NOT that way back Dacia was the automotive equal of grocery store own-brand beans.
As low cost as they arrive. Not a lot thought put into the packaging. But primarily it could do the job.
These days Dacia is climbing the cabinets by injecting a bit of favor and finesse into its automobiles. Take the all-new Sandero supermini from £10k.
We’ve already identified that it has Y-shaped lights, like a Lambo, and the identical engines and tech as a Renault Clio. Everything about that automotive is better than before.
Now Duster, the £14k SUV, has adopted the identical look. Not solely that, all future Dacias can be designed by the identical man who gave us the drop-dead Aston Martin Valkyrie and DBX.
Yes, you learn that accurately. Brit Miles Nurnberger has simply joined Renault’s funds model from Aston bleedin’ Martin. Oysters to onion rings.
Nurnberger mentioned: “Whether a car costs £15,000 or £150,000, the design thinking is the same. You are still looking for proportions, details, clever solutions.”
And I don’t know about you however I reckon the new Dacia badge and DC emblem, look ace. Edgy. Cool. Tough. You’ll see them on automobiles from this time subsequent year.
Key information: DACIA DUSTER
- Price: £18,845
- Engine: 1.3-litre turbo petrol
- Power: 150hp
- 0-62mph: 9.7 secs
- Top pace: 124mph
- Economy: 44mpg
- CO2: 142g/km
- Out: Now
I’m shocked Dacia didn’t get any aggro from DC Comics or DC sneakers.
Now let’s discuss Duster. Strong, protected, identical petrol engine as a Merc, and now with the possibility of a six-speed auto for the first time. Dacia heard you.
Aside from the Y-shaped lights, you’ll should be a correct nerd to identify the different exterior tweaks (new alloys, new 3D chromed entrance grille, black roof rails).
Inside, there’s a brand new 8in touchscreen, new seat materials, slimmer headrests and a high-centre console with sliding armrest, storage bin and two USB ports for kiddlywinks in the again. Again, Dacia heard you.
But the greatest factor to shout about is the month-to-month finance from £154.
You what? That’s unbelievable. Scrap your posh well being membership membership and go for a jog round the block as an alternative. You can have a brand-spanking SUV.
At this level, I ought to maybe clarify the £14k Duster Essential is front-wheel drive, petrol, with a six-speed guide. If you need 4WD, you’ll want the 1.5-litre diesel. If you need comically low working prices, the new Bi-Fuel mannequin (petrol/LPG combo) does 767 miles continuous. London to John O’ Groats and a bit extra.
The LPG tank is fitted beneath the boot ground, instead of the spare wheel, so it doesn’t eat into boot area. And if you’d like that easy-peasy auto gearbox, you’ll want the higher-powered 150hp 1.3-litre petrol engine.
That’s the one we tried, in mid-spec Comfort trim, and why the sticker worth is nudging £19k.
Comfort trim unlocks Apple Car Play, reversing digital camera, hill descent management, height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar assist, heated door mirrors and extra. It’s a number of automotive for not a number of money.
CLIMB IN TO THE ALPINE
RENAULT Group is distinctive so far as “bookends” go.
At one aspect, there’s the UK’s most cost-effective automotive, the Dacia Sandero. At the different, there’s this uncommon and fantastic sports activities automotive. The Alpine A110.
All kinds of Renault automobiles and vans, hybrid and electrical, fill the area in between.
The automotive pictured right here is the limited-edition A110 Legende GT: 292 horses, rear-drive and as mild as a caramel wafer. It likes to bounce.
If you’ll be able to afford one at £62k, get in fast as a result of this is the first and final modern-day Alpine with a petroleum engine.
Everything from right here on out can be pure electrical.
FORD gave the Fiesta a brand new haircut final month. And now the Focus has had its ears lowered.
Just the typical trim, actually: More technical headlights with built-in fogs; particular person bumper designs for every spec; and the Ford badge has shifted from the bonnet lip right down to the grille. Ford has additionally smoked the tail lights.
But the huge information is inside . . . actually. At 13.2in, that touchscreen is as huge as a MacBook Pro.
Best in school and blessed with the newest SYNC 4 software. My Focus is SYNC 3, so I’ll have an interest to see what the improve brings.
Good to see the ST has had a bit of affection too. All-new Ford Performance bucket seats, Hulk paint job, tasty new 18in alloys. No adjustments to the engine and chassis as a result of it didn’t want it. Plenty quick sufficient and bob-on dealing with.
Prices from £22k for Focus Trend. ST from £34k.