Renault Duster vs XUV 500

This guest post contrasts and compares two SUV’s, which are Renault Duster and Mahindra and Mahindra’s XUV 500. The primary parameters such as mileage, engine specifications, price, design and layout are discussed and analyzed. This post provides a very detailed and a comprehensive understanding of both these vehicles.


Renault Duster and Mahindra & Mahindra’s XUV 500 are referred to as a sport or suburban utility vehicle (SUV). These cars appear like an estate car or maybe even like a station wagon and have large carrying capacities. They can accommodate big, bulky luggage and lots of people. They fall in the large sedan category of four-wheeler vehicles and are pleasing to the eyes in terms of their elegance, sophistication and interior layout. They are usually designed using state of art technology and have the latest and advanced audio-visual equipment, safety features, air-conditioning layouts and have loads of interior space in terms of leg and head room. This guest post discusses and analyses Renault Duster and XUV 500 with reference to various parameters such as price, mileage, interior and exterior design and various other features.

Renault has traditionally been referred to as a pioneer of designing and manufacturing reasonably priced, fuel efficient, sturdy, elegant vehicles. Duster was launched in the Indian automobile market in 2012 and is available in both the petrol as well as diesel variants. It is available in three engine choices and nine variants out of which seven are diesel and two are petrol.  On contrary, XUV 500 is available only in four diesel variants and was launched a year before Duster.


Renault is a well-known, reputed firm for designing and manufacturing low-budget yet efficient SUV’s. The cheapest and the very basic model of the petrol variant of Duster is available for approximately seven lakhs and the higher version can be priced roughly at thirteen lakhs. On the other hand, XUV 500 is a costly vehicle as its lowest variant is available for approximately eleven lakhs. The reason being that diesel vehicles are costlier than petrol ones.

Engine and Mileage:

Duster is available in three engine choices out of which one is petrol and the remaining two are diesel. The K9K diesel vehicle produces two power outcomes that are 109 bhp and 84 bhp. The petrol variant is just equipped with a four-cylinder vehicle delivering a power outcome of 102 bhp. The diesel version of the Duster has a mileage of 21 Kmpl and the petrol variant has a fuel efficiency of 19 Kmpl. The Renault Duster is available in a total of three variants, which are RxE, RxL and RxZ. On the other hand, XUV 500 diesel variant delivers a very less mileage of just 15 Kmpl as it has just one 140 bhp four-cylinder diesel engine that has a displacement of 2179 cc. It generates a torque of 330 Nm between 1600-2800 rpm.

Interior Design and Layout:

Duster has spacious and elegant interiors. It is loaded with a lot of latest safety and advanced features such as Bluetooth, entry without keys, ABS with EBD, sensors for rear parking, airbags in the front for the driver and the passenger, rear defogger, wiper and washer at the rear end, leather upholstery, four speaker audio and music system, air conditioning vent at the rear seats and satellite control for audio and phone devices. The car is highly functional and extremely practical in its usage. The boot space is close to five hundred liters and the rear seats have ample of head and leg room. This vehicle also has various cup-holders and a big, spacious glove-box. The XUV 500 can be described as an open and an airy vehicle. However, it has its limitations and offers very obvious disadvantages. It is a seven seater SUV but the last row cannot be used by adults because it has restricted length size. The boot space is almost negligible. The finishing and layout of the plastics is shabby and untidy. The one good thing about this vehicle is that the front row seats are spacious. Some features of XUV 500 are cruise control, driver’s conversation mirror, console flowing through the center and voice command features for the audio system.

Exterior Appearance and Style:

Duster is a 4.3 meters long SUV and appears big, huge, muscular and broad. It can be labelled as a SUV in the literal sense because it is made up of big, flared wheel arches, squared styling, sixteen inch alloys and roof rails. The front appears simple, plain yet elegant due to the presence of the majestic chrome finished Renault grille and squared head lamps. The rear end of the vehicle is sculpted and is very appealing, pleasing to the eyes due to the presence of the Duster badge. This vehicle in simple terms is very traditional and conservative but is still praised and appreciated by many of its customers.

The XUV 500 is also a traditional, conservative, tall and broad SUV. Its length size is 4585mm, width is 1890mm and height is 1785mm. It is almost of the same length as the Duster, actually slightly longer. It is an extreme looking vehicle with an equaling extreme front end design. The head lamp is integrated with the LED lighting system and the rear end has a bulge. The side view/profile appears very natural and above the wheel arches there are muscular design lines. It has the original and the typical Mahindra Grille. It also features twin exhausts. The door handles are funky as they are “paw-like”. The tail lamps are intriguing, elegant and a work of art due to the motif engravings.



The most important aspect that is considered along with mileage, price and miscellaneous features is the color of the car. Generally Duster is preferred in black and white colors and it is available in six different shades. The colors belong to the elite and vibrant categories and are available in either pearl or metallic base. The pearl base shades are supreme white and galaxy black. The metallic shades are fiery red, moonlight silver, graphite grey and woodland brown.

XUV 500 is available in seven colors such as satin white, moondust silver, opulent purple, Tuscan red, volcano black, amazon green and dolphin grey.

Conclusion: This blog discusses in detail the salient features of the Renault Duster and XUV 500. It compares and contrasts their engine configurations, fuel efficiency, power, the external and internal design, layout, appearance and style. It also provides details with respect to the various color schemes available for both the vehicles.

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