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DoneDeal of the Week: This cheap and cheerful Dacia Duster four-wheel drive
Want something a bit more refined? We’ve a Nissan Qashqai for you too.

LOOKING FOR A rugged SUV with all-wheel drive that is spacious and decent to drive? Then take a look at this 2015 Dacia Duster in Signature trim with a €15,990 price tag.

The Dacia Duster is one of the cheapest 4×4 SUVs on the market but just because it is cheap, that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t got all mod cons. (It has.) It also has good off-road capabilities and drives well.

It is really spacious with plenty of leg and head room in the front and rear. The boot holds a good 475-litres or 1,636 litres with the rear seats folded.

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The 110hp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine is borrowed from parent company Renault, and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

This particular model has remote locking, electric front and rear windows, air-con, cruise control, an on-board computer and Bluetooth. It is fitted with alloy wheels and roof rails and is in excellent condition.

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Nissan Qashqai

Got a little bit more of a budget but still want a manual, diesel, SUV with four-wheel drive? Then this Nissan Qashqai might be worth your consideration.

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With a price tag of €16,450 this particular model is more expensive than the Duster but it does have a lot more kilometres on the clock – 129,232km compared to the Dacia’s 43,750.

However, what the Nissan does have is a proven track record as being a best seller in Ireland and it holds on to its resale value well.

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Its 1.6-litre diesel is more refined than the Dacia and the cabin is better insulated making this car quite a quiet ride. However, the boot isn’t as large as the Dacia’s. It can hold 439 litres or 1,585 litres with the seats down.

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This particular 2012 model comes with alloy wheels, air-con, multi function steering wheel, electronic front and rear windows, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Bluetooth and stop / start technology.

So, if you want a newer car with fewer kilometres on the clock, a big boot and roof rails than the Dacia is the car for you. But if you want something with a bit more refinement, a more comfortable ride and good resale values then the Qashqai might be the one for you.