Renault Duster AMT
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