Ok guys I took a test drive of the duster 1 hour before here is my review
1) looks - in one sentence if I need to explain how the duster looks I would say " Poor mans BMW x1" . Duster looks quite low slung and has a sporty look to it but it is no where imposing like the Scorpio and safari nor does it have that kind of bulk infact it is lower even then the ertiga though it looks eye catching it does not make that smashing imposing stance or look . The display model was brown and test car was red one .
2) interiors - Renault has given a huge boot space but compromised the second row . And many people were cribbing about it . If you pull the driver seat all the way back still you have good leg space but tall people might have a problem for sure .
I tried seating with 2 other people in the middle row we sat comfertable but the middle guy was screwed because of the silly rear ac blower which is placed ergonomicaly very bad and eats the middle passengers leg room and also the ac vent comes straight on your face .
3) quality of the interiors - Though everything is well screwed and no visible panel gaps are there the interiors don't look like 8 plus lakh inr car. They are much ahead of the Scorpio and safari it just dosent give you a premium look or finish .
4) drive- now here it's were the duster scores high marks the visibility is good ( again no road ahead view like Scorpio or safari ) extremely smooth butter like gear shifts , precise , slick and the clutch too not very heavy nor very light . You can compare the clutch and gear shifts with skoda it is seriously very good.
Zero turbo lag the car is just fun to drive and it pulls as low from 1400 rpm infact I was driving without any strain at 30 kmph in 4 gear and the car was pulling like butter . If Scorpio was the best and most easy to drive in the city the duster is ahead of it . It is seriously pleasure to drive . It was raining and there was a long line for the test drive but I did take a long drive dint rip it hard but I really enjoyed the drive .
Final words- the people were pouring at the dealership like crazy infact never ever must have so many people entered the dealership like today . Many people from all walks of life were interested in the vehicle .
Will it give a threat to ertiga IMHO I think no ertiga is a better vfm
package then duster for sure .looks wise yes the duster is unique my dad loved it a lot my bro found is better looking then Scorpio ( but was disappointed with back seat as he is 6 feet 2 inches tall ) both dad and bro agreed that safari is still king when it comes to comfort and space.
Will it give tough time to Scorpio and safari again I feel no .
So who can be interested in duster ? People who have small family of 5 can enjoy it , who were interested in a sedan but had dreams of having a nice outdoor trip in a suv .
Anybody who have a family of 6 plus can surely look elsewhere .
I dont think it can kill or even rival Scorpio in rural areas Scorpio can still be the king , but in cities again people with smaller families duster can be a very very great choice.
My call - will I but it ? Well depends on the ecosport if the ecosport disappoints me in the look department or price or if it's very cramped then I would take a hard call comparing the strome , xuv and duster and might pick one of them .
important notice to Superbad and Sclass
Sclass - I agree with you now that duster looks not as imposing as the safari .
Superbad- I agree with you now that second bench leg space though more comfertable then Scorpio is no way ahead then the Scorpio in terms of leg space it's just a little better .
Pictures are in the following post.