What Is it?
The Dacia Duster 4x4 Lauréate Prime is a top-spec, special edition, trim to mark the 10th anniversary of the brand's relaunch in Europe. It is distinguished via the cosmos blue metallic paint that the manufacturer says “pays homage” to its traditional livery. Dark metal alloy wheels and dark grey wing mirrors complement the paintwork. The cabin reflects the exterior theme with blue fabric inserts in the seats, blue floor mat detailing and blue seat belts.
The manufacturer says this trim: “Offers buyers the chance to own a more distinctive, more personalised car while remaining faithful to Dacia’s exceptional, shockingly affordable, value for money ethos”.
Dacia is the budget wing of Renault and Duster is its crossover class vehicle. Credentials include its 5 doors, 5 seats and spacious 443-litre boot. Folding the rear seats flat increases cargo capacity to 1,604-litres which eclipses a wide range of estate cars. Furthermore, this top-spec special edition has 4-wheel-drive to make driving on slippery roads safer and easier.
What Engine Does It Have?
A 1.5-litre, 110PS, diesel teamed with 6-speed manual transmission provides power. 0 - 62mph takes 12.5 seconds. This 4-cylinder unit – that produces 240Nm of torque at 1,750rpm – averages 53.3mpg rising to 56.5mpg on the extra-urban cycle. In town it hits 47.9mpg. Emissions are 135g/km which equates to Road Tax Band E/£130.
What Equipment Does It Have?
The Lauréate Prime builds on the Lauréate's specification that includes: climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, electric headed mirrors, traction control to minimise wheel spin and an electronic stability programme to control under/over steer.
Extras include a front central armrest, electric rear windows and leather steering wheel. It also has the MediaNav Evolution Multimedia System that Dacia says has: “A full-colour menu screen and now features Apple’s SIRI voice recognition function, full seven-digit postcode recognition and TMC live traffic information.”
Anything Else I Need To Know?
The Lauréate Prime has satin chrome roof bars, side sills and front and rear scuff plates to further enhance its rugged styling.
Furthermore, the Duster is available – with its special edition trim – in 2-wheel drive form. This model is slightly faster to 62mph (11.8 seconds), slightly more fuel efficient, (56.5mpg average), and produces less carbon from the tailpipe (130g/km).
How Much Is It?
The Duster Lauréate Prime 4x4 costs £15,995 on the road. The 2-wheel drive version is £13,995.