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Old 30th June 2016, 10:22   #106
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I went for 85PS considering most of my drive would be in City and the the engine performance is really peppy in this variant. The AC performance has been quite good during summer and the Automatic AC really takes care of keeping the inside cool without any manual intervention.
Thanks.. I had taken TD of 85 ps and 110 ps both sometime in May and the AC was extremely ordinary for the rear seats in the hot sun. It was not an RXZ variant as it had manual AC.

Convinced with 85 ps and am very much happy with the power it generates, however I feel the car is overpriced for the value it offers.

So far no discounts, expecting Renault to comeup with some price corrections, sooner the better for them considering the competition they are in to…
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Got a formal confirmation today from Renault that 2016 AWD Duster comes only in Orance and Green.
Looks like they are using the colour to differentiate the AWD pretty much like what TVS did with the Apache FI which initially was available only in Yellow and Orange, later extended to Black/Grey as well
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I test drove the 85 ps old model (the dealership don't have the facelifted version yet) and then the 110 ps facelifted model. Though 85 ps model is not low on power, I felt 110 had the punch and would climb flyovers in even the 5th gear. My question is my city vs highway driving is 40% highway and 60% city. Out of these 40% highway almost 90% is on the hills. What will make more sense in buying? 85 or 110. I have heard atleast two feedback in my immediate friend circle about 85 feeling underpowered while overtaking and on hills when on full load (i.e., 5 passengers and full luggage). Since I keep my cars for atleast 4-5 years (and may be longer) what would be a wise choice? 85 or 110.

Currently I drive an SX4 VDi which has a 90ps engine having a VGT turbo. If I compare this with Duster 85 it definitely feels punchier because of more power and less weight. BTW SX4 diesel sucks on the hills specially on slushy roads, one has to rev up the engine to build torque which results in wheel spin.

I have only two reasons to buy the Duster - one, exceptional suspension setup; two, boot space. I didn't find this in S-Cross 1.6 which was my other option (engine though was too sweet).


Considering all this need advice. Please help.
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I test drove the 85 ps old model (the dealership don't have the facelifted version yet) and then the 110 ps facelifted model. Though 85 ps model is not low on power, I felt 110 had the punch and would climb flyovers in even the 5th gear. My question is my city vs highway driving is 40% highway and 60% city. Out of these 40% highway almost 90% is on the hills. What will make more sense in buying? 85 or 110. I have heard atleast two feedback in my immediate friend circle about 85 feeling underpowered while overtaking and on hills when on full load (i.e., 5 passengers and full luggage). Since I keep my cars for atleast 4-5 years (and may be longer) what would be a wise choice? 85 or 110.

Considering all this need advice. Please help.
110. You will be driving in the hills with full load. More power is better. You also have the feedback from your friends.
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How is the air con on the new facelift model? The pre facelift had quite a few people say that the AC was average or below par.
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How is the air con on the new facelift model? The pre facelift had quite a few people say that the AC was average or below par.
I will shortly be testing its minimum grill temperature using a probe-type thermometer. My SX4 shows between 3.2-4.5 Deg. C at "1" blower setting. Anything below 3.5 is an indicator that the compressor and other components are optimum.
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I test drove the 85 ps old model (the dealership don't have the facelifted version yet) and then the 110 ps facelifted model. Though 85 ps model is not low on power, I felt 110 had the punch and would climb flyovers in even the 5th gear. My question is my city vs highway driving is 40% highway and 60% city. Out of these 40% highway almost 90% is on the hills. What will make more sense in buying? 85 or 110. I have heard atleast two feedback in my immediate friend circle about 85 feeling underpowered while overtaking and on hills when on full load (i.e., 5 passengers and full luggage). Since I keep my cars for atleast 4-5 years (and may be longer) what would be a wise choice? 85 or 110.

Currently I drive an SX4 VDi which has a 90ps engine having a VGT turbo. If I compare this with Duster 85 it definitely feels punchier because of more power and less weight. BTW SX4 diesel sucks on the hills specially on slushy roads, one has to rev up the engine to build torque which results in wheel spin.

I have only two reasons to buy the Duster - one, exceptional suspension setup; two, boot space. I didn't find this in S-Cross 1.6 which was my other option (engine though was too sweet).


Considering all this need advice. Please help.
I own a 85 PS Duster and it's and excellent car to drive in City. However I felt this to be little under-powered in Hills. I went to Ooty around 2 months back with my family of 5 members and the car was struggling to climb up during steep inclines. However you need to rev up the engine really high to ensure it climbs up. So if your are drive is mostly in Hills, it's better to go for 110 PS.
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Have observed a bizarre thing in the facelift duster…not sure if its existing in the earlier models. The Music system can be played even after the ignition key is physically removed. It’s very concerning if you forget to switch off the system it will keep on running in the parked car and will just drain the battery. Remembering the old days of Premier cars where you had to remember switching off the car tape before locking.

This happened in the showroom itself and the SA confirmed this flaw. Anyone users experienced this ?
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It’s very concerning if you forget to switch off the system it will keep on running in the parked car and will just drain the battery.
Usually modern cars have a 'battery saver' option that turns off ALL electricals (except hazard warning lights) usually after 10 minutes or so.

I assume the Duster also has this feature?
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Usually modern cars have a 'battery saver' option that turns off ALL electricals (except hazard warning lights) usually after 10 minutes or so.
Just checked with the SA again on the battery saver option… while he was skeptical of such an option existing in duster, he is going to confirm post checking with the service centre. In the meanwhile what he mentioned is if the system is playing and you pull out the ignition key it will be switched off… just like any other vehicle. Only if someone manually turn’s on the system again (without inserting key) in that case it will continue playing..

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Great Review Aditya



BUT the tyres have changed from the lovely MRF Wanderer Sports to Apollos now !
They've been changed back. I checked out the duster at my local showroom and the display, demo and a vehicle about to be handed over to a customer were all MRF Wanderers.
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Have observed a bizarre thing in the facelift duster…not sure if its existing in the earlier models. The Music system can be played even after the ignition key is physically removed...
..Just checked with the SA again on the battery saver option… while he was skeptical of such an option existing in duster, he is going to confirm post checking with the service centre. In the meanwhile what he mentioned is if the system is playing and you pull out the ignition key it will be switched off… just like any other vehicle. Only if someone manually turn’s on the system again (without inserting key) in that case it will continue playing..
With the ignition off, the MediaNav player in Duster could be used for a maximum of 20 minutes, after which it would not work unless you start the car. Same would probably apply for the standard non-touchscreen media player too.

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They've been changed back. I checked out the duster at my local showroom and the display, demo and a vehicle about to be handed over to a customer were all MRF Wanderers.

Thanks for the update

It might also be a case of Renault relying on 2 suppliers for their Tyres on Duster which wasn't the case in the pre facelift Duster as all had MRF wanderers on them.

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People who have bought the AMT version, what is your fuel economy in the city?
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I have been told by the Renault dealer that there is no vehicle in stock and he could drive- in from nearby town 250 kms away (under their dealership). I denied this option as I don’t want a new car with more than 250+ kms on the odometer. He has agreed to it and assured ordering a new vehicle, however how do I ensure he doesn’t tamper the odometer and get-in the outstation vehicle ?
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