How efficient is the petrol-auto Duster really?

  • The Renault Duster’s petrol variants are powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual or a CVT.
  • The petrol-CVT drivetrain is only offered on the RXS(O) variant, priced at Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).
  • Duster petrol-CVT falls short of its claimed mileage figure in city and highway driving. It managed 11.68kmpl in the city and 14.54kmpl on the highway on our test.

The Renault Duster has been one of the key models behind the success of the compact SUV segment in India. It was recently given another facelift and it continues to be offered with a pair of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, both with an automatic option as well. The petrol-CVT automatic Duster is only available with the RXS(O) variant, which is priced at Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India).

We recently had the chance to measure the Duster petrol-CVT’s fuel efficiency in our real-world mileage tests and the results are as follows:

Engine 1498cc
Power 106PS
Torque 142Nm
Transmission CVT
Claimed fuel efficiency 15kmpl
Tested fuel efficiency (City) 11.68kmpl
Tested fuel efficiency (Highway) 14.54kmpl

The Duster petrol-CVT fell short of reaching its ARAI-certified mileage in both city and highway driving. In city conditions, the SUV delivered less than 12kmpl but on the highway in less stop-start traffic, it can do an extra 3kmpl. It is important to remember that ARAI figures are achieved in controlled environments unlike our real-world test conditions. This petrol engine is yet to be updated to meet BS6 emission norms, so expect that update to be rolled out by April 2020.

50% in city & 50% on highway 25% in city & 75% on highway 75% in city & 25% on highway
12.95kmpl 13.7kmpl 12.28kmpl

In terms of averages, the Duster petrol-CVT can do almost 13kmpl in a balance of city and highway driving. The efficiency figure gets closer towards 14kmpl in predominantly highway conditions and drops closer to 12kmpl in busy city driving.

Our road test team drive cars with a gentle foot while testing them for fuel efficiency, so it’s expected that your figures might deviate from our tested figures since fuel efficiency figures also depend on the driving style, car and road conditions. If you are one of the owners of the Duster petrol-CVT, share your findings with us and other owners in the comments section below.

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