With the power of LPG – Dacia Duster ECO-G 100 test – Auto-Motor

In LPG mode, the car automatically switches from gasoline to gas after starting. Photo: Balázs Stefler

In addition to the increasingly widespread alternative drives nowadays, it is considered old-fashioned, but the use of LPG can be a good choice for those who want to save money. Those who are averse to car modifications can choose from several factory solutions, after the most recently tested Renault Clio, we tried the company group’s hybrid engine in the Dacia Duster.
This 3-cylinder turbo gasoline engine is offered for the basic version of the recreational vehicle with 91 horsepower, but the LPG ECO-G version produces 100 horsepower. To do this, you need to spin more, but not only the peak power, but also the peak torque is higher, 170 Nm instead of 160, and this occurs at 2000 revolutions instead of 2200, so it seems stronger even in the lower range. Due to the differences in equipment, it is not possible to clearly determine the extra weight of the LPG version, but the ECO-G, which is 67-100 kg heavier, is noticeably dynamic, it takes its feet particularly nimbly during city and suburban driving, and even stops at highway speeds. place.

The filler for the petrol and gas tanks fits well behind the large fuel door

During the test program, it happened that the engine had to start longer than usual, but it switched to LPG operation within minutes. In the Duster, the gas mode can no longer be switched on with a factory button, but with a factory button, but you can’t drive into underground garages even if you switch to petrol mode. It is also a disadvantage that the 49-liter tank takes up the space of the spare wheel, although it does not affect the size of the trunk and significantly extends the range.

The 49-liter tank that fills the place of the spare wheel is demanding, and does not affect the size of the trunk

According to the WLTP, approx. We can do 700 km with gas, but the value is still favorable if we count on the average of 8.2 liters measured during the test. With LPG, which is more expensive, but cheaper even than official price gasoline, we can go 600 km in one go. If there is no gas station nearby, you can drive another 700 km with gasoline. It is true that you have to pay more for the gas-powered Duster with the highest equipment. Since this assembly costs HUF 420,000 in the case of other designs, the gas set means a total surcharge of HUF 230,000.

SUMMARY
A bright spot in the Dacia range is the LPG Duster, which offers many advantages in exchange for few compromises. It depends on the price of LPG whether it is worth the surcharge.

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Dacia Duster ECO-G 100
Total displacement: 999 cm3
Cylinders/valves: S3/12 turbo
Max. power: 67kW (91 HP) 4400-4900/min (LPG: 74 kW (100 HP) 4600-5000/min)
Max. torque: 160 Nm 2200-3750/min (LPG: 170 Nm 2000-3500/min)
Hossz./szél./mag.: 4341/1804/1693 mm
Wheelbase: 2673 mm
Track distance front/rear: 1563/1570 mm
Turning circle: 10.7 m
Own weight/carrying capacity: 1256/504 kg
Luggage space: 445-1478 l
Fuel tank: 50+49 l
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 15.1 (LPG: 13.8) s
Max. speed: 166 (LPG: 168) km/h
Average consumption (WLTP): 6.3-6.4 (LPG: 6.8-7.0) l/100 km
Test consumption: 7.2 (LPG: 8.2) l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 143-145 (LPG: 125-127) g/km
Base price of the model: HUF 5,249,000 (TCe 90)
Price of the tested version: HUF 6,399,000


Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.

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