Re­nault Duster

Auto Today - - Dashboard - Rahul Ghosh As­so­ciate Ed­i­tor [email protected]­to­day.com @bul­let­com­pany

The Duster is one ve­hi­cle which does not take time to grow on you. The sheer tough looks just make things so much sim­pler to like. How­ever there is more to the Duster than just looks. The SUV of­fers a sus­pen­sion set up which is per­fect for In­dian con­di­tions. The abil­ity of the Duster to chew pot­holes and spit em out is phe­nom­e­nal. Be it a rough patch or a pot­hole which has sprung out of nowhere; the pas­sen­gers feel lit­er­ally noth­ing. I per­son­ally love the Duster for this trait. At the same time, this big SUV also demon­strates good han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics. It takes to cor­ners with ease and al­though the steer­ing of our Duster feels heav­ier than other nor­mal Dusters, it feels fun. Now if you are one of those who missed out on our pre­vi­ous re­ports, then let me up­date you that our Duster comes with off road tyres up front and AT tyres up front. If you want the specifics, please read my ear­lier re­ports. The Duster also comes with AMT trans­mis­sion. This new tech­nol­ogy has made it pos­si­ble to bring au­to­matic cars to the masses with­out any of its neg­a­tives. What the sys­tem has is an ac­tu­a­tor placed atop the reg­u­lar MT. The drive by wire sys­tem sends sig­nals to the ac­tu­a­tor which does the duty of chang­ing gears. Now the sys­tem on the Duster is not ex­actly per­fect. In fact it feels a bit snatchy at crawl and this causes a bit of a con­cern while park­ing in tight con­di­tions. One just has to get used to this phe­nom­e­non. On the go though the box works well. How­ever do not ex­pect it to take on dou­ble clutch au­to­mat­ics. Also note it costs peanuts in com­par­i­son.

THE ABIL­ITY OF THE DUSTER TO CHEW POT­HOLES AND SPIT EM OUT IS PHE­NOM­E­NAL

Two airbags | Auto cli­mate con­trol | AllPower Win­dows | Elec­tric ORVMs || Au­dio sys with Blue­tooth, USB, Aux | Stan­dardWar­ranty 2yr/40,000 km I Ex­tended war­ranty avail­able Model RXZ AMTTest Started Oct, 2018/41,273km Ten­ure/Tar­get mileage6 months/10,000kmMileage this month800kmEf­fi­ciency this month15.8kmpl

The AMT box on the Duster works well in nor­mal cir­cum­stances. How­ever it feels a bit snatchy and hence park­ing in tight spa­ces could be­come a prob­lem

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