This comparison is between the ‘most popular’ MUV currently, and possibly, the future ‘most popular’ SUV in the Indian market. The replacement for Toyota Qualis, another very popular vehicle, the Toyota Innova is a very useful and purposeful Multi-Purpose Vehicle. With a capacity to seat 7-8 people, the Innova, though first launched in 2005, has recently received a makeover. The new Innova is the combination of space, design, safety, comfort, and ruggedness all combined into a vehicle that has an international appeal.
Just like the Innova, the Renault Duster is also a car that has primarily been made for the developing markets. Sold elsewhere in the world under the Dacia brand name, this SUV by Renault has a stiff suspension, comfortable turning radius, decent ground clearance, a good design, and spacious interiors. Moreover, the Duster has several safety features as well as some unique features like a 3-point seat belt, an 8-ways adjustable driver seat, tilt steering, and even a rear AC with independent controls for the back seat passengers.
|Renault Duster||Toyota Innova|
|Engine Size||1.5L Diesel Turocharge 4 cylinder engine||2.5L 102PS D-4D Common-rail diesel|
|Price Range||Rs 7,19,000 - Rs 11,29,000||Rs 8,89,022 – Rs 13,58,570|
|Gear box||Five Speed Manual Transmission||Five Speed Manual Transmission|
|Mileage||16-19 kmpl||11.5 kmpl|
|Variants||8 (2 Petrol+6 Diesel)||2 Petrol +21 Diesel|
The Verdict: With 13 variants, the Toyota Innova offers plenty of choice and the new upgraded MUV now gets a premium look and feel that is sure to make it more appealing than ever. The biggest advantage of the Innova is that is belongs to the family of the 2nd largest automaker in the world. Toyota not only makes the most selling car in the world, the Corolla, but it also has a wide presence in our market. Renault with 4 offerings, including the Duster, is looking to change its fortunes here. With several unique features and competitive pricing, it almost looks possible that the Renault Duster will prove that the hype was not in vain!