2014 Renault Duster | new car review

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 by
2014 Renault Duster
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 49,900 - 63,500
  • 1.5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 1.5 stars
  • 2 Reviews

  • 2014
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  • Last modified: December 10, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 75%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
    User: 35%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
    User: 35%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
    User: 50%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
    User: 34%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 90%
    User: 50%

Review Summary:

The Duster is a jointly produced by French manufacturer and its Romanian subsidiary Dacia. Marketed as the Duster in our part of the world, the compact SUV goes against American and Korean rivals such as the Ford EcoSport and Kia Sportage.

Pros

Extremely well priced
Spacious interior for a compact SUV

Cons

Should have been offered with the option of a bigger engine

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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.

2014 Renault Duster front and side

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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.

2014 Renault Duster interior

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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.

2014 Renault Duster rear

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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.

2014 Renault Duster interior - 2

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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…

2014 Renault Duster side

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Specifications2014 Renault Duster - 4 x 22014 Renault Duster - 4 x 4
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre / 4 cyl2.0 litre / 4 cyl
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
135 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM135 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
195 Nm @ 3,750 RPM195 Nm @ 3,750 RPM
Tranmission4 speed automatic6 speed manual
DriveFront wheel driveFour wheel drive
0-100 km/h10.7 secs10.2 secs
Top speed170 km/h178 km/h
PriceAED 49,900 - 63,500AED 58,500 - 60,000

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4 Responses to 2014 Renault Duster | new car review

  1. sri2 Reply

    December 24, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Car get vibrates after 120km speed, noisy drive when you are on highways due to bad design of roof spoilers, it doesn’t have 5th gear meaning if you are driving above 3000rpm you will loss the smoothness of the drive, very inconvenience location of side mirror adjustment tool, door glass switches are kept odd position, no light on middle cabin so very difficult to find out any fallen object in night time.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      January 6, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Sri,

      Good to have you on the site and thank you for sharing your ownership experience with us.

      Having just four gears is definitely one of the Duster’s biggest drawbacks and we can only imagine the inconvenience caused by less light and an unergonomic layout around the cabin.

      As for the vibration, however, ensuring all tires are properly inflated, and wheel balancing and wheel alignment is carried out, usually solves the issue for us.

  2. Ranjith Kumar1 Reply

    July 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    We have 2 dusters and the within 6 months the quality of the vehicle is showing up. One has an electrical issue and has repeated starting trouble. Another duster has a broken fan belt. Bad quality product being pushed into the market.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 20, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Ranjith,

      You’re probably among the first of people to complain about having issues with the Duster. Thank you for letting us know; we hope the people at Renault are able to solve your issues swiftly.

      Regards,

      Zaran

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