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The Duster AMT suits best for Indian driving condtions

Renault Duster Diesel Service Costs

1. Service Schedule – 10,000 kms/1 year (whichever is earlier)
2. Cost of Service per 1,00,000 Km – Rs. 71,653/-
3. Labour cost per paid service – Rs. 2308/- (average)
4. Cost of Spares –

* Engine Oil Per Service – Rs. 1395/- (4.5-litres)
* Air Filter – Rs. 600/-
* Brake Oil – Rs. 300/-
* Oil Filter – Rs. 541/-
* Fuel Filter – Rs. 2640/-
* AC Dust Filter – Rs. 472/-
* Brake Pads (Front) – Rs. 3753/-
* Front Bumper (without painting) – Rs. 5013/-
* Rear Bumper (without painting) – Rs. 3088/-
* Headlamp Assembly (Each) – Rs. 6733/-
* Tail Lamp Assembly (Each) – Rs. 3601/-

(all costs above are inclusive of taxes)

The Duster AMT may be having a few hiccups but it is exactly what is needed in today’s times. SUV body style with an automatic is what most people look out for in urban setups. The AMT may not be the slickest shifter but provides the comfort and convenience much needed in daily stop-go traffic. It is more cost effective too if you compare it with the Creta but then, that is a torque convertor and it won’t be a fair comparison. However, for the layman, the Duster makes a strong case with the AMT and with Renault having showcased the next generation Duster globally, it will be interesting to see how the affordable SUV battle unfolds once that lands into India.

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The Duster is known to be a reliable car

What’s Cool

* Butch looks and good road presence
* Spacious and comfortable interiors
* Strong mechanicals and fun to drive nature

What’s Not So Cool

* Feels spartan in some aspects
* Misses out on many features that rivals offer

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The Duster feels very much at home in unknown terrain

Testers’ Note:

“The Renault Duster is a fantastic car and stays true to being the unstoppable Indian. With the facelift getting a punchy low-end which is devoid of turbo lag and the updates to the exteriors and interiors, this compact SUV sure is one of the best in the segment if you want something robust having a terrific ride quality while not compromising on ease of driving and handling. Just the AMT gearbox is too slow with shifts although it does just fine in the city.” – Faisal Khan, Editor, MotorBeam.
“When the Duster was first launched in India, I wasn’t very excited about it especially because of the design and basic styling. However, once I drove it for a good while I fell in love with the dynamics and comfort it offers. Eventually Renault launched a good looking facelift and even the convenience of an AMT, which I think is the best tuned diesel AMT I’ve driven so far. Eagerly waiting for the new generation Duster since this one now feels a bit aged.” – Aariz Rizvi, Assistant Editor, MotorBeam.
“I am a fan of the Renault Duster because this car just feels so robust and it gives you confidence that you can take it anywhere and it just won’t let you down. That 1.5-litre diesel engine is a gem with good performance and efficiency. The Duster feels a bit basic in certain areas so Renault needs to up their game by launching the new Duster in India soon.” – Parth Gohil, Senior Road Tester, MotorBeam.
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We hope Renault brings in the next generation Duster to India ASAP

Further Reading –

Renault Duster AMT Long Term – First Report
2016 Renault Duster Facelift Review
2016 Renault Duster Facelift Video Review
Renault Duster 2WD Review
Renault Duster AWD Review
Renault Duster Long Term Review
Renault Duster vs Nissan Terrano
Renault Duster vs Ford EcoSport
Renault Duster vs Ford EcoSport Video
Renault Duster vs Nissan Terrano vs Ford EcoSport
Mega SUV Shootout
Renault Duster vs Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra XUV500
Renault Duster AWD vs Tata Safari Storme vs Mahindra Scorpio
Maruti S-Cross vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster
Renault Duster vs Hyundai Creta vs Mahindra XUV500 – Video