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Renault Duster

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Version
RxE Petrol
  • RxE Petrol
    PetrolManual 7,99,986
  • 85 PS RxE 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 9,23,628
  • RXS Petrol
    PetrolManual 9,23,628
  • 85 PS RXS 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 9,99,993
  • RXS CVT
    PetrolAutomatic (CVT) 9,99,993
  • 85 PS RXZ 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 11,23,691
  • 110 PS RXZ 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 12,13,699
  • 110 PS RXS 4X2 AMT Diesel
    DieselAMT 12,15,154
  • 110 PS RXZ 4X4 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 13,12,470
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₹ 8 Lakhs
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Renault Duster Key Specifications

PriceRs. 8 Lakhs onwards
Mileage 13.6 to 19.79 kmpl
Engine 1461 to 1498 cc
Transmission Manual, Automatic (CVT) and AMT

Duster Price List

Renault Duster price starts at ₹ 8 Lakhs and goes upto ₹ 13.12 Lakhs. Petrol Duster price starts at ₹ 8 Lakhs. Diesel Duster price starts at ₹ 9.24 Lakhs.

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Renault Duster Review

Having driven the diesel automatic version a fair bit as our long termer, it’s now time to put the Duster CVT petrol to the test.

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What is it?

This may come as a surprise but it’s the Renault Duster that fits the bill better than most compact SUVs when it comes to straying off to the beaten path, even if it’s just a little. After all, it’s the only car to have all-wheel drive as an option in a segment where front-wheel drive is the norm. The Duster is also the only compact SUV that can be had with an automatic gearbox for both diesel and petrol versions. Having driven the diesel automatic version a fair bit as our long termer, it’s now time to put the Duster CVT petrol to the test.   

Renault dished out a major facelift for the Duster back in 2016, complete with refreshed styling. This petrol automatic version is based on the same update and as a result, retains that purposeful-looking stance. Visually the only addition is the large Xtronic sticker at the back which indicates the new drivetrain. As for the rest, this car gets the same square-ish headlights, S-shaped LED taillights and front and rear bumpers with dollops of black cladding. Rounding off the updates, the new fiery red colour option looks good and brings out the taut and beefy lines of the Duster.

How is it on the inside?

Oddly enough, the diesel automatic AMT Duster can be had in the top-spec RxZ variant only whereas the petrol CVT is offered in the RxS variant which is a step down. Naturally, the latter isn’t as well equipped and misses out on some essentials such as climate control and a backup camera. The RxS variant doesn’t get soft touch dash and door pads either. The design and quality of materials remain the same which means you still the odd-numbered speedometer, a large steering wheel and sub-par plastics. Although poor fit and finish was one of the main shortcomings of the original model, Renault improved the quality with the facelift. That said, there is still a low-rent feel to the doors and the centre console surrounds and the overall fit and finish is iffy. 

The driving position is mostly car-like, but you do sit up higher than in a hatchback. The A-pillars are slim, helping outward visibility though what’s not so impressive are the wing mirrors which are surprisingly small. As for space and comfort, the Duster CVT petrol is the same and in no way that’s a bad thing. The front seats are just about the right size and offer adequate back and knee support. More importantly, the rear-seat space is also ample with better thigh support than the competition. All in all, the cabin is not as well built as the competition, but there’s no denying that it’s spacious and thoroughly practical. 

How does it drive?

The Duster CVT uses a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol motor that makes 106bhp and 142Nm, lugging the 1160kg kerb weight, and is matched to an inoffensive CVT gearbox. In terms of performance this engine has a good midrange, pulling well around the 3,000rpm mark. However, this also means that one has to keep the Duster on the boil while darting into traffic gaps or overtaking at high speeds. Thankfully, the engine makes up for the restrained low-end with its refined nature as its hardly audible under regular driving. Thanks to the CVT, the power delivery is incredibly linear and thankfully, there is less of the typical rubber-band effect wherein there is a sharp rise in engine revs in proportion to the gain in momentum. 

If you love driving and are the kind who wants strong performance out of your car, the Duster CVT isn’t for you. This engine honestly feels like it’s gasping under heavy throttle or while going uphill. Sure, it will maintain highway speeds all day long and get you from A to B but it’s not an inspiring motor. The CVT, too, despite having a manual mode, is no firecracker but as far as the shifts are concerned, they are incredibly smooth and barely perceptible. 

