After revisiting the 2016 CarWale Off-Road Day, we can see that our tests have gotten tougher and more scientific this year. And just like the older Duster on the older course, the new Duster managed to pass with flying colours. Although it is the smallest 4x4 we had, it felt solid, capable, and on many occasions – unstoppable. The much-admired suspension of the Duster is comfortable both on road and off it, and is well-calibrated to take some serious beating as well. Sure it could do with better and sophisticated hardware and some focused tyres as well, but unless you are planning on venturing into a hardcore off-road course, the Duster could just trudge over pretty much everything.
The Duster boasts of good attributes for off-roading like high ground clearance, robust AWD system, independent suspension and comparatively low weight, which makes it a nimble off-roader. Except for really extreme off-road conditions, the Duster can do some well-calculated mud-plugging without breaking a sweat. Although the Duster AWD won’t conquer mountains or wade rivers or make its way into dense woods, it could venture into places where other soft-roaders dare not tread.
Pictures by Kapil Angane and Kaustubh Gandhi.
Click on the links below to find out how these SUVs fared in our tests.
CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 – An Introduction
CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 - Jeep Compass Trailhawk
CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 - Honda CR-V
CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 - Isuzu MU-X
CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 - Audi Q7
CarWale Off-Road Day 2019 - Role of a Spotter