By now it should be a well-known fact that the Renault Duster was actually born as a Romanian Dacia budget SUV. This second generation is more polished as I found out during my time with a Techroad model.
New Duster here to upset market.
Launched in October 2018, the 2WD Renault Duster saw a completely new version of the first iconic Duster generation (2012). We already had the chance to test this and quite liked the small SUV. Now, Renault has just launched the new 4WD version, capable of taking on the roads less traveled.
The shiny details
Love or hate its name, that compact Nissan SUV with the strange badge is here to stay. And where I lamented the recent loss of identity by its bigger X-Trail sibling, this second-generation Qashqai is quite a handsome machine. Its first incarnation looked a bit… librarian.
A bronzey SUV, lots of information in short paragraphs
What you need to know: I hope you don’t know me personally because you’re bound to have heard the following rant on repeat… I miss boxy, practical SUV’s. There weren’t many to start with, mostly the Nissan X-Trail and Land-Rover Freelander or Discovery, but all of them were instantly recognisable and incredibly practical.
Nissan se Qashqai was sedert sy bekendstelling in 2009 baie gou ‘n sukses en het al oor die 2 miljoen verkope wereldwyd gehad. Dit was Nissan se eerste sogenaamde “Crossover” of kompakte SNV (Sportsnutvoertuig). ‘n Nuwe Qashqai het verlede jaar op die Suid-Afrikaanse mark verskyn en met die eerste oogopslag is dit duidelik dat Nissan weer ‘n wenner beet het.
So you live in Outjo but work in Gobabis?
Don’t fear, we’ve made a list of cars that can go the furthest on one filling of the tank. You know, when the attendant does that whole click-click nozzle trick. Of course we need to remind you that these figures are based on claimed consumption and tank figures, your results may vary and depend on driving style, load and prevailing conditions. If you’re a high miler though, this list is a good start.
One new car, lots of informative little paragraph
What it is: Nissan’s Pathfinder is a big, hardy SUV with a generous body on an old-school ladder frame. Unlike bakkies though, it has car-like rear suspension. Available only with (selectable) 4WD, choose between an auto turbo-diesel V6, manual or auto 2.5 four-cylinder turbo-diesel. This is the latter model.
The road trip
How many times have you traveled the B1 to South Africa? We’ve lost count but thought you might want to read about our latest return trip in a very strange little SUV…
The dirty prospect
Namibian and South Africans love cheap cars almost as much as their adventurous, outdoorsy lifestyle. Hence it will come as no surprise to anyone that affordable SUV’s are on the up and Renault S.A. jumped at the opportunity to bring their budget bruiser, the Duster, to our local shores.
The difficult show
It’s jolly difficult to start a review of Nissan’s Juke without diving head-first into its most distinguishing feature: those looks. Upon seeing it, some people repeatedly gasp for air and struggle to string together a set of deserving expletives while others smirk, smile and giggle at the sight of this odd-looking crossover.