Expert Review of Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE
Renault has finally rolled out its much awaited SUV built for Indian roads. The “compact SUV” as its being called has no doubt been worth the wait. The Renault Duster is a complete package. Good looks and value for money all rolled into one. Renault India has done a fine job when it comes to looks and the styling of the car. The car has already created ripples in the Indian auto market before its arrival. Now with a long waiting list post bookings for the car is already a sign of its success. The new Renault Duster is an entry level SUV, built to woo the lovers of compact crossovers. The Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE is a basic diesel variant from the catalogue. It has a very comfortable price tag and is definitely not hard on eyes when it comes to looks. With its launch on july 7th the French car maker is already riding the high wave. The car has already seen a good amount of bookings and for now the Duster with its rugged good looks is expected to give tough competition to the entry level SUVs. This new baby is expected to change the dynamics of Indian auto market. With rumour mills already churning, the French automaker is going to roll out Renault Scala by the end of this year
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The car definitely is a winner when it comes to fuel economy with a whooping mileage of 18 kmpl on city roads and acclaimed 20.46 kmpl when it comes to the highways.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE is available in 6 eye catching colours. Customers can choose from an impressive range of Metallic woodland brown, metallic fiery red, pearl supreme white, metallic moonlight silver, pearl galaxy black and metallic graphite grey.
Acceleration and Pick up
Renault Duster 85 PS Diesel RxE has an excellent pick up and zooms through with top speed of 156 km per hour. The compact SUV goes from 0 to 100 km per hour in 13.9 seconds which is quiet impressive. The car delivers 200 NM of maximum torque at the rate of 1900 rpm.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE has a wide body as all other Renault cars do. It looks classy on the road. The car has 4.3 meters of length. The car looks muscular due to the elegant and non cluttered design. The front grille is stylish and the broad chrome plate adds charm to the sporty looks of the car. The headlights are perfectly are perfectly angular and the aluminium finish skid plates are another add on, which make its looks impressive. The bold and broad 16 inch alloy wheels add masculinity to the overall effect of the car. The rear end is equally sleek and the monogram of the Duster adds brawn to the overall feel of the car. The lights are equally impressive and are in sync with the look.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE plays the part of a crossover SUV to the hilt and is built ergonomically to suit the needs of customer. The seats provide good lumbar support and are easily adjustable. Carr comes fitted with features like air conditioner with pollen filters, 12 v accessory sockets in front and the basic bottle holders. The steering wheel supports audio controls plus the passenger vanity mirror and the theatre dimming interior lamps definitely gets thumbs up when it comes to comfort for the passengers. The design provides enough leg space and is a car of choice for those who want to explore the wild in comfort.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE stands tall with a height of 1.625 meters and length of 4.3 meters. Though its gives an impression of giant of a car, the SUV is much lighter in weight than its counterparts. The ground clearance of .205 meters is an answer to all the hurdles for the easy cruising on a hilly terrain.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE is a basic diesel variant of the recently launched compact SUV Duster from the house of Renault. The SUV sports 1.5 litre of dCi diesel engine with four cylinder in-line. This turbocharged engine is coupled with five speed manual transmission. This muscular machine has ideal fittings to tackle off road terrain and fulfils all the promise of built and brawn. The engine has the common rail direct ejection system with maximum power of 83.8 bhp@3750 rpm.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE comes with broad wheelbase and having tyre size of Tyre Size:215/65 R16 making this compact SUV look gignatic.
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE is fitted with good suspension system keeping in mind the Indian roads. The torsion beam axle with coil spring and anti roll bar is present in the rear and an independent McPherson Strut with coil Springs and anti roll bar is in the front axle which makes the drive hassle free. Body roll is minimal even at high speeds.
Handling and Control
The electro hydraulic power assisted steering wheel makes sure that the driving experience is comfortable and smooth. Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE definitely feels lighter when it comes to handling it on the off road terrain. The ventilated disc braking system in the front and drum brakes fitted for the rear are definitely top notch. The SUV glides with equal grace through heavy urban traffic. It doesn’t let ythr driver lose control even on the pothole infested rural roads. Duster holds well through and through when it comes to a good driving experience.
The compact SUV has already got rave reviews from auto gurus and tech-savvy experts. The Duster is definitely going to capture the Indian auto market for the SUV segment with ultra chic good looks and a definitely smart price range which is the up side for the much awaited car. The light weight of the car is a boon.
Lack of air bags and ABS add to the downside. Once off the road one has to work hard on the engine to extract power on a hilly terrain
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE Description
Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE is a compact SUV with a 1.5L dCi diesel engine that delivers a high power of 83.8BHP at 3750RPM. Duster was designed to revolutionize whole SUV segment and it has perfectly succeeded with comfortable features and attractive looks. This midsized SUV has a sturdy body compact looking from outside but spacious inside. The car measures 4.3m in length with other dimensions 1822x1695mm (WxH). Ground clearance of 210mm makes the car looks bigger. In the front of the car is the stylish grille and Renault logo. Enhancing the beauty of car is the twin barrel headlights, dual toned big bumper, 16inch alloy wheels, body coloured handle, body coloured ORVMs, chic tail lights and both side manual door mirror. The 1461cc engine with four cylinders in line produces a maximum torque of 200Nm at 1900RPM. This 5 geared car delivers great performance with great mileage of 20kmpl on highways and 16kmpl in city. The total capacity of fuel tank is 50L and it has manual transmission. Pick up and acceleration of this car is good as a result of which the car can go 100km per hour from zero in just 13.9 seconds. On the safety basis the car can be rated a little low. It has ventilated disc brakes for front and drum brakes on the rear. The McPherson Struts suspension anti roll bar is in the car’s front axle and torsion beam axle with anti roll bar and coil spring is in rear end. 3 rear seat belts, Electronic Brake force Distribution system, Anti lock braking system, door open warning lamp, central locking system, engine immobilizer, engine protective under guard, and brake assist are available as a safety features in the car. The tyre size of 215/65 R 16 makes the car stable and turning radius of 5.2m makes your ride comfortable. The interiors of the Renault Duster 85PS Diesel RxE give you amazing comfort and royal experience while sitting inside. However the interiors are not so lavish when compared to Renault Koleos’s. The seats have classic black fabric cover with the charcoal grey coloured floor console and Glossy metallic grey door grab handle. The car can accommodate only 5 persons including the driver, however, two jumper seats can also be placed in the boot. With comfy features like power steering, power windows, AC, remote boot, remote fuel filler, adjustable steering, folding rear seats, electronic driver seat adjustment, and tinted glass, offers you an amazing and comfortable journey experience.