Renault Duster Diesel Model Review in Detail

Renault India Private Limited is in the high ranking of success because of its SUV Duster. The Duster is the best car launched by Renault. The Duster has all the latest features, cheaper than others and car has low maintenance costs as well. All these ingredients add up to give the Duster a very confident posture and make it look larger than it is. The car maker has officially launched its all-wheel drive version with quite a few updates in terms of both inside and out. The car is available in six colors as well. The colors available are metallic woodland brown, metallic fiery red, pearl supreme white, metallic moonlight silver, pearl galaxy black, metallic graphite grey etc. The price of it starting from Rs.9.2 13.7 Lakh. The Renault is offering 2 years warranty or 50,000 kilometers, which can be extended further. In this post we are sharing Renault Duster Diesel Model Review in Detail with you. Read it and improve your hold on Renault Duster.


Renault Duster interior

Renault Duster interior

All the trims in this series are incorporated with several important comfort features like an air conditioning system with rear AC vents, power steering, electrically operated windows and lots of storage spaces. In terms of safety, this SUV is incorporated with crucial aspects like engine immobilizer, ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and reverse parking sensors. The Renault Duster can easily seat 5 people. The car is quite high on safety and the needs of the comfort of the passenger. The SUV is capable of combining the comfort of a sedan with the power and the safety provided by an SUV. One of the most unique aspects of the car is the fact that there is an 8 way adjustable driver seat which will provide a lot of comfort to the driver itself. The seating position in the car is quite high as well. This will provide the driver with a good view of the road as well. The car has leather upholstered interiors that come with independent arm rests, especially in the back rows. The car comes with a rear AC that has independent controls for the passengers who are sitting in the back. The interiors are beige with a dual tone and it is made out of fine leather. Its interior cabin is now fitted with a new dashboard and a slightly revamped steering wheel, which is complimented by a red inserts on seats.

The car maker has officially launched its all-wheel drive version with quite a few updates in terms of both inside and out. while the Renault Duster is spacious enough in its own right, it doesn’t feel as roomy as other SUVs in its segment, like the Tata Safari, for instance. With no third row of seats to eat into boot space as with seven-seat SUVs, the Renault Duster has plenty of space for cargo. The boot is cleverly shaped and can gobble up a lot more luggage than its 475-litre capacity suggests. Folding down the single-piece rear bench further increases the carrying capacity to 1,064 litres. However, ingress and egress is a breeze, there’s head- and legroom aplenty for all passengers and the cabin is wide enough to seat three average-sized adults in comfort on the rear seat. Also, the flat rear seat may not look like it is really comfortable, with great back and thigh support. Likewise, the front seats, which get lumbar-support adjustment, are also comfy enough for long distances, though we found the driver’s seat height adjuster cumbersome to use while seated. It stays true to the SUV template with its flared wheel arches, short front and rear overhangs and impressive 205mm ground clearance.

In terms of features, it is incorporated with a cruise control system that helps to reduce driving fatigue. But more than anything else, it is the quality of plastics throughout the cabin that disappoint. Some bits, like the well-finished door handles and curvy instrument binnacle, do look nice, but elsewhere the hard plastics seem straight out of a budget hatchback. The pillar-like rear AC vent (engineered especially for India) stands out like a sore thumb, looks cheap, and also eats into middle-passenger legroom. Everything does feel solidly put together though and the fit between panels on the dashboard is decent. There is some more equipment now on top-end Dusters most notably the touch-screen audio with satellite navigation. The dashboard itself is quite functional, but places the air-con controls a bit low for comfortable access; the mechanically operated air-con switches, both front and rear, also feel quite rudimentary. Then there’s the unusual positioning of the electric mirror adjuster under the handbrake lever, and audio controls on the steering column (and hence out of sight) that take time getting used to. Thankfully, Renault has repositioned the power window switches from the dashboard to dedicated pods on the doors before launching the Duster SUV in India, but it’s still not perfect.


