Renault Duster Review

By Somdatta Basu   |  October 31, 2013


The Renault Duster is an epitome of a bold, sporty and masculine character that delivers impressive aesthetics. The SUV, from the Renault Motors, is better known for its contemporary styling, fantastic handling and ride quality, dynamic turning radius, power, torque and superior performance.

The Renault Duster is available in the following variants - Petrol (RxE and RxL), Diesel 85 PS (RxE, RxL and RxL Optional package) and Diesel 110 PS (RxL, RxZ, RxZ Optional package and RxZ Plus). It is available in an array of six colours - Metallic Woodland Brown, Metallic Fiery Red, Pearl Supreme White, Metallic Moonlight Silver, Pearl Galaxy Black and Metallic Graphite Grey.

Powertrain & Performance

The Renault Duster is available in two fuel options (petrol and diesel) and three engine options. The flamboyant 4 cylinder in-line 1598 cc petrol engine, with Multi-point Fuel Injection system, churns out 102.5 bhp @ 5850 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm @ 3750 rpm. The splendid 4 cylinder in-line 1461 cc diesel engine, with Common Rail Direct Injection system (dCi), churns out 83. 8 bhp @ 3750 rpm and a maximum torque of 200 Nm @ 1900 rpm and the 4 cylinder in-line 1461 cc diesel engine (Common Rail Direct Injection system) churns out 108.5 bhp @ 3900 rpm with a maximum torque of 248 Nm @ 2250 rpm. The petrol engine is mated with 5-speed manual transmission whereas the diesel engine is mated with an option of 5-speed manual transmission and 6-speed manual transmission.

The suspension system of Renault Duster comprises of Independent McPherson Strut with Coil Springs & Anti-Roll Bar in the front and Torsion Beam Axle with Coil Springs & Anti-Roll Bar at the rear which imparts precise handling and ride comfort even on bumpy roads.

It has hydraulically operated diagonal split dual circuit braking with ventilated disc brakes in the front and drum brakes at the rear. The turning radius of 5.2 m helps it to maneuver easily throughout the city, even in the tight corners.

Build & Styling

The exterior of Renault Duster features double barrel headlights, two-tone coloured bumpers, front grille surround, back door embellisher and stylish roof rails. The higher end models also display body coloured outside door mirrors, chrome satin finish door handles, chrome exhaust pipe finisher and sporty aluminium alloy wheels.

The interior of the Renault Duster is luxurious with dual tone premium leather seats with beige coloured interiors which enhance the pleasures of travel. The 8 way adjustable driver seat provides lesser fatigue while on a long drive. The chrome gear knob finish, glossy metallic grey centre fascia finish, charcoal grey floor console finish and glossy metallic grey door grab handle finish impart a sumptuous look. The keyless entry, power windows with illuminated switches, air conditioning with heater and pollen filter, rear AC with independent blower control and tilt steering column adds to the comfort of the SUV.

The Renault Duster has been designed keeping the highest safety standards in mind and also without compromising on comfort. It is equipped with many safety features which include engine immobiliser, central locking, engine protective underguard and door open warning lamp. The dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, rear defogger, rear wiper, front fog lamps, driver seat belt reminder and reverse parking sensor are present in the higher-end models.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Air-conditioning with heater and pollen filter
    • Double barrel headlights
    • Keyless entry
  • Cons

    • Disc brakes are present only in the front and not in the rear