Under a full load, the 85PS version would feel slightly under powered, especially in the hills. For the cities and the plains, it is sufficient but not as sprightly as the 110PS.
The Duster 85 PS is better off as a city vehicle. For the hills, the 110 PS would be better, although the Duster 85 can also handle it (as the gear ratios are different, it compensates for the lower torque).
The 85 PS engine is sufficient for hills with full loads but its all relative and how good a driver you are. We have all seen Boleros and Maxx pick-ups tearing through the hills with much less power-to-weight simply because of good gearing and good drivers behind the wheel. However, if you can afford it, buy the 110 PS. I do feel that the bigger…[Read more]
According to me Renault did a mistake here they must Launch 85ps Petrol version.I Just checked the petrol Version available only 104ps & they must Skip 85ps Diesel & Stick only with 110 ps Diesel.
If the driver is capable of utilizing the vehicle, then the Renault spec of 85 PS is more than sufficient to deliver on roads or a bit off the roads for which the vehicle is designed. But if you are under the impression that the 110 PS version will make it the king of the hill, it is not going to happen. The Duster is a Front wheel drive vehicle…[Read more]
Yes, it is sufficient.
Duster is a pretty successful SUV abroad. And probably it gives you that feelgood factor you are looking for! Our review of the Duster says something like that – check it out here http://www.cartoq.com/expertvoice/renault-duster-road-test-and-review-dust-storm-brewing/ and a video here…[Read more]
The Duster can’t exactly be called value for money when you look at the features it offers at the price. But then build quality on the Duster is better than the Mahindra Scorpio. However, it’s a lot smaller size wise. Now, for a family of 4 with luggage it will suffice. Ride comfort and handling is much better than the Scorpio. But legroom is a…[Read more]
Go for the Duster.. As Roshun has rightly pointed out, it isn’t exactly what you call Value for Money, but believe me, the ride quality is just too good to believe. The 85ps engine is also very good, and doensn’t feel under-powered at any time, unless you’ve driven the 110ps engine, which is a lot more responsive. Overall, the Duster is much much…[Read more]
Go for duster, don’t even think of Scorpio when Duster is the market.
They are in completely different price segments. Duster is between Rs. 7.2 lakh and Rs. 11.3 lakh. XUV500 is between 11.6 lakh and 13.9 lakh. Duster is more of an alternative to sedans (because of its high ground clearance), but not as spacious or feature rich as an XUV500 – which is a 7 seater, loaded with gizmos. Look at the Duster if you are on…[Read more]
XUV500 is bigger, its got more space inside. It is also more powerful, but its heavier – so on-road performance may be very similar. One review said that Duster is faster than the XUV500 because it is lighter. For pure image purposes, XUV500 is better as it is a full-sized SUV while Duster is a copact SUV. When it comes to build quality and…[Read more]
if you don’t need a lot many people to join you in your drive, Duster a 5 seater will be a great choice as it comes cheaper and gives more fuel efficiency but if you want 7 people to accompany you in your journey and are ready to compromise over fuel efficiency, XUV 500 isn’t bad either, opt for what best suits your purpose.,
You cannot compare Duster with XUV500. They are 2 different segments with only one common thing being an SUV. There are other considerations like the number of members and the running cost. If you need a 7-8 seater then go for XUV and if there are only 5 to accommodate then Duster would suffice. Duster has huge boot space but XUV looks far-2…[Read more]
xuv500 is value for money,duster is overpriced
Not a “perfect” but it may be a rival to the Ertiga, simply because its in the same price bracket. However the Ertiga has 3 main advantages over the Duster- When needed it can squeeze in 7 people with reasonable comfort Feature for feature, variant for variant- it’s priced better than the Duster Maruti’s service cannot be beat.Considering these…[Read more]
If you look for pure value for money between the two, Ertiga wins I think. More space, Maruti brand, etc etc. But then, just having a tall high ground clearance vehicle is a big factor for many people who get stuck when roads are waterlogged or on bad roads where sedans can’t go. Sedan buyers may treat the Duster as a tall car at the same price as…[Read more]
Exactly, as Mathew says – look at the Duster as a sedan alternative – 5 seats, high ground clearance and that’s what it’s proposition is.
The all new Renault Duster has got some shortcomings which include its five seating capacity which makes competition a little easy for Maruti Ertiga. At turns, steering feels a bit heavy and the gearbox is also slightly stiff. Renault’s less number of dealerships in India will definitely come into play during its selection.,
One thing common between Duster and Ertiga is that they both are good alternatives to Sedans – Ertiga with more space and seats is still car like and Duster with more ground clearance and muscular looks is car like too.
Duster is not rival but much better car then Ertiga . Ertiga seriously lags behind in Air conditioning. People have started complaining for poor cooling at back.
Technically i may agree now that the Duster is better than the Ertiga, but what about after sales and service? Can we trust on Renault for the level of satisfactory service which we surely get from a Maruti service station. Also after the Ecosport comes in within next 3months or more, wont it get a hit, since Ford has got more presence in India…[Read more]
Wait and watch. Renault is slowly expanding its dealer network, but it would be wise to wait and watch, as even the cost of spares and total ownership cost would become clearer on the Duster.
Duster is more like a sedan made to look like a SUV.