Renault Duster HD pic

Renault Duster HD pic

There is a facelift on the way, but for now, the squarish double-barrel headlights and chrome-rich grille gel well, while the scuff plate and plastic cladding on the lower portion of the bumpers hint at the Duster’s off-road ability. There are more interesting touches in the smart running boards, roof rails and the kink in the rear quarter glass, though some bits like the flimsy lift-type door handles point to the strict costs the Duster is built to. The car’s looks are quite down to earth and subtle as well. The car has a monocoque body that comes with an independent McPherson strut. The car also comes with an anti- roll bar in the front and coil springs as well.

Underpinning the Duster is Renault’s hardy B platform that also forms the basis for the Renault Logan (now Mahindra Verito), though the Duster’s wheelbase is marginally longer. Its monocoque construction also allows it to sit lower than conventional body-on-ladder SUVs. For now, India only gets the front-wheel-drive Duster, which employs MacPherson struts in the front and a programmer-deflection torsion beam axle at the rear. The car has made news among the young car enthusiasts for it provides for a comfortable ride for not too high a cost. One will also be able to enjoy the benefits of a sedan, a hatchback and a crossover car with the help of this one single car. As far as its exteriors are concerned, it gets smoked headlamps and set of stylish alloy wheels with gun metal finish that distinguishes it from the regular variants.


Renault Duster handling

Renault Duster Handling

The electro-hydraulic steering doesn’t serve up much feedback either, with some slack at the straight-ahead position. However, it is light enough at low speeds, which is a boon in city confines. A tight turning circle further aids the Duster’s ease of use. The manner in which the Renault Duster casually dismisses the worst patches of road makes it a more comfortable drive than all comparably priced saloons too. The suspension always goes about its business in a quiet manner, sharp bumps like expansion joints are easily filtered out and your passengers won’t be able to tell the size of the crater you just drove over. Even at highway speeds, the Duster SUV remains very composed and free from any undue up-and-down movement. A small complaint we have is with the calibration of the ABS system. And while it may lack four-wheel-drive hardware, even this front-wheel-drive Duster is quite adept off-road, so long as you are realistic about its abilities.

Its wide footprint and relatively low center of gravity also come together to give it good stability at all speeds and also under braking. The short gearing and the 30-degree approach and 35-degree departure angles allow the small SUV to clamber up hillocks, and it can also wade through knee-deep water if the need arises. Hit a bump under hard braking (even in dry conditions) and the ABS kicks in instantly, adding to the stopping distance. Body control is also good and roll is fairly well contained. But, driving up a twisty section, we found the Duster lacked the agility you’d expect from a monocoque SUV. While it is not ponderous around bends, it is not as engaging as a Honda CR-V either.


Renault Duster engine

Renault Duster engine

There are two other petrol variants available in this series that are equipped with a 1.6-litre, K4M, 4-cylindered power plant that is mated with a five speed manual transmission gearbox. However, the main highlight will be the newly introduced AWD version that has a slew of additional features along with some cosmetic updates. A bigger bother is the slightly heavy clutch in the SUV that gets tiring to operate in stop-go traffic. What does help driveability is the short gearing for first, second and third, which allows you to keep the engine on the boil in typical city driving scenarios. In contrast, fifth and sixth gears are tall, to aid relaxed highway cruising; 80kph in sixth gear has the engine spinning at a lazy 1800rpm. The car comes with three engine options. The Petrol version has a 1.6 MPFI petrol and the diesel versions come with a 1.5 CRDI diesel engine. There are two states of tune for the diesel versions as well. The crossover car’s petrol version can churn out 101 PS with at least 145 Nm torque. The diesel is not far behind, with 20 Nm of Twist and 85 PS.

