Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Techroad AT 4×2

Renault Duster 1.5 dCi Techroad AT 4×2
I love an automatic car. Call me lazy, call me old, call me whatever, but if you’re going to hand me the keys to an automatic vehicle, then already without much effort I’m already looking forward to the drive. So, when I got the keys to an automatic Renault Duster turbo diesel I knew I was in for a good experience.

What is it?

The Renault Duster is arguably one of Renault’s most impressive modern vehicles. Offering SUV appeal with plenty of specification and a price tag that isn’t too steep for what it offers, the Duster has been a huge success for the brand locally. The introduction of the Techroad (to replace the Dynamique) to the line-up means that those shopping in the mid-to-top of this compact crossover segment now have one vehicle to consider – and yes, it’s definitely worth considering.

What is it like to live with?
This Duster happened to be on test while we were moving houses, so needless to say that it got roped in for moving duties. We loaded it with boxes, we collected things at one house for the other, we drove back and forth, from old house to new, from shops to Builders Warehouse and back again and for the entire time, this Duster was a joy and super easy to drive. In Techroad guise, the Duster has a more modern and redesigned interior, LED daytime-run- ning lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and red accents throughout to set it apart from the Prestige version in the Duster range. Standard specification includes a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that gives access to the navigation and a reverse camera. This new addition also now features automatic climate control, speed limiter and cruise control.

What’s under the bonnet?
The Duster Techroad that we had on test is powered by 1,5 dCi unit that delivers 80 kW and 250 N.m. Torque kicks quite low in the rev range so overtaking is certainly easy, while power is delivered evenly to the front wheels via an EDC transmission. Fuel consumption from this unit is very impressive. It took literal days before the fuel gauge dropped from full and then a further few days to get to half a tank. And it wasn’t for lack of trying! We drove this thing everywhere for every errand we could think of. We averaged just over 5.0-litres/100km on this oil-sipping vehicle.

Final thoughts

Since this rebadged Dacia was launched in SA a few years ago, it has sold close to 20 000 units. I have been impressed with it from the very start and more so with every iteration that came after. It’s the type of car that would fit a (well-heeled) student, a small family or even for the business person needing a runabout that will look smart when driving to meetings. It really is an impressive vehicle that we always recommend to friends and family. And now we’re recommending it to you too. Go on, take a look.

Quick Stats: Renault Duster 1,5 dCi AT 4×2
R327 900
Powertrain: 1.5-litre turbodiesel, 80 kW and 250 N.m

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