Thursday, 30 August 2012

Comparison - Renault Duster Vs Ford EcoSport ?

Ford had showcased the EcoSport at the 2012 Auto Expo and was pretty happy with the way the reviews came from the crowd there. The launch is slated to be in January 2013 in India. However, Ford EcoSport's launch has already taken place in Brazil.

The Renault Duster having the first mover advantage with almost 12,000 bookings confirmed by the company - though some 2,500 bookings cancelled after the actual launch took place has gained place in the Indian market after a jaw dropping price of Rs 7.19 Lac for the lowest petrol variant. However, to be realistic something in today's market conditions - a diesel variant, plus minimum safety features like 2 airbags along with ABS would take the toll to Rs 11 Lac, with a 1.5L 85 bhp engine, which is too big a price tag for sheer value for money and keeping in mind its competitors. You could get a Tata Safari for a similar price tag with a complete SUV feel (not Compact SUV) and with a much more powerful 2.2L Dicor engine. Stretch your budget a little bit and you could end up buying a new XUV 5OO. 

Well, coming on to comparison of Renault Duster with Ford EcoSport, which might be an actual competitor of Duster, we got some important points for all you guys which might help you in taking decision about the owning a hassle free new Compact SUV. So, here we go.

Ford's EcoSport will be powered by 1.0L Ecoboost engine delivering 120 ps of power. Now that's fab !!! (Remember ! The petrol engine has already won  International Engine of the Year award). Also, do not forget to see the Ford Ecoboost engine's video which tells about how powerful this engine would be. The American car maker says it will be equivalent to a 1.6L engine and will be very fuel efficient - something 20 Kmpl or so ?  The car maker also claims that the EcoSport will also be available with 1.5L Diesel engine - This is the same engine which powers the Ford Fiesta. So, the already running machine is tried and tested and will not give you a setback. However, Renault Duster's engine is a 1.6L petrol engine and a 1.5L diesel engine with 85 bhp. As far as petrol goes, Ford is a clear winner however we will have to test the Diesel engine when it launches - as far as current fiesta engine is concerned which has a prominent turbo lag - Duster is a winner in Diesel. We expect Ford to refine its diesel engine and reduce the turbo lag to a minimum. Ford EcoSport has also been caught with Automatic variant however it is still not confirmed whether Indian market will get the same or not !

We would compare Duster to a Rhinoceros which is plump and a little slow to act however the Ford's EcoSport would be compared to a wild night animal with bright eyes looking for a prey and fast to react. Renault's Duster has a massive ground clearance of 205mm whereas the Ford EcoSport has added to the fact that with 200mm ground clearance it also has a 550mm water wading capacity - which means including the side sill and the opening of doors the clearance is 550mm which is massive and will be a boon to drive without caring for water in extreme monsoons. Looks wise both the vehicles look equally good - it just depends on one's perception and what clicks to one. Both score equal points on looks.

Renault Duster's interiors boast of beige colored interiors with chrome on AC vents however it lacks the first look - WOW factor. Despite of being a 5 seater, the rear AC vent would come into the legs and would ideally be a 4 seater SUV. The rear seats are comfortable and offer good thigh support. A huge boot space could also not be ignored. Ford EcoSport has got spacious and comfy interiors with plenty of thrilling features installed. Trendy cabin with stunning styling cues and smart upholstery coupled with effortless work of Ford professionals in utilizing every bit of space speaks itself. Voice controls, Hill launch assist and smart start are some of those exciting features seen in this American machine.

Renault Duster is packed with an array of features comprising of Power steering, Power windows with switches on door pads, Remote central locking, Remote fuel filler, Rear armrest with cup holder, Electrically adjustable driver’s seat, Leather seat, Tinted glass, Foldable rear seats, 2 Tripmeter, Tachometer, AC with climate control, Remote boot opener, Foldable front passenger seat, Glove box, Rear wiper, Rear defogger, Radio, CD, MP3 player with Bluetooth and AUX input.

Ford EcoSport could be loaded with features like remote operated door opening & closing, Power windows, Tripmeter, My Connection feature in music system, iPod or USB connectivity, Quick fold system for the rear seats, plenty of storage areas like under passenger seat, Cooled glove box, Cup holders, Map holder on front seats, Auto Climatic control AC system with pollen filters, etc. A SYNC feature is also installed in the EcoSport which works on voice recognition commands.

Renault Duster is placed within price bracket of Rs 7.19 - Rs 11.30 Lac ex-showroom price whereas the Ford EcoSport could be priced slightly below the Renault's Duster. We expect it to be priced between rs 7 lac - Rs 11 Lac, mainly due to availability of features on high end variants.

Undoubtedly, the car makers are expecting one of the biggest fight ever in the Indian car market for both the products are equally good. However, one who would like to care about the rugged SUV feel and would not care much about the interiors and the features - Renault Duster would be ideal for one. However, if you care for the interiors and would like your car to have all the updated features and rich look - go for Ford's EcoSport. The final verdict is yet to be made once the vehicle launches in January 2013.


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