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Renault Duster 1.3L Turbo Petrol Review : 11 Pros & 11 Cons

Likes and dislikes of the Renault Duster 1.3L Turbo Petrol Review.

Renault Duster Turbo Pros:

  • A Duster on steroids! 154 BHP motor has transformed its personality
  • Very fast & loads of fun on the open road. Punchy mid-range will leave you grinning
  • Turbo-petrol's refinement levels are terrific, including at high rpm
  • Smooth CVT automatic available. It's quick too
  • Mature ride quality & sorted dynamics
  • The Duster is still a good-looking crossover. Exterior styling has aged well
  • Robust, abuse-friendly build & construction
  • Practical boot (475 - 1064 liters of cargo capacity)
  • Fair pricing for a 154 BHP crossover. Lakhs cheaper than the Creta / Seltos 1.4 Turbos
  • ESP is a crucial safety feature in a fast car, while Hill Hold is very useful with a laggy engine
  • 205 mm of ground clearance. Dismisses broken roads with aplomb

Renault Duster Turbo Cons:

  • 1.3L turbo-petrol suffers lag at low revs. It's very easy to stall too
  • Duster's terribly old & outdated interiors are the biggest deal-breaker
  • Feature list is basic by current times (no sunroof or keyless entry & go, just 2 airbags...)
  • Ride quality is good, but retuned suspension & 17" rims have taken the "magic" away
  • Price premium of ~2 lakhs for the turbo-petrol & 1.6 lakhs for the CVT is way too high
  • Red highlights all over the car look extremely garish; we'd get them removed
  • The next-gen Duster is already on sale globally, but Renault won't bring it here
  • Workhorse 1.5L diesel & competent AWD are gone!!!
  • Mediocre rear seat legroom. More like C1 segment sedans than C2
  • Road & wind noise are prominent at high speed
  • Renault's after-sales service quality is inconsistent

Read Team-BHP's detailed Renault Duster 1.3L Turbo Petrol Review.

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