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.
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
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
Rear parcel tray
Black door handles and outside mirrors
LED tail lamps
Internally adjustable outside mirrors
The base variant only gets the basic features and doesn’t get the following:
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
Dual Front Airbags
Remote Central Locking
Body Coloured Bumpers
ABS w/ EBD
Front & Rear Power Windows
Black Door Handles & ORVMs
Rear Parking Sensors
LED Tail Lamps
Rear Parcel Tray
Full Wheel Covers
Passenger Vanity Mirror
Black Roof Rails
Front Door Pockets
Flap Type Door Handles (look outdated)
Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
Front Power Socket
Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlock
Adjustable Front Headrests
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:
Android Auto and Apple Carplay
Steering-column mounted controls
Chrome front grille
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
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
7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System
Body Coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators10k
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Aux-in, USB & Bluetooth
Adjustable Rear Headrests (2)
Body Coloured Door Handles
Chrome Front Grille
Steering column-mounted controls
Rear Power Outlet
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:
Front fog lamps
Rear washer and wiper
Height-adjustable driver seat
Lumbar support for driver seat
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
Entertainment & Functional
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
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
Aggressively priced, but lacks some basic equipment
Gets most of the must-have features. Suitable for buyers who don’t want to spend on feel-good features.
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.
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
What Are The Colour Options Of The 2020 Renault Duster?
The 2020 Duster is available in the following 7 colour options:
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
Alto, Kwid (exception), Santro, Celerio
Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Kwid
Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza
Ciaz, City, Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga
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