While sales, customer satisfaction, performance and price form a major concern where new vehicles are concerned, depreciation is also a major factor to be taken into account. The Dacia Duster, as it is sold in the UK, this India-made SUV, is UK’s most affordable 4×4.
Duster managed to garner 1,700 bookings, even before customers were allowed a test drive at dealers in the UK. It is now revealed that the Duster SUV is also amongst the least depreciating new cars in the UK. Priced a little under £9,000 (INR 7.61 lakhs), the entry level Access trim is expected to retain 34% of its value after a three year / 60,000 miles (96,560 kms) period while the Duster Laureate dCi 110 4×2 model priced at £12,940 will lose £8,540 of its value over the same period. Usually, cars in the same class are averaging losses of over £12,000.
On the news, Phil York, Marketing Director, Dacia UK, said, “We know that the Dacia Duster is a great package for anyone after a practical, reliable and affordable SUV. CAP’s view just reaffirms our belief that its got bucketloads of appeal for British buyers. After living with one, I doubt most owners will ever want to be parted from their trusty Duster. But, if they do have to sell it, or maybe even trade it in for a newer Dacia, they won’t be hugely out of pocket. I can’t help but think the residual value forecast for Sandero is going to blow the competition away too, in the not too distant future.”