Both are very competent SUVs. The Pajero Sport is slightly more powerful than the Fortuner and is great off-road and on-road, but doesn’t have as many features. The Fortuner on the other hand is cheaper by at least Rs. 2 lakh compared to the Pajero Sport and has a few more features compared to the Pajero. Also Toyota’s service network is much…[Read more]
Go for Toyota Fortuner
Powerful Pajero Sport is undoubtedly a massive vehicle but it does backs out on certain aspects. Unlike its competitors, http://goo.gl/XMvbQ Pajero Sport is not available in automatic gearbox option. Comparatively, price is little bit more than its rivals. Besides, the low dealership network of the Japanese auto major also discourages buying of…[Read more]
If you are looking for a feature rich urban SUV the Fortuner fits the bill perfectly and can even take on most off road obstacles with ease. However when it comes to pure off road prowess the Pajero Sport is a better option. I would personally suggest you go for the Pajero Sport either way because it is more exclusive! The Fortuner is now a common…[Read more]
Agree with Rishabh… It will be a Pajero if I were in your shoes
Are you considering the Punto with the 1.2 engine or the 1.4?
The Punto comes in 2 petrol variants – the Emotion has a 1.4 litre petrol engine, while the Dynamic and Active have a 1.2 litre. Mileage is not great on the Emotion, with a rated mileage of just 14 kmpl, while it’s slightly better on the 1.2 at 15kmpl, but the 1.2 is quite underpowered. The Polo has a good balance of mileage and power at 17 kmpl,…[Read more]
I would recommend VW Polo
I think the Polo petrol is more fuel efficient and is also more solid. The Punto is also a good car but Fiat’s service isn’t very great.
Venkat, very difficult question but I like this! you have both sedans and hatchbacks under Rs 8 lakh. So which ones then? Lets see… City, Verna, Vento and Linea are the choices. Among them, I would go for Vento, as its he classiest. The new City comes second, as its very sporty. verna was very exciting when it came, but then became a bit boring.…[Read more]
One car which has gone off everyone’s radar. Lancer Cedia Sports. Mitsubishi has cut the price to 7.99 lakh now. Thats the best looking sedan under 10 lakh is you ask me. Its an exclusive buy and the modding potential is immense. That it looks, feels and drives like an 11 lakh Rupee car is just added bonus.
Looks are a personal preference I like the looks of the Linea. New Fiesta is also nice, but the boot is my only sore point with it.
In terms of looks, the Linea looks classy, the Vento and Rapid look understated, the Fiesta looks futuristic and the Verna looks flashy. The Cedia looks a little confused, but it has the “long and low” car appeal of the 90s. the SX4 looks muscular! And in terms of proportions, sedans look better than hatchbacks. Now, dies that help?
will these cars comes under 8 lakhs…..
venkat, all the cars above have at least one model that comes under Rs 8 lakh. If you are looking at hatchbacks, then you have even more options – and the cars will be top end models too. Among hatchbacks, I suggest the Jazz. 2nd choice, i20.
If looks matter the most then there is no comparison to Honda City 2012 model.
Almost all feedback has been positive about the Rapid diesel. in fact, people seem to prefer the Rapid diesel over the Vento, as the Rapid’s slightly cheaper and has a few more curves. It’s a safe buy.
Great car, but let down by the expensive service costs. Otherwise, nothing to fault about it but a lot to like.
Mammat, you mean how it is doing in sales right? Sales figures for May is just coming in, we will have it hopefully with us by Monday. From what we heard earlier, it did well in sales in April.
Rapid apparently sold 2071 units in May, just slightly behind the Vento at 2168. Interestingly, for the Volkswagen group this is fantastic performance – because with Skoda being a part of the VW group, sales for that segment have virtually doubled after the Rapid was introduced.
Rapid is the fixed version of VW Vento in all aspects. Go for it.
i tried rapid diesel… even though the price is so high .. it does not look plush at all.. it looks quite basic for the price they are selling at
Skoda Rapid is the best choice for it comes with nice interiors, elegant looks and also has decent fuel economy (ARAI-certified mileage is 20 KMPL). The only hitch is the maintenance and spare parts cost. If you can manage those expenses, the Rapid is just for you.
how far maintenance,spare parts cost and other expenses go?? Are they comparable to hyundai or They are much more ??
I personally really like the looks of the Nissan Sunny. It also has the biggest interior space, almost the same as a Toyota Corolla! Fuel economy, is about 18 kmpl in practice, though claimed mileage is as high as 12 kmpl (possible on steady driving on highways I think). Top-model of Sunny diesel might be a little above your budget but the model…[Read more]
I would also suggest looking at the Fiat Linea (as it’s tagline says – admiration guaranteed). The diesel Emotion fits into your budget, and it has 21 kmpl claimed mileage. In any case, monthly running of 500-600 km actually doesn’t warrant a diesel, but of course, in the long run, you will find your running costs much lower.
Just to add to that, the Linea also offers a more comprehensive list of features.
When compared to Hyundai, the Skoda cars are bit more expensive to maintain. Please do test drive the cars (Rapid, Sunny, Linea) to get a hands-on experience.
Undoubtedly the Fiat Linea most comfortable car in its segment Also, the looks are retained which have started to show their signs of aging and were expected to be revamped. http://goo.gl/8rX8d The service center network of Fiat is still not the best that could attract customers from all corners of the country but all over fiat linea is best….
Aman, is your usage restricted to city driving? Cos if it is, nothing beats the Verna. Superlight controls, smooth and tractable engine, fab interiors and tons of equipment. But is you spend time on the highway, you are better off with the Linea or the Rapid. I suggest you test drive all three of these cars and pick which suits you the best.
for highways rapid, for city verna , for everywhere linea
I would recommend Hyundai Verna (Sedan) OR Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (LUV)
Grow up guys on the name of A.S.S these maruti ppl alwas cheats . They are selling cheap quality product at high price.
That is not at all true Jignesh. Maruti’s After Sale Service is the best in India. I have been personally driving Maruti Cars (SX4 Zxi and Ertiga Zdi) and I can highly recommend Maruti’s Products and After Sale Service. I do not agree with your words.
Everyone have there own experience. You have two Maruti products so no other brands you have tested For a person After Sales Service must not be the only parameter for buying a car.