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2012 Renault Duster Test Drive Review

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Renault Duster Test Drive Review

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Renault Duster Review

Car tested: 2012 Renault Duster 110 PS RxZ

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 13,35,483/-

“The Duster is about SUV appeal with the driving dynamics of a sedan”

It’s not often a car is launched which can change the fortune of an entire company. The Duster is one such vehicle and Renault is betting big on this car. This is the fourth offering from Renault in India with the previous products, the Pulse, Fluence and Koleos not making ripples in the industry. First showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo in Delhi earlier this year, the Renault Duster is the first of the compact SUV’s to make it to the market. The response it has got is immense with more than 8000 bookings in the initial few days, which happens to exceed the total number of cars Renault sold last year. It looks worthy on paper, but just how good is it, we find out in the beautiful countryside roads in Kerala.

The Renault Duster is originally a brainchild of Dacia, a Romanian auto manufacturer which is now a subsidiary of Renault. Dacia is also responsible for the Logan and the Duster is based on the same platform. The Renault Duster has been selling in Europe since 2010 and is the first to open up the compact SUV segment in India. According to Renault, it is positioned to attract buyers from SUV, sedan and premium hatchback segment.


Exteriors – There is no mistaking the Renault Duster on the road, its broad and muscular stance reflects its SUV DNA. The front houses double barrel headlamps with a large chrome grille, the Renault logo sits confidently in the center. The front bumper gets two tone color treatment with black cladding and aluminum finished skid plate. Large mesh-work covers the air dam and the Renault Duster looks very appealing indeed.

Side Profile

The sides have prominent and muscular wheel arches with 16-inch alloy wheels. Roof rails and side steps enhance the SUV profile and Renault has offered pull type door handles instead of the grab type ones. The top end variants get silver finished ORVM’s while the lower variants get body colored outside rear view mirrors. Large windows give a roomy feeling to the cabin.

Exteriors - Rear

The muscular theme continue to the rear. The bulging rear wheel arches can be appreciated well from the rear profile. The tail lamp cluster is simple yet elegant and is complemented by bulging surrounds on the boot. ‘DUSTER’ is boldly inscribed on the chrome garnish. There is a black button which can be pressed to release the boot, there is also provision to open it with the key. Similar to the front, the rear bumper is also of two tone color arrangement with aluminum finished skid plate. The rear bumper houses the reverse parking sensors with reflectors on either side.

Head over to the next page to read about the interiors of the Renault Duster.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • rakesh

    excellent and detailed review there sir, the duster already has a 3 month waiting and 1 lac premium

  • Amit Kumar

    Hi Doc.
    I read couple of your reviews. I find your reviews superb and informative. You choose words discreetly and remain very objective to the end. May be you translate your dental professional qualities into auto world to be very observant! As you mentioned, I agree that with increasing congestion on roads, demand for AT will increase to alleviate driving stress and left legache (not a correct medical term so far). I would like auto reviews in India to be more scientific with measurable data and information, and comparative figures with similar cars rather than ideal expectations. Wish you the best.

    • Javeid Khan

      Thank you for your feedback. Really appreciate it.

  • amish

    i think it is very overpriced sir, the interiors and the fit and finish as well as the equipment levels do not match quite well with it heavy price tag slaped by renualt

  • Adi

    can it accomodate 3 proper adults in the back seat, by the looks of it, the person sitting in the middle of the back seat will have a really hard time if the journey is long….

    Also not a true off-roader (with no 4WD), people have to buy it just for its prescence and fuel efficiency…

    • sushant

      I think it can decently off road due to high clearance and the body style, scuff plates, etc..

    • rakesh

      But can it match the full time SUVs??

  • Ananthakrishnan

    Affordable SUV.Great to open new segment.
    Will surely fascinate Off roaders and SUV Lovers.Looks are muscular and handsome.
    Still Interior have to renovated,since Ford Eco Sport is on his way to market.

  • Rahul Roy

    Great Car… Great Price..
    very few Dealers…. :D

    Great Review… very Informative.. Kudos..!!

    would love a review of the base Diesel variant though… the 1.5DxE..

  • Arunkumar

    Great Look,Gd Price

  • Sunil Raj

    Great Look and Excellent Road Grip. I liked the Renault Duster and waiting for the delivery.

  • Ravin

    Dieserl 85bhp version everthing looks good, CAN any one confirm after sales service issues and regular service issues, what is the minimum price for regular services

  • shital

    I booked a duster rxe85 on 22july 2012 & still waiting.very disappointed about service.even dealer padam motors ldh.they do not know when they will actually deliever it. what a bullshit. Agar pehle yye haal hai to pta nhi aftr sale service kaisi hogi.

    • Javeid Khan

      Shital, can you share the booking details as well as your city. What is the dealer saying and what is the expected time of delivery?

  • s

    is roof rails is removeble???

    • Faisal Khan

      S, nope.

  • Joy Saldanha

    Does Renault Duster has a dealer in Ranchi or Jharkand

    • Faisal Khan

      Joy, no they don’t.

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