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Renault Duster

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Version
RxE Petrol
  • RxE Petrol
    PetrolManual 7,98,078
  • RXL Petrol
    PetrolManual 8,82,673
  • 85 PS Base 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 8,95,206
  • RXS Petrol
    PetrolManual 9,12,549
  • 85 PS RxE 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 9,12,856
  • 85 PS RXS 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 9,95,323
  • RXS CVT
    PetrolAutomatic (CVT) 9,98,065
  • 85 PS Sandstorm Edition Diesel
    DieselManual 10,26,778
  • 85 PS RXZ 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 10,92,960
  • 110 PS Sandstorm Edition Diesel
    DieselManual 11,16,383
  • 110 PS RXS 4X2 AMT Diesel
    DieselAMT 11,82,541
  • 110 PS RXZ 4X2 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 11,82,948
  • 110 PS RXZ 4X4 MT Diesel
    DieselManual 12,82,771
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Renault Duster Key Specifications

PriceRs. 7.98 Lakhs onwards
Mileage 13.6 to 19.78 kmpl
Engine 1461 to 1498 cc
Transmission Manual, Automatic (CVT) and AMT

Duster Price List

Renault Duster price starts at ₹ 7.98 Lakhs and goes upto ₹ 12.83 Lakhs. Petrol Duster price starts at ₹ 7.98 Lakhs. Diesel Duster price starts at ₹ 8.95 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)

Automatic (CVT)13.6 kmpl

(1498 cc)

Manual13.6 kmpl

(1461 cc)

AMT19.6 kmpl

(1461 cc)

Manual19.78 kmpl

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Renault Duster Expert Reviews

Renault Duster AMT Long Term Review Report 2

Renault Duster AMT Long Term Review Report 2

There is no denying that the Renault Duster is a pretty versatile car and with the addition of an AMT gearbox, it’s become one of those ‘do-it-all’ vehicles that are rare to come...

12 Jun 2017 by CarWale Team | Read more

Renault Duster AMT Long Term Review report 1

Renault Duster AMT Long Term Review report 1

We recently welcomed the top-end RXZ AMT variant of the Renault Duster in our long term fleet of cars. While most of my colleagues are happy about having a diesel SUV that should...

03 Apr 2017 by CarWale Team | Read more

Renault Duster User Reviews

Powerless beast

for Renault Duster on 11-Jan-2019 by Rahul

Riding is suberb but sometimes 85ps feels a little less as it is a big car.mileage is great and it highway driving experience is great.Dashboard is outdated and there is no support for...

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for Renault Duster on 09-Jan-2019 by Ranjith

Likes : - Commanding driving position and ergonomics - Crafted from a mix of Fiat Punto and Ford Figo( 1st generation) - Excellent Suspension setup with negligble body roll, rare...

Never Would I Ever

for Renault Duster on 08-Jan-2019 by Meherzaad

1- bought it when the market was booming with dusters in 2014 for 13.5 lacs for RXL DCI 85PS. Not upto the mark 2- the car tries to perform better but can't . Can't feel the kick in...

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for Renault Duster on 07-Jan-2019 by Rahul saha

I have gotten this car few month ago. This car is awesome and very much comfortable for each and everyone.ac system and seat quality is very much awesome!! This car service is still...

Best in muddy game

for Renault Duster on 04-Jan-2019 by Sumit

Best 4×4 in india i used this car in offroad and muddy place I m glad it's performance on all place I love this vehicle i have only one person those pass all place our group Best...

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

Renault Duster in News

India car sales analysed: August 2018

India car sales analysed: August 2018

August has been a tough month for the entire nation with heavy monsoons resulting in car sales taking a dip

09 Sep 2018 by Omkar Thakur | Read more

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Renault Duster Price in Popular Cities

CityOn-Road Prices
Bangalore₹ 9.71 Lakhs onwards
Mumbai₹ 9.34 Lakhs onwards
Chennai₹ 9.43 Lakhs onwards
Hyderabad₹ 9.44 Lakhs onwards
Kolkata₹ 9.04 Lakhs onwards
New Delhi₹ 9.1 Lakhs onwards

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