Launched back in 2012, Renault Duster stunned the Indian auto-market with its amazing sales figures, performance, looks and comforts. It has been company’s backbone and has helped it to attain remarkable growth since it has arrived. Moreover, it really affected the sales of other existing crossovers like Mahindra Scorpio, Toyota Innova and Tata Safari. Though as dynamic the industry is, its sole supremacy could not exist longer as the US car maker, Ford launched the sensational EcoSport at a comparatively lesser price and with all the bells and whistles. Both these compact SUVs are exceptionally good on various fronts but the price gap of Rs. 2 Lakhs, makes EcoSport a really a tough competitor to the Duster.
We bring you a spec comparison of the cars. In the specification comparison sheet, we have compared the diesel as well as the petrol versions of the cars. The Renault Duster Petrol RxL has been compared with Ford Ecosport 1.5 Ti VCT AT Titanium and Renault Duster 110PS Diesel RxZ has been compared with EcoSport 1.5 DV5 MT Titanium Optional.
Ford EcoSport Vs Renault Duster (Design and Exteriors)
Despite being a sub-four metre crossover, the outer appearance of Ford EcoSport looks contemporary. The front profile of this mini-SUV gets the hawk-eyed clear headlamps, chrome front grille and circular chrome fog lights. From the sides too, it looks quite aggressive and the styling is well raised by its sporty alloy wheels, big bulges at the wheel arcs and body coloured ORVMs. Moreover, the rear has also got impressive features like the urban triangular tail lights, rear spoiler and rear spare wheel.
Comparatively, the Duster though doesn’t look like an extreme sports machine but carries enough stuff to attract the onlookers. Its giant size and the side creases give it bold and muscular stance. The front is nicely designed with the chrome front grille and angular headlights, while at the sides it gets trendy rooflines, large alloy wheels and big bulges. The intelligent crafting continues even the rear with curvy fifth door and rectangular tail lamps.
Ford EcoSport Vs Renault Duster (Interiors and Features)
The inside of EcoSport is quite interesting and despite of the small size, the car maker has intelligently created plenty of room for the occupants. It gets dual tone interiors and the seats are covered with premium leather upholstery. There is a 3.5 MFD screen at the instrument cluster to show information about various gadgetry options. The dashboard is made of fine quality plastics and to gobble touring stuff it comes with a 305L boot space.
In comparison to the EcoSport’s interiors, the Duster offers more room inside. The leg-room and shoulder width in both front and rear cabins are all perfect and so is the head-room. The car maker has neatly designed the dashboard and the instrument cluster has a sober feel. Besides, the seats are also offered with premium upholstery that makes the cabin richer. Due to large size, the car maker has intelligently created a 475L boot space inside this car to store your luggage.
Ford EcoSport Vs Renault Duster (Engine and Transmission)
Ford EcoSport is presently offered with three engine options – the 1.0L EcoBoost petrol, 1.5L Ti-VCT Petrol and 1.5L DV5 Diesel. The efficient 1.0L 3-pot EcoBoost petrol motor has calibre to toss maximum power of 125bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque of 170Nm at 1400 – 4500rpm, while the another high displacement 1.5L Ti-VCT petrol mill produces peak power of 112bhp at 6300rpm and peak torque of 140Nm at 4400rpm. Even the 1.5L 4-pot DV5 diesel engine doesn’t have any shortage of power and it can easily toss maximum power of 91bhp at 3750rpm and a maximum torque of 204Nm in the range of 2000 – 2750rpm.
The Renault Duster is available in 1.6L petrol and 1.5L diesel engine options. The 1.6L 4-cylinder petrol mill of this crossover produces peak power of 102.6bhp at 5850rpm and top torque of 145Nm at 3750RPM while the 1.5L 4-pot K9K diesel in-line has potential to churn maximum power 83.8bhp at 3750 rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm at 1900rpm. Besides, this compact crossover is also offered in a 1.5-Litre diesel Nav engine that tosses maximum power of 108.5bhp at 3900rpm and maximum torque of 248Nm at 2250rpm.
Ford EcoSport Vs Renault Duster (Safety features)
Compared to the rivals, the EcoSport stands as a real winner in terms of comfort, convenience and safety features. The top end variants are fully loaded with features like AC with climate control, Steering mounted audio controls, Power Windows, Power Steering, Electric adjustable wing mirrors with turn indicators, music system with FM/AM & USB + AUX-IN support, sync with voice control, bluetooth connectivity and height adjustable driver’s seat. Additionally, it comes with some of the most exceptional safety features like smart keyless entry, remote central locking with flip key, ABS, six airbags, EBA+ESC+TCS+HLA, rear parking sensors, configurable speed alarm in fuel computer, emergency assist, emergency brake hazard warning etc.
The Duster comes loaded with some exceptional features to delight its enthusiasts. It gets power windows, power steering, keyless entry, AC with climate control, rear AC vents, electrically adjustable ORVMs, CD/MP3 player with FM/AM & USB + AUX-IN, bluetooth, navigation, height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering wheel etc. Furthermore, the company has also taken care of passenger safety and blessed it with great features like dual front airbags, central locking, ABS with EBD + BA, engine immobilizer, door open warning lamp, engine protection under guard, rear defogger, reverse parking sensor, driver seat belt reminder etc.
Ford EcoSport Vs Renault Duster (Mileage)
Ford EcoSport is very efficient. Its 1.0L EcoBoost petrol engine gives mileage of 18.9kmpl, while 1.5L petrol mill delivers 15.8kmpl mileage. Added to this, the diesel mill is also very economical and delivers exceptional fuel economy of 22.7kmpl. (Mileage as per ARAI test results)
On the other hand, Duster’s 1.6litre petrol mill delivers mileage of 13.24kmpl, while its 1.5L diesel mill delivers fuel efficiency of 20.64kmpl. You will also applaud the high powering 110bhp 1.5L diesel Nav engine variant that delivers 19.01kmpl mileage. (Fuel efficiency as per ARAI test results).
The EcoSport is considerably a great choice if you want to buy a car loaded with premium features, but when it comes to space and comfort, the Duster wins the race in this department. Duster offers an AWD (All Wheel Drive) variant which the EcoSport does not and this makes it a well-rounded car for buyers who like to do off-roading.
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