The Duster hasn't yet been tested by any international crash testing organization, but we shall try to estimate its result based on the ones already achieved by its smaller brother, the Sandero, especially since they are sharing a modified platform. Considering that the Sandero fitted with four airbags (two frontal ones and two thorax and head side airbags for the front passengers) achieved four EuroNCAP stars, we might go as far as wait for a similar result for the Duster.
We say this because the Duster also has front seatbelt reminders and will soon be available with electronic stability control, another first for a Dacia. Plus, it's also a bit heavier than the Sandero, although not by much. These features alone make us think the Dacia Duster is at least as safe as its smaller brothers, which can only be a good thing.
Taking the aforementioned features into account, and adding the availability of intelligent (and pretty responsive at the limit) all-wheel drive, the Duster doesn't appears as unsafe as a car costing this much should. Of course, our "Safety" mark might go up or down after an official international crash test is assessed. Until then, this is all the info we have about it.Continue reading