Km/ h ( drag lim­ited; claimed) 11.4

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VER­DICT FEA­TURES & FUNC­TION­AL­ITY

The Duster may be the cheap­est SUV on the mar­ket, but that SUV sil­hou­ette gives it added prac­ti­cal­ity, giv­ing own­ers as much as 475L of lug­gage space with the rear seats up and up to 1,636L oth­er­wise. You can place two large suit­cases flat side by side with­out a prob­lem. We reckon you can get a small sofa in there too. But do keep in mind that the load­ing lip is a lit­tle high and you may end up with many scratched patches.

Apart from the new touch­screen, there’s a ra­dio with Arkamys 3D sound, which can play a deci­bel count high enough to make you deaf with­out break­ing tonal clar­ity. It also comes with an in­built CD player that plays MP3S, USB ports and a Blue­tooth in­ter­face to which we had no prob­lem sync­ing our phone to.

Other prom­ises of prac­ti­cal­ity come in the form of cruise con­trol and a speed lim­iter, rear park­ing sen­sors to help you avoid fender ben­ders and a rear view cam­era, if you pre­fer vi­su­als. You also get an ap­pre­cia­ble amount of safety fea­tures like driver and pas­sen­ger airbags, emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, and more im­por­tantly, ISOFIX mount­ing points for child seats on out­board rear seats.

What Re­nault has brought to the dis­cern­ing con­sumer, is an hon­est, no- frills ve­hi­cle that pro­vides an SUV stance, am­ple pas­sen­ger and cargo space and just about enough power, all at a price that is low enough to in­clude as part of your weekl y gro­cery shop­ping. And with Re­nault of­fer­ing a 3- year/ 1,000,000km war­ranty with the Duster, the com­pe­ti­tion doesn’t even come close!

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