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EU6 changes and new engine make Dacia line-up even more shockingly affordable

By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 13:00

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The Dacia Duster is now even more ‘shockingly affordable’ to run with the introduction of a brand new EU6-compliant 1.6 16V 115 petrol engine which improves performance, reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, significantly reduces running costs and improves the towing capacity of 4×2 models. It replaces the previous 1.6 16V 105 engine.

With its arrival, Dacia now offers a greater number of petrol-engined models in the Duster line-up. Mid-range Ambiance 4×2 and 4×4 versions have been added, giving a more progressive and logical product line. Previously, only entry-level Access models were offered with a petrol engine. The new Ambiance versions are priced at £10,495 (4×2) and £12,495 (4×4). The new petrol engine is also fitted to Access versions, which are priced at £9,495 (4×2) and £11,495 (4×4).

There are also reductions in fuel consumption and emissions for Duster models powered by the dCi 110 turbodiesel engine, which now meets EU6 emissions standards. As with the new petrol engine, this has the effect of lowering the VED band of every model.

There are also improvements to the fuel economy and emissions of most models in the Sandero family and the Logan MCV with the adoption of EU6 engines.

The new 1.6 16V 115 engine

The 115hp 1.6-litre 16-valve engine is a brand new unit, not simply an EU6 version of the petrol engine previously fitted to the Duster. It develops 10hp more than its predecessor at 5,500rpm and has an extra 8Nm of torque – now 156Nm at 4,000rpm. This trims the 0-62mph acceleration time of 4×2 versions from 11.5 to 11.0 seconds, while for 4×4 models the reduction is 0.8 seconds to 12.0 seconds. The top speeds rise by 1mph and 5mph respectively.

By far the greatest gains are in fuel efficiency and running costs, however. For 4×4 versions, CO2 emissions tumble by 30g/km to 155g/km, while NEDC fuel consumption has been reduced by 6.2mpg and is now 41.5mpg. This is sufficient to slash the annual VED cost by £170 to £180. There are substantial gains with 4×2 models, too: CO2 falls by 20g/km to 145g/km, fuel economy improves by 4.3mpg to 44.1mpg and the yearly VED charge is £35 less at £145. The increase in power and torque also raises the towing capacity of 4×2 versions from 1,200 to 1,500kg so that it is now on a par with that of the 4×4 versions. Benefit-in-kind (BIK) taxation is four bands lower with all-wheel drive and two bands lower with front-wheel drive.

Thenew engine is a 1,598cc unit with multi-point fuel injection, driving through a five-speed manual gearbox in 4×2 models and a six-speed manual in the 4x4s. Engine Stop and Start is standard.

Lower fuel consumption, emissions and running costs for diesels

The advent of EU6 emissions controls also brings improvements in the fuel efficiency and running costs of Duster models powered by the 1.5-litre dCi 110 turbodiesel engine, which now has 20Nm more torque at 260Nm.

NEDC combined fuel consumption is now 64.2mpg (-7.7mpg) in 4×2 models and 60.1mpg (-6.8mpg) in 4x4s; CO2 emissions are down to 115g/km (-15g/km) and 123g/km (-12g/km) respectively; and every model is one band lower in the VED and BIK scales.

A more progressive and logical model structure

With the introduction of petrol-engined Ambiance models for the first time, Dacia now offers 10 versions of the Duster in a more progressive and logical range.

There are two entry-level Access models (4×2 and 4×4), both powered by the new 1.6 16V 115 engine; mid-range Ambiance trim is available with both engines and both drivelines; and at the top of the range there are Lauréate and Lauréate Prime versions, all diesel, in 4×2 and 4×4 formats.

Greater efficiency and lower costs across the rest of the Dacia range

EU6 engines also bring greater efficiency and lower runing costs to Dacia’s other models in the UK – the Sandero, Sandero Stepway and Logan MCV.

The 1.2-litre 16V 75 engine in the Sandero and Logan MCV now attracts zero VED (previously £130) with a reduction in CO2 emissions from 135g/km to 130g/km. The power output is 73hp and the 107Nm of torque now peaks at a much lower 4,250rpm, improving performance. Fuel economy is unchanged at 48.7mpg.

With the 0.9-litre TCe 90 engine available in all three models, torque has risen from 135Nm to 140Nm, and Stop & Start is now standard. CO2 emissions are down by 7g/km to 109g/km in the Sandero and Logan MCV, and by 9g/km to 115g/km in the Stepway, while the respective fuel economy improvements are 1.2mpg to 57.7mpg, and 3.1mpg to 55.4mpg.

All three cars are also available with the popular 1.5 dCi 90, and this also needs less fuel and produces lower emissions with the switch to EU6 controls. For the Sandero and Logan MCV, economy improves from 74.3mpg to 80.7mpg, with CO emissions down from 99g/km to 90g/km; in the Stepway economy goes up from 70.6mpg to 74.3mpg, with CO2 down from 105g/km to 98g/km.

