Renault Duster Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

By | January 23, 2019

Renault Duster Overview

The Renault Duster is an SUV offered by the French carmaker and comes in three diesel variants. The diesel engine is a 1.5 litre motor that is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6 speed manual gearbox and an AMT gearbox. In terms of safety, it comes with Anti lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), driver and passenger side and front impact beams, speed sensing automatic door locks, hazard warning switch and higher variants also have dual front airbags. Key features include all power windows, power steering, a touchscreen infotainment system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. Renault Duster in Tryaldrive

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Renault Duster Design & Style

When it comes to basic design and looks, there are no changes. However, the company has given several tweaks here and there to give it a distinct look from the earlier model. The square-shaped blacked out headlights now gets more detailing that makes it look futuristic. The grille design has completely revamped with new twin-slat chrome one which is better styled than the previous version. The car also gets chunky scuff plates and heavily brushed silver cladding at the front as well as on the rear that does add to the aggressive SUV credentials.

The most evident change in the side profile is in the form of new black alloys. While the new alloys look plainer, they lend altogether a different appearance when they are in motion. The turn indicators are now an integral part of ORVMs which are electrically foldable. The rear portion is also revised with new S-shaped signature LED making way into the tail lamp cluster. Overall, the changes are subtle but give a youthful touch to the car.

Renault Duster Cabin & Comfort

Renault has given a fresh round of updates to the cabin in order to make it a lot more user-friendly. There are new black and chocolaty brown plastics all over along with more silver highlights and chrome detailing that has certainly spruced up the cabin. The center console has also been given a more gloss plastic treatment.

The controls for ORVMs which were under the handbrake have now been moved to a new practical position on the driver’s side. The new fabric seats with dual texture now offer a sense of richness and front pair getting an armrest for additional comfort. The coziness of the front and rear seats remain intact. The plenty of head, shoulder and leg room shows that the seats still offer a great deal of support. The new Renault Duster gets the much needed automatic climate control feature along with new controls for AC.

The functionality of the MediaNav touchscreen infotainment has been enhanced with voice recognition feature for paired iPhones. The same touchscreen now gives visuals for rear parking camera. The enormous boot space of 475 litres is certainly a boon for those who are looking to take this vehicle on long tours. Other features in the car include cruise control, multi-information display, steering mounted controls, 8-way adjustable driver’s seat and multi-driving modes. Visit for Renault Duster in

Renault Duster Engine & Performance

The Renault Duster comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.5 litre diesel engine. The diesel engine comes in two states of tune in which it generates 84 hp of power at 3,750 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm while in the other state of tune, it produces 109 hp of power at 3,900 rpm and 248 Nm of torque at 2,250 rpm. The petrol engine makes 103 hp of power at 5,350 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm. Both engines have been tuned for the best balance between performance and fuel efficiency.The Renault Duster comes with a six speed manual transmission for the diesel engine that has 109 hp of power while the petrol engine and the lower state of tune diesel engine is offered with a 5 speed gearbox. The SUV is also available in an AMT gearbox only for select diesel engine options.

Unlike some of the counterparts, Duster uses a modern monocoque shell construction for chassis which makes it light and efficient. The Duster SUV’s 85 PS diesel version offers the fuel efficiency of up to 19.87 Kmpl, while the 110 PS version offers a mileage of around 19.64 Kmpl. On the other hand, the petrol version of the SUV delivers the fuel efficiency of up to 13.05 Kmpl. While the Diesel variant (110PS) that comes equipped with an AWD (All Wheel Drive) transmission, promises to offer the most impressive fuel efficiency of 19.72kmpl.

Renault Duster Driving Dynamics

The power to weight ratio that the Duster offers is impressive and the engine has enough grunt to pull from any speed without straining. The gear ratios are wide and the engine has enough torque and you would not need to make frequent gear changes. At the front, the car uses Mac Pherson With Coil Spring, Stabiliser Bar & Double Acting Shock Absorber with Anti Roll Bar and at the rear, Multilink with Coil Spring & Double Acting Shock Absorber with Anti Roll Bar does its duty. Duster offers good performance on tough road conditions while also offering comfortable drive and handling on the busy city roads. The car has impressive high speed stability and feels stable at all speeds.

Renault Duster Safety & Security

In terms of safety, the Renault Duster is offered with Anti lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), dual front airbags, speed sensing automatic door locks and hazard warning switch.The braking system installed in the car doesn’t disappoint at all. The bite force instills confidence in the driver. The AWD system itself has immense capabilities to take you through any terrains. Further, in the safety department, Duster has been bestowed with dual airbags, ABS and EBD, ESP, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist and reverse parking sensors

Renault Duster Cost in Bangalore

Renault Duster Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 8,68,708/- (Duster RxE Petrol) to 13,93,928/- (Duster RxZ Diesel 110PS 4×2 MT). Get best offers for Renault Duster from Renault Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Duster price in Bangalore at Carzprice

Renault Duster Bottomline

Unlike some of the cars in the compact SUV segment,the car does not have impressive interiors. The Renault Duster is a great compact SUV and is decently equipped too. What makes it unique in this category is the presence of an AWD (All Wheel Drive) transmission system and impressive ground clearance that makes it a true off-roader. You should go for the Duster if you want a car that is equally capable on-Road and off it.

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