(Updated July 2, 2013)
The Ford EcoSport has just been launched at a shockingly low sticker price of Rs. 5.59 lakh for the base petrol variant going up to Rs. 8.99 lakh for the top-spec diesel variant. Of course, the comparison with the Renault Duster is inevitable, but now really a moot point. The Ford EcoSport is significantly cheaper than the Renault Duster, but would it really suit the needs of buyers looking for a “compact SUV”?
To give you a fairly good idea on which variant of the Ford EcoSport or the Renault Duster would suit your needs, we’re listing down their specifications and based on that you can make up your mind. Also see: Ford EcoSport photo gallery
Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster Technical Specs compared
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If you take a look at the above table, you will see that the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster are both offered with a choice of three engines – the EcoSport has two petrol engine choices and one diesel, while the Renault Duster has two diesel engine choices and one petrol. (UPDATE: Click here for Ford EcoSport detailed Road Test and Review)
Maximum power comes from Ford EcoSport 1-litre EcoBoost
Looking at the power specifications of all the engines on offer, the tiniest engine of the lot is actually the most powerful engine on offer. The three-cylinder, 1-litre turbo-charged EcoBoost petrol engine of the Ford EcoSport puts out 120 bhp of power, while its 1.5 litre petrol sibling puts out just 108 bhp of power. One variant of the Ford EcoSport also comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which will be a boon for those looking at a car that’s convenient for the city, yet powerful enough for outstation trips.
Among diesel engines, one needs to look mainly at the torque figures, and here the Renault Duster 110PS with 248 Nm of torque is the punchiest engine of the lot. It would have better torque to weight ratio than even the Ford EcoSport’s 1.5 litre diesel. However, with the EcoSport being lighter and with less turbo-lag it is far more drivable in the city. Also read: Ford EcoSport to feature SYNC
Maximum space in the Renault Duster
If you are looking at seating space, then the Ford EcoSport will disappoint you if you compare it with the Renault Duster. It is not as wide or as long as the Renault Duster, and that gives it much less interior space. Boot space too is limited to 346 litres in the EcoSport, while the Duster has a large 475 litre boot.
In terms of ground clearance, turning radius, tyre size and height, which are factors that would play a role in city driving and bad road ability, both vehicles seem equally competent, although the Duster has more ground clearance and slightly bigger wheels. Also read: All you wanted to know about Renault Duster
Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster top-end features compared
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If you look at the features that both the Ford EcoSport Titanium Plus variant and Renault Duster 110PS Option pack variant offer, you’ll find that the Ford EcoSport has an edge over the Renault Duster. As far as safety features are concerned, the Ford EcoSport and the Renault Duster are evenly matched with airbags and ABS (although the Titanium Plus EcoSport has six airbags), while the EcoSport automatic variant offers traction control as well.
The Ford EcoSport also offers automatic climate control, voice-based commands for its SYNC infotainment system and push-button ignition. So in a pure value-for-money sense, the Ford EcoSport offers better value than the Renault Duster.
Buyers looking for space would probably look at the Duster, while those looking for performance and features would look at the EcoSport. Also Read: Renault Duster vs. Ford EcoSport: Battle of the compact SUVs