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The 2018 What Van? Awards was the third year on the trot that Dacia’s competitively priced Duster Commercial spirited away the 4x4 Van of the Year accolade.
Price, a high level of equipment, and an ability to keep going whatever the conditions underfoot, are why it is a winner once again.
Based on the Dacia Duster SUV, the Commercial is powered by a 109hp 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel. It comes in two trim levels, Ambiance and Laureate, and also as a 4x2 and 4x4. All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox.
A rear hatch and a hinged door on each side of the body give access to the 1.6m3 load bay. Payload capacity is 550kg.
The 2017 Frankfurt motor show saw a revised Duster launched with a restyled exterior, redesigned dashboard and upgraded seats. New items included a blind-spot warning system and curtain airbags. Right-hand drive versions should appear in the UK in the 2018 summer.
The Duster Commercial is well-priced, well-equipped and well put together, and any doubts about build quality are more than counter-balanced by its capabilities.
Sample model: Ambiance 1.5 dCi 4x4
Engine size 1.5-litre
Load volume 1.6m3
Combined mpg 60.1mpg
Price (ex VAT) £12,491