Britain's most affordable SUV gets upgraded

Dacia Duster

Budget carmaker Dacia has announced a raft of trim and design updates for its Duster SUV, which is currently the cheapest off-roader available in Britain.

Available to order now, the revised Duster gets a new, much blingier grille design, with a larger brand badge on the front. While this suits well-specced models, as pictured above, we can't help but think the Range Rover-esque design won't sit well on basic models, which come painted in white and fitted with black plastic bumpers.

Further exterior changes include the addition of Duster branded roof bars across the range (chromed on top of the range models), as well as a revision to the rear end styling, which now features black trim and redesigned 'Duster' lettering.

A range of new colour options is now available on all models bar the entry-level car, while top-spec Laureate cars get a new design of 16-inch alloy wheel.

Inside, the rather flat and uncomfortable seats of the old Duster have been replaced with new versions, with a variety of upholstery materials available across the three trim levels: Access, Ambience and Laureate.

Basic utility is Dacia's mantra, so you'll have to opt for Laureate models if you wan't creature comforts such as air conditioning, cruise control or even a light in the glove box. A number of optional packages are also offered, allowing customers to bestow their cars with leather upholstery, sat nav and off-road protective cladding.

Available in two and four-wheel-drive guises, the Duster gives buyers a choice of two engines. Entry-level Access models are powered by a 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol motor, while all other versions get a 106bhp 1.5-litre diesel.

The Duster starts at £9,495 for a two-wheel-drive Access model, rising to £15,495 for a Laureate version with four-wheel-drive. All Dusters are covered by a three-year/60,000 mile warranty.

Refreshed Dacia Duster

Refreshed Dacia Duster