2012 Renault Duster | new car review

Posted on May 16, 2012 by

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The Duster is based heavily on the Logan platform that is one of ’s highest selling sedans built especially for the developing countries. Those who are familiar with the Logan will instantly notice a lot of shared components in the interior. The entire instrumentation cluster and bits of the dashboard come from the same parts bin and that is a key factor in enabling to price the Duster so competitively.

The Duster is available with a 4×2 and a 4×4 drivetrain. Both share the same 2-litre petrol engine that produces 135bhp at 5,500rpm and 195Nm of torque at 3,750rpm. The 4×2 variant gets a 4-speed automatic gearbox whereas the 4×4 gets a 6-speed manual. The 4×4 variant, priced at AED 64,500 is available on order and comes as a SE trim only.

Those looking to buy a 4×4 variant need to know this; it’s not a car that you can go around conquering dunes in. The engine really doesn’t feel capable of hauling this car in demanding situations. The torque is a bit low for a car claiming to be an SUV and it’s best to attempt some loose gravel roads you must take it off road.

The basic PE version gets fabric seats, front power windows and a drivers side airbag. 16-inch pressed steel wheels and a Bluetooth enabled stereo is also part of standard equipment. The next level is the SE variant that gets 17-inch alloy wheels, dual front airbags, ABS, all-round power windows, electrically operated mirrors, tilt-adjustable steering wheel and roof rails. The top of the line SE+ variant gets a full leather interior and curtain airbags along with everything offered in the SE variant.

Specifications:

Price:

PE: AED 48,500
SE: AED 56,500
SE+: AED 62,000

SE 4×4:  AED 64,500

Engine:

Type: 2-litre 4-cylinder
Max. power: 135bhp @ 5500rpm
Max. torque: 195Nm @ 3750rpm

Transmission

4-speed automatic (4×2)
6-speed manual (4×4)

12 Responses to 2012 Renault Duster | new car review

  1. riju Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    hi..i am planning to buy Renault duster..can you please specify about the warranty Service & any other upcoming offers in UAE
    (Dubai) Thanks.
    Riju ,
    abrahamriju@gmail.com

  2. Hanna Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    i’m planning to buy a Renault Duster, but have little bit confuse about the fuel consumation? anyone who can answer my question?

  3. Hanna Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    i’m planning to buy a Renault Duster, but have little bit confuse about the fuel consumation? anyone who can answer my question?

  4. Hanna Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    i’m planning to buy a Renault Duster, but have little bit confuse about the fuel consumation? anyone who can answer my question?

  5. Hanna Reply

    November 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    i’m planning to buy a Renault Duster, but have little bit confuse about the fuel consumation? anyone who can answer my question?

  6. Renault GCC Reply

    June 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Dear Mr. Nicholas Moses,
     
    Congratulations on buying the new Renault Duster and thank you for your welcome feedback on it.
    Your new Renault Duster is a worldwide success in several countries and has had many happy and satisfied owners and is still growing.
    Produced globally, the Renault Duster witnesses strict pre-delivery inspections in all markets worldwide and that includes the GCC, to ensure there are no faults in the product being delivered.
    There are several top brands manufacturing vehicles internationally and highly respected for their products, customer and service satisfaction and Renault is one amongst them.
     
    Designs of models seek to balance aesthetics, functionality and utilitarian needs and it is quite accepted for the rear tail lamp assemblies to support the reverse lamp on one column, and a tail lamp reflector or fog lamp on the other column (individual manufacturing brands have their own designs based on customer focus group interviews).
    Accordingly, the unified turn signal indicator (for both left and right) on the dashboard serves its pupose to visibly (by illuminating) inform the driver that any one of the turn signals is in operation.
    Even before the unified turn signal indicator starts flashing on the dashboard, the driver exactly knows which exterior turn signal lamps (left or right) are in operation because he has operated the turn signal switch based on his left or right requirement.
    Apart from being a turn signal indicator, the display also serves to tell that the hazard lamps are in operation, for which the driver would know because the hazard lamp switch is differently located from the turn signal switch.
     

    As per our knowledge, Al Masaood Automobiles, the general distributors of Renault in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, have served to clarify the same; however if you may still need additional information or assistance, kindly do not hesitate to contact us via: http://bit.ly/ContactRGCC.

    Regards,
    Renault GCC
    http://www.renault-me.com

    • abe Reply

      January 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

      for a year now im contemplating to buy this car for its value and looks here in bahrain, i test drive this car and the only thing that keeping me thinking about this car is why the horn is in the signal stick and not in the middle of steering wheel, all cars today the horn are built in middle of steering wheel so big why? and the control of the door windshield is in the dashboard not on the door, all cars today are not built like this , the duster release in india have a better control placement and they are properly in placed so why not here in GCC?

      • Pankaj Dev

        Pankaj Dev Reply

        January 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

        Good point. In countries like India, people tend to use the horn a lot more than in the GCC, probably that’s why and they must have forgotten to do a consumer study in GCC to understand the owner expectations when it comes to window glass controls :)

      • Pankaj Dev Reply

        January 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        Good point. In countries like India, people tend to use the horn a lot more than in the GCC, probably that’s why and they must have forgotten to do a consumer study in GCC to understand the owner expectations when it comes to window glass controls :)

  7. Martin Victor Alva Reply

    June 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hello Nicholas,

    Your concerns have been forwarded to Renault. Someone from Renault will answer you shortly. 

  8. dida hout Reply

    June 10, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    please to cotact for me about price ande second hande price model 2011

  9. Nicholas Moses Reply

    June 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    We have purchased one Renault Duster from Al Masood Automobiles , Abu Dhabi , UAE. There are two serious problems with the car. 1. When we are putting Right or Left indicator, inside the car it is showing the Hazard sign, it is dangerous and it will mislead the driver. 2. Only one side , right side reverse light  is there it should be both sides. At the time of registration renewal the Government will not not pass the car without solving these problems. Your immediate action is required.

    Best regards

    Nicholas Moses
    Mobile Tel. 00971 50 3125216 

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