Dacia now has even more reason to celebrate after the Dacia Duster Commercial won ‘Best 4×4 CDV’ at the VansA2Z Van of the Year Awards 2016.
The ‘shockingly affordable’ brand’s commercial crossover fought off stiff competition to win the car-derived van award after impressing judges with its value, quality build, level of equipment and driving dynamics. Launched at last year’s Commercial Vehicle Show, the Duster Commercial combines the great features of the award-winning Duster SUV on which it is based with the same tax advantages of light commercial vehicles.
Neil McIntee of VansA2Z.com said: “The Dacia has made an excellent return to the UK light commercial market and the 4×4 version of its Duster Commercial is so good we had to make it our 4×4 Car-derived Van of the Year.
“It’s well put together and the drive is good with a ride and handling that far exceed expectations. Off-road it is a more than adequate performer and overall it represents great value for money for operators that require four-wheel drive and don’t need a huge amount of load space.”
Louise O’Sullivan of Dacia UK said: “We’re delighted that the Duster Commercial 4×4 has won this award and it’s another addition to its fast-growing trophy cabinet. Since its launch in 2015 the Duster Commercial 4×4 has proved to be a firm favourite with businesses who are looking for a great value and dependable vehicle that can also go off-road. With such versatility, the Duster Commercial 4×4 is particularly suitable for use by landscape gardeners, ground maintenance staff, farmers, power and communications companies, in fact, any business who needs to reach remote, off-road areas.”
Available in two different trim levels – Ambiance and Lauréate – the Duster Commercial 4×4 receives Bluetooth connectivity and electric front windows even on entry-level versions. The Lauréate version adds air conditioning, cruise control, leather steering wheel, alloy wheels and electrically operated and heated door mirrors.
The Duster Commercial is offered with one business-oriented diesel engine – the dCi 110 unit, the best-selling Renault Group diesel powertrain, either as a 4×2 or a robust, go-anywhere 4×4. The 4×2 dCi 110 returns up to 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 130 g/km and is available from £9,595 (excluding VAT) for the Ambiance entry level trim. Meanwhile, the 4×4 dCi 110 returns up to 54.3mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 137 g/km and is available from £11,295 (excluding VAT).