RENAULT DUSTER EDC
Pricing, capability and practicality have helped drive budget-conscious adventurers towards the Duster, which has become quite the hit in the compact SUV market. To date all models have been manual-shift, but in response, to quote Renault's words, “customer needs”, it's spiced up the proven SUV recipe with an Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission, as happened earlier with the more upmarket Kadjar. Smart move. The auto seems well suited to the 1,5 turbodiesel engine it's matched with. Our Gauteng test route kept us mostly on tar, but a detour on gravel indicated that the EDC Duster is a package well suited to its likely users' lifestyles. Only the flagship Duster gets a full 4x4 drivetrain, so the EDC is available only in 4x2. The Duster EDC'S 6-speed automatic gearbox uses two clutches under electronic control, with one clutch always in readiness for a change while the other engages. That's a recipe for optimised efficiency, Renault says, with the comfort of an automatic, the responsiveness of a manual and fuel efficiency. In combination with the punchy 80 kw/250 N.m 1.5 dci, expected fuel consumption is 4,8 litres/100km, and CO2 emissions 126 g/km. ABS, Emergency Brake Assist and Driver and Passenger Airbags (front +side) come standard in the Duster Model range, with ESP with traction control on the 4x2 EDC. The vehicle comes in Dynamique specification; metallic paint is a R2 500 option.
Price R 299 900.