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    Which Variant of 2020 Renault Duster Petrol Is Most Value For Money?

    by V3Cars Team on Monday, Jun 29 2020

    Read on to find out which variant of the 2020 Renault Duster petrol is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the 2020 Duster's petrol variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (#VFM). Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Renault Duster with its competitors and other petrol C1-segment SUVs.

     

    2020 Renault Duster

    If you prefer watching instead of reading, then here’s our Hindi video of the 2020 Renault Duster petrol variant breakdown:

     

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Renault Duster Petrol?

    The pros or advantages of Duster petrol 2020 are:

    • Most affordable C1 segment SUV - starting price is comparable with the smaller Mahindra XUV300
    • Widest and tallest SUV in the C1 segment - it has tremendous road presence and adequate cabin space for 3 adults in the back seat
    • Best-in-class boot space of 475 litres
    • Everyday drivability is comparable with other 1.5-litre normal petrol engines in the segment
    • Aggressively priced base variant (RXE), reasonably-equipped mid variant (RXS) and well-priced top variant (RXZ)

    The Renault Duster petrol 2020 has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • No automatic transmission, no turbo petrol, no diesel engine and no AWD (all-wheel-drive) option
    • An aggressive price tag also means there aren’t enough luxurious features like a powered driver seat, sunroof, air purifier, rear AC vents, telescopic steering, etc.
    • Dated exterior and interior design (e.g. flap-type door handles)
    • Steering-column-mounted controls feel unnatural to use compared to the commonly available steering-mounted controls

    What Is The Price Of The 2020 Renault Duster Petrol?

    The 2020 Renault Duster is available with only 1 engine option - 1.5-litre normal petrol and in 3 variants - RXE, RXS and RXZ. It costs between Rs. 8.49 lakh and Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The Renault Duster is the most affordable SUV in the C1 segment and its price is comparable with the smaller Mahindra XUV300.

    RENAULT DUSTER | PRICE LIST
    EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | JUL 2020

    RXE

    Rs. 8,49,000

    RXS

    Rs. 9,29,000

    RXZ

    Rs. 9,99,000

     

    Is The RXE Variant Of 2020 Renault Duster Petrol Worth Buying?

    The base RXE variant of the Duster costs Rs. 8.49 lakh. It gets the following notable features:

    • Safety kit (ABS, 2 airbags, parking sensors)
    • Halogen projector headlamps
    • Day/night inside mirror
    • Remote central locking
    • All power windows
    • Tilt steering
    • Rear parcel tray
    • Body-colour bumpers
    • Black door handles and outside mirrors
    • LED tail lamps
    • Wheel covers
    • Internally adjustable outside mirrors
    • Roof rails
    • Black grille

    The base variant only gets the basic features and doesn’t get the following:

    • Power mirrors
    • Music system
    • Front and rear armrests

    If you don’t mind getting these features from the aftermarket or you don’t want to spend any more cash, then the RXE variant is worth buying. But we believe a car this price deserves some more creature comforts. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that the Duster RXE variant is a fantastic VFM and the most value for money variant in the Duster 2020 petrol lineup.

    DUSTER RXE FEATURES

    Rs. 8,49,000 | EX-SHOWROOM

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Dual Front Airbags

    Remote Central Locking

    Body Coloured Bumpers

    ABS w/ EBD

    Front & Rear Power Windows

    Black Door Handles & ORVMs

    Rear Parking Sensors 

    Tilt Steering

    LED Tail Lamps

    Seatbelt Reminder

    Rear Parcel Tray

    Full Wheel Covers

    High-Speed Alert

    Passenger Vanity Mirror

    Black Roof Rails

    Projector Headlamps

    Front Door Pockets

    Flap Type Door Handles (look outdated)

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Front Power Socket

    Black grille

    Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock

    Adjustable Front Headrests

     

    Day/Night IRVM

    Three Fixed Rear Headrests

     

     

    Is The RXS Variant Of 2020 Renault Duster Petrol Worth Buying?

    The RXS variant of the Renault Duster petrol costs Rs. 9.29 lakh and is Rs. 80,000 more expensive than the RXE variant. For this additional sum, you get the following notable features:

    • Rear defogger
    • 7-inch touchscreen
    • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
    • Steering-column mounted controls
    • Power mirrors
    • Cooled storage
    • LED DRLs
    • Chrome front grille
    • Rear armrest
    • Body-colour door handles and outside mirrors

    The incremental asking price for these features is on the higher side but it’s not too high either. This variant gets most of the must-have features and a few style features as well. The only features we wish it had are:

    • Power-folding outside mirrors
    • Auto AC
    • Front armrest
    • Cruise control

    Even without these, the RXS variant is a good buy. If you want better value for money, then RXZ will probably serve you better.

    DUSTER RXS | FEATURES OVER RXE

    Rs. 9,29,000 | EX-SHOWROOM

    Entertainment & Safety

    Functional

    Style

    7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Electrically-Adjustable ORVMs

    Body Coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators10k

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Cooled Storage

    LED DRLs

    Aux-in, USB & Bluetooth

    Adjustable Rear Headrests (2)

    Body Coloured Door Handles

    4 Speakers

    Rear Armrest

    Chrome Front Grille

    Steering column-mounted controls

    Rear Power Outlet

    Brown Upholstery

    Rear Defogger

       

     

    Is The RXZ Variant Of 2020 Renault Duster Petrol Worth Buying?

