Rs 12.65 lakh (ex-showroom)

Why it’s here
This isn’t just any old Duster, it’s the one with the 1.3-litre turbo-petrol. Hoorah!

Renault Duster 1.3 turbo

Sure, it’s a little dated but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in terms of performance. The Duster with that 1.4-litre turbocharged engine is a classic example of new wine in an old bottle. Both the exterior and interior are dated, but everything seems to fall in place once you go past that 2,000 rpm mark. There’s so much of a push beyond that there’s even a hint of torque steer and one has to be careful and alert. The fuel efficiency figure isn’t bad either, for an engine of that size. However, the speaking point about this ‘new’ Duster has to be that engine. Apart from the typical French quirks like the placement of the volume controls on the steering, tall-ish gear lever; the Duster is a pretty straight shooter.

Renault Duster 1.3 turbo

A word of caution, though. If you’re looking for something contemporary, it isn’t probably for you. However, if it’s all about the driving position, feedback from the hydraulic steering wheel and kick from that turbo, then this is the vehicle for you. Honestly, I don’t get why the Duster is still not as popular as it used to be. It’s not bad looking, it’s adequately equipped and has pretty good space on the inside. In fact, for an enthusiast on a budget who wants more capability than a sedan or a hatchback, this very well could be a practical decision. Also, did I mention that the Duster turbo has the powerful engine in its class? Nuff’ said I guess.

Specifications –

Engine – 4 cyls, 1330cc, turbo-petrol
Gearbox – 6-speed manual
Power – 154 bhp @5500 rpm
Torque – 254 Nm @1600 rpm
Weight – 1736 kilograms

Good Stuff – Exciting performance, smooth engine, hydraulic steering wheel
Bad Stuff – Outdated interiors, missing features