Renault Duster Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Renault Duster
The Duster is an extremely important model for Renault to be a success in India. It is Renault's fourth model in India and launched in 2012, it has met with a huge response. In pictures it looks much bigger than its 4.3 metre length and thanks to many details it looks like a pure SUV. Details like the big flared wheel arches, roof rails, 16 inch alloys and squared off styling. Renault have done some minute changes to make it look plusher compared to the Duster’s available in rest of the world. The front is simple with a big chrome finished Renault grille and square head lamps while the more sculpted rear looks more appealing with its big Duster badging. The interior is conservative yet cheerful and spacious.The dashboard is clutter free and when it comes to space the headroom and legroom are excellent. Passengers at the rear will find the seats comfy and providing excellent headroom and legroom. Storage is also taken care off with a big glove-box, plethora of cup-holders and an adequate 475 litre boot. There are three engine choices- two diesels and one petrol.
The petrol is a 1.6-litre unit generating 102bhp of power @ 5850 RPM. While it will score on smoothness, refinement and low initial cost, it goes without saying that the diesel engines will sell like hot cakes- the one to watch out for and certainly a potential best-seller is the 84Bhp mid-level oil-burner variant. It is the similar to 1.5-litre K9K powerplant and Renault is offering it in two different avatars. You get 84bhp @ 4750 RPM and the other more powerful one makes 109bhp @ 3900 RPM on the top end version. figures- 20.46 kmpl and 19.01 kmpl for the diesels and 13.24 kmpl for the petrol. The suspension manages to be comfortable without being too soft to spoil the handling dynamics. The electro-hydraulic steering does feel a bit heavy at times and the stitching on the wheel can become reason for injury. The handling and ride are class benchmarks now and blows away other similarly priced rivals. The stability at high speeds is decent too! Duster in three trim levels, RxE, RxL and RxZ. Mind you the 102bhp petrol and the 84bhp diesel will only be available in the RxE and RxL variants, while the top of the line RxZ will come only in the 109bhp diesel. The starting price of Rs 7.19 lakh ex-showroom for the base petrol variant to 11.2akhs for the top diesel variant (ex-showroom). The top version is loaded with features like USB/AUX and Bluetooth. The equipment levels on the Duster are very good as you also get keyless entry, ABS with Brake Assist & EBD, dual front Airbags, satellite Audio & phone control, rear defogger, rear wiper & washer, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear parking sensors, rear AC and leather upholstery. This is an SUV that is all about value and the sales figures show that how we were starved for a decent SUV that also drives well and looks good. For a detailed analysis read below.
Pros: Competitive price, Proper SUV looks, Excellent ride, Frugal diesel engine, Good space, Very good build quality, Rear AC vent (top model)
Cons: Interiors feel basic, Conservative styling, No proper 3rd row seats, Lacks some features, Ergonomic quirks
Renault Duster Interiors
Renault has played it safe here – just like the exterior, the interior is conservative yet cheerful and spacious. There is no futuristic styling here and instead you get a functional and practical instrument design. The dashboard is clutter free and you get many features including a 4 speaker music system with USB/AUX and Bluetooth. The equipment levels on the Duster are very good as you also get keyless entry, ABS with Brake Assist & EBD, dual front Airbags, satellite Audio & phone control, rear defogger, rear wiper & washer, electrically adjustable ORVMs, rear parking sensors, rear AC and leather upholstery. When it comes to space the headroom and legroom are excellent. Passengers at the rear will find the seats comfy and providing excellent headroom and legroom. Storage is also taken care off with a big glove-box, plethora of cup-holders and an adequate 475 litre boot.
Renault Duster Interiors Details
Renault Duster Boot space
The boot of the Duster is fairly capacious and can gobble-up your weekend luggage easily. The 475 litre capacity boot gets a flat floor since the spare wheel has been stored underneath the body shell. The rear seats however don't fold flat.
Renault Duster Speedometer
The instrument console has large chrome polished dials akin to SUV and is illuminated in red. It sports analogue speedometer, tachometer, fuel level and consumption and a digital display in the center.
Renault Duster Gear lever
The gear lever is a bit stubborn like the steering. The gear lever is big and its well designed chrome tipped.
Renault Duster Cup holders
The Renault Duster has two Cup holders in the centre console just in front of the gear lever.
Renault Duster Exteriors
Chunky, muscular and looking every inch an SUV- that’s the Duster for you! In pictures it looks much bigger than its 4.3 metre length and thanks to many details it looks like a pure SUV. Details like the big flared wheel arches, roof rails, 16 inch alloys and squared off styling. Renault have done some minute changes to make it look plusher compared to the Duster’s available in rest of the world. The front is simple with a big chrome finished Renault grille and square head lamps while the more sculpted rear looks more appealing with its big Duster badging. Overall this is a proper old school SUV with modern touches that will surely have a large fan following!
Renault Duster Exteriors Details
Renault Duster Front design
The front fascia of the Duster renders it with good road presence. The chrome treatment to grille makes it look much more premium. The twin-pod headlights may look a bit unconventional. Renault Duster horizontal grille is held by a pair of double optics headlamps. Renault Duster is quite lengthy according to the trend of crossover SUVs and do not qualify the sub-4 meter excise levy. A sleek body color bumper in the front gives way to black plastic cladding which houses round fog lamps on either
Renault Duster Rear design
The rear side is marked by a curvy boot lid, skid plate, vertically placed tail lamps with D-Shaped curve alongside, high mount stop lamp, hexagonal windshield (having six sides) with a rear viper, Renault badge and reflectors. The boot lip opener has a Duster written plate over it. Just below it is the number plate. The rear bumper is also not very wide but is painted in body color.
Renault Duster Side profile
The side profile is the most interesting one with lot of contours. The beltline is very sharply cut. Body color door handles, wing mirrors, fuel lid can be seen. The two windows are followed by a quarter glasses though no third row is present inside. The most noticeable part is the wheel arches which are very prominently seamed. Under the large wheel arches are the large 16 inch alloy wheels.
Renault Duster Ground Clearance
A maximum ground clearance of 205 mm is enough to go over tough terrain and standing water. You don't have to worry about seriously potholed roads when you're at the wheel of the Duster.
Renault Duster Engine & Performance
There are three engine choices- two diesels and one petrol. The petrol is a 1.6-litre unit generating 102bhp of power @ 5850 RPM. While it will score on smoothness, refinement and low initial cost, it goes without saying that the diesel engines will sell like hot cakes- the one to watch out for and certainly a potential best-seller is the 84Bhp mid-level oil-burner variant. It is the similar to 1.5-litre K9K powerplant and Renault is offering it in two different avatars. You get 84bhp @ 4750 RPM and the other more powerful one makes 109bhp @ 3900 RPM on the top end version. When it comes to transmission the petrol will have available with the five-speed gearbox only while the 84bhp Duster will have a five speed gearbox and the 109bhp one will have a six speed gearbox. The 109bhp diesel will be our pick for performance freaks and should easily give the Duster best in class acceleration, top speed and fuel economy. Speaking of mileage, here are the figures- 20.46 kmpl and 19.01 kmpl for the diesels and 13.24 kmpl for the petrol.
Renault Duster Engine and Performance Details
Renault Duster Acceleration
The Renault Duster Diesel will accelerate from 0-100 Kmph in mere 11.8 seconds approximately.
Renault Duster Top speed
The Top speed of Diesel duster is 164 Kmph approximately.
Renault Duster In-gear acceleration
Renault Duster SUV is offered with a very good in-gear accelerations that can touch between 40-60 Kmph very soon to give the drive a comfortable overtaking.
Renault Duster Gearbox
The gearbox slots in perfectly and the ratios too are well sorted out for both highway cruising as well as city driving. Renault Duster comes with 1.5 dCi diesel engine that has been taken from Nissan Micra and comes coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox in diesel variant RxE and 84bhp RxL and six speed manual gearbox
Renault Duster Mileage and Running Costs
The 109bhp diesel is our pick for performance freaks as it gives the Duster best in class acceleration, top speed and fuel economy. Speaking of mileage, here are the figures- 20.46 kmpl and 19.01 kmpl for the diesels and 13.24 kmpl for the petrol. The petrol is least efficient but the 84 bhp diesel is the most efficient with the 109 bhp diesel in between.
Renault Duster Mileage View full detail
|Renault Duster Petrol Variants|
|Renault Duster 1.6 RxE||13.24 kmpl|
|Renault Duster 1.6 RxL||13.24 kmpl|
|Renault Duster Diesel Variants|
|Renault Duster 1.5 RxE||20.64 kmpl|
|Renault Duster 1.5 RxL||20.64 kmpl|
|Renault Duster 1.5 RxL110||19.1 kmpl|
|Renault Duster 1.5 RxZ||19.1 kmpl|
|Renault Duster AWD RxL||19.72 kmpl|
|Renault Duster 1.5 RxL 110 Adventure Edition||19.1 kmpl|
|Renault Duster AWD RxZ||19.72 kmpl|
Renault Duster Mileage Details
Renault Duster City fuel economy
The Renault Duster gives 16.5 kmpl (approx.).
