We waited in suspense for what felt like years for the new Renault Duster to arrive. It was such a hit when it first launched back in 2013. It was the first truly capable and affordable 4X4 and we were in awe. Could this new model live up to extremely high expectations? The answer is 100% yes!

There was one thing that let the previous generation down and that was the interior. It felt very cheap, very ‘plasticky’ and completely unrefined. Well Renault heard its customers and the difference between the two cabins is like night and day. This new interior is modern, fresh and the quality feels as if it is of a much higher calibre. It’s solid and has an air of refinement that the previous generation lacked. The infotainment screen is set higher on the dashboard which is a welcomed change as the previous model’s screen sat far too low. The only downfall is that it does not cater for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, but it does of course feature Bluetooth.

The exterior has seen minor changes, most noticeably though are the rear lights which look a little Jeep Renegade. I think customers will either love or hate this new look. But open up the boot lid and you are welcomed by a spacious cargo area of 478-litres. The active buyers among us will really appreciate this space, as will small families.

You can opt for a 1.6-litre engine or two versions of the 1.5 dCi turbo engines. The 1.5 dCi 4×2’s engine has outputs of 66 kW and 210 Nm and consumes a claimed 5.1L/100km of fuel. The 4×2 EDC and 4×4 manual versions have outputs of 80 kW and 250 Nm with a claimed consumption of 4.8L/100km. The 6-speed Dual-Clutch EDC Automatic gearbox is now available with the 1.5 dCi Diesel engine.

The major draw card of the Renault Duster is that of its capabilities. The 4X4 model offers hill descent control, a Multiview camera so you can see exactly what is going on around the car, a 4X4 monitor that allows one to check the pitch and roll angles, and a Transmission Mode Selector which lets the driver switch between three driving modes: 2WD, Automatic Mode or Lock Mode for engine torque distribution to all four wheels. The 4X4 model will be available soon

This unpretentious and character-filled vehicle will continue to be a good seller, especially among those who need to be able to go off the beaten track as their lifestyle requires. With that said, if you are too excited to wait for the 4X4 model to arrive, don’t! The 4X2 model is capable enough. Happy adventuring!


  • Renault DUSTER 1.6 Expression 4X2                                    R249 900
  • Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Dynamique 4×2                             R282 900
  • Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Dynamique  EDC 4×2                      R316 900
  • Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Dynamique  4×4                             R321 900
  • Renault DUSTER 1.5 dCi Prestige EDC 4×2                            R334 900


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