I bought my Renault Duster rxs petrol manual this December 18th. I had always been a great fan of the style and design of the duster, especially of its robust build quality and width. Since I had a Maruti Wagon R which was performing excellently well in all terrains and had never failed me even once on the road ( I drove once some 800 kilometres without a break), the baby boy was good. However, I needed a stallion. But I just could not simply ditch a faithful friend; I had to wait till it got old enough to retire and then I gave it an honourable farewell.
Now came the time to have a duster-my long-time crush. But as many reviewers said the giant itself was old in design and style, I discovered that had the same been changed in the meanwhile, I would not have desired it as passionately as I did. Thanks to Renault for sticking to its original design and style-- it is plus and USP for the enamoured people like us. I test drove a diesel RXZ 110 PS version, but since I am used to petrol ones, I went for the petrol version. Colour: Pearl White. The Renault dealer in Bhubaneswar made me wait for more than two months for the colour. I had given my official id cards, yet in the final moment, the dealer cheated me my legitimate corporate discount by saying that while billing, they had accidentally missed on that entry, and there was nothing that could be done now. Not even a mud flap was given by the dealer as a compliment.
Coming to my car, I love it. The transition to Renault Duster was the same I had when I had opted to go for Royal Enfield Classic 500 from a Hero Honda CBZ. The road presence, the road grip, the commandeering drivability, the immense feel-good factors, the confidence to drive on and on, the ease of driving, ( Now I wonder how I drove a wagon r all these years).
I like the killer looks of my car. The sturdy, suave giant machine on the road. No pretension, no luring with features I hardly care about. I hardly mind the absence of the so-called posh interiors, it is okay with me. All I need is a good steering wheel response and a giant on wheels whom I could reign in as and when I want, the way I want. Renault Duster fits in exactly like that to my expectation of a nice compact SUV. The money I have saved by not buying a creta or kia seltos or Nissan Kick or any other so called modern SUVs with posh designs and features, I would like to spend on fuel and run thousands and thousands of miles in joy. I drive for joy. The joy of being in motion. My duster is my able partner henceforth.