The Renault Duster isn’t a particularly interesting or exciting vehicle but – at least with an automatic box of cogs – it gets the unanimous approval of our team at NamWheels.
Oh dear. For reasons which don’t matter anymore, I’ve test-driven this exact model before and after this review. Don’t despair though, dear reader, for I aim to bring you a fresh look at this bargain basement hatchback crossover thingy.
The comfort zone
I’m writing a book. Like every author before me, I think the world is just waiting to hear my amusing short stories entitled “The Wrong Car”. These detail the many memorable trips I’ve made with cars which were way out of their comfort zone… which happily doesn’t apply to my recent excursion to southern Namibia with this 4WD Duster.
The better respect
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Renault lent us their (current) top-of-the-line Duster to showcase the many improvements its recent update brought about.
Renault Duster vir stof en sand ……… en dan outomaties daarby!
Hoe méér ons Namibiers verstedelik, hoe groter word die behoefte om plekke te besoek waar daar stilte en rus is. Dit is dan ook so dat sulke rusplekke vir die gees juis die afgeleë plekke is wat nie met gewone motors bereik kan word nie; ‘n volwaardige 4×4 is hiervoor noodsaaklik.
The cheeky cheapy
Like many South Africans, I don’t always agree with new car pricing strategies and as a result, all cars I’ve ever bought were pre-owned. Thus it’s a refreshing change to test one of S.A.’s cheapest (and locally built) vehicles in the Dacia-flavoured shape of Renault’s Sandero.