2014 Renault Duster 4x4: Review
The Renault Duster needs no introduction. It is the sort of success story every car maker would love to have on their resume. It entered the Indian market in 2012 with the serious intention of upsetting the competition, and it managed it, brilliantly. Bordering between an overgrown hatchback and a full blown SUV, the Duster was large enough to give you that big car feel and yet compact enough not to cause any serious parking issues. It had decent equipment, a number of engine options, and good performance and fuel economy backing it. And while it always had the makings of a good SUV, the absence of true all terrain ability was felt. Two years into its life cycle, Renault has finally decided to bring an all-wheel drive of 4x4 version of the Duster. We took it for a spin to find out how much of a beating it can take.
Exterior Styling and Design
The new Renault Duster 4x4 or 4WD shares the same look as its front-wheel drive version. Clean muscular lines, bulky headlights, three-slat chrome grille and large wheel arches, all make the Duster look striking and rugged. The all-wheel drive or 4x4 version gets blackened out headlights, gun metal finished alloy wheels and 4WD decals on the side, the C-pillar and the tail gate; just so you don’t miss its special trait. The rear remains unchanged, however. We would have loved to see a little body cladding like in the Adventure Edition, but Renault says that adding that would have had a negative effect on the ground clearance.
Exterior styling and Design – 4/5