The highly fuel efficient Duster continues to impress with its assertive and robust, bulbous exterior looks and trendy interior.
By SHAWN DONOVAN BRETT
The Renault Dusters offers a 6-speed automatic transmission, 80kW and 250Nm, and it has some off-road capability with this 4X2 derivative, whilst performing very well in the city. Handling is agile, thanks to a lightweight power steering and responsive diesel powertrain.
This is a capable small SUV, offering toughness and reliability with a class leading ground clearance of 210mm. The 17-inch alloy wheels make a good impression and there is a full spare tyre attached to the bottom of the car. The chrome trim grille and headlights with C-shaped daytime running lights fit comfortably in a modern motoring word. Branded and more prominent roof bars add to the muscular aesthetic. The Duster has a solid presence and a reassuring build quality.
The simplistic yet very functional interior offers a spacious cabin, comfortable front and rear sears with an adjustable armrest for the driver. Loading space is extensive, especially with the back seats down, although it does not make an even loading surface, there is still loads of room to impress. The dash and centre console are well designed, well thought out and easy on the eye along with a practical infotainment system and multifunction steering wheel.
Other comforts are automatic climate control, a speed limiter, cruise control, hill start assist, a multiview camera, and much more.