Pages and pages have been written about the Renault’s latest offering, Duster. Pitched as India’s first and only ‘real’ SUV, the Renault Duster is selling…fast! Available in 2 diesel and a petrol variant, this vehicle is priced aggressively and ready to kick start a new type of pricing war in the Indian Auto market. With a starting price of approx. Rs. 7Lakh, don’t be surprised if people prefer to choose the Duster instead of a regular sedan like, say, a Honda City or a Hyundai Verna.
If Duster is a proper SUV, why compare it with Skoda Yeti? Despite being a cross-over SUV, the Yeti is more powerful than the Duster, has a bigger engine, and offers a choice of 4 diesel variants! Yes, like its Himalayan namesake, the Skoda Yeti may be more famous due to its absence from the Indian roads, but it is actually quite a spacious & good vehicle. The designing of this mini SUV may not be much to write home about, this much can be said that the German engineering makes driving both, the 4×4 and 4×2 Yeti models a good experience.
|Renault Duster||Skoda Yeti|
|Engine Size||1.5L Diesel Turocharge 4 cylinder engine||2.0-liter TDI|
|Price Range||Rs 7,19,000 - Rs 11,29,000 (approx)||Rs 13,90,000 – Rs 16,72,995 (approx)|
|Power||108.4bhp@3900rpm||140 PS@4200 rpm|
|Gear box||Five Speed Manual Transmission||Six Speed Manual Transmission|
|Mileage||16-19 kmpl||12 – 16 kmpl|
|Variants||8 (2 Petrol+6 Diesel)||4 Diesel|
The Renault Duster is a typical off roader. It has a rigid chassis, can be driven on the city roads and the suspension offers a quiet driving experience on the pothole ridden roads. And the pricing, that’s just the cherry on the cake. The Skoda Yeti, on the other hand, is a niche vehicle, meant for a select few who understand its numerous talents, don’t mind its rather European design, and are happy to pay the extra cash to enjoy the same.