Renault Duster Trims Compared – Shortlist the Correct Variant

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Confused about which variant of Renault Duster is good for you? This variants comparo will help you in knowing the right Duster for yourself. 

Renault Duster was probably one of the very first compact SUVs in India which became popular and created a craze among people. Since then, this segment has been growing rapidly and has seen the immense competition and never-ending options for consumers. It was certainly a game-changing move for Renault and it worked in their favour. This vehicle helped them to establish themselves as a brand in the Indian car market and people have been trusting the brand ever since. However, in recent years, the Duster has fallen behind due to the tremendous competition in this segment. Renault has been constantly updating the vehicle but in a manner that it does not lose its initial charm. If you are planning to buy this vehicle, then stay tuned as we are going to help you to form a decision with a variants analysis.

Performance Details

Renault Duster

Variants Engine Transmission Power (bhp) Torque (Nm)
RXS 1.5-litre Petrol 5-Speed M 104 142
RXZ 1.5-litre Petrol 5-Speed M 104 142
RXE Turbo 1.3-litre Petrol 5-Speed M 154 254
RXS Turbo 1.3-litre Petrol 5-Speed M 154 254
RXZ Turbo 1.3-litre Petrol 5-Speed M 154 254
RXS Turbo CVT 1.3-litre Petrol 7-Speed CVT 154 254
RXZ Turbo CVT 1.3-litre Petrol 7-Speed CVT 154 254

 

The Renault Duster comes with two engine options, a naturally aspirated petrol producing 104 bhp and 142 Nm of torque and turbocharged petrol which churns out 154 bhp and 254 Nm of torque. Clearly, the turbo-petrol engine is the more powerful option and the pick among the two. If you are someone who is indifferent to the driving dynamics of your vehicle, then the naturally aspirated option is good enough as well and it will prove to be a frugal option. Nowadays, turbo-petrol engines are in trend and this engine will be the pick for enthusiasts.

Price List

Variants Price (ex-showroom)
RXS Rs 9.86 Lakhs
RXZ Rs 9.99 Lakhs
RXE Turbo Rs 11.27 Lakhs
RXS Turbo Rs 12.05 Lakhs
RXZ Turbo Rs 12.65 Lakhs
RXS Turbo CVT Rs 13.65 Lakhs
RXZ Turbo CVT Rs 14.25 Lakhs

 

Prices for the Renault Duster are not very high and not very low when compared to other vehicles in the same segment. However, the top variants are a bit on the higher side and the price could have been a touch lower so that more and more people are converted into potential buyers. Nonetheless, the pricing is adequate for this vehicle and people with a budget constraint could think of purchasing the lower variants.

Safety Features

Duster Interior

Features RXS RXZ RXE Turbo RXS Turbo RXZ Turbo RXS Turbo CVT RXZ Turbo CVT
ABS With EBD Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brake Assist Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airbags 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Adjustable Seats Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Headlamps No No No No No No No
Electronic Stability Control No No No No No Yes Yes
Rear Camera No Yes No No Yes No Yes
ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts No No No No No No No
Hill Assist No No No No No Yes Yes

 

There are ample safety features on offer for the Renault Duster. However, the base variants miss out on the majority of the features and this is something Renault should rectify. Moreover, it misses out on automatic headlamps and ISOFIX child seat mounts. These options could have been included considering the price they charge for this vehicle.

Convenience Inducing Features

Features RXS RXZ RXE Turbo RXS Turbo RXZ Turbo RXS Turbo CVT RXZ Turbo CVT
Adjustable Steering Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic Climate Control No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Cruise Control No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Parking Sensors Rear Rear Rear Rear Rear Rear Rear
Push-button Start No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Glovebox Cooling Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Voice Control Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

There are multiple comfort and convenience features for the Renault Duster. The base variant misses out on some options in a similar fashion to the above department. The rest of the variants are equipped with adequate features which are necessary to make the experience inside the cabin pleasant.

Entertainment and Interior

Duster Dashboard

Features RXS RXZ RXE Turbo RXS Turbo RXZ Turbo RXS Turbo CVT RXZ Turbo CVT
Height Adjustable Driver Seat No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Touchscreen 7-inch 7-inch No 7-inch 7-inch 7-inch 7-inch
Android Auto Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apple CarPlay Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 4 4 No 4 4 4 4

 

There are just about enough features to get the job done on the Renault Duster. It misses out on leather upholstery which could have been included in the top variants at least. Moreover, it is a compact SUV and not giving height-adjustable seats is a bit disappointing and Renault should rectify all these minor things in a complete makeover of the vehicle.

Conclusion

Renault Duster is a compact SUV that has been around for quite a long time now. It is a very popular machine and has two very capable engines. The turbo petrol powertrain is the one to go for as it will provide unmatched driving dynamics. If you want a frugal vehicle and can compromise on power, then the naturally aspirated motor is the right choice. The Duster is now an old vehicle and feels dated. However, from the above comparison, the most value for money variants are RXS, RXS Turbo and RXS Turbo CVT. This trim is equipped with almost all the features which the top trim has but at a reasonable price. Renault should focus on giving the Duster a complete makeover to help it in matching the current rivals with relative ease.

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