As for the ride and handling, this petrol version is the same as the rest of the Duster range which is a good thing. The steering feel is light and progressive, only a little loose on-centre. Too bad that three-spoke wheel still judders when taking corners at high speeds. Renault says they have worked on reducing the juddering; however, it’s still there and would probably prove to be unnerving for some drivers. No such groaning when it comes to the ride quality as the Duster simply manages to hover across bad roads. Yes, it is slightly stiffer than its rivals but the trade-off to this is that the Duster feels a lot more solid when going through median bumps and potholes. Unlike some cars wherein you have to take caution while going over rough roads, you really can plough through in the Duster without second thoughts, the whole suspension is that solid.

Should I buy one?

The Duster CVT petrol, then, is a purposeful looking, no nonsense product with slightly old-school interiors. It’s not the most sophisticated product and with the CVT offered in the mid-spec RxS variant only, not a feature-rich offering either. It is quite likeable though and remains a good performer and at least in the automatic form, less taxing to drive than before. All in all, it is tough and a fairly capable compact SUV, unless in-car tech (Ford EcoSport) or plush ride quality (Tata Nexon) are top priorities. 

Where does it fit in?

The Renault Duster range starts at Rs 9.34 lakhs for the base petrol variant, going all the way till Rs 15.45 lakhs for the all-wheel drive variant. At these prices, it competes with a range of cars including the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and even the Hyundai Creta. 

 

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Renault Duster Colours

Duster is available/sold in the following colours in India.

* Colours shown are indicative and may vary slightly from actual car colours.

Renault Duster Mileage

Fuel TypeTransmissionMileage

(1498 cc)

Manual13.6 kmpl

(1498 cc)

Automatic (CVT)13.6 kmpl

(1461 cc)

AMT19.6 kmpl

(1461 cc)

Manual19.79 kmpl

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Renault Duster Expert Reviews

Renault Duster Petrol CVT Long Term Review 2

Renault Duster Petrol CVT Long Term Review 2

Let's take a look at the second long term report of the petrol CVT Renault Duster with this month's drive mainly comprising of the city run-abouts.

26 Mar 2019 by Ninad Ambre | Read more

Renault Duster User Reviews

I love my duster

for Renault Duster on 16-May-2019 by R Rangesh

I purchased duster Rxl 85ps diesel in 2016. I was used to driving a small car and it just took two rides with my duster to fall in love with it. It is a perfect SUV for long drives and...

Desert Camel and a mountain goat

for Renault Duster on 10-May-2019 by Aman

I bought duster 4*4 a year back and so far the experience has been more than what I expected. It has got the best suspension in class, you rarely feel a bump. I have driven this on...

NEVER EVER BUY RENAULT...

for Renault Duster on 29-Apr-2019 by Shrikant Verma

Buying experience: Was Ok. Every company give good buyexperience since they want to sell...In this case They just dumped a faulty new car. Riding experience: Its just Ok sort of not...

Duster 85PS RXE

for Renault Duster on 12-Apr-2019 by Prya

Initially set out to purchase a new hatch back when i randomly stumbled across an ad for the Pre owned Duster. It was White Color with just around 15k kms done and less than 2 years...

The best SUV for India

for Renault Duster on 29-Mar-2019 by Saravanan

I bought Renault duster RXS PETROL from Erode. The vehicle is delivered in 20days and i had a best experience in Renault duster because of its speed, economy mode drive and good...

Duster Specifications Summary

Engines

1498 cc, Petrol, 105 bhp @ 5600 rpm power
1461 cc, Diesel, 108 bhp @ 3900 rpm power
1461 cc, Diesel, 84 bhp @ 3750 rpm power

Gearboxes

5-speed, Automatic (CVT), FWD
6-speed, Manual, FWD
6-speed, Automatic, FWD
6-speed, Manual, AWD
5-speed, Manual, FWD

Seating Capacity

5 seater

Steering

Power steering

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Renault Duster Price in India

CityOn-Road Prices
Kolkata₹ 9.05 Lakhs onwards
New Delhi₹ 9.25 Lakhs onwards
Chennai₹ 9.43 Lakhs onwards
Mumbai₹ 9.43 Lakhs onwards
Bangalore₹ 9.78 Lakhs onwards
Hyderabad₹ 9.45 Lakhs onwards

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