Nowadays, automotive producers have made an obsession out of the notion of family image, so has Dacia decided to also take this to the inside of its cars - is this why all Dacia interiors look so similar? No, it's all just about cutting costs, but fortunately the Duster manages to be a decent place to sit in, albeit only just.
You will recognize the center console and the dashboard from the Logan, Dacia's best-seller and a more humble car, but the Duster does get some dedicated elements.
Somebody once said that poverty can serve as a subject for many movies, but none of them will be a comedy, but we beg to differ: while in a Lambo, you may find a few Audi interior pieces, in a Duster, you might find a few Duster cabin bits.
The vehicle we tested came with all the optionals on the list, minus the leather upholstery, which would have been a terrible choice in the cold season, since the seats aren't heated.
The dashboard came with plastic trimming that used the exterior color, a pretty nice touch which we appreciated , especially for the fact that the material didn't try lo look like wood. In fact, most of the materials used in the Duster's cabin are decent if we take the vehicle's pricing into consideration.
The ergonomics are disappointing, with the negative climax of this story being the moment when you want to open any of the electric windows: the controls of the front ones are located on the center console, while those for the rear ones sit almost on the floor, behind the handbrake.
Fortunately, the interior is spacious - few vehicles of the Duster's size offer so much room in the back. And it's not just that, as the luggage compartment is also extremely generous.
We'll end where we began the test - in the driver's seat, which even though lacks any form of lateral support, offers a comfortable position that's also pretty high- a valuable asset when yo, u drive the Duster in the city, on of its favorite places to be.Continue reading