The top end diesel version of the car can provide one with a 110 PS along with 248 Nm of torque. One will get a 5 speed transmission manual with all the three models. The RXZ version, in specific used a stick shift with 6- ratio. The mileage provided by the car is also quite impressive, especially for an SUV its size. The petrol version can provide one with a mileage of 13.24 kmpl, The RXL can do at least 20.64 kmpl and the RXZ, which is the most powerful one of the lot can provide one with an easy 19 kmpl. The car also comes with tilt steering. The turning radius of the car is really short- 5.2 m. The ground clearance of 205 mm makes it really suitable for the bumps in the Indian roads.  For the record, this motor churns out its 25.3kgm of peak torque at 2250rpm. Thanks to the engine’s broad spread of power, even part-throttle responses are good and you can actually pull cleanly from 30kph in fifth gear. But to get the most out of this engine, you need to stay within the 2000-4000rpm band. Hold gear and the engine will crawl further to its 5000rpm redline, at which point it does sound quite thrashy.

In fact, in terms of overall refinement, the engine is just about average. At the same time, these new variants have been incorporated with i-drive Shift-on-fly system with three modes like 2WD, Auto and 4-Wheel lock. On the other hand, the car maker has retained all the existing variants including the exclusive Adventure edition trims. The Renault Duster 110 feels responsive enough and power builds smoothly from as low as 1500rpm with a stronger shove around the 2000rpm mark. That’s not to say the engine is free from turbo lag. Driving up the twisty hill roads, we had to keep shifting down from third gear to second to maintain momentum. The Duster 85 on the other hand is better for city driving with it’s almost-zero lag and lighter, more progressive clutch. The 110 is mated to Renault’s six-speed TL4 manual gearbox, and while it doesn’t require much effort to change gears, the gearshifts are not very precise. In keeping with its small SUV tag, the Duster also uses relatively small engines. Apart from a 1.6-litre petrol motor, the Duster comes with Renault’s popular 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine. With an SOHC for its eight valves, this four-cylinder motor may not be cutting-edge in terms of technology, but it is a very flexible unit.

It is made available in RxL and RxZ platform with 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine as standard. This engine is capable of churning out 108.5bhp of peak power in combination with a maximum torque of 248Nm. On the Duster it is available in two states of tune – 84bhp and 108.5bhp – with different injection systems and turbochargers responsible for the varied power output. The more powerful version tested here, THP in Renault-speak, features seven-hole Piezo injectors, a variable-geometry turbocharger (as opposed to the fixed-geometry turbo on the 84bhp version) and also comes with an intercooler. Prior to the Duster’s launch in India, the THP engine received updates to improve drivability in the form of a simplified air-intake path and new low-inertia turbo. All 108.5bhp diesel Duster variants get ABS, EBD and brake assist and ventilated front discs and rear drums as standard.

Efficiency & Mileage Review

The car comes in three versions, Petrol, Diesel 85 and Diesel 110. The models available in Petrol are RxE and RxL . The models available in Diesel are RxE and RxL and the models available in Diesel 110 are RxL and RxZ. At 1308kg, the Duster is light by SUV standards, and this more than anything else was bound to reflect in its fuel consumption. Driving in congested city streets, the Duster delivered a fuel economy figure of 20kmpl. Out on the highway, the tall sixth gear makes the Duster a relaxed cruiser and allows it to stretch each liter of diesel for a remarkable 17 kilometers

Renault Duster on road

Renault Duster on road

Renault Duster 85PS RxE Adventure (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster Adventure Edition (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 19.57kmpl on highway and 15.78kmpl in city.

Renault Duster Diesel 110 PS RxZ Plus (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster Diesel 85 PS RxZ Plus (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RxL AWD (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 19.57kmpl on highway and 15.78kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RxL Diesel 110 PS (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RxL Diesel 85 PS (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RxL Diesel 85 PS Option Pack (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RXZ AWD (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 19.57kmpl on highway and 15.78kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RxZ Diesel 110 PS (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

Renault Duster RxZ Diesel 110 PS Option Pack (1461 cc, Diesel, Manual), gives mileage of 20.46kmpl on highway and 16.24kmpl in city.

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