The Duster we tested had been gifted with all the optionals on the list, with the exception of the leather finish, but don't expect this to mean that you've got a toy-packed car. Instead, you get a vehicle that only manages to satisfy your basic needs.
However, it's not like you don't expect this if you rely on common sense. When you spend under EUR17,000 pounds on a crossover that comes with a diesel engine and an intelligent four-wheel drive system, there's really not much room for too many gadgets in this equation.
So, besides the smart four-wheel drive system and the well-calibrated ESP, which we covered in the Deux et Machina chapter, what else do you get?
Well, the vehicle comes with a single-zone, manual climate control system, which uses ancient controls but does a good job at playing with the interior temperature, an audio system that can read MP3 language and comes with steering wheel column-mounted controls.
We also got all-round power windows, albeit with some of the worst-placed controls we've seen, as well a leather finish for the steering wheel (we would've wished this to be a little bit thicker).
The Duster is a true believer, with "form follows function" being its religion and for this chapter, this means that the car will offer the basic goodies and nothing more.
As for the safety part, we already mentioned the four-wheel drive and the ESP and we have to add four airbags to that.Continue reading