June 19, 2021
In 2013, the Duster landed in South Africa with a strong impact on the motor industry. It began with a price tag of under R200 000, blowing away doubts from many customers that this is the SUV to buy. Renault has boosted its brand in South Africa with this sturdy, hardy car, with its rugged terrain look.1
The design of this SUV has changed minimally, but Renault has improved its safety features. In 2020, only five models made up the local family, with the 1.5 dCi Dynamique being the only 4x4 model in manual..
It’s no secret that the Duster has taken South African motoring by storm with its innovative technology. This SUV was originally equipped with a multi-media system including Bluetooth, USB and AUX capability for satellite navigation. The recent addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has greatly improved smartphone connectivity to the SUV’s multi-media system.
The Duster has improved in several other ways as well. Other improvements include the automatic adjustment of climate control, a speed limiter and cruise control. Added to this is a rear-view camera with park distance control and hill start assist. With this 4x4 model, you can switch between 4x2 and 4x4 using the front rotary dial.
The 1.5-litre engine produces 80 kW power and 260 Nm torque via a manual transmission. The torque generated is sufficiently robust for any rugged terrain. First gear has a short-range and is designed for those challenging situations. For this reason, pulling off in second gear is no problem. The claimed fuel consumption is 4.8 litres/100 km.
It’s no surprise that you have fallen in love with the Duster, and now comes the time to buy it. South African law requires that you buy comprehensive car insurance if a financial institution finances your car. This is where PMD’s affordable and fantastic comprehensive car insurance comes into the picture. This policy offers you two great benefits, namely, the excess that reduces to zero after 36 months provided you remain claim free, as well as fixed* premiums (*Ts and Cs apply). Furthermore, there’s no stress about third-party accidents seeing you are covered up to R1 million. Your car’s full retail value remains untouched should you claim for write-offs, hijacking, accidents, fire, theft and disaster. Breaking down anywhere in South Africa is not an issue as you are protected by a 24-hour roadside assistance and towing service. Should hail come your way on the road, or if anything damages your glass, it’s all covered.
This article must only be treated as a source of information due to the complexity of car insurance. That’s why it’s important to visit a certified financial advisor and receive professional advice for any car insurance product you may wish to buy.
We’ve read how Renault has raised the bar in the SUV sector with the latest Duster. In the same way, PMD offers an affordable, comprehensive car insurance product that provides cover for your Duster, which includes unique benefits like premiums that never increase* and a reduce to zero excess*. Ts and Cs apply.