If you're a go-getter, and wish to leave the ordinary behind, then the new Renault Duster is definitely your piece of cake and with a slight dose of adrenaline with the 110 PS variant Duster never lets you down so easily. My mind has been tossing between options for a family UV, finally I made my mind to put the UV option on the back seat and decided to cherry-pick an SUV.
Iterations of post-mortem through various websites and finally I had two options to ponder with, the much acclaimed and efficient Ford Ecosport and the Renault Duster, whatsoever anything above 10 Lacs can seriously dent my pocket, and today I got my hands on the all new Renault Duster, from the price point I had the 85 PS RxE variant in my mind, however for the test drive I got the 110 PS 4WD variant.
Will I stretch myself to get this one in my garage! No I definitely won't I convinced myself before getting behind the wheel! (PS: I was pretty much impressed by the Amazon Green shade which as per the customer service executive is available only in the top variant with 4WD)
Let me take you through the time I spent with the Brutal Beauty.
What's Stopping you?! Seriously nothing! The new duster is flawless beauty from any possible angle, the dual slat front grille with split headlamps commands attention. The duster encryption on the roof rails pretty much oozes confidence, overall from the outside Duster is definitely appealing and the go anywhere attitude pushes you to put across some obstacle for it to try a fist. On the inside, the seats are comfortable and dashboard doesn't feel busy but beautifully laid out. The orange rings around ac vents are beautiful and almost everything feels solid. The infotainment system with navigation is very simple and easy to use. The 4WD selector switch and mode selector was accessible and I didn't want to try using those, and in the end I did! Overall except some poor plastics on the inside Duster looks clean and appealing.
RIDE & HANDLING
Beautiful and smooth low end and near perfect take-off! Woah I loved that. The duster runs smooth on tarmac and off it you are most welcome. Even though slightly bumpy when off the road, you definitely won't have second thought before putting it to some serious obstacles. I tried switching between the eco-mode and the power mode and couldn't make out much, definitely the Duster feels sportier with the eco-mode off. The dci engine is renowned for what it has been doing and here it's no different. The suspension was smooth and comfortable for the rear seats too. The rear seats are spacious with enough head room and shoulder room for even three average people to accommodate. The six speed manual transmission is smooth and it's available for only the 110 PS the 85 PS only gets a 5 speed manual. The duster is also available on the Easy-R AMT version. On the whole, I feel I start to fall for it.
My safety and safety of my co-passengers is my responsibility, this applies to anybody who is on the driving seat! I was disappointed to find that there is no airbag option on the RxE variant, the one which I am on sports two airbags with ABS and traction control. The height adjustable seat belts are comfortable to use and park assist with rear view camera is a good friend for reverse parking and finding your spot in busy parking spaces, on one hand rear view from the mirror is not that great and thus the camera comes in handy at all times.
Options are available! But if you believe you're a go-getter, want to explore the unexplored, the Duster is for you. Hopefully I will end up with this Amazon green beauty, pretty much convinced, I'm working on my budget Now!!
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