Renault Duster: Competition Check
The Renault Duster has made its debut at a very lucrative price point and has served a solid wake up call to the domestic players
Despite the Safari, Scorpio, XUV500 and Force One being a size or two larger than the Duster, it manages to offer a rather decent amount of space in terms of both luggage and passenger carrying capacity. Smart packaging, efficient allocation to fitments, a solid level of kit as well as the best fit and finish in its class work in the Duster’s favour and it does hold its own against the competition. The Duster does lose out on absolute passenger carrying ability and while the competition can pack in seven or eight adults, the absolute functionality of the rear jump seats can be questioned by a large segment of owners.
In fact the Scorpio is a prime example of a vehicle that would have been better off as a five seater with ample rear bench space rather than a congested seven seater. Incidentally, the Duster is wider than the Scorpio and this extra width also plays its role in offering passengers more shoulder room on the inside.
In terms of performance, the Scorpio, XUV 500, Force One and Safari come across as a league apart compared to the Duster. Firstly, all these vehicles boast of 2.2 litre engines that are capable of churning out anywhere between 120-140PS and 270-320Nm of torque. The top diesel variant of the Duster incidentally only makes 110PS and 248Nm of torque and boasts of being a small 1.5 litre unit. While the Duster may seem outclassed on paper, it’s important to understand that it weighs anywhere between 40-45 per cent lighter than the competition! Do the math; calculate the power to weight ratio and you will see a different story unfold.
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