Thing is, it wasn't quite as tough as we thought. Or rather, the small crossover was presented with somewhat unrealistic challenges to overcome. And it broke. Watch the video here to see if you can work out where that happened... As a result Matt Prior is temporarily banned from using PH long-termers and we'll be gentler in future, promise!
I've used the Duster a couple of times since its return - my first drives in it, actually - and found plenty to like. OK, they've hardly been the most thrilling of journeys, though arguably cars that can impress on mundane trips are the more noteworthy. On the way to Heathrow its strong torque helped at a couple of traffic light grand prix, its compact dimensions made it easy to park and - being brutally honest - its more utilitarian nature meant I worried less when leaving it. Of course we don't want anything to get damaged (again), but there's something rather less stressful about depositing a sub-£20K SUV in a busy car park than a £50K+ sports car. All the more so if it's a multi-storey, given my apparent penchant for kerbing wheels...
Otherwise life with the Duster is just fine. There are no big plans afoot for it, so we really should set about pursuing that idea of fitting some track rubber...
Car: 2016 Dacia Duster TCe 125 4x4
On fleet since: January 2017
List price new: £15,795 (As tested £18,980 comprising Metallic paint for £495, European mapping for £90, Aspira leather upholstery for £500, Protection Pack for £495, Touring Pack for £565, Action Pack for £755 and Window Pack for £285)
Last month at a glance: Back to business for the durable Duster