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Renault South Africa has rejigