When the email came through from Renault HQ that they would be offering us a brand-new, delivery-mileage Dacia Duster, in replacement for our much loved (and long-gone) Zoe EV, it wasn't met with much sadness in the office.
That's not because we didn't love the Zoe, far from it – it's a cracker of an electric car after all –but nobody could charge the ruddy thing.
Only editor James had the requisite charging point installed in their garage, and we were getting fed up with him bleating on about how wonderful it was to drive... and definitely starting to feel as though we were missing out.
Now we have a diesel 4x4 that everyone can use. But that in itself presents problems, because if you want to drive one of the cars on the AOL fleet you have to get in quick before the keys 'mysteriously' disappear from the key cupboard.
So I hopped in first and I was rather amazed. Up until now my only Duster experience has been with the UN-spec bargain-basement Access model. But this Laureate version has alloys, air conditioning and even a radio.
That's not to mention the glovebox light, piano- black trim, chrome bits around the air vents and a cool '4WD' sticker on the tailgate.
Our car does come with £885-worth of options too (that's a lot in Dacia's world), but you could say it's all the better for it.
Model: Dacia Duster Laureate dCi 110 4x4
Price: £16,380 (as tested)
Engine: 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel
Power: 109bhp, 240Nm
Max speed: 104mph
Mileage this month: 421
This month's highlight
Waving goodbye to an electric car and getting the keys to an SUV powered by good old diesel