You should know this, if you want to buy Renault Duster second generation
In search of the best Renault Duster
In the second generation Duster, Renault has worked for many important changes without giving up the main advantages of its budget SUV. Consider all the main features of the model in an expanded review of the model, which, even though cannot be seen on the roads of our country, but it is possible to find on a test drive in France in particular and Europe in General.
In principle speaking, the French are not used to do low-cost mass models that have become popular in different parts of the world. To recall the Renault Logan is one of the most popular cars in the budget segment in Russia. According to the Association of European businesses (AEB), a French sedan ranks among the Top 20 best-selling models in the period from January to October 2018, taking 18th place with an index of 24 thousand of sold cars. If you look at the ratio price/quality, everything will fall into place – before restyling second generation will cost 534 – 790 thousand rubles, while the improved version of the model is 554 thousand rubles in the minimum configuration with a 1.6-liter 82-horsepower engine and 812 thousand in the most “pumped” version.
Digging the layers of history deeper, you run into another legendary-mass model of the French automaker – Renault 4 with which the Europeans now associate the SUV Duster. By the way, a very revealing comparison is obtained, which allows to determine the level of improvements that have occurred over the past 30 years.
The model of Renault 4 (years of production – 1961 – 1992) was at one time a very popular “French” – a practical and inexpensive car. The cheapest model cost when translated into today’s money of approximately € 8,500 (645.000 rubles at the current exchange rate). Duster, of course with much more modern equipment starts on the German market from 11.500 euros (is 870,000 rubles). Why is comparing two completely different cars in completely different eras so important? It demonstrates two important factors that Duster is one of the most affordable AWD cars in the world, and how far beyond the last decade, stepped automotive technology in General and improved available production of models of Renault in particular.
Renault 4 for more than 30 years production period got five generations, so have Duster is all ahead
Many of the changes are not obvious, but they are present in Duster
Renault Duster began producing in 2010. Beginning in January 2018, the European market came the second generation:
Renault Duster second generation revealed today at the motor show in Germany
A comparison of two new SUVs Renault Duster: old vs new
So, what are the differences between the new model compared to the old, if the exterior remained almost identical?
Let’s start with the sad, the interior of the updated car Renault Duster lost in the volume. Now, with the folded seatbacks, the second generation lost about 160 liters useful capacity and not less than 32 litres at the camp. Thus, the second generation Duster received 1.409 liters of maximum trunk volume and 376 liters with the expansion of the seat backs. The restyled first generation corresponds to the maximum amount of 1.570 liters, the minimum – 408 liters. Yes, inside the cabin is clearly shrank that become a problem for avid gardeners.
Ground clearance remains unchanged – 210 mm. the second is the level of the G-Class.
The angles of entry and exit of the second generation Duster is quite steep and promise real opportunities off road: 30 degrees front and 34 rear for the model version with front-wheel drive and 33 degrees for four-wheel drive option. These figures prove the suitability of using all-wheel drive Duster on real vnedorozhe. VW Tiguan and other city slickers is far from a real off-road athlete. It makes me happy!
With a curb weight of 1.351 kg, gross weight of the vehicle is 1.809 kg, which means a useful load of 450 kg is provided. Load compared to the first generation model increased by 25 kg.
However, the Germans during the test drive assured me that he Packed the car to the eyeballs with all sorts of heavy pieces of not less than 530 kg and the behavior of crossover on the road seriously injured. In real life, these experiments, of course, should not do, take the car, but overall the findings suggest a good safety margin.
The maximum weight of a trailer equipped with a brake system for four-wheel drive SUV is 1.5 tons. For car version with monodrive, apparently, as in the previous generation SUV, the maximum load of the trailer brakes is reduced to 1.2 tons.
Cars Renault that 30 years ago that now differ substantially unchanged body design, their development, you need to follow on the technical side
Inside the cabin is now quieter, and the comfort is higher
According to setenteromusic SUV automotive experts from Europe, inside the crossover was more convenient, despite the loss of 160 litres behind the front seats.
Rest area on the driver’s seat moved 20 mm further back, which improved convenience, at least for long trips. It is noted that the seat has also been revised. However, serious improvement is not expected. Pronounced lumbar support as there was, and there is no front or, of course, in the second row.
Passengers whose height exceeds 1.8 m, faced with the proximity of the ceiling on the second row of seats. Their heads will block the driver’s view through the internal rear view mirror. Not critical, but the fact. However, my knees nestled behind the passengers will not rest against the backs of the front seats, which speaks of the relative comfort in races over long distances.
The interior is now quieter, there are no various other sounds that annoy the passengers with a perfect ear for the first generation of the car. New windshield, revised seals, more sound-absorbing materials in the interior and more of them under the hood. Noticeable improvement, but certainly not the premium level. That car is not “premium” resembles the old cable actuated opening the fuel tank flap, it needs to be unlocked manually with a special pen. Although, to be completely objective, the SUV is not to say that this last century – an open hood will surprise the uninitiated, there are two gas stops. They were still on the first generation of the SUV.
What engines will be installed in Renault Duster?
In Russia the model is presented by several variants of engines – one petrol and one diesel. The motor on the easy fuel is a 1.6-liter 115-horsepower powerplant with a manual transmission. Fine version the petrol engine with a late peak torque of 156 Nm and a modest dynamic performance. With this motor up to 100 km/h SUV accelerates in 12.9 seconds in the AWD version. Front monodrive nimble – 11.3 seconds. But a logical question arises: you need the “SUV” on the front drive?
Looks interesting diesel variation of the engine with a-liter dCi. Here, the CPT has two options – automatic dual-clutch and manual gear box six speed transmission. And engine any. Despite 110 HP, diesel exports torque of 260 Nm is available virtually from idle – 1.750 rpm. Here’s what you need for real off-road!
Both engines comply with environmental requirements of Euro-6. The average consumption of the petrol version is 8.5 liters for the all-wheel-drive version of the Duster, the diesel – 4.8 litres of fuel for a similar 4×4 model.
The most powerful of all engines – 143 strong 2.0 litre petrol engine was retired not only here but also in Europe.
It is also worth mentioning that the European diesel engines we will not see there the entrance of turbo options with the addition of AdBlue and regulations on emissions, the relevant Euro 6d Temp. However, very upset is not necessary. The turbine is available, but established rather for environmental friendliness, power of 95 BHP and 116 proof.
What important change engineers in the Duster of the second generation?
A newly developed, speed-dependent power steering is working better than its predecessor. The suspension also became Sobranie, moderately tougher. All-wheel drive version has an independent suspension on the rear axle is a bonus, model with front-wheel drive torsion beam content.
By the way, Renault is still using drum brakes on all rear axles. Despite this anachronism, the new Duster went exercise “inhibition” well, greatly surpassing its predecessor. With 100 km/h in favorable weather conditions it takes an average of 35 meters, full stop.
The air conditioning is a standard theme, at least for the European version of the model. In Russia such luxury, as before, is likely to be available for extra cost.
What we have in the dry residue? The French SUV remains ample, it has become more convenient for passengers, including those who have to go second. Excellent ground clearance, good angles of entry and exit, available all-wheel drive – a proven system that as practice rarely fails despite the most difficult operating conditions, and changing gear, extra “chumki” and tail, all this makes the model more tempting acquisition, compared with the first generation of restyling. Oh Yes, I almost forgot! Plus an updated exterior. It also plays a role.
The only unknown in this neat equation is the price. How much will the new how much it will cost? Here’s a tricky question. I hope the French manufacturer understands that in a crisis it is better not to raise the price tag up to the ceiling… so it will be beneficial to all participants of market relations!