A look at the new Renault Duster and 5 other SUVs that cost less than R360,000

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.

Engines

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.

Price

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


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A look at the new Renault Duster and 5 other SUVs that cost less than R360,000