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Renault Duster

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Version
RXE Petrol
  • RXE Petrol
    PetrolManual 8,00,393
  • RXS Petrol
    PetrolManual 9,24,823
  • 85 PS RXE MT Diesel
    DieselManual 9,34,503
  • RXS Opt CVT
    PetrolAutomatic (CVT) 10,00,231
  • 85 PS RXS MT Diesel
    DieselManual 10,00,231
  • 110 PS RXS MT Diesel
    DieselManual 11,24,575
  • 110 PS RXZ MT Diesel
    DieselManual 12,15,642
  • 110 PS RXS 4x4 Opt Diesel
    DieselManual 12,53,782
  • 110 PS RXZ AMT Diesel
    DieselAMT 12,54,594
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₹ 8 Lakhs
Avg. Ex-Showroom price

Renault Duster Key Specifications

Price₹ 8 Lakhs onwards
Mileage 13.6 to 19.71 kmpl
Engine 1461 to 1498 cc
Transmission Manual, Automatic (CVT) and AMT
FuelType Petrol and Diesel
Seating Capacity 5

Renault Duster Summary

Renault Duster Price: Renault Duster price starts at ₹ 8 Lakhs and goes upto ₹ 12.55 Lakhs. The price of Petrol variant for Duster ranges between ₹ 8 Lakhs - ₹ 10 Lakhs and the price of Diesel variant for Duster ranges between ₹ 9.35 Lakhs - ₹ 12.55 Lakhs.
Renault Duster Versions: Duster is available in 9 variants. Out of these 9 variants, 7 are Manual, 1 are Automatic (CVT) and 1 are AMT.
Renault Duster Colours: Duster is offered in 7 colours: Mahogany Brown, Caspian Blue, Pearl White, Moonlight Silver, Cayenne Orange, Outback Bronze and Slate Grey. However, some of these colours are available in specific versions.
Renault Duster Competitors: Duster is competing against Ford EcoSport, Mahindra XUV300, Honda WR-V, Renault Captur, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
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CarWale's Take

  • Good Things

    • Unparalleled ride quality and the option of 4x4 
    • Frugal motor with a large fuel tank means long-range 
    • Spacious cabin with 475-litre of boot
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  • Could be Better

    • Some cabin plastic isn’t up to the segment expectation 
    • Now feels outdated having lugged on for so long 
    • Clutch is slightly heavy with a notchy gearbox
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Duster Verdict

The Duster was a game-changing SUV for Renault in India. And back in 2012, there weren’t many compact yet

The Duster was a game-changing SUV for Renault in India. And back in 2012, there weren’t many compact yet spacious five-seater SUVs (with a monocoque platform) that offered car-like drivability. The latest update continues with all the positives of the Duster when it first arrived, but now it has become  slightly long in the tooth. 

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Duster Review

This is the 2019 Renault Duster AWD, and it brings an air of freshness to the SUV with aesthetic changes to its exteriors and interiors.

What is it?

Why I would buy it?

Pliant ride quality, strong diesel motor and capable off-roader (AWD).

Why I would avoid it?

Cumbersome to drive in city, notchy gearbox and average NVH levels.

What is it?

This is the 2019 Renault Duster AWD, and it brings an air of freshness to the SUV with aesthetic changes to its exteriors and interiors. And as before, it is available with the same engine/drive-train option. But unlike the older model (which was available in the top-spec variant), this one is only available in the mid-spec RXS trim. So, let's see what the new Duster AWD facelift brings to the table.

The Duster has changed the perception of how we look at mid-SUVs, what with its macho looks, bulbous styling and immense road presence. It was always an imposing SUV, and the updated styling further elevates its presence. A larger chunk of the design overhaul has happened at the front. The fascia now features a new three-slat chrome radiator grille, a redesigned bumper with updated fog lamp clusters, and a reworked scuff plate. The headlights, although retain the shape, get revised internals with projector units and the much-needed LED DRLs. That said, Renault should have offered LED headlights to keep-up with the competition.

