The Renault Duster changed the way that a vehicle should be designed, handle and how power should be delivered - the right way. It has been a best selling product for the French carmaker.
Soon, the Duster was re-badged under its alliance Renault-Nissan and was introduced in the market, christened the Terrano. Both the vehicles are exactly the same under the skin, although the Terrano looks better.
Now, to battle it out with these two vehicles in this segment, is the Hyundai Creta, a new compact SUV from the South Korean carmaker.
So, can the South Korean carmaker knock down the best seller by the French carmaker? Or is the Duster just going to kick dust on the new Creta? Let's find out!
Prices are estimated to be between INR 8.6 lakh to 11.3 lakh for the petrol variants and INR 9.5 lakh to 14.1 lakh for the diesel variants.
The petrol variant is priced between INR 8.3 lakh to 9.7 lakh, while the diesel variants are priced between INR 13.63 lakhs.
Hyundai Creta is based on Hyundai's next generation and evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 (FS2.0) Design philosophy. Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design philosophy carries forward the highly acclaimed Fluidic design theme in a more refined manner lending a Modern & Premium touch.
The Renault Duster embodies a bold, sporty and masculine character. However, the Duster needs a facelift soon as the vehicle has not received any major exterior upgrades. The design looks a little outdated.
The Creta features Audio Video Navigation system (AVN), a 5-inch touchscreen audio system, Smart key with Push button start, steering mounted controls, 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, projector headlamps and LED positioning lamps.
The Duster features double barrel headlamps, two tone coloured bumpers, chrome front grille surrounds, keyless entry and a MediaNav system.
Engine And Specifications:
The Creta is available with three engine options. The first is a 1.6 Dual VTVT petrol engine that produces 123 PS of power, while the 1.4-litre diesel engine produces 90 PS of power, and the 1.6-litre diesel mill that will produce 128 PS of power. The Creta will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, while an automatic transmission option will also be available.
The Duster too, is available with three engine options. The 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 102 bhp and 145 Nm of torque while it is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The diesel mills however are a 1.4-litre engine that are tuned to deliver either 84 bhp and 200 Nm of torque or 108 bhp and 248 Nm of torque. The diesel engines are mated to a 5-speed or a 6-speed manual transmission. The Duster is available in an AWD variant as well.
Hyundai claim a fuel efficiency of 21 kpl from the 1.6-litre diesel, 20 kpl from the the 1.4-litre diesel and 15 kpl from the petrol engine.
Renault claim a mileage figure of 13 kpl from the petrol engine, while the diesel engine return 19.87 kpl and 19.64 kpl respectively.
The Hyundai Creta is equipped with Dual Airbags, Side & Curtain Airbags, ABS, Reverse Parking Camera, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) and Hill-start Assist control (HAC).
The Duster features dual airbags, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, and ESP.
The Renault Duster is a tested and proven vehicle. The vehicle is still the choice of many and is Renault's best seller too. The Hyundai Creta promises big things and it is only a matter of time until the vehicle is launched. So will the Creta prove to be a better buy than the Duster? Time will reveal all, and soon!