot.

This month, she was experienced for the first time by daughter No.1, who was a back-seat passenger for a rare long-distance trek with her parents. Her verdict? Very comfortable. The only thing she didn't like was the fact that her mum and I were listening to Radio 2 – and Chris Evans.

Author: Dave Brown

The knowledge

Model: Dacia Duster Laureate dCi 110 4x4
Price: £16,380 (as tested)
Engine: 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 109bhp, 240Nm
Max speed: 104mph
0-60mph: 12.3s
Emissions: 137g/km
Mileage this month: 851

This month's highlight

Taking the Duster for some much-deserved TLC – and that positive verdict from Mr Evans.
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