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Maruti Suzuki Jimny vs Duster AWD: Owner shares his views

Both are completely different vehicles. A monocoque, turbo diesel AWD vs a body on frame RWD petrol 4x4.

BHPian Samba recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

The Duster was sold in Dec 2023.

My views on Jimny vs Duster AWD -

Both are completely different vehicles.

A monocoque, turbo diesel AWD vs a body on frame RWD petrol 4x4.

If I still compare both these cars-

The Duster scores in -

Comfort, space, fun to drive, handling, diesel (low running cost), the AWD when kept in auto mode used to do 99.9% of its job.

What went against the Duster -

Reliability, availability of spares off the shelve, and maintenance cost were on the higher side.

Due to the lack of availability of the spares off the shelve, I was a bit skeptical about taking the Duster for long drives to remote places. If anything goes wrong, I would be stranded till the spares arrive, plus Renault service centers are also not available in most of the remote locations.

For my last few long drives with the Duster, I myself carried a few spare parts which fails commonly in a Duster. I kept the toolkit ready too, in case of a failure.

Where Jimny scores -

Peace of mind, old school petrol engine which can be fixed anywhere if anything goes wrong. Plus Maruti service centers are available everywhere. More capable on the off-road drives. Plus I can take it to NCR anytime without the fear of BS4 diesel bans. The Jimny's small dimension is a boon for the congested city drives and parking too.

Where I miss the Duster AWD -

Jimny lacks the outright highway performance of the Duster, the Duster was a much faster car than the Jimny, be it on the highways or on the hills. The space and comfort of the Duster is still unmatched.

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