While driving the duster it is evident that the car is fitted with a small engine and Renault has built this car to a budget.
I drove the Duster diesel 110ps and what I did not like about the car was that I found myself changing the gear continuously at low speeds. At a speed below 15 kmph the gear had to be changed to first gear every time, else the engine felt it would go off. Immediately after reaching around 15 kmph I had to change to second gear else the engine revs.
After the turbo kicks in the car is nice to drive – but only after really pushing the cars accelerator the turbo kicks in. The difference is easily noticeable of the turbo kicking in and it is not a smooth transition.
I think that the external looks of the car is very nice, the mileage is very good, interiors have a good colour combination, boot space is good and the audio system is good with mobile phone and usb connectivity. What I did not like was the front seats – they seem to have a lot of play and are not firm with all manual adjustments.
I think Renault has lost the plot with this car by building this to a real tight budget. The on road price for the base petrol variant in Bangalore is Rs 8,72,116 and the Top end diesel variant without leather is Rs 13,63,930. A difference of close to 4.9 lakhs in an entry level SUV is a lot between the base and top end variant. I would think someone looking to buy the top end variant would like a lot more and basic safety features such as ABS and Airbags should not be optional.
I have driven other Renault cars such as the Megane, Clio and Koleos and did not have any complains. Maybe Renault should look at an automatic with a 2l diesel engine as this is like an urban compact SUV. I was quite disappointed on the whole with the duster as I really wanted to buy this car – now I think I will wait for the Ford Ecosport or buy the Toyota Innova as I do not like Mahindra XUV.
;i too have a same opinion driven 110bhp could notice power lag evidentally... but booked 84bhp but now iam worried bcaz hav not driven the same since the dealers have only 110bhp test drive vehicle i think renault is trying to lure the customers by introducing 110bhp test drive vehicle bcaz if they giv 84bhp most of the customers will turn their back at the time of launching itself and it would b a big blow to renault. I really dont know how gud the 84bhp in terms of perfomance and capability to pull such a big vehicle with this small engine....
prakashji : I would really suggest your to hold the car . Take a test drive and then buy it . I too want to buy the 85BHp but unless i drive it i will not buy it .I have exactly the same feeling as written in this review . I dont like XUV500 either . Also incase i need to buy a 13L car i would opt for yeti .. more power and more services .Renault duster only makes sense at 8L and not more . The pics are misleading when i saw the car i was dissapointed with the rear legroom and also the size . in the pics the size looks like it might challenge X1 .
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