In profile, the new 17-inch machined alloys are the only giveaways of it being a new model. That said, certain bits like the door handles or the plain-looking ORVMs stick out like a sour thumb. At the rear, changes include a slightly tweaked scuff plate with a black finish and a blacked-out Duster badge. The top-spec RXZ trim also gets a black plastic applique on the tailgate. The chrome lining at the bottom of the tailgate of the pre-facelift model has been given a miss with the new Duster.

How is it on the inside?

Like the exteriors, the interiors, too, are redone on the new Renault Duster. The dashboard has been tweaked a bit and the chunky D-cut steering wheel feels nice to hold. Renault has done away with the top storage slot, which was quite handy to stow loose cash and other items. Instead, you now get a cooled glove box at the top as well, which replaces the recessed dashboard area on the older model. Then there's the redone central console with a piano black surround and square AC vents. The seven-inch touchscreen system finally gets support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That said, the placement of certain features could have been better. For instance, the display and AC controls are placed lower, which requires the driver to look away from the road to operate its functions. Further, the window control enclosure constantly fiddles with your right leg, and the steering-column-mounted audio controls aren't placed at the most ideal location. All of this might take some time to get used to.

It gets hard plastics all around, and the fit and finish leave a lot to be desired, especially at a price point of over Rs 15 lakhs (on the road). There are rough edges at some places, and a refined cabin would have worked well for the new Duster. That said, the SUV is spacious and the large glass area makes it roomier. The front seats are very comfortable with the right amount of padding and side support. You sit high-up and the view out is good too. However, the Duster AWD misses out on seat height adjustment. And although it is offered on the top-spec RXZ trim, it is painstakingly difficult to operate.

The rear seats are comfortable as ever, and the wider dimensions allow three adults to seat abreast with relative ease. There's ample knee, head and legroom for everyone, and the middle-seat passenger also gets a fixed headrest. You also get a central armrest with twin cup holders. It gets a decently large boot-space capacity of 475-litres and the flat loading lip helps in shoving big suitcases with ease.

In terms of safety net, Renault has you covered with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, rear parking sensors, speed alert system and seat belt reminder. The Duster AWD benefits from features like ESP, hill hold control, an intelligent AWD drive-train and an independent suspension setup. However, it misses out on comfort and convenience features like automatic climate control, cruise control, driver seat-height adjustment with lumbar support, rear wiper, fog lamps, and GPS navigation, which are available in the top-of-the-line RXZ trim. And for its price, Renault should have offered some of these features on the AWD version.

How does it drive?

The new Renault Duster AWD uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel motor that develops 108bhp and 245Nm. It is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The oil burner has some diesel clatter at start-up but settles to a relatively quiet idle. However, you do hear a slight thrum at all times. Off the mark, the motor offers punchy performance. It pulls cleanly and the meat of the power is available in the mid-range. There's enough torque lower down the rev range, which helps in overtaking vehicles in city limits. This is also aided, in no small feat, by the short-geared transmission, although, the first gear feels pointless in the city. And the engine has good highway manners as well. A slight dab on the accelerator is enough to dart the SUV ahead.

However, the driving fun is taken away by the notchy gearbox, which although has short throws, requires a little effort to slot into the gears, and the transitions too, aren’t seamless. Then there's the clutch. It has a long pedal action, is slightly heavy to operate and also feels a bit spongy in feel. The steering is a mixed bag. It is precise and offers good feel and feedback. However, it is cumbersome to use in slow-speed city-driving scenarios, and out on the highway, it sends a sudden kickback if the SUV goes over mid-corners bumps or section joints. NVH levels, too, could have been better as a lot of noise filters into the cabin, and you can hear the engine, suspension and tyres working.

The ride and handling, though, is top-class in the segment. The slightly firmer suspension setup feels a bit stiff at low-speeds but absorbs road undulations brilliantly. And the way it just smothers bigger potholes and broken roads is commendable. The Duster remains unfazed by the worst of the roads. A special mention here goes to the independent suspension setup on the Duster AWD.

