I received the delivery of my Duster last weeek and guys I must say that Im pretty satisfied with the car. I have already driven around 850 kms and the handling and the ground clearance of the car is amazing. I took the car for a trip to Bekal from Bangalore and unfortunately I took the Mysore - Srirangaptanam route which put me in a real tough spot after Jalasur as the road is in a very bad state. I hv a three year old kid who was in the back seat. Here I must appreciate and applaud the car as the drive was really really smooth and comfortable with the AC doing a reat job. The Ground clrnce of the car is actually a great advantage on the potholed and muddy roads of the hill terrain.
The wide tyres are very surefooted and U can really push the car on steep turns and winding roads. I have a small family of three and the car is very SPACIOUS for me including my baggage. So far I was used to drive an A-Star, which is a hatchback and I guess part of my appreciation comes due to this reason.
A warning though, the car will not respond to your throttling in low RPM's. To feel the true power of the 1.5L, 85 PS car, you need to reach at least 2000 RPM's. Also the response of the Electronic Hydraulic steering is sluggish at times and needs a bit of driving experience to enjoy its manouvers. I figured out that this will come after you drive this beauty for at least a 1000 kms.
Oh, by the way, I managed a decent 17-18 km/PL, which would have been better had the roads been fair to me.
This is indeed a poor man's SUV and does not disappoints otherwise. I have driven my brothers Ford Enadevour and trust me, that does give you a different experience all toghether.
hey jayanto, any comments on after sales / service / spare parts?
Hi Pranay, So far I have taken the car for only one service, which was a free one. There were no maintenance issues and the Service was all about basic checks and refilling. But yes I have seen a huge rush at the Service centers and I guess this may be due to the day being a weekend. Obviously I cant expect Renault to come up with a superb service line like Maruti, and Im sure its going to take a hell lot of time.
Hi, I want to buy RXL or RXE 85 PS diesel haven├ó┬?┬?t got chance to test drive 85 PS diesel, but driven 110 PS RXL,can you please tell me if you have driven both 85 and 110 PS, is there any power difference, is 85 PS is slow in pick up?
hi sanjay iam wrking in duster showrrom as duster executive if u going to ride duster in car styl 85 will be comfort for you duster 110 will be mre powrfull varient
Hi .... I have test driven both the 85 & 110 and honestly, I was struggling to find any significant differences in terms of pick-up, power, handling etc. The challenge of sluggish pickup until to reach the threshold rpm is there in both the cars. I am inclined towards the 85 BHP which would be value for money BTW ..... Has anyone tried the Petrol version
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