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

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

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.

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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

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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.

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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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lakshya Khanna

Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he's mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He's usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars editorial team.

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