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EUR 5 per 100 km: this comes with #video autogas



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The Dacia duster is among those cars that offer standard installation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) drive. This mainly brings lower operating costs – the price of liquefied petroleum gas at the pumps at the time of the test ranged between 0.5 and 0.6 euros – so the cost per 100 kilometers driven by gas consumption is 8.5 liter on average around five euros, this is even better or at the level of the most fuel efficient diesel SUVs. Using only a petrol drive, the fuel for the duster cost two euros more per hundred kilometers. It should be noted, however, that not all gas stations will have autogas.

Eco-G, as the official name for a gas-fired power plant, is available in a basic, well-equipped package. The drive is provided by a 100-kilowatt three-liter engine, and most (like us) can turn their noses over the absence of a four-wheel drive and a 5-speed manual transmission. A look at the engine range reveals that the gas wires are factory-installed only on a three-liter three-cylinder three-cylinder engine and in combination with a unique 5-speed manual transmission and front-wheel drive.

The gas line makes no difference between the ride itself. When starting, the petrol engine runs for the first few kilometers, and the automatic transmission to LPG is undetectable. We did about 300 kilometers with one tank, and despite the 42-liter tank, we only poured it up to 30 liters of liquefied gas.

Comparison of petrol drive use and autogas:

petrol LPG
use on the test 7,0 l 8,5 l
price per liter (18.11.2020) about 1 EUR about 0.6 EUR
price per 100 km 7 euros 5.1 euros

Motor: 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with 74 kW
Usage: 8.5 liter LPG and 7.0 liter gasoline per 100 km
Price: 16,790 EUR (18,120 EUR with accessories)

You need to take a calculator into your hands

As the duster does not have a built-in trip computer that would show average fuel consumption for gas or petrol, a handshake is needed in this case. Like once when cars were not as smart as they are today. Of course, this is not a problem, even in Siol for test cars we always recalculate the usage manually and so check the accuracy of the ride computer.

The calculation for the eco-G duster resulted in an average gas consumption of 8.5 liters per 650 kilometers. Given the price of LPG at the pump in Domžale, where the price on November 11 was 0.598 euros per liter, this simply means that such a driven duster consumes exactly five euros per hundred kilometers .




The Duster eco-G is no different from a regular duster and it will be impossible to see the extra tank under the boot.  The difference is inside with an extra meter and of course in the door of the bar.  The prestigious toolkit also comes with slightly more refined accessories on the outside.  Therefore, a front / rear protective strip is fitted in the matt chrome version, and the longitudinal roof racks are also in the matt chrome version.  The Prestige also features an adjustable driver's seat for height and spine, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and a blind spot monitoring system.


The eco-G Duster is no different from a regular duster and it will be impossible to see the extra tank under the boot. The difference is inside with an extra meter and of course in the door of the bar. The prestigious toolkit also comes with slightly more refined accessories on the outside. Therefore, a front / rear protective strip is fitted in the matt chrome version, and the longitudinal roof racks are also in the matt chrome version. The Prestige also features an adjustable driver’s seat for height and spine, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and a blind spot monitoring system.
Photo: Gašper Pirman

What about gas stations?

It is currently in Slovenia 144 pumps for autogas (data on plinske-crpalke.si), which are practically distributed throughout Slovenia. We had no major search problems. Eventually, an owner who uses LPG for longer will get to know all the places nearby, depending on the daily rides. According to the data, Petrol has more than 100 LPG stations at petrol stations, OMV 17, and the rest at MOL or other smaller providers.

The frictional driver will also drive more than 1,000 kilometers

Despite higher usage, the number is definitely significantly better than with an equally powerful petrol engine, where usage is around


The gas tank has a volume of 42 liters, but we put just over 30 liters of LPG into it.


The gas tank has a volume of 42 liters, but we put just over 30 liters of LPG into it.
Photo: Gašper Pirman

seven liters, but the price per liter of fuel is higher of course. According to factory data, according to the WLTP measurement cycle, using a front-wheel-drive diesel engine with a 6-speed transmission would be somewhere around five liters, but in reality it would be closer to six liters.

Our test “gas” duster used about seven liters of petrol, with a 50 liter fuel tank it is possible to drive just over 600 kilometers in economy mode, and with the fuel economy it can also travel up to 400 kilometers with a gas tank full. The fuel efficient driver can travel a total of more than 1,000 kilometers on a single tank. If there are more highways, that number will decrease rapidly and be realistic at around 850 kilometers.

As economical as diesel, but two thousandths cheaper

Many people have turned a blind eye to the figures above, they are similar in price per kilometer driven, the diesel has more torque and a 6-speed transmission, and at the same time there is no need to look for a pump that has charging point for LPG. In fact, life with diesel alone is simpler in the first place.

On the other hand, driving a petrol engine is quieter, quieter, more environmentally friendly and, after all, the purchase price is much lower. The prestigious eco-G Duster costs € 16,790, plus the accessories € 18,120. That’s still less than the purchase price of the two-wheeled Blue dCi 115 duster with the same prestigious tool kit. If we add extra equipment, the price rises to 19,520 euros. So € 1,500 more.

Gallery: Despite its low-cost genes, duster is a real road performer



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What was bothering us?

The Duster has a trip computer, but it is not possible to find the average fuel consumption for either petrol or LPG. It is not possible to find a range for one or the other fuel, as a result there is no aggregated data available to the driver.

Thanks to the 5-speed manual transmission, highway driving is high, the rev counter stops at nearly 3,500 rpm at 130 kilometers an hour.

As in previous duster tests, we were disturbed by the location of the cruise control switch, there is a rubber pad on the passenger shelf, but the phone flies out of it at first and the switches are behind the steering without illuminate them.

Somewhere a nozzle is needed, somewhere there are no such problems

The gas tank was made of durable steel and placed where the spare wheel was mounted. So the luggage compartment stays the same, only the gas duster that cannot be ordered with a spare tire. A tire repair kit comes. The gas tank measures 42 liters, but in practice holds about thirty liters. Depending on the pump.

Once the gas tank is empty, the system alerts the driver with a high beep and automatically switches to 95-octane gasoline. Because LPG is less caloric, in theory this is also evident in performance. When operating on LPG, the acceleration is reduced one second and the power is slightly reduced, but by the way in practice the difference is not felt. In any event, the eco-G duster is not a racer or highway traveler, it is intended for prudent drivers who drive several kilometers. Namely, the more kilometers you drive, the more gas installation is affordable.

Technical data – dacia duster 1.0 TCe 100 Eco-G

type of engine turbobencinski / LPG
volume in ccm 999
power at kW (hp) at rpm 74 (100) at 5,000
maximum torque at Nm / rpm 160 at 2,750
gearbox 5-speed manual
driving front
dimensions (length x width x height) in mm 4.341 x 1.804 x 1.626
wheelbase in mm 2.673
trunk in liters 445
number of seats 5
unloaded mass (payload) in kg 1.305 (503)
maximum speed in km / h 173
acceleration to 100 km / h in seconds 13,8
consumption (in accordance with EU standards) in l / 100 km 6,3-6,6
use on the vl / 100 km test 7.0 petrol, 8.5 LPG
price of the base model is EUR 13.740
test vehicle price is EUR 16.790
price of a test vehicle with additional equipment is EUR 18.120



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