Duster 2015-2016 RXZ AWD Review
Renault, being one of the leading automobile manufacturers, also leads in producing superior class technology based automobiles. The Renault Duster RxZ AWD is a top end variant in their SUV series, which has all the possible features that one can ask for. Furthermore, this vehicle is now available with an economy mode function that helps in improving fuel economy. In appearance, it looks sleek and shiny, but in performance it is robust and beastly. Unique elements are integrated to the outsides and they serve their purpose in making this vehicle look masculine. Hence, its outer structure is intricately shaped up to stand out in the appearance from all its competitors. It is available in seven various shades that look splendid and choosing one over the other is quite hard. The insides are decorated with fragments which make it a comfort centric trim. They contain elements such as, media navigation system that has multimedia, navigation plus Bluetooth connectivity as well. There is a multi information display with multiple notifications offered with it. The diverse look of the cabin is the result of the sporty burnt red fabric that is covered to the seats and chrome layerings to the trims. The various automated functions teamed with the audio unit that supports multiple players, the drive in this SUV is a sure joy. For the protection of the vehicle as well as the occupants, features such as an engine immobilizer, anti-lock braking system with brake assist plus hill start assist etc.., are integrated into this variant. With much more components stuffed, this off spring of Renault has won much accolades.
The outer physique is well designed with elements that make it sheen incredibly irrespective of any background that it showcases against. It is available in seven dazzling shades to pick from. The uniform decent look of the body is achieved by layering the bumpers in body color. The vast grille looks very impressive with chrome surrounds. The outside rear view mirrors are in chrome satin finish. The side profile is styled with satin chrome door sills while the trendy look is the result of the chrome satin roof rails. Additionally, there are B-pillar strips. To heighten the appearance, it is made to stand upon a set of anthracite based alloy wheels.
The insides of this Renault Duster RxZ AWD trim are decorated with finishings of various shades. There is a soft touch dashboard with an instrument cluster to it which contains three dials that has a sporty look to them. The interior theme is filled with a theme of sporty black and grey and the upholstery too is covered with sporty burnt red fabric that makes the cabin look stunningly colorful. The door trims have fabric inserts and additionally, the steering wheel is covered with leather. Furthermore, the gear knob finish too is in leather. The center fascia and the floor console too are painted with glossy silver. The silver finishing is additionally shaded to the decorative strips on door trims as well as the grab handles and makes the complete cabin shine in silver.
Engine and Performance:
It is equipped with 1.5-litre, dCi, THP diesel engine that can displace 1461cc. This engine has four in-line cylinders that have a total of 16 valves. It has common rail direct injection fuel supply system. It is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission gear box and has an all wheel drive feature as well. It can produce a top power of 108.5bhp at 4000rpm and generates a maximum torque output of 245Nm at 1750rpm. All these help this SUV in generating a mileage of close to 19.72 Kmpl.
Braking and Handling:
When it comes to suspension, the front axle is fitted with a McPherson strut with coil springs, a stabilizer bar and double acting shock absorber with an anti-roll bar to it. Whereas, the rear axle is affixed with multi link axle with coil spring and double acting shock absorber with anti roll bar. It has a hydraulically operated diagonally split dual circuit type of braking mechanism, which contains ventilated discs fitted to the front wheels and the standard drum brakes jetted to the rear wheels. The maneuvering is taken care by a proficient electro hydraulic power assisted steering wheel. This SUV has a minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters.
This is a fully loaded variant featuring all the advanced comfort components to pamper the occupants. To start with, there is ample lighting inside the cabin in the form of reading lamps at rear, front map lamp, a light in the trunk room and a lamp in the glove box as well. The 12V socket comes handy to charge gadgets while in the drive. This trim also has the cruise control option, which also comes with a speed limiter. The front seat belts are height adjustable as per the passenger preference. The rear seat head rests are adjustable wherein, its seats have bench folding facility. The air conditioning unit has heating function plus pollen filters as well. There is a lot of storage space, which can be attributed to the two cup holders, versatile rear parcel on the shelf, bottle holder in the console etc..,
The protective elements in this trim consists of multiple functions that address various needs of the vehicle. The braking mechanism which is keen for a balanced and controlled drive is achieved by this variant for having an anti-lock braking system along with an electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Additionally, Renault Duster RxZ AWD has rapid deceleration warning. Two air bags, one for the driver and the other for the co-driver are fitted to the front seats. For assisting the driver in the parking job, there are parking sensors integrated at the rear end. There is an engine immobiliser that freezes the engine and avoid all possible theft when encountered with an unauthorised access. It is further equipped with ESP, ASR and understeer control. Additionally, it possesses a hill start assistance. The under guard at the front of the vehicle protects the engine from road impacts. Central locking system is available as well as speed sensitive auto door locking. The rear windscreen is fitted with washer and wiper, which has a timer function to them. Additionally, there is a defogger to the rear windscreen which is helpful in in foggy conditions.
1. Fully loaded with comfort features.
2. Advanced braking mechanism.
1. Fuel economy is compromised.
2. Absence of leather upholstery.
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