A Comprehensive Article on Renault Duster (Review) India

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Renault Duster Overview

Renault Duster Review

Renault Duster is the French carmakers most popular offering and a segment leader in the Indian car market. The compact SUV now comes with three engine options one petrol and two diesels. There are 12 models which fall in the price range that starts from RS. 7.95 lakh to RS. 12.79 lakh. In the following review, we will highlight all that this car has to offer to help you pick the best model that suits your needs.

Pricelist

The price for the base model petrol variant of Renault Duster starts at RS. 7.95 lakh. The base diesel model features a price tag of 8.95 lakhs and the top-end petrol and diesel models are priced at Rs. 9.95 black and Rs. 12.79 lakh respectively.

Variant Price (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi)
 85PS Diesel STD  Rs. 8.95 Lakh
 85 PS diesel rxe  Rs. 9.09 Lakh
 85 PS diesel rxs  Rs. 9.95 Lakh
 85 PS diesel rxz  Rs. 10.89 Lakh
 110 PS diesel rxz  Rs. 11.79 Lakh
110 PS diesel rxz AMT Rs. 12.33 Lakh
110 PS diesel rxz AWD Rs. 12.79 Lakh
Sandstrom rxs 85 PS Rs. 10.22 Lakh
Sandstorm RX S110 PS Rs. 11.12 Lakh
1.5 Patrol rxe Rs. 7.95 Lakh
1.5 Patrol  RXL Rs. 8.79 Lakh
Patrol rxs CVT Rs. 9.95 Lakh

Exterior

Renault Duster Exterior

Some design accents on the exterior which stand out also give Renault Duster the ultimate SUV aesthetic. Flared wheel arches and short front and rear overhangs give Renault Duster a very daunting stance. There’s also a substantial use of cladding across the body work and the facelift model now features a new double-barrel headlight design and a refreshed front Grille.

Dimension

The monocoque construction of Renault Duster’s body allows the occupants to sit much lower than the conventional ladder frame SUVs. This means that the occupants get plenty of cabin space. Another dimension where Renault Duster manages to impress is its ground clearance. At-205 mm Renault Duster has one of the highest suspension travel of SUVs in its segment.

Dimensions Model name
Length  4315mm
Width  1822mm
Height  1695mm
Wheelbase  2673mm
Ground clearance  205mm
Boot space  475L
Fuel tank capacity  50L

Interior

Renault Duster Interior

Some of the design accents inside the cabin are particularly impressive for instance the instrument Binnacle, door handle finish amongst other accents. However, one finds hard plastic surfaces across the cabin which disappoint. But Renault Duster makes up for it with its feature Laden dashboard.

Engine and transmission

Renault Duster Transmission

There are three engine options available on the Renault Duster which include one petrol and two diesel motors. Both petrol and diesel variants get 1.5-litre powerplants. The petrol motor produces 105 PS of peak power output whereas the diesel motor is available in either 85 PS or 110 PS avatar. Both petrol and diesel models are available with an option of automatic or manual gearboxes. The diesel model gets an AMT gearbox and the petrol model is offered with a CVT gearbox. The 5-speed transmission is offered on both Patrol and diesel models.

Engine  Petrol  Diesel
Type  1.5L  1.5L
Displacement  1498cc  1461cc
Power  105PS  85PS/110PS
Torque  142Nm  200NM/245Nm
Transmission  MT/CVT  MT/AMT

Fuel economy

The manual gearbox petrol model gets an ARAI claimed fuel economy of 14.19 kmpl and the CVT gearbox model features of 14.99 kmpl fuel economy. The manual diesel model offers 19.87 kmpl whereas the AMT variant manages to offer a fuel economy stat of 19.6 kmpl.

variant  Petrol  Diesel
Fuel economy  14.19kmpl/ 14.99kmpl  19.87kmpl/19.6kmpl

Features

Renault Duster is one of the most feature Laden offering in its segments. In terms of features it gets navigation system, CD player, four speaker audio system which is compatible with Bluetooth USB and auxiliary input. Also, on offer is an automatic climate control air conditioning system, voice control, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment system and much more.

 Safety

In terms of safety Renault Duster gets anti-lock braking system, central locking, dual front airbags, EBD, crash sensor, isofix child seat mounts, rear camera, engine immobilizer, Hill assist amongst others.

Colours

Renault Duster is offered with seven different color schemes which include Cayenne Orange, Outback bronze, Moonlight silver, Fiery Red, Slate Gray Metallic and Woodland Brown.

Pros

  • Multiple engine options
  • Powerful offering
  • High ground clearance
  • Automatic option for both petrol and Diesel models

Cons

  • Use of hard plastic surfaces in the cabin

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