Dacia Duster 2010 vs Dacia Sandero 2009

Dacia Duster
2010 - 2013
Dacia Sandero
2009 - 2012
Body: Crossover / SUVHatchback
Crossovers and SUVs have better off-road capabilities (higher ground clearance, can have 4x4 drive), they are preferable for driving on unpaved roads and rural areas. Also, the driver's seating position is higher in a crossover or SUVs, which provides better visibility also in city. This usually comes at the cost of higher fuel consumption, increased weight and higher maintenance costs.
Gearbox: ManualManual
Engine: 1.5 Diesel1.5 Diesel


Power: 85 HP70 HP
Torque: 201 NM160 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 14.9 seconds15 seconds
Dacia Duster engine produces 15 HP more power than Dacia Sandero, whereas torque is 41 NM more than Dacia Sandero. Thanks to more power Dacia Duster reaches 100 km/h speed 0.1 seconds faster.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 5.34.5
Real fuel consumption: 6.2 l/100km5.8 l/100km
The Dacia Sandero is a better choice when it comes to fuel economy.
By specification Dacia Duster consumes 0.8 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Dacia Sandero, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Dacia Duster could require 120 litres more fuel.
By comparing actual fuel consumption based on user reports, Dacia Duster consumes 0.4 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Dacia Sandero.
Fuel tank capacity: 50 litres50 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 940 km in combined cycle1110 km in combined cycle
1020 km on highway1160 km on highway
800 km with real consumption860 km with real consumption
Dacia Sandero gets more mileage on one fuel tank.

Drive type

Wheel drive type: 4x4 - AWD (all-wheel-drive)Front wheel drive (FWD)

Dacia Duster has 4x4: Duster`s 4x4 system is adapted from Nissan Quashqai. It has 2WD, AUTO and LOCK modes which are selectable with a button. In 2WD mode the vehicle is FWD. In AUTO mode, the vehicle is normally FWD, but if wheel slip occurs, the rear wheels are engaged to gain traction. In LOCK mode (available at speeds up to 60km/h), the center differential splits torque 50/50 front/rear.


Length: 4.32 m4.02 m
Width: 1.82 m1.75 m
Height: 1.63 m1.53 m
Dacia Duster is larger.
Dacia Duster is 30 cm longer than the Dacia Sandero, 7 cm wider, while the height of Dacia Duster is 10 cm higher.
Trunk capacity: 473 litres320 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1604 litres1200 litres
Dacia Duster has more luggage capacity.
Dacia Duster has 153 litres more trunk space than the Dacia Sandero. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Dacia Duster (by 404 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.8 meters10.5 meters
The turning circle of the Dacia Duster is 0.3 metres more than that of the Dacia Sandero.
Gross weight (kg): 1`8381`575

Dacia Duster has slightly fewer faults.
Deffect rate in annual technical inspection is similar for both cars, it's slightly higher for Dacia Sandero, so Dacia Duster quality could be a bit better.
Average price (€): 54004600
Pros and Cons: Dacia Duster has
  • more power
  • has 4x4 drive
  • roomier boot
Dacia Sandero has
  • lower fuel consumption
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • lower price
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