I have been driving a swift diesel for many years. Now this car was doing pretty good, for instance it did not have any rattles or niggles and I was quite happy with this car.
But ground clearance was a big big problem as this was a hatchback. I had to make some long trips to rural areas and this car was not serving my purpose. So I thought of buying a new car or perhaps an SUV
Basic requirements were:
1. had to be a diesel car
2. comfortably sit 5 people
3. high gc
4. decent power to weight Ratio for acceleration
5. spacious boot
6. good ride and handling manners The Choice
Front armrests (Man I just LOVE them)
Unstable at high speeds
seat base of the rear seat is too long thus making it difficult for shorter people to sit during long journeys
Engine quite responsive like the Scorpio
Space, Space and Space
Features(It just goes on and on)
6th gear which makes it a great highway cruiser
Niggles and issues reported by XUV owners
Useless 3rd Row
Engine' s response (after 2000rpm)
Ride and Handling manners
FE( I am getting 12-13 in city and 17-18 on highways with ac switched on)
No front armrests (Why Renault ?Why?)
Quality of plastics
I chose the Renault Duster 110 rxz as it was satisfying all my needs. Buying Experience
My dealer was Renault Kolkata central. I met Mr Das there. A nice chap and quite polite too. Didn't have to follow up regarding my car since he kept me updated almost everyday. Dealer experience was smooth. They gave me a box of chocolate on the delivery day, all the explanations was done pretty quick.
Mats , Ganesh Idol, Mobile charger
Went for the rust coating as they had advised.
Got my horn replaced from Glix(Local car accessory dealer.) The horn is inadequate if you are driving on highways. So I purchased a Bosch Symphony Dual tone Horn set Exterior Looks:
The large headlamps, muscular lines and wide chrome grills and the wheel arches gives it a pure rugged look. This vehicle looks quite appealing when viewed from the front 3/4th angle Interiors and Space:
Interiors are not much to talk about. They have provided with some basic features.
Duster can sit 5 people comfortably. The rear seat is an absolutely comfortable place to be in during long journeys. The massive 475 litres boot space can hold almost everything. Ride and Handling:
Just one word Perfect!
This car has a great suspension which absorbs almost every pothole. It is easy to steer out on a highway. While approaching a turn , their is no weight transfer, and the steering wheel is light as well as quite accurate. The 6th gear makes it an excellent highway cruiser. Achieving 100-120 requires no work at all . Once it goes past 2000 rpm, the turbo kicks in and the acceleration is mind blowing. So, How is it all going?
I have done 5500 km from February 2015 till now, made 3 long trips. Have driven it almost everywhere, the Ghats , 4 lane Highways, NH31(famous for its rough patches and potholes). The experience is just amazing.
Posting some pictures of my Beast (they are actually screenshots taken from my mobile) Any rattles or issues?
Just one. A knocking sound coming from the rear right door. Got it rectified when I went for the first service. Apart from that there are no issues. Verdict:
Duster is great for those people who want an SUV with a sedan like handling. . This car is rock solid at high speeds or even when your are approaching a turn. I am quite happy with my purchase
Thank you for reading everyone. Do comment