We like the Dacia Duster here. It’s cheap, rugged, roomy and has bags of character. The four-wheel-drive version is surprisingly capable off-road, too, doing a decent impression of a mountain goat.
But these things can always be improved and German company Delta 4×4 has put together a selection of add-on bits that will take a Duster further off the beaten track than its maker intended. Like outfitting that mountain goat with proper climbing gear.
Among the highlights are new suspension that raises ground clearance by 30mm, underbody protection made from 5mm-thick aluminium and chunk BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres.
You can also add a two-ton winch, roof rack, front-mounted spotlights, a roof-mounted LED lightbar and a polished steel bull bar that meets pedestrian safety standards. Somehow.
In-keeping with the Dacia philosophy, none of the bits are that expensive. Here’s the full run-down: the wheels and tyres cost e1,790 (£1,537), the winch is e1,178 (£1,011), the LED lights cost up to e949 (£815), the roof rack will set you back e798 (£685), up to e500 (£429) can be spent on spotlights, the suspension kit is another e450 (£386) and the bull bar finishes things off at e296 (£254). Those prices apply to Germany and include tax.
The cheapest 4WD Duster costs a mere £12,995; add all those accessories and you’ll have only spent £18,112. Which isn’t much for a car as capable, useful and, dare we say, cool.
By Graham King