Since the refreshed Renault Duster was introduced to the Indian market it has been steadily battling with the Ford EcoSport for compact CUV supremacy. In the last two months the EcoSport and the Duster have been going head to head with EcoSport moving upwards of 4,700 units, compared to the Renault Duster at 3,000 units.
The EcoSport styling initially comes off as a hatchback on steroids with its rising belt line and swept back face. The Duster competes on more traditional, shrunken SUV proportions, gobs of chrome and a muscular profile. Styling is extremely subjective so it is all dependent on you particular tastes, but the Duster does appeal to many because of its conventional presence.
Its quite foolish to compare interiors, considering the lack of one on the Duster. One cursory glance will transmit all you need to see between the two. Not only does the EcoSport top the Duster in the interior aesthetics but also in available technology. The EcoSport comes to play loaded with SYNC, keyless entry, steering mounted controls and climate control. While the Duster counters with dual trip meters....LOL
In terms of interior space the Duster beats the Ecosport hands down. The Ford has significantly lesser boot volume (362 L) than the Renault Duster (475 L). Additionally seating in the Duster is far superior, hauling a full seat load in the EcoSport is downright uncomfortable compared to the bank vault of room in the Duster.
Under the Hood:
Both, EcoSport and Duster have three variants of engines on offer:
Duster offers one petrol and one diesel engine (which comes in two tunes), EcoSport has 3 different engines – two petrol and one diesel option. The Duster is powered by a 1.5 L K9K Diesel engine which is offered in 85PS and 110PS, and there’s the option of a 1.6 L Petrol mill as well. On the other hand Ford EcoSport gets you the choices of a 1.0 L EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine along with a 1.5L petrol and a 1.5L diesel motor.
Here is a list of the ARAI certified fuel efficiency for all derivitives of Duster and EcoSport:
Ford EcoSport 1.5L Ti-VCT: 15.8 km/L
Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost: 18.9 km/L
Renault Duster 1.6: 13.24 km/L
Ford EcoSport 1.5 TDCI: 22.7 km/L
Renault Duster 85PS: 20.45 km/L
Renault Duster 110PS: 19.01 km/L
You tell me.... Keep in mind all observations apply to the Dacia Duster as much as they apply to the Renault.