THE DACIA DUSTER took the ‘Best Budget 4x4’ award at the 2013 Tow Car Awards. From just £13,495, which is less than you’d pay for the tiny Kia Rio three-door, the five-seat 4x4 is a bit rough and ready in places, but it’s undeniably a bargain. It makes a decent tow car, too. Our testers said they’d “be happy to tow on long motorway journeys with the Duster.”

 

THE DACIA DUSTER took the ‘Best Budget 4x4’ award at the 2013 Tow Car Awards. From just £13,495, which is less than you’d pay for the tiny Kia Rio three-door, the five-seat 4x4 is a bit rough and ready in places, but it’s undeniably a bargain.

 

It makes a decent tow car, too. Our testers said they’d “be happy to tow on long motorway journeys with the Duster.”

 

A short first gear made easy work of the hill start, and the Dacia was almost as comfortable reversing up a slope as it was going forwards.

 

Our testers did, though, have some reservations, such as a shortage of standard safety equipment we’ve come to expect in new cars. It does, though, have a full-size spare tyre, and fared well in our rigorous, fuel economy testing, returning a perfectly satisfactory 27.8mpg when towing a caravan loaded to 85% of the Dacia’s kerbweight.

 

All in all, it’s hard not to be impressed by a car that offers so much for so little.

 

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