Vitara Brezza vs Duster Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Renault Duster Comparison:


Overall, the Brezza is our pick of this test. It works out to be 1 lakh rupees cheaper than the Duster, has way more features, is bound to be more reliable, is more refined and more efficient than the Duster. However, if you intend to spend most of your time driving in and around city traffic, the Duster AMT automatic might be a good option. It is quite heavy on the pocket, but it will liberate you from the tyranny of constant cutch-declutching and gear rowing completely.

Duster vs Vitara Brezza Comparison Video:


Pricing & Features:
Duster’s bare-bones variant, the ‘85PS RxE 4x2’ diesel retails for 10.77 Lakh, On-road, Delhi, which is identical to Vitara Brezza’s ‘ZDi+’ variant (costing 10.85 Lakh). For similar money, the Vitara Brezza offers literally dozens of extra features over the Duster, as listed below. A word of caution for the prospective buyers is do not get fooled by the segmentation non-sense, Duster is based on a very cheap Dacia Sandero hatchback platform which is far less premium than the Brezza’s, and just because Renault couldn’t make it sub 4-metre, it has become far expensive than the Brezza without becoming any superior than it. (Duster 110PS RxL AMT 4x2 automatic retails for a whopping 3 Lakh Rs. more i.e. 13.68 Lakh)

Common Features: ABS, AC, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows

Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi+): Airbags-2, Parking Camera, Parking Sensors, Infotainment System with FM, USB, Bluetooth & Aux + 4 Speakers, Touchscreen, Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Steering Wheel Switches, Cruise Control, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Automatic Climate Control, Projector Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights, Anti-Pinch Driver's Window, Fog Lamps – Front, Alloy Wheels, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Cornering Lamps, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Automatic Light-sensing Headlamps, Automatic Rain-sensing Wipers

Extra Features in Duster (85PS RxE 4x2): Eco Mode

Performance & Drivability:
The Brezza seems more powerful than the 85PS Duster on paper. But in reality, the Duster has far better drivability than the Brezza. It has hardly any turbo lag at all making it incredibly easy to drive around city traffic. The 110PS Duster does have a little turbo-lag, but still not as much as the Brezza. Outright performance of both the Dusters is more or less evenly matched with the Brezza. The Brezza does claw back some lost ground with better sound deadening though.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza – 90@4000, Duster 85PS – 85@3750, Duster 110PS – 110@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza – 200@1750, Duster 85PS – 200@1750, Duster 110PS – 245@1750
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza – 1185, Duster 85PS – 1258, Duster 110PS - 1281

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza – 76, Duster 85PS – 68, Duster 110PS - 86
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza – 169, Duster 85PS – 159, Duster 110PS - 191

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the Vitara Brezza was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the Duster (both manual as well as automatic), which translates to savings of Rs. 60,000 over a usage of 75,000 km.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza (manual) – 24.3, Duster 85PS (manual) – 19.87, Duster 110PS (manual & automatic) – 19.6

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Vitara Brezza – 2.47, Duster 85PS – 3.03, Duster 110PS – 3.07
assuming current fuel prices

Space & Comfort:
Duster has slightly better interior space than the Brezza. This goes on to show how good a job Maruti has done with the Brezza’s interior packaging. Both cars have distinctly utilitarian interiors, but the Brezza still feels a tad bit well put together than the Duster. However, the Duster has a huge 475-liter boot, which is a 150 useful liters bigger than the Brezza’s 328-liter capacity. (Duster 4x4 has a boot-space of 410 liters)

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, Duster - 4315
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, Duster - 1822
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, Duster - 1695

Ride Quality & Handling:
Duster handles Indian road conditions with utter disdain, while the Brezza needs to give it all-it’s-got. Sharp bumps and ruts tend to catch out the Brezza, while the Duster remains unfazed by them. Neither of the cars are corner carvers, but the Duster has slightly better grip and feedback than the Brezza. Both cars have decent stability at speed as well as under hard braking.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, Duster – 205 (4x2), 210 (4x4)

Tyre Size:
Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (ZDi, ZDi+), 205/60R16 (LDi, VDi)
Duster - 215/65R16

Reliability and After Sales Service: 
Renault still has a long way to go to catch up with Maruti’s unbeatable after sales service in our country. Renault’s Romanian cars i.e. re-badged Dacias, have a reputation for niggling problems. Renaults dealers are also not well established and as we all know most new car dealerships are owned by the politico-mafia community, which makes it the last place to expect any customer centricity. Renault’s service network, with its 200 odd touch points is also no match to Maruti’s 2000+ dealerships.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): 
Vitara Brezza is bound to depreciate at least 60,000 Rs. lesser than the Duster over a usage of 5 to 7 years.

Vitara Brezza (manual) – 6.51, Duster 85PS (manual) – 5.92, Duster 110PS (automatic) – 7.52

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall the Vitara Brezza works out to be almost 1 lakh rupees cheaper than the Duster 85PS combining the fuel efficiency and resale price advantage over the Duster. The Duster AMT automatic works out to be 2.4 lakh rupees more expensive than the Brezza.

Vitara Brezza (manual) – 6.81, Duster 85PS (manual) – 7.87, Duster 110PS (automatic) – 9.22

Verdict: 
The Brezza is our pick of this test. It works out to be 1 lakh rupees cheaper than the Duster, has way more features, is bound to be more reliable, is more refined and more efficient than the Duster. However, if you intend to spend most of your time driving in and around city traffic, the Duster AMT automatic might be a good option. It is quite heavy on the pocket, but it will liberate you from the tyranny of constant cutch-declutching and gear rowing completely.

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