Having a twin brother puts immense pressure on someone. Same is the case with the Renault Duster. It is sold in some markets under the name, ‘Dacia Duster’. In India, currently, it is the most powerful compact SUV in the segment, sharing its engine with the Nissan Kicks. But has the Dacia Duster got something better? Or is it the same? Are we missing out on something? So many questions, right? Let’s answer them and give a verdict at the end. So, stay pinned!
Which one looks better?
Looks! This is the major factor when Indians plan to buy a car or to choose their partner for a wedding. The Renault Duster we get surely lacks on the looks part when compared to its twin brother. Let’s start at the front.
The Dacia Duster looks bolder, meaner, and more SUVish when compared to the Renault’s Duster. Dacia’s iteration has a better looking front grille with both of them having logos at the centre. It has got a sleeker LED headlamps and sharper body cladding. One thing though, the Renault’s Duster gets a better looking lower half with skid plates and fog lamps looking better. Now it’s time to get to the rear part.
At the rear, let’s face it again, Renault’s Duster looks dull and outdated. On the other hand, Dacia’s Duster has got the better-looking boot cladding. It gets better when you move towards the rear lights. The basic-looking ones on Renault’s Duster fade out when you have a glance at the Dacia’s Duster. It’s time to get inside now.
Interior is when things start getting more interesting. The 4-spoke steering wheel at the Dacia’s Duster simply gives it the upper hand over Renault’s SUV. The chrome-accented round AC vents with plush dash make the Dacia premium over Renault. The infotainment system and the knobs are also placed ergonomically in the Dacia’s Duster, although this might vary user to user. So, in the looks department, Dacia Duster wins. But wait, there’s more to the story.
Renault Duster vs Dacia Duster | Which of the two performs better?
The Duster we have is the most powerful SUV in the segment in India. But does it have what it takes to beat its NRI brother? Let’s see.
Engine and Transmission Comparison
|Renault Duster||Dacia Duster|
|Engine||1.5-l Petrol||1.3-l Turbo-Petrol||TCe 100 Bi-fuel||100 TCe||TCe 130||TCe 150||Blue DCi 115|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||6-speed MT / 7-speed CVT||5-speed MT||5-speed MT||6-speed MT||6-speed MT||MT (6-speed)|
You might have thought that the NRI would have had better performance, right? Well, the table above paints a different picture. The 1.3-litre turbo-petrol makes the Renault Duster more powerful than its Dacia’s iteration. But wait, Dacia Duster has got 4X4 option. Renault Duster says, “Holy Crap!, won’t you let me win one-time brother?” But still, Renault Duster remains powerful for sure!
What about features? Which of the two is more loaded?
|Renault Duster||Dacia Duster|
|Automatic Air Conditioning|
|17.64vm Touchscreen Infotainment (MediaNav)|
|Android Auto and Apple Carplay|
|Steering mounted audio and phone controls|
|Remote Keyless Entry|
|ABS with EBD|
|Electronic Stability Control|
|Hill Start Assist|
|Rear Parking Sensors|
|Blind Spot Warning|
Both the Dusters come loaded with basic comfort and convenience features but the Renault’s Duster lacks a bit when it comes to safety features. It does not come equipped with some features like Multi-view camera, blind-spot warning or the hill start assist, which are not extensively asked by the Indian audience.
Verdict | Are we Indians missing out?
Saying that we Indians are missing out a lot is not true. Dacia Duster gets better looks, better safety and on the top of that 4X4 option. But the Renault Duster does offer the best performance. It would have been great if Renault updates the outdated design and offer 4X4 in India. It would make the already unmatchable Duster impeccable.
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