Renault Duster First Drive Review

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Renault Duster Overview

First introduced in 2012, Renault Duster instantly became the honeybunch SUV in the country. In fact, the introduction of Renault Duster started off the compact SUV segment in the subcontinent. Renault ruled the space until its tough competitor Ford EcoSport entered the segment. So after completing its 4 years of lifespan and as the competition started heating up with the advent of Hyundai Creta, Check for car loan interest rate.

Renault introduced Duster facelift in 2016 to give it a new lease of life. Getting almost 32 styling and mechanical changes, Duster facelift was debuted at the Auto Expo 2016. Renault has recently showcased its next-generation Duster at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show. While the launch date for the model has not yet revealed. Along with the styling changes, new Duster boasts more premium feel inside the cabin along with higher equipment level.

Renault Duster Exterior

Renault has retained the exterior design language of the previous Duster model, and the new Duster does not get any exterior changes. It features nicely carved out wheel arches with stylish steel or alloy wheels, while the AWD version gets stunning gun metal grey alloy wheels. It offers chrome or black door handles and ORVMs depending on variants, large windscreen, defogger, chrome garnished huge tailgate, dual color bumpers, chrome satin skid plate, a large chrome grille and stylized large headlights.”boot and fuel lid as with remote and adjustable headrest as no and system issue is there.

Renault Duster is available in 7 different colour patterns they are Fiery Red, Slate Grey, Pearl White, Outback Bronze, Woodland Brown, Cayenne Orange and Fiery Red, Pearl Galaxy Black.

Renault Duster Interior

Oddly enough, the diesel automatic AMT Duster can be had in the top-spec RxZ variant only whereas the petrol CVT is offered in the RxS variant which is a step down. Naturally, the latter isn’t as well equipped and misses out on some essentials such as climate control and a backup camera. The RxS variant doesn’t get soft touch dash and door pads either. The design and quality of materials remain the same which means you still the odd-numbered speedometer, a large steering wheel and sub-par plastics. Although poor fit and finish was one of the main shortcomings of the original model, Renault improved the quality with the facelift. That said, there is still a low-rent feel to the doors and the centre console surrounds and the overall fit and finish is iffy.

The driving position is mostly car-like, but you do sit up higher than in a hatchback. The A-pillars are slim, helping outward visibility though what’s not so impressive are the wing mirrors which are surprisingly small. As for space and comfort, the Duster CVT petrol is the same and in no way that’s a bad thing. The front seats are just about the right size and offer adequate back and knee support. More importantly, the rear-seat space is also ample with better thigh support than the competition. All in all, the cabin is not as well built as the competition, but there’s no denying that it’s spacious and thoroughly practical.

Renault Duster Transmission

Duster, as usual, is being offered in 1.5L petrol and 1.5L diesel engines. The petrol engine makes 106PS and max torque of 142Nm with the option of both manual and 6-speed X-tronic CVT gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel engine comes in two states of tunes; 85PS and 110PS paired to 5-speed and 6-speed manual gearbox respectively.Duster’s off-road capability needs no introduction as the car has been crafted to conquer rough roads with ease. However, when it comes to commuting in the city, the vehicles also scores brownie points, especially the AMT version which doesn’t let down the car in stop/go traffic conditions. For more information on Renault Duster check Vci-india

Unlike some of the counterparts, Duster uses a modern monocoque shell construction for chassis which makes it light and efficient. The Duster SUV’s 85 PS diesel version offers the fuel efficiency of up to 19.87 Kmpl, while the 110 PS version offers a mileage of around 19.64 Kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol version of the SUV delivers the fuel efficiency of up to 13.05 Kmpl. While the Diesel variant (110PS) that comes equipped with an AWD (All Wheel Drive) transmission, promises to offer the most impressive fuel efficiency of 19.72kmpl.

Renault Duster Driving

As for the ride and handling, this petrol version is the same as the rest of the Duster range which is a good thing. The steering feel is light and progressive, only a little loose on-centre. Too bad that three-spoke wheel still judders when taking corners at high speeds. Renault says they have worked on reducing the juddering; however, it’s still there and would probably prove to be unnerving for some drivers. No such groaning when it comes to the ride quality as the Duster simply manages to hover across bad roads. Yes, it is slightly stiffer than its rivals but the trade-off to this is that the Duster feels a lot more solid when going through median bumps and potholes. Unlike some cars wherein you have to take caution while going over rough roads, you really can plough through in the Duster without second thoughts, the whole suspension is that solid.

Renault Duster Safety

The vehicle comes equipped with ventilated disc brakes for its front wheels, while its rear wheels are fitted with drum brakes. The SUV range comes with many advanced safety features including ABS with EBD & rapid deceleration warning, seat belt reminder, brake assist system, engine immobilizer, rear defogger, rear washer and wiper with timer, fog lamps, hill start assist, EPS, anti slip regulation, twin airbags, rear parking sensors, etc. Some of the passive safety features that protect the occupants like speed sensing auto door locks and impact sensing auto door unlock. To protect the engine during extreme off-roading, there’s an engine guard too.

Renault Duster Cost in Bangalore

Renault Duster On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 9,66,654 to 16,00,469 for variants Duster RxE Petrol and Duster RxZ 110PS Diesel AWD respectively. Renault Duster is available in 9 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Renault Duster variants price in Bangalore. Check for Duster price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Renault Duster Final Thought

Unlike some of the cars in the compact SUV segment,the car does not have impressive interiors. The Renault Duster is a great compact SUV and is decently equipped too. What makes it unique in this category is the presence of an AWD (All Wheel Drive) transmission system and impressive ground clearance that makes it a true off-roader. You should go for the Duster if you want a car that is equally capable on-Road and off it.

Renault Duster is available in five different variants such as STD, RXS, RXL, RXZ and RXS CVT. The pricing of the duster has been kept competitive so as to please the buyers against its counterparts. The base model is priced at Rs. 7.95 lakh while the top spec model is available at Rs. 12.79 lakh. The top selling model diesel RXZ AMT is tagged at Rs. 12.33 lakh ex-showroom, New Delhi.

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