Dacia Duster Camper

(1 customer review)

Dacia Duster is surprisingly spacious and offers high ground clearance (200mm) and 4×4 four-wheel drive, making it a great microcamper. It offers a perfect blend of practicality and affordability. The boot size is shorter than an average SUV, but still, the Duster provides enough room for sleeping inside. 

Looking for something bigger and more rugged? Try the Mitsubishi Pajero (Shogun).

User ratings for the Dacia Duster among camping enthusiasts have been generally positive. The vehicle is appreciated for its affordable price point, spacious interior, and off-road capabilities. Many users have praised the Duster for its versatility. With its reliable performance(1,2,3) and practical features, the Duster has garnered a loyal following among camping enthusiasts seeking an affordable and reliable camping companion.

This car's boot is 176 cm long ⤢, 90 cm tall ↕, and 100 cm wide ↔.

NimbleCamper rating: 2.7/5

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Dacia Duster camper – how good is it?

If you are looking for a budget-friendly SUV that can handle camping trips, you might want to consider the Dacia Duster. Here is a summary of its main features from a camping perspective:

  • The Duster has a good-sized boot – more than some rivals like the Ford Focus or the Volkswagen Golf
  • The Duster also offers four-wheel drive on some models, which can improve traction and stability on slippery or rough surfaces. The drive system automatically switches between two and four driven wheels as needed. This can be useful if you want to explore off-road trails or tow a caravan.
  • The Duster is reliable and durable, as it shares some technology with Renault. It scored well in the What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 16th (2018+ model) and 31st (2013-2018 model) out of 39 models in the family SUVs category.
  • The Duster is rated highly by its owners, who appreciate its value for money, practicality and simplicity. It has an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Carbuyer.

The Dacia Duster is a great option for campers who want a cheap and cheerful SUV that can handle different terrains and carry a lot of stuff. It may not have the most refined interior or the most advanced features, but it does the job well and won’t break the bank.

You can – it isn’t the biggest SUV out there (browse our database for bigger ones), but you can still get a decent 176cm long and 100cm wide sleeping area. Not that much headroom – the boot is 90cm tall. But combined with its low price and 4-wheel drive, the Duster is a good overall camping car.

The Duster has been updated with a new look, more tech and a dual-fuel option that lets you run on petrol or LPG. It’s not the most refined or comfortable SUV out there, but it does the job well enough for most people. The Duster comes with a range of engines, including a diesel that can be paired with four-wheel drive for extra grip. The Duster is not very fast or fun to drive, but it’s easy to manoeuvre and has decent fuel economy. The interior is simple and sturdy, with some hard plastics and basic features. The Duster has a big boot and plenty of room for passengers, though. The Duster also has a low starting price and cheap running costs, making it one of the best value SUVs you can buy.

Dacia is owned by Renault. If you look at Autoexpress.co.uk’s reliability metrics (by users) across various Dacia models, you’ll see good scores (1, 2, 3, 4). Somewhere around 3/5, but the Jogger scores 2.5/5 so far. It comes with a 3-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is pretty good for a car in this price range.

Yes, the Dacia Duster is available in both manual and automatic transmissions. The availability of transmission options may vary depending on the market and model. The manual transmission is typically the standard option, while automatic transmissions, such as the Dacia Easy-R automated manual transmission or traditional automatic transmissions, may be available as optional upgrades.

The Duster is rated highly by its owners, who appreciate its value for money, practicality and simplicity. It has an average user rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Carbuyer. It scored well in the What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing 16th (2018+ model) and 31st (2013-2018 model) out of 39 models in the family SUVs category.

1 review for Dacia Duster Camper

  1. Lukas

    NimbleCamper rating: 2.7/5 – not the longest boot, but good height + very favourable price make this a good SUV camper.

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  • Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
  • Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
  • Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
  • Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
  • NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
    • a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by ev-database.org. It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
    • In short: a litre of petrol contains about 8.9 kWh of energy. If we divide the energy consumption of an EV by this (f.e. 16 kWh/100 km divided by 8.9 kWh/litre), we get equivalent fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km.
  • EV stats – taken from ev-database.org

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