Re­nault Duster AMT

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Two airbags | Auto cli­mate con­trol | All Power Win­dows | Elec­tric

ORVMs || Au­dio sys with Blue­tooth,

USB, Aux | Stan­dard War­ranty

2yr/40,000 km I Ex­tended war­ranty avail­able

Gen­er­ally when we get a car for a Long Term Test, they are brand spank­ing new. Most have less the 1,000km on the clock. But when we re­cieved our Duster, the clock read 39,000km. Now is it a good thing or a bad thing? We say it is bril­liant as the car does not have to be nursed and there will be no wor­ries of driv­ing with a brand new en­gine. So let us start by tak­ing you around our Duster AMT. The RXZ be­ing the top of the line vari­ant comes with a host of fea­tures. This in­cludes twin airbags, cruise con­trol, speed lim­iter and a touch screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. The vari­ant also gets steer­ing col­umn mounted con­trols to op­er­ate the au­dio sys­tem. Be­ing a Duster there is

no short­age of space within the cabin and the front driver’s perch comes with an arm rest as well. Sur­pris­ingly the pas­sen­ger does not get this lux­ury.

Pow­er­ing our Duster is the tried and tested 1.5litre dCi diesel en­gine churn­ing out 110bhp. The mo­tor is mated to the 6-speed Easy-R AMT which prom­ises to be per­fect for fuel econ­omy and per­for­mance. We shall get to that fact soon enough. Our Duster is also a FWD vari­ant but that has not stopped Re­nault from load­ing up the front tyres with proper off road tyres. The rear tyres though are all ter­rain types. Now for those who are won­der­ing why such a thing has been done, here is the an­swer. The Duster is a front wheel drive ve­hi­cle. there is am­ple power and torque in the en­gine to make it go off the road and there is am­ple ground clear­ance as well. So all one needs is more grip. To in­crease grip, off road tyres come handy. So there is a high pos­si­bil­ity that our Duster will be able to tackle ter­rain more eas­ily.

In­spite of hav­ing a rather sub­stan­tial num­ber on the odo, our Duster feels rahter tight. There are no rat­tles to com­plain about and the doors slam shut with­out added ac­cous­tics. That is say­ing a lot about Re­nault’s build qual­ity. Over the course of the next six months, we plan to log in as much as 10,000km on our Duster. Will it be able to hold on to its cur­rent state? We shall find out.

IN­SPITE OF HAV­ING A SUB­STAN­TIAL NUM­BER ON THE ODO THERE ARE NO RAT­TLES

The Duster comes with a plethora of fea­tures. How­ever the over­all de­sign has started feel­ingdated

Our long term Duster had al­ready clocked more than 40,000km when we re­ceived it

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