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Dacia Duster Rescues a Porsche Macan
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:06 PM - by St.Who
Just the other day at a press event for the Porsche Macan, it turned out that the Dacia Duster would get the best press coverage in the end. When the Porsche Macan got stuck while trying to do some minor off-roading, it was the Dacia Duster that came to the rescue.

Now I don't know anybody who is cross shopping the Dacia Duster and the Porsche Macan, but I think that this situation proves that it is not how expensive your car is, it's how you drive it. The Duster proved that it was the more capable vehicle as far as off-roading and getting out of sticky situations goes. And at the same time, Porsche learnt that it should bring some of its own cars with it so that any photo op that occurs won't end up being free publicity for another brand.

This could spur a whole ad campaign for Dacia. Showing it towing a whole bunch of expensive cars would show that money is not what really matters when buying a vehicle.

In another photo taken later in the day, the Macan was able to get out of a spot without the help of the Duster, so I guess the Macan isn't totally worthless.

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The Dacia Duster vs. the Fiat Panda
Feb 07, 2014 - 11:05 AM - by St.Who
Four-wheel-drive CUVs are still gaining popularity in much of the world. The other thing that is gainly popularity (or has it always been popular?) is spending less money on a good quality product. The Dacia Duster and the Fiat Panda are riding both of these waves, and that's why we need to take a look at these two vehicles head-to-head.

Both the Fiat Panda and the Dacia Duster aim to lure buyers away from the used market in favor of an affordable brand new car. Both cars are also pretty popular today, so this should be a good battle.


The Fiat Panda offer two different engines: a 1.3-litre, 75hp diesel, or a slightly more powerful 0.9-litre, 85hp petrol. The diesel can get up to 55 mpg, and comes as the more highly recommended engine of the two.

Dacia offers two Renault-made motors for its Duster. One is a 1.5-litre diesel that should get around 50 mpg. The other is a 1.6-litre petrol that gets something like 30 mpg. This engine tends to be quieter than the petrol Panda engine.


The Duster has a six-speed manual gearbo. The stick can feel a bit lost between gears at timees, but it is something that you can get used to. Top speed is 99 mph and acceleration from 0-62 mph clocks in at 12.8 seconds.

The Panda has a five-speed manual gearbox. The top speed of the Panda is the same as the Duster at 99 mph, but the Panda's acceleration is even slower than the Duster's at 14.5 seconds to get from 0-62 mph.


The Dusters exterior and interior are nothing special. Cheap plastics are used with a heavy hand, and if you want anything other than white as the body color you'll have to pay extra.

The Fiat Panda beats out the Duster in the styling department. There is less cheap black plastic being used and more attention paid to design. I mean just look at the pictures and you can see how much nicer the Panda's interior is.

Final Thoughts

Both cars strike me as "so ugly they are cute." With a 2,500 price difference between the Duster and the cheaper petrol-powered Panda (the Panda costing more) I would say its worth it to spend the extra on the Panda, but if you are trying to pinch your pennies, stick with the Duster.
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Jan 30, 2014 - 6:48 PM - by Roubiliac
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Dacia Stepway petrol or diesel-help please!!!
Jan 20, 2014 - 1:44 PM - by lmcc67
HI I am new to this forum and have found it to be really helpful, thank you to all the contributors.
I am about to purchase my Dacia Stepway but, I am really indecisive regarding buying a diesel or petrol. I thought diesel would be cheaper to run but after checking my mileages on google maps petrol is coming up cheaper!!!!!
I have read all your comments and parts that were 'foriegn' to me I looked up but, am still non the wiser. you have probably guessed I am not car mechanically minded, apologies!!!!
I am thinking of buying the Dacia stepway dcI Laureate , I thought the diesel - economical- as I thought the tax & petrol would be cheaper but I am so confused now please help as I need to purchase a new car very soon!
I do a 15 mile run to work and back daily (30 miles total) mostly A road and 3 miles on the M25 and a 120 miles run most weekends mostly on the motorway.

Also any thoughts on where would be the best place to buy this car? I do not mind if it is not brand new.
Any help truly appreciated.
thank you in advance
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