Knowing Clarkson and having read most of what he published through Penguin Books, you could say that this is the man’s way of expressing disgust with a car that isn’t to his liking. For the more skeptical among us, Clarkson will always be a bit of an oaf, mostly because some people don’t like to take in the full picture before coming up with an argument.
Whatever Clarkson may be on with his wording, you’ll notice the TV personality wax lyrical about the £9,995 where the Duster truly deserves praise. In his review for The Sunday Times (subscription required), Clarkson arrives at the following conclusion: “easy on the nose, but who’d pick it?”
The entry-level Access is a tough sell even for the most cost-oriented customer, coming with black plastic bumpers, steel wheels, and no air conditioning. The Essential (£11,595) is more like it, an honest-to-God vehicle that could also be used for fleet duty instead of a supermini such as the Ford Fiesta. Higher up, the Comfort (£13,195) and Prestige (£14,395) complete the lineup with 7.0-inch infotainment and satellite navigation, Siri Eyes Free, rearview camera and parking sensors, every creature comfort you’d expect at this price point.
On an ending note, it’s alright to hate the Duster because Dacia doesn’t care. What it does best is offer the most value for money possible, and that’s the thing with just about every nameplate in the automaker’s lineup.