The styling looks dated currently and the launch of the new-gen model is much awaited

Renault currently offers a wide range of engine and transmission options in India with the Duster. One of our favourites is the AMT version to tackle congested city driving that we regularly face in Mumbai. Though it is an AMT unit, it is one of the best we have seen so far. The low-end torque associated with the diesel engine makes it feel less laggy and though it is jerky (which all AMTs are), it works well for someone who wants the comfort and convenience of an automatic. So we have now swapped the AWD version with the AMT and Javeid (Deputy Editor) is currently driving it because of the sheer convenience it offers.

The Duster has surely been a gamechanger for Renault in India

What’s Cool

* Rugged design for optimum off-road capabilities
* Generous boot space
* Refined and potent diesel engine
* Fantastic AWD system to tackle the worst of obstacles
* Best ride and handling balance in the segment

What’s Not So Cool

* Dated exterior and interior styling
* Limited features on offer as compared to rivals

Duster is one SUV that offers a fantastic long term experience

Further Reading

2016 Renault Duster Facelift Review
Maruti Vitara Brezza vs Renault Duster – Tug Of War
2018 Renault Duster Detailed Walkaround
2016 Renault Duster vs Hyundai Creta – Comparison Review
Mahindra XUV500 vs Hyundai Creta vs Renault Duster – Comparison Review
Renault Duster AMT Long Term Review – First Report
Renault Duster AMT Long Term Review – Second Report