While the Duster AWD has good on-road manners, it is seriously capable off-road too. And testimony to this is the recent 2019 CarWale Off-Road Day, where the Duster shined in most of the tests. The intelligent AWD system and the well-judged suspension helps in navigating through the slushy terrains and off-road trails without breaking into a sweat. Also, the low weight and quick steering aids manoeuvring past obstacles with ease. If only it had a more powerful engine, climbing steep gradients and crests wouldn’t have been a task for this French SUV.

Should I buy one?

So, there you have it. The Renault Duster AWD was always a formidable package that offered a robust build, macho looks and a mature ride. The 2019 update brings cosmetic upgrades to the SUV to keep it relevant against the rising competition. And although it isn’t tech-loaded or polished as the competition, it makes an excellent case for itself as a capable off-roader mid-SUV in a sea of crossovers.

Where does it fit in?

The Renault Duster AWD retails at Rs 12.55 lakhs (ex-showroom India), and it is the only offering in its segment to get an AWD option. The other option you have is the Mahindra Scorpio 4WD, which isn’t a direct rival and is priced Rs 4.5 lakhs over the Duster AWD.

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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

(1461 cc)

AMT19.6 kmpl

(1498 cc)

Manual13.6 kmpl

(1461 cc)

Manual19.71 kmpl

Renault Duster Expert Reviews

Renault Duster AWD First Drive Review

Renault Duster AWD First Drive Review

This is the 2019 Renault Duster AWD, and it brings an air of freshness to the SUV with aesthetic changes to its exteriors and interiors.

23 Oct 2019 by Ajinkya Lad | Read more

CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 – Renault Duster AWD

CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 – Renault Duster AWD

So the question we’ll be looking to answer this year is whether or not the new and updated Duster continues to perform well or will it surprise us? 

18 Oct 2019 by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray | Read more

Renault Duster User Reviews

2 YEAR USER

for Renault Duster on 24-Jan-2020 by Chandraprakash Tiwari

It's too comfortable and off-road vehicle. 7 seater high speed, good for city, long ride preferable. Low turning radius, fast pickup, easy to servicing. Worth full for family purpose...

Bashing Beast....

for Renault Duster on 16-Jan-2020 by Bensam Raj

Have been using Duster RXS MT Diesel 85PS since one month and have driven more than 5000 KM...Had a detailed analysis in this rage of SUVs...right from creta, KIA, Eco sport, and of...

Awesome car at this price point

for Renault Duster on 03-Jan-2020 by Vinod gautam

Interior is outdated but at this Price point, it's ok. Headlights brightness is low. Engine, suspension, comfort, space, milage, handling are awesome. Well balanced car at high speed.

It is not only a car it's a family

for Renault Duster on 03-Jan-2020 by Ratnam

GOOD CAR IN BUDGET AMOUNT. SEATS ARE COMFORTABLE. NICE LOOK. GOOD MILAGE ENJOY IN RIDEING GOOD SPACE COURAGE LOW COST MAINTENANCE IS AN ADDITIONAL BENIFIT FAMILY CAR LONG DURABILITY

RENAULT DUSTER: MY ABLE PARNER IN MOTION HENCEFORTH

for Renault Duster on 29-Dec-2019 by Gurbir Singh

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....

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CityOn-Road Prices
Mumbai₹ 9.37 Lakhs onwards
Bangalore₹ 9.66 Lakhs onwards
New Delhi₹ 9.27 Lakhs onwards
Pune₹ 9.37 Lakhs onwards
Hyderabad₹ 9.44 Lakhs onwards
Ahmedabad₹ 8.97 Lakhs onwards
Chennai₹ 9.43 Lakhs onwards
Kolkata₹ 9.1 Lakhs onwards
Chandigarh₹ 9.01 Lakhs onwards

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