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Renault Duster Expression

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Eat my Dust!

With thousands of Renault Dusters finding homes in South Africa, they have become quite popular on our roads and for good reason to. With the Duster, Renault has gone back to basics and focused on perfecting the standard and building up from there to create a vehicle that is, dare I say it, almost perfect and, in my opinion, that’s a smart move. It’s due to this reason that I think the newest model will be thriving locally. I chose to have a closer look at the entry level derivative, the Expression, as its more spacious and lighter on fuel when compared to the fancier derivatives but, on the flip side, it also misses out on two airbags so you will have to look at you and your family’s needs. With further ado, let’s get to know the Renault Duster.

The Concept

Are you looking for a genuine bang for your buck vehicle that drips with charm and is easy to drive? Look no further and say hello to my little friend- the Renault Duster. Well… it’s not really that small but you know what I mean. These spunky vehicles are great value for money and will fit in terrifically with go-getting families who are constantly looking for new challenges.  

The Look

If there’s one thing the French are experts at and that’s its creating stylish vehicles to look at….and deserts but that’s off the topic. The Renault Duster is no exception to the rule, with a chrome stripped grille, blacked out door handles and longitudinal roof bars. Its rugged appearance is appreciable and I think it suites the vehicle rather appropriately with its sharp lines and sporty skid plates. The 210-milimetre ground clearance is aided by 16-inch wheels to give a proud and boastful road stance and it also hints at the vehicles athletic character. The C-shaped automatic LED headlights are equipped with Daytime Running and asset of fog lights also compliment the front. The taillights are also interestingly shaped and I must say that I quite like the cubic design. Overall, I love the look of the Duster- it is funky fresh and dripping with charisma and that’s not all it has to offer, there is so much more!

The Feel

From a domineering and trouble-making exterior we move to a comfortable and sleek interior. This Renault has a scattering of high end materials and shiny screen displays to provide you with a luxurious feel. I must say that I do like the Dark Carbon fabric upholstery and the   soft materials and padding throughout the cabin which I’m sure can and will be valued by passengers especially on long trips. The Duster has a 478-litre boot which is pretty impressive considering its size as a crossover and the fact that it is a 5 seater. This can grow to a massive 1 623-litres when the rear bench seat splits into a 1/3-2/3 configuration. It’s rather roomy and you will be able to comfortably fit two to three kiddies at the back but it might start to get cramped as they grow but for time being it will fare well and we will cross that bridge when we get there.

The Features

Even for an entry level, this derivative offers quite a bit of spec which is just another tick behind this Frenchie’s name. The infotainment system is equipped with an AM/FM radio to listen to the latest reports or some jams if you prefer, a CD player (yes people still use those), MP3, USB and Auxiliary input as well as Bluetooth Connectivity with steering wheel controls. Although a bit on the scarce side, this crossover still has safety features for the protection of all passengers, the Duster has ABS, EBA, Electronic Stability Control with Hill Start Assist and airbags for the driver and front passenger. To spruce up trips and outings and to ensure that every ride is a fun one, there is also Cruise Control with a speed limiter, air conditioning, front electric windows and central locking.

The Drive

With a 1.6-litre engine, the Renault Duster is able to push out an enthusiastic 84kW of power and 156Nm of torque. A 5 speed manual transmission makes for a light and zippy traveling in around the city so that means the Duster will do well with school trips and everyday errands. It has a claimed fuel consumption of 7.0—litre per 100km but I’m positive that you can achieve even less out of it so you will be able to go and get that new pair of sunglasses because you deserve it! Marketed as a robust crossover and having tough looking features such as skid plates fixed onto the Duster, let’s not forget it is classified as having 4x2 capability and this crossover does promise a bit of rumble on the dirt road. I would suggest that you don’t take it into the deepest of bundus as its ground clearance isn’t elevated that much because you will have a scrape and scuff here and there. Then again, it’s a crossover, not a warm blooded 4x4 so that’s to be expected. Overall I think the Duster is a terrific vehicle and certainly a good buy so be sure to check it out when you are thinking of buying your next medium sized family transporter.

Where to find it

If this daring Duster has caught your eye or heart and you would like to learn a bit more about its impressive offerings, visit www.renault.co.za today!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

 

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