MFC buying guide - Renault Duster
The Renault Duster did earlier what the Kwid has done in the entry level segment. It literally pioneered the compact SUV space in the country which is presently a hugely lucrative and booming one.
In spite of the Mahindra Quanto being the first proper compact SUV arguably, the Duster is what actually turned the market on its head and created the foundation for overwhelming popularity of SUVs in all shapes and sizes in the country. The Duster has been a hugely successful product for Renault in the Indian market and it has always come at a very competitive price point which is what has worked in its favor.
The Renault Duster is One of The Best Compact SUVs in India
When it comes to looks, the Renault Duster has a commanding presence on the road. It has a dual winged front grille which is very attractive along with the gun metal finish alloy wheels. The hawk eye cluster headlamps with firefly fog lamps are very enticing to look at in addition to the kayak roof rails, distinct waterfall LED tail lamps and the rugged stance. The Duster is a looker all right. There is an ECO mode that delivers 10% more fuel economy and the Easy-R AMT, India’s first 6 speed of this nature makes driving more comfortable.
There are steering mounted controls along with cruise control, electrically adjustable ORVMs and a gear shift indicator. The 7 inch MediaNav system offers hands free calling, entertainment and navigation. There are safety features like EBD, ABS, ESP and dual front airbags. There is impact sensing door unlock, hill start assist and a monocoque body in addition to rapid deceleration warnings. There is a reverse parking camera and engine immobilizer. The driver’s seat can be adjusted in eight ways while the power steering is also tilt adjustable. There are front and rear armrests and automatic air conditioning.
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210 mm of ground clearance is a boon along with 4WD systems. The Duster is an all terrain car. There are illuminated switches for front and rear power windows, a neat rear parcel shelf with extra storage space and a lot more. The exteriors, as mentioned, are really stylish including the two tone body colored front bumper, black door side sill, black outside door handle finish and black ORVMs.
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The Duster is definitely everything you want for a compact SUV and it has a pretty powerful engine as well. The Duster is a 5 seater and you will enjoy ample legroom at the back while the front is not too bad either. The Duster gets loads of features, an aggressive look, all terrain capabilities, ample safety features and of course, a good engine.
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This makes the Duster a good buy in its segment though there are competitive rivals like the Hyundai Creta and Honda BR-V which is a 7 seater. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is another rival that Renault must watch out for. However, all said and done, the Duster still remains the pioneer of the compact SUV segment and makes for a good buy.