2014 Renault Duster | new car review
Extremely well priced
Spacious interior for a compact SUV
Should have been offered with the option of a bigger engine
When the Duster was conceived in 2010, it received social status comparable to that of a legend. The whole concept of offering the average Joe a compact SUV that costed as much a hatchback from other manufacturers, was a completely new path other brands didn’t even consider venturing into. The innovation continued in the design studio, with the Duster looking fresh and unlike anything that was already available in the market. Although it wore a little price tag, style wasn’t sacrificed; arrow headed tail lamps, a pentagonal rear windshield and flared wheel arches, are just some of the design elements that made the Duster a unique little SUV.
The simplicity of the interior breathes a of breath of fresh air as well; unlike most cars nowadays that cram in as many buttons as the cockpit of a commercial airline, the Duster sticks to what is necessary. Seating capacity is surprisingly capacious and with the option of folding the second row of seats, 1,636 litres of cargo space is made available.
Along the centre console rests a small rotary knob which allows driver’s to choose from three driving modes, namely, 2WD, Auto and Lock. While 2WD distributes engine torque amongst the front wheels, Auto calculates grip at all four tires and accordingly distributes power to those in most need. To maximize its off-road potential, Lock mode continuously distributes power to all four wheels and sets engine control and braking that is suited to 4×4 usage.
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Under its hood, the 2014 Renault Duster hides a 2.0 litre in-line 4 engine that produces 135 horsepower and 195 Nm of torque. Available in two flavours, the 2.0 litre unit can either be mated to a 4 speed auto box or a 6 speed manual transmission. Although top speed in the automatic version is nothing to write home about at 170 km/h, in manual guise it increases significantly to 178 km/h.
The Renault Duster is honest, more than anything else. Everything from its price tag to its simplicity is a clear indication that it isn’t trying to be something it isn’t. Not only is the compact SUV better than the rest with its innovation, but with its price tag as well. The Duster will save you AED 8,000 compared to the Ford EcoSport and a whopping AED 22,000 against the Kia Sportage. You’ve been informed, now spend wisely…
|Specifications||2014 Renault Duster - 4 x 2||2014 Renault Duster - 4 x 4|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4 cyl||2.0 litre / 4 cyl|
|Max Power |
|135 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM||135 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM|
|195 Nm @ 3,750 RPM||195 Nm @ 3,750 RPM|
|Tranmission||4 speed automatic||6 speed manual|
|Drive||Front wheel drive||Four wheel drive|
|0-100 km/h||10.7 secs||10.2 secs|
|Top speed||170 km/h||178 km/h|
|Price||AED 49,900 - 63,500||AED 58,500 - 60,000|