Renault is well-known for its obession with safety, with the Frech carmaker's name practically becoming a synonim for a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. However, when it comes to its Dacia low-cost child, the company suddenly runs out of generosity.
For the Duster, this translates into a three-star rating, which means that this chapter is some sort of an Achilles' Heel for the car. The crossover received a score of 74 percent for adult occupant protection, 78 percent for child occupant protection and 28 percent for pedestrian protection.
The passenger cell kept its shape well during the frontal impact, but the hatch opened during the test. Protection of the chest only received a marginal rating, for both the driver and the front passenger, while hard dashboard structures were seen as a threat for the driver's legs.
The driver's door opened during the side impact and the protection for the driver's chest was rated as weak in the pole test, while whiplash protection in the even of a rear-end crash was rated as marginal.
The vehicle tries to compensate for its passive safety bloopers by offering a set of assets that should help you from crashing it, such as predictable handling and decent brakes, with the package really working well.
However, the thing we really have to talk about is the ESP. This offers an extremely useful setup, for a on-off system that is. While it's on, the car doesn't move a muscle (lateral movements), a behavior that proved extremely reassuring in a city covered in ice and snow and when you want it off, it will be gone for good, allowing you to literally fly off-road, for example.Continue reading