Duster 1.5 dCI Dynamique 4×2 Review

Duster 1.5 dCI Dynamique 4×2

The new facelifted and updated Duster now built in Romania has a few new elements: New alloy rims. Parking distance control (standard).Patterned fabric replaces plain seat and door panel design. 7” touchscreen satnav (Dynamique variants only). Cruise control is now standard.  Leather trim and seats are optional on all three derivatives.

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Product manager at Renault SA Jeffrey Allison said: “Moving production to Pitesti provides us with the opportunity to refresh Duster within a sharper turnaround time – good for the brand and good for our customers here in SA.”

I think that the quality has also been lifted.

This car is keen to go. Its power, and more to the point, torque to weight ratio is superb. You can literally stay in sixth gear when overtaking, or change down to fifth and blast past. It is a blast.

I got 6.7  litres/100km in mixed driving on my usual route which includes town, highway and a ten storey parking garage. You may get even better figures even as low as 5L/100km.

Renault-Duster-Facelift-dCi-4x2-103-dashI found the car suitably well equipped with cruise control, climate control, a great sound system but a slightly dodgy GPS concerning Cape Town map coverage. This may be upgradable.

The balance of the Duster is just so very good. It weighs really good power with really good fuel consumption. Acceleration is better than required for normal driving and top speed is way over 120km/h. The size is also good, not too big, not too little.

I prefer it to the more expensive Captur.

Consumption claimed of less than 5,  I got just less than 7 litre/100km

Duster 1.6 Expression 4×2 R222 900
Duster 1.6 Dynamique 4×2 R249 900
Duster 1.5 dCI Dynamique 4×2 R269 900
Duster 1.5 dCI Dynamique 4×4 R289 900

The Duster is sold with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan (service intervals at 15 000km) and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

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Also look at the Renault Captur, Ford EcoSport, Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Citroen Cactus, Suzuki SX4

Duster aiming for COTY 2015

One year after its launch in South Africa, Renault’s New Duster SUV has earned its place as a finalist in the WesBank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) 2015 Car of the Year (COTY) competition.

Renault Duster 1.5 DCi AWD

Renault Duster 1.5 DCi AWD

“We are very honoured and would like to thank the COTY jury for nominating the New Renault Duster as one of the 11 best cars recently brought to market in South Africa,” says Niall Lynch, managing director of Renault South Africa.

At 4.32m long, 1.82m wide and with a generous wheelbase of 2.67m, Duster offers more interior space than any other C-segment SUV. It comfortably seats up to five adults with plenty of space to spare – front and back. Its boot capacity (up to 475lt) is nothing short of amazing making the storage and carriage of family luggage an absolute breeze.

The low first gear (5.79 km/h at 1 000 rpm) allows for driving over rough ground, starting on a slope and with heavy loads, or holding the vehicle back when going downhill. With its intuitive 4×4 control system, the Renault Duster adapts to all situations, making the driving experience that much more easy and pleasurable.

Already a success story, with 4 500 Dusters sold in just one year, Duster is the 5th most sold SUV in South Africa, behind the Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai ix35, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Kuga

Renault Duster breaks cover

Renault have finally launched their Small SUV offering.

The Duster comes either as the base model  1.6 Expression 4×2 priced at R194,900 with a  16valve 1.6 petrol engine producing  75kW and 145Nm or a 4×4 1.5d Ci turbo diesel.

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Renault Duster

Standard features include air conditioning, ABS with EBD, power-assisted steering, six-function on-board computer, front and side airbags, electric windows front and rear, electric mirrors, remote central locking, reverse parking sensors, front fog lamps, roof rails, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, 16 inch wheels, CD/MP3/radio with Bluetooth® connectivity, fingertip audio controls .

The diesel has a common rail 1,600 bar pressure coupled with piezoelectric injectors, the 1.5 dCi delivers an excellent power output of 80kW with peak torque rating of 240Nm attained at 1 750 rpm on the 4×4 and 2 250 rpm on the 4×2.

The upper trim Dynamique is offered with both 1.6 16v petrol engine and 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine, the latter giving the choice of 4×2 or 4×4 transmission.

The gear ratio setting of the manual 6-speed gearbox, specific to the 4×4 version, also plays a crucial part with a short first gear (5.79 km/h at 1 000 r/min) allowing one to negotiate even the most extreme off-road conditions, traversing steep, carrying heavy loads or towing, without damaging or possibly burning the clutch. A perfect fit with the 1.5 dCi which low-end torque ensures steady response in all situations.

The New Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 is equipped with ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and a high-performing 4WD control system, derived from Nissan (in the frame of the Renault-Nissan Alliance).

PRICING
– 1.6 Expression 4×2 R194 900
– 1.6 Dynamique 4×2 R204 900
– 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×2 R219 900
– 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4 R239 900