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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Vs Renault Duster 85PS: Spec Comparo

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Vs Renault Duster 85PS: Spec Comparo
Omkar Thakur Omkar Thakur Wednesday 16 March 2016, 16:33 PM

We Indians love our SUVs. While bigger is always better, we still like to save if we can get something similar. Hence, in all good faith, we compare the first modern compact SUV in the country, the Renault Duster with the Vitara Brezza. While you may argue that the Maruti Suzuki is a sub-four, the Vitara Brezza quintessentially offers a similar proposition as the Duster – a car with good ground clearance, good economy and the feel of an SUV. On the basis of two common factors – price and power, we compare the top-spec Vitara Brezza ZDi+ and the almost entry-level Duster RXE 85PS.

Dimensions

With its signature flared wheel arches, the Duster looks more muscular and is no doubt the bigger of the two. It is 320mm longer, 32mm wider and 55mm taller than the Vitara Brezza. Talking about SUV credentials, the ground clearance at 205mm is 7mm more than the Maruti. In terms of looks, the Vitara Brezza is no less an SUV with its boxy shape and a tall wide bonnet like the Duster.

The Duster with its longer wheelbase should offer better leg room for both the seating rows. In terms of cabin space, the two compact SUVs are fairly the same with the Duster being able to seat three on the rear seats in relatively more comfort. The Duster also scores on the boot space with its ability to take in 475 litres of luggage (by volume) as against the 328 litre boot space offered by the Vitara Brezza. Both the cars get five doors with a hatch for the boot-lid.

 

Equipment

Being a top-spec variant, the Vitara Brezza leads the equipment count. It gets automatic climate control, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control for comfort and convenience. The driver seat is height adjustable for the Vitara Brezza and also gets a driver armrest. On the safety front, the Vitara Brezza ZDi+ gets dual front airbags over the ABS and EBD offered in the Duster. The Renault, on the other hand, has child seat anchor points built into its seats in case you have a baby on board.

The Vitara Brezza gets projector headlamps with an LED brow unlike the reflector units on the Duster. The wing mirrors on the Brezza are electrically adjustable and retractable as against the internally adjustable ones of the Duster RXE. The Duster, in its one above the base trim, loses out on a music system altogether while the fully loaded Vitara Brezza gets a 2-Din touch-screen audio system with four speakers and tweeters with Bluetooth function for phone as well as audio streaming.

Engine and Gearbox

The Vitara Brezza on the other hand is powered by a smaller 1.3-litre DDiS200 engine that develops 89bhp of power at a higher 4000rpm and exact 200Nm of torque at a lower 1750rpm as compared to the Duster. The four-cylinder turbo-diesel of the Vitara Brezza gives out a fuel economy of 24.3kmpl while hauling the 1198kg SUV.

The Renault Duster is powered by the 1.5-litre DCi engine. The four cylinder turbocharged diesel mill develops 84bhp of power at 3750rpm and 200Nm of torque from 1900rpm. Mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, it delivers a fuel economy of 19.87kmpl for the 1248kg car.

Price

The reason for comparing the top-spec Vitara Brezza and the second lowest trim of the Duster is the price point of Rs 9.5 lakh. The Duster RXE 85PS is priced at Rs 9.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) as against the Rs 9.54 lakh price tag of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDi+.

Pictures by: Kapil Angane

 

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