Renault Duster Highway fuel economy
The Renault Duster gives 20.46 kmpl (approx.).
Renault Duster ARAI rated economy
The petrol variant of the Renault Duster with the 1.6 litre engine is rated at 13.24 kmpl by ARAI. Owners can expect an overall mileage of at least 10 kmpl under real-world driving conditions. The smaller 1.5 litre diesel delivers a mileage of 20.64 which
Renault Duster Tank Range
The Tank range of Renault Duster is 650 kmpl (approx.)
Renault Duster Handling Braking & Safety
Duster comes with disc brakes in front and drum brakes at the rear. Thus the Duster stops well and it has good braking performance. When it comes to safety the the Duster comes with ABS, emergency brake assist. Duster also has driver and passenger airbags. The Duster comes with 2 wheel drive only and has a monocoque chassis which gives it good handling for an SUV.
Renault Duster Handling, Braking & Safety Details
Renault Duster Handling
The Duster handles extremely well when the going gets twisty. You never feel like you're at the wheel of a SUV for the sedan like handling. Although, there is a hint of body roll but that doesn't spoil the experience of driving the SUV at all.
Renault Duster Braking performance
Front disc brakes and drums at the rear offer decent braking performance. For the large proportions of the vehicle, braking is well sorted out. There is a hint of understeer when you push the car over a certain limit though.
Renault Duster Safety features
System like Anti-lock braking kick-in at the right moment to keep the car on the road. Driver and passenger airbags help keep the occupants safe in an event of a crash.
Renault Duster ABS
Renault Duster has ABS.
Renault Duster Traction control
Renault Duster doesnt have this feature.
Renault Duster Comfort & Suspension
The Duster is a 2 wheel drive only and its ride comfort is the best in its class. The front suspension of the Duster is MacPherson-type with rectangular lower wishbone and anti-roll bar and the rear is programmed-deflection Rear suspension flexible beam and coil springs. The refinment is also class best.
Renault Duster Comfort & Suspension Details
Renault Duster Comfort
The Duster's suspension setup allows for a very decent level of comfort. The seats are supportive and the SUV glides over potholes without breaking sweat. The rear seat with its separate cooling makes for a great place to enjoy the journey.
Renault Duster Front suspension
McPherson type front suspension with anti-roll bar render the high-riding SUV with decent handling characteristics.
Renault Duster Rear suspension
Torsion beam axle with coil springs and anti-roll allow the Duster to glide over bumps. The ride is comfortable without being too bumpy. We put the suspension to test and were amazed by the results. The Duster copes extremely well with broken road surfaces.
Renault Duster Specifications and Features
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheel Size||16 inch|
Renault Duster Features
|Renault Duster||1.6 RxE||1.6 RxL||1.5 RxE||1.5 RxL||1.5 RxL110||1.5 RxZ||AWD RxL||1.5 RxL 110 Adventure Edition||AWD RxZ|
Renault Duster Price
The ex showroom price of Renault Duster ranges from Rs 7.86 Lakh to Rs 12.99 Lakh. Renault Duster is available in 9 variants. To find the on road price of Renault Duster you need to click on the check on road price.
Renault Duster has 2 Petrol variant(s), 7 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Renault Duster 1.6 RxE which has a Petrol engine, and starts at Rs 7.86 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Renault Duster AWD RxZ which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 12.99 Lakh .
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Renault Duster Reviews
By rajesh Posted on Jul,07,10 11:24 PM
Pros wow looks no doubt
Cons interior is somwhere lacking, only 4 seater
this cute suv is for daily city travelers with great mileage (no suv is above 12 milege)20 kmpl awesome compact like hatchback.
Posted on Jul,07,13 11:34 PM
Pros muscular looks ,great mileage
best SUV in this range.great fuel efficiency,looks and interiors as well
Posted on Nov,11,14 2:38 PM
Pros great looks,good milage,few features are lacking
two things are lacking in this suv.Should have at least TWO airbags at least for top end model & Climate control. I would prefer if AWL OR 4 x 4 facility is also provided. Looks are really cute.
By Antony Das Posted on Oct,10,25 11:05 AM
Pros blending of style and economy
Cons nothing to say.... i,m lovin it
renault rocks........... I think it is better for renault which is apart from mahindra.....
By sajan g Posted on Nov,11,01 5:11 PM
Pros great looks,appealing class,mileage 15.5 kmper ltr average.
Cons to get in the car is not easy without a footres for small people.
wonderful car,looks,style ,perfomance in riding and handling.mileage 15.6 km per litr.
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- Renault, Duster 1.5 RxZ(2011)
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