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Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4x4

An affordable 4×4 that goes anywhere…

The Renault Duster has proven to be a popular budget SUV for South African buyers, and now, those looking for a bit more adventure have the option of the 1.5 dCi 4WD in the Duster’s range.

This week we’ve been getting a taste of what this model has to offer. Here’s what stood out…

Frugal fuel 

This is one fuel efficient little 4×4! The Renault Duster’s fuel consumption is claimed at 5.2 litres/100 km. We’ve been driving in and around the city, out on highways, as well as off road and have averaged around 7 litres/100 km from its 1.5 dCi turbodiesel engine.

Comfortable off road 

The Renault Duster sure has a smooth and settled level of comfort and that’s not just in your day-to-day driving environment. You really need to take it off road and on bumpy uneven surfaces to experience just how comfortable it is. Suspension on the Renault Duster seems to absorb any bumps without you having to flex those core muscles too much.

Unpretentious 

There’s nothing complicated or over-the-top about the Renault Duster. I love that I didn’t have to spend much time looking for things like USB points, Bluetooth connectivity settings and its off-road dial. The Duster comes standard with a touchscreen infotainments system, however I found that the positioning of the screen is a tad too low down for the driver’s line of sight.

Overall, it’s interior is simplistic, pleasant and uncomplicated.

Standard features 

The Renault Duster comes with everything you need, unless you’re wanting leather seats and metallic paint. Things like Hill start assist, Cruise Control, three transmission modes, as well as a rear camera all comes as standard!

Pricing 

  • Duster 1.6 Expression 4×2: R244 900
  • Duster 1.6 Dynamique 4×2: R264 900
  • Duster 1.6 Dynamique 4×2 Limited Edition: R264 900
  • Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×2: R284 900
  • Duster 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×4: R309 900

OPTIONS:

–        Metallic paint                                                        R  2 500

–        Leather seats                                                         R 10 000

As with Renault’s entire product range, the Renault Duster models come standard with a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty, a 3-year/45 000km service plan (with service intervals at 15 000km intervals) and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty.

Also read: What we love about the new Renault Duster EDC

Conclusion

The Renault Duster 1.5 Dynamique 4×4 is a great consideration for those looking for an SUV that’s capable of going anywhere, affordably and comfortably.

Bearing in mind that this little 4×4 comes with so much as standard, this makes this particular Renault Duster a competitive option in its segment.

After spending a week getting to know it, and enjoying how capable it is, I’m sad to see it leave our parking lot.

Source: Renault South Africa 

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