Renault has updated the popular Duster SUV with a new design, additional features, and an affordable price tag in its category.
The Duster now starts at R337,900 in South Africa and brings with it a host of standard equipment that makes it an attractive choice in a growing B-SUV segment. BusinessTech compared several other vehicles in this segment, and within the R360,000 price range.
The exterior of the Renault Duster underwent minor tweaks for this inter-generational update, with this model set apart from the outgoing one through updated headlights with daytime running lights, LED taillights, a new rear spoiler, a wider rear, and redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels.
Along with the redesign, a fresh palette of exterior paints is on offer – comprising Comet Grey, Highland Grey, Iron Blue, Brown Vision, Fusion Red, Arizona Orange, and Ice White.
In terms of off-road credentials, the Duster boasts a class-leading 210mm of ground clearance, a 30-degree approach angle, and a 34-degree departure angle.
It can also carry up to 478 litres of cargo in five-seater mode, while “high-quality” fabric seats are fitted inside to increase durability.
Model-dependent leather seats can then be fitted as an optional extra for R10,088.
Standard features for the updated Renault include on-board navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic climate control, cruise control, and an 8-inch infotainment display.
It is fitted with a host of safety systems, too, including ABS, electronic brake-force distribution, and emergency brake assist.
The updated Duster is powered by a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine in various configurations.
The 4×2, five-speed manual specification produces 66kW and 210Nm, with combined fuel consumption rated at 5.1l/100km.
The 4×2, six-speed, dual-clutch automatic produces 80kW and 250Nm, and the 4×4 manual generates 80kW and 260Nm.
Combined fuel consumption for the latter variants starts at 4.8l/100km.
The South African pricing for the new Renault Duster is as follows:
- Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen 4×2 – R337,900
- Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen EDC 4×2 – R376,900
- Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen 4×4 – R376,900
- Renault Duster 1.5dCi Intens EDC 4×2 – R384,900
All models are sold with a 5-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.
BusinessTech looked at five other SUVs the Duster is likely to compete against, including the VW T-Cross.
Hyundai Venue priced from R317 900
- Engine: 1.0L – TGDi 3 Cylinder Petrol
- Power: kW @ r/min 88 @ 6000
- Torque: Nm @ r/min 172 @ 1500~4000
Suzuki Vitara priced from R310,900
- Engine 1.6ℓ with VVT
- Power kW @ r/min 86 @ 6000
- Torque Nm @ r/min 156 @ 4400
VW T-Cross priced from R357 900
- Engine: 1.0 TSI Comfortline
- Power: kW @ r/min 85 @ 5000
- Torque: Nm @ r/min 175 @ 2000
Haval Jolion priced from R332 900
- Engine: 1.5t Mt 2WD Luxury
- Power: kW @ r/min 105 @ 5600~6000
- Torque: Nm @ r/min 210 @ 2000~4400
Corolla Cross priced from R349 900
- Engine: 1.8 Xi CVT
- Power: kW @ r/min 103 @ 6400
- Torque: Nm @ r/min 172 @ 4000