Renault Duster gets Media Nav touchscreen infotainment system

Renault is offering a touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation in the Duster at an additional cost of Rs. 20,000. The system is being offered as an option on the RXL 85 and RXZ 110 variants of the Renault Duster

The Renault Duster RXL 85 with the satellite navigation, touch-screen infotainment system and option pack is priced at Rs. 10.79 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, while the top-end Renault Duster RXZ 110 with the Media Nav system is priced at Rs. 11.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The RXL 85 Option pack and the RXZ 110 are also available with the standard multi-media system that the Duster comes with. Also read: All you wanted to know about the Renault Duster

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What’s new?

The touchscreen system in the Renault Duster comes with an 18-cm display screen that has options for GPS satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, CD player, USB and Aux-in connectivity. However, unlike other touchscreen infotainment systems like the one in the XUV500 or lower down the price ladder in the Tata Vista and Manza, this does not play DVDs. This touchscreen infotainment system is integrated with the steering-column mounted audio and phone controls in the Duster as well. The navigation maps show 2D, 3D and birds eye view with turn-by-turn directions. The system also has the ability to store your phone’s contacts and call history, allowing a driver to make and receive calls directly using either the steering controls or the touchscreen display. Also see: Renault Duster video review

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Is it worth the money?

If you look at the additional functionality that the touchscreen system offers, is it worth the additional Rs. 20,000 one has to shell out for it? Not really, because the only additional function that the touchscreen system has added over what the standard integrated audio system in the Duster offers is GPS Navigation. The standard system also has Bluetooth, FM radio, USB and Aux-in connectivity. For about Rs. 9,000 one could add GPS navigation by buying a standalone GPS device with updatable maps – the advantage being such a device is easily portable. Or if you already have an Android smartphone, just get a windshield holder and phone charger and use maps with navigation. Another minor disadvantage that touchscreen systems have over those with physical buttons, is that touchscreen’s require the driver to look at the screen to perform adjustments, while those with tactile buttons are easier to do intuitively. Also read: Renault Duster vs Mahindra XUV500 video comparison

Still, integrated GPS systems look classier and give the car a certain sophistication. In that aspect, it’s worth it.