If there is one vehicle for all occasions that you can get for under Rs. 15 lakh, the Renault Duster AWD should be high on your shopping list. It has the best of both worlds – comfort for city driving, great highway performance, and fairly decent off-road capability too. It’s an all-rounder. The Renault Duster RXZ 110 AWD is now available with two new colours after the facelift – a bright Cayenne Orange and an Amazon Green. The Amazon Green Renault Duster AWD is what we got to keep for a while and check out what it has to offer.
The Renault Duster was the vehicle that built Renault’s brand name in India, and the Renault Kwid has only helped strengthen the brand. The Duster is available in 12 variants – two petrol, and 10 diesel. The diesel version comes with a 1.5 litre diesel engine with two states of tune – 85PS and 110PS. The latter is also available with all-wheel drive (six-speed manual only) or wit an automated manual transmission (on the 4x2 variant only). Prices for the Renault Duster start at Rs. 8.47 lakh going up to Rs. 13.57 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi.
What you will love about the Renault Duster AWD * Rugged looks befitting an SUV * Very capable and reliable 1.5 litre dCI engine with 110 PS of power, 245 Nm of torque * Intelligent all-wheel drive system that can switch between 2WD, auto mode and 4WD lock mode * Traction control, ABS, airbags ensure all your misadventures are kept in check * 210 mm of ground clearance is decent for most off-road jaunts * Loaded with features – cruise control, speed limiter, touch-screen, GPS navigation, reverse camera, climate control etc. * Brilliant suspension that offers excellent ride quality and handling * Six-speed manual transmission allows for good long distance cruising. Short ratios in the first two gears help for off-road use What you won’t quite like about the Renault Duster AWD * Quality of plastic parts in some areas needs improvement. Red door handles on the interiors not to everyone's taste * Too many dangling plastic bits up front on the ‘facelifted’ version mar off-road credentials * Engine noise, road noise can be heard fairly loud in the cabin * At the same price you can get a Mahindra Scorpio 4WD or Tata Safari Safari Storme 4x4 with seven seats * No low-range gearbox limits its off-road capability to that of a soft-roader only Who should consider buying the Renault Duster AWD? The Renault Duster AWD is ideally suited for the adventurous buyer. It is a great vehicle for long-distance touring, can handle bad roads with ease and will not let you down if you choose to take sandy trails or snowed out roads. The ride quality and handling are extremely good. But it is comfortable only for four adult passengers. Renault Duster AWD vs Mahindra Scorpio 4WD vs Mahindra XUV500 AWD vs Tata Safari Storme 4x4