The Duster is based on an old but perfectly adequate Renault platform. Although falling far short of fancy, you’ll get a smooth ride that absorbs the friction caused by driving over potholes around town.
With a gentle understeer expertly reined in by its stability control systems, the Qashqai is precise and easy to drive fast, It also has rough- and off-road ability if the need arises.
On reliability, independent research findings rank Duster as average while placing Qashqai 19% above it, by comparison.
Both vehicles belong to the SUV segment, which safety-wise is already a good thing. But the Qashqai weighs 12% more than the Dacia Duster, which means it scores higher in this category. In crash tests performed by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the Nissan displays significantly better structural stability. So you should seriously consider this and Dacia’s limited kit before choosing one as a family car. When it comes to safety, that’s an area where most people don’t want to compromise.