    The RXZ variant is another Rs. 70,000 more expensive and costs Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom). This variant gets the following additional features:

    • Auto AC
    • Front fog lamps
    • Parking camera
    • Front armrest
    • Rear washer and wiper
    • Alloy wheels
    • Cruise control
    • Height-adjustable driver seat
    • Lumbar support for driver seat
    • Power-folding mirrors

    The RXZ variant justifies the incremental costs over the RXE variant - thanks to big-ticket good-to-have items like cruise control and alloy wheels. The RXZ variant is our top recommendation and the second most VFM variant of the 2020 Duster.

    DUSTER RXZ | FEATURES OVER RXS

    Rs. 9,99,000 | EX-SHOWROOM

    Safety

    Entertainment & Functional

    Style

    Rear Parking Camera

    Driver Side Auto Up/Down Power Window

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Chrome exterior accents

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Height Adjustable Front Seatbelts

    Chrome Inside Door Handles

    Front Fog Lamps

    Auto AC

    2 Tweeters

    Alloy Wheels

     

    Front Armrest

    Cruise Control

     
     

    Lumbar Support

       

     

    Which Variant Of The 2020 Renault Duster Petrol Offers The Most Value For Money?

    The RXE variant of the 2020 Duster petrol is easily the best value-for-money variant in the lineup. However, it doesn’t get some must-have features that you will certainly miss during your ownership. The RXS is a well-equipped option but it’s a little bit on the expensive side. If you value functional features more than style, then the RXS is still a good option. But the RXZ is our top recommendation as it almost justifies the incremental asking price over the RXE base trim with the additional features.

    DUSTER VARIANTS | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    (ex-showroom)

    Recommendation

    RXE

    Rank 1

    Rs. 8,49,000

    Aggressively priced, but lacks some basic equipment

    RXS

    Rank 3

    Rs. 9,29,000

    Gets most of the must-have features. Suitable for buyers who don’t want to spend on feel-good features.

    RXZ

    Rank 2

    Rs. 9,99,000

    Gets some feel-good features; an upgrade worth considering.

     

    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Renault Duster Petrol?

    The Duster no longer has a diesel engine, automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive option, all of which were available earlier. It has only 1 petrol engine which doesn’t get turbo treatment either. The power and torque of this engine are rated at 106PS and 142Nm. It doesn’t get the top end performance like the Creta/Seltos but it has similar city and highway drivability with sufficient torque for everyday usage.

    The Duster petrol has an official fuel efficiency figure of 14.26kmpl. It’s pretty much at the bottom of the list, which could be because it doesn’t have a taller 6th gear for relaxed cruising.

    RENAULT DUSTER vs COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Renault Duster

    Nissan Kicks

    Hyundai Creta

    Kia Seltos

    Displacement

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    4

    Capacity

    1498 cc

    1498 cc

    1497 cc

    1497 cc

    Maximum Power

    106PS@5600rpm

    106PS@5600rpm

    115PS@6300rpm

    115PS@6300rpm

    Peak Torque

    142Nm@4000rpm

    142Nm@4000rpm

    144Nm@4500rpm

    144Nm@4500rpm

    Transmission

    5-Speed MT

    5-Speed MT

    6-Speed MT & CVT

    6-Speed MT & CVT

    Claimed FE

    14.26kmpl

    14.1kmpl*

    16.8kmpl & 16.9kmpl

    16.5kmpl & 16.8kmpl

    *unofficial

    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Renault Duster?

    The Duster is the widest and the tallest car in the segment and it’s also longer than the Creta and Seltos. So, it still has the road presence to match its rivals. It also has the longest wheelbase, the biggest boot space and a good ground clearance of 205mm. So, it checks all the boxes in terms of dimensions and can stand its ground next to newer rivals.

    RENAULT DUSTER vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Renault Duster

    Nissan Kicks

    Hyundai Creta

    Kia Seltos

    Length

    4360mm

    4384mm

    4300mm

    4315mm

    Width

    1822mm

    1813mm

    1790mm

    1800mm

    Height

    1695mm

    1669mm

    1635mm

    1645mm

    Wheelbase

    2673mm

    2673mm

    2610mm

    2610mm

    Boot Space

    475-lt

    400-lt

    433-lt

    433-lt

    Ground Clearance

    205mm

    210mm

    190mm*

    190mm*

    Fuel Tank

    50-lt

    50-lt

    50-lt

    50-lt

    Tyre Size

    215/65 R16

    215/65 R16

    215/60 R17

    205/65 R16

    215/60 R17

    205/65 R16

    215/60 R17

    *unofficial

    What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Renault Duster?

    The 2020 Duster is available in the following 7 colour options:

    • Blue
    • Brown
    • Orange
    • Silver
    • Grey
    • Bronze
    • White

    Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

    CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

    SEGMENT

    SUB-SEGMENT

    LENGTH

    EXAMPLE

    A Segment

    A

    < 3699mm

    Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio

           

    B Segment

    B1

    3700-3850mm

    Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid

    B2

    3850-3999mm

    Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

           

    C Segment

    C

    4000-4499mm

    Ciaz, City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

           

    D Segment

    D

    4500-4750mm

    Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

           

    D+ Segment

    D+

    4750+mm

    Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival


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