Renault Duster, the first successful car from Renault in India. Duster was the completely made in India package by Renault in India after the Fluence which initially was the CBU vehicle, afterwards it became the CKU unit. But anyways coming on to the topic again the first Renault Duster offered in a 1.5L DCi diesel engine and a 1.6L K4M petrol engine. Want more Review Series.
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Currently, Duster is being offered in 1.3L turbo and 1.5L petrol engines. The 1.3L Turbo petrol unit produces around 156PS @ 5500 rpm of power with the torque output of 254Nm @ 1600rpm. The 1.5L petrol motor produces around 106PS @ 5600 rpm with a Torque output of 142NM @ 4000 rpm. The smaller unit which is the 1.3L petrol engine is offered in Manual as well as in Xtronic transmission while the bigger one, the 1.5L unit is available only with the manual transmission.
For more specs refer to the Quick spec sheet as under:
On to the front, Duster features a bold chrome grille with the huge Renault logo which is kind of course for all Renault cars. The headlamps feature LED DRLS, Projector headlamps. The fog lamps are also placed at the bumper which looks nice indeed.
On the sides, Duster features diamond-cut alloy wheels that are similar to that of Kia Seltos. The new facelift versions also get roof rails with the red duster branding on them. The rear section gets stylish rear lamps which are LED of course and the Duster is written in red color in the facelifted edition.
On to the interiors, the Renault Duster is just like any other mid-range SUV, the best interior features include the infotainment system which gets android auto and apple car play, automatic climate control, cooled upper glove box. The fronts seats are also on the comfortable side with a quite good bolster. The rear compartment is also nice in terms of the seat comforts and the rear door pockets. However, no adjustable headrest is provided for the rear middle passenger which is kinda disappointing. The boot section is also great with the 425L of storing capacity with the decent loading lip.
Well, Duster was the most affordable and boldest SUV available in the market a few years back bit now as compared with its segment it has got some limitations which are as under:
- Rear Compartment: The rear compartment is the biggest limitation in the Renault Duster and it will surely remind you of the Honda WR-V. The rear compartment does not feature a rear AC vent, USB charging socket, adjustable headrest for the rear middle passenger. All these things are kinda mandatory in this segment off which the Duster is lagging behind.
- Special features: The segment from which the Renault Duster belongs now holds more features such as the ventilated seating function, graphics integrated instrument cluster, etc. The Renault Duster is lagging in all these things and it seems like Renault has forgotten to upgrade its Duster with the market.
- Safety: In terms of safety Duster gets only 2 airbags which are absolutely not acceptable. As even the Renault Kiger gets 4 airbags as standard, so why the Renault Duster which comes under an SUV segment doesn’t get at least 4 airbags.
Well, Duster was the best option a few years back but now the market has changed a lot and so has the demand that can’t be fulfilled by it. Moreover, a new version of Renault Duster can be launched in India, so if you’re thinking to buy it now, I would suggest you wait for some time for the new Duster which will be feature-rich.
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Credits: All images have been taken from Renault’s official website.