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Go! Camp & Drive - - Tow Test -

Ac­cord­ing to the specs

Fuel Diesel

En­gine 1 461 ℓ

Cylin­ders 4 in-line

Power 80 kW @ 4 000 rpm

Torque 250 Nm @ 1 750 rpm

Trans­mis­sion 6-speed (au­to­matic)

Drive chain Front wheel

Tare 1 224 kg

GVM 1 818 kg

GCM 3 018 kg

Load ca­pac­ity 550 kg

Wad­ing depth 350 mm

Tow­ing abil­ity for trailer with over­run­brakes Up to 1 200 kg (612 kg for a trailer with­out brakes)

Mea­sure­ments 4 315 mm (l); 1 882 mm (w); 1 634 mm (h)

Wheel­base 2 673 mm

Track width 1 560 mm (in front); 1 567 mm (rear)

Ground clear­ance 205 mm

Fuel tank 50 ℓ

Price (new) From R299 900

Price (sec­ond­hand) The au­to­matic Duster is brand new – we couldn’t find any sec­ond­hand mod­els yet.

Fast facts

The tow bar This does not come as stan­dard. The Kil­ber-Startrek tow bar on the test ve­hi­cle costs R6 836 ex­tra (R1 573 labour in­cluded). It’s re­mov­able if you want to store it away or if you need to park your car in a tiny space and you need the ex­tra 16 cm. The ball is 48 cm above the ground and you can lift it by 6 cm. You can fit a drop plate if you need to go lower or higher. Sus­pen­sion McPher­sons in front and flex­i­ble axle with coil springs n the rear. The tail dropped 2,5 cm with the Sherpa’s nose weight of 48 kg. What does the scale say? 1 619 kg with two peo­ple in the car, a full tank of fuel, and the Sherpa’s nose weight on the tow bar. The gross com­bi­na­tion mass was 779 kg short of the al­lowed 3 018 kg. In­te­rior With the seats ad­justed quite high, a six-foot driver has a good four fin­gers above his or her head, but your left an­kle presses un­com­fort­ably against the panel. On the back seat a six­footer has three fin­gers above his or her head and in front of the knees. For a small util­ity ve­hi­cle the boot is roomy: it’s 96 cm deep and runs all the way to the back of the back seats, at its nar­row­est its 1 m and 52 cm if you fac­tor in the cover that fits over the boot. Speed Driv­ing at a 100 km/h the speedome­ter reads 4 km/h faster than the 96 km/h in­di­cated by a GPS. Fuel con­sump­tion The 7,4 ℓ/100 km (13,5 km/ℓ) will make a tower smile from ear to ear. It costs R615 to fill up the Duster (we paid R12,29/ℓ at the time of the test). With this you can tow com­fort­ably from Pre­to­ria to Dur­ban, since the dis­tance is 675 km. In city traf­fic (with a car­a­van or trailer) the con­sump­tion is around 5,5 ℓ/100 km (18 ℓ/km) – you’ll strug­gle to do any bet­ter than this. Com­pared to the 4x4 model that we tested a two years ago (with the same en­gine), the 4x4 was 30% heav­ier on fuel, but the car­a­van we towed was also three times heav­ier. With­out some­thing hitched to it, the au­to­matic model is 20% lighter in city traf­fic than the 4x4. Fin­ishes Mainly dark grey plas­tic pan­els that cre­ates the im­pres­sion that it’s solid and sturdy; the seats are cov­ered in neat fab­ric. Ex­tras Metal­lic paint R2 500 and leather seats R10 000.

Other mod­els

1.6 Ex­pres­sion 4x2 R239 900; 1.6 Dynamique 4x2 R259 900; 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4x2 R279 900; 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4x4 R304 900 go! Drive & Camp says Re­nault lim­its the Duster’s tow­ing speed to 80 km/h and the tyres must also be 0.2 bar firmer than usual.

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