DUSTER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Model Power
(hp @ rpm)
Torque
(Nm @ rpm)
0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Access 1.6 16V 115 4×2 115 @ 5550 156 @ 4000 11.0 105
Access 1.6 16V 115 4×4 115 @ 5550 156 @ 4000 12.0 104
Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4×2 115 @ 5550 156 @ 4000 11.0 105
Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4×4 115 @ 5550 156 @ 4000 12.0 104
Ambiance dCi 110 4×2 109 @ 4000 260 @ 1750 11.8 105
Ambiance dCi 110 4×4 109 @ 4000 260 @ 1750 12.4 104
Lauréate dCi 110 4×2 109 @ 4000 260 @ 1750 11.8 105
Lauréate dCi 110 4×4 109 @ 4000 260 @ 1750 12.4 104
Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4×2 109 @ 4000 260 @ 1750 11.8 105
Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4×4 109 @ 4000 260 @ 1750 12.4 104

DUSTER OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

Model MPG CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group
Access 1.6 16V 115 4×2  44.1 145 24% F 6E
Access 1.6 16V 115 4×4 41.5 155 26% G 6E
Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4×2  44.1 145 24% F 6E
Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4×4 41.5 155 26% G 7E
Ambiance dCi 110 4×2 64.2 115 21% C 10A
Ambiance dCi 110 4×4 60.1 123 22% D 10A
Lauréate dCi 110 4×2 64.2 115 21% C 11A
Lauréate dCi 110 4×4 60.1 123 22% D 10A
Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4×2 64.2 115 21% C 12A
Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4×4 60.1 123 22% D 11A

DUSTER RANGE PRICING

Model Price (On The Road)
Access 1.6 16V 115 4×2 £9,495
Access 1.6 16V 115 4×4 £11,495
Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4×2 £10,495
Ambiance 1.6 16V 115 4×4 £12,495
Ambiance dCi 110 4×2 £11,995
Ambiance dCi 110 4×4 £13,995
Lauréate dCi 110 4×2 £13,495
Lauréate dCi 110 4×4 £15,495
Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4×2 £13,995
Lauréate Prime dCi 110 4×4 £15,995

SANDERO TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Model Power
(hp @ rpm)
Torque
(Nm @ rpm)
0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Access 1.2 16V 75 73 @ 5550 107 @ 4250 14.5 101
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75 73 @ 5550 107 @ 4250 14.5 101
Ambiance TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 109
Ambiance dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 107
Lauréate TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 109
Lauréate dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 107
Lauréate Prime TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 109
Lauréate Prime dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 107

SANDERO OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

Model MPG CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group
Access 1.2 16V 75  48.7 130 21% D 4E
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75  48.7 130 21% D 5E
Ambiance TCe 90  57.7 109 16% B 6E
Ambiance dCi 90 80.7 90 16% A 8E
Lauréate TCe 90  57.7 109 16% B 7E
Lauréate dCi 90 80.7 90 16% A 10A
Lauréate Prime TCe 90  57.7 109 16% B 10A
Lauréate Prime dCi 90 80.7 90 16% A 12A

SANDERO RANGE PRICING

Model Price (On The Road)
Access 1.2 16V 75 £5.995
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75 £6,795
Ambiance TCe 90 £7,595
Ambiance dCi 90 £8,595
Lauréate TCe 90 £8,795
Lauréate dCi 90 £9,795
Lauréate Prime TCe 90 £9,295
Lauréate Prime dCi 90 £10,295

SANDERO STEPWAY TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Model Power
(hp @ rpm)
Torque
(Nm @ rpm)
0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Ambiance TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 104
Ambiance dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 104
Lauréate TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 104
Lauréate dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 104

SANDERO STEPWAY OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

Model MPG CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group
Ambiance TCe 90  55.4 115 18% C 7E
Ambiance dCi 90  74.3 98 17% A 10A
Lauréate TCe 90  55.4 115 18% C 8E
Lauréate dCi 90  74.3 98 17% A 11A

SANDERO STEPWAY RANGE PRICING

Model Price (On The Road)
Ambiance TCe 90 £8,395
Ambiance dCi 90 £9,395
Lauréate TCe 90 £9,995
Lauréate dCi 90 £10,995

LOGAN MCV TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Model Power
(hp @ rpm)
Torque
(Nm @ rpm)
0-62mph (sec) Top speed (mph)
Access 1.2 16V 75 73 @ 5550 107 @ 4250 14.5 100
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75 73 @ 5550 107 @ 4250 14.5 100
Ambiance TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 109
Ambiance dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 107
Lauréate TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 109
Lauréate dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 107
Lauréate Prime TCe 90 90 @ 5000 140 @ 2250 11.1 109
Lauréate Prime dCi 90 90 @ 4000 220 @ 1750 11.8 107

LOGAN MCV OWNERSHIP INFORMATION

Model MPG CO2 (g/km) BIK (band %) VED (band) Insurance group
Access 1.2 16V 75  48.7 130 21% D 3E
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75  48.7 130 21% D 3E
Ambiance TCe 90  57.7 109 16% B 9P
Ambiance dCi 90 80.7 90 16% A 11P
Lauréate TCe 90  57.7 109 16% B 11P
Lauréate dCi 90 80.7 90 16% A 11P
Lauréate Prime TCe 90  57.7 109 16% B 10A
Lauréate Prime dCi 90 80.7 90 16% A 11A

LOGAN MCV RANGE PRICING

Model Price (On The Road)
Access 1.2 16V 75 £6.995
Ambiance 1.2 16V 75 £7,795
Ambiance TCe 90 £8,595
Ambiance dCi 90 £9,595
Lauréate TCe 90 £9,795
Lauréate dCi 90 £10,795
Lauréate Prime TCe 90 £10,295
Lauréate Prime dCi 90 £11,295

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