Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster: A Quick Look
find serif;”>The Indian automobile market has been seeing a lot of new Compact SUVs such as XUV500, story Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and so on. Duster when launched had spread a lot of talks and had also seen a lot of sales. However, with a plan against the Duster came in Ford Eco Sport which gained popularity in a small span of time.
Engine and Transmission
The Duster unlike the Ford EcoSport comes with a single petrol and single diesel engine. The diesel engine however comes in two sets of tune – 109bhp and 84bhp. The Duster is smooth and easy to ride and less fussy and there is not even thudding while driving it on the rough Indian roads. Duster has a more rugged and sturdy appearance and looks quite adventurous. Ford EcoSport is powered b a 1.5 litre 16V TDC1 diesel engine with a displacement capacity of 1498 cc churning out a maximum power of 89.75bhp@3750rpm and maximum torque of 204Nm@2000-2750rpm. On the other hand Duster is equipped with 1.5 litre 16V dCi Diesel engine with a displacement capacity of 1461cc. It churns out a power of 108.45bhp@4000rpm and a maximum torque of 245Nm @1750rpm. Ford EcoSport is mated to a 5 speed transmission while Duster is mated to a 6 speed transmission. The ground clearance of the vehicle is 5mm more than that of the EcoSport.
Ride and Mileage
Even the steering management of the Duster is better than Ford EcoSport. However, Since Ford EcoSport is much lighter and bestowed with light steering it is best suited to ride in the city streets. Moreover, mileage produced by Ford EcoSport is more than that of Duster with 15.1 kmpl while Duster gives about 14 kmpl. Both the vehicles are equipped with a good suspension system with Independent Macpherson Strut with Coil Spring and Anti-roll Bar in the front. On the rear the EcoSport is equipped with Semi independent twist beam with twin gas and oil filled shock while the Duster is equipped with torsion beam axle with coil springs and anti roll bar on the rear. Dimensions of the Duster are also longer than that of EcoSport and there is more room for storage purposes.
Interior features of the both the vehicles are decent and are equipped with features such as steering controls, Bluetooth, reversing sensors while multimedia with touchscreen is available on the Duster. Duster though bestowed with the best of features is costlier than the EcoSport. It is almost 2 lakh more than the cost of Ford EcoSport with a price range of Rs. 13 lakhs for the Duster. Safety features are better in EcoSport with 4 airbags (driver, passenger and 2 side airbags), anti-lock braking system and seat belts. On the other hand Duster comes with just basic safety features. It is bestowed with 2 airbags (driver and passenger and other safety features such as power door locks, anti lock braking, brake assist etc. Overall both the vehicles are good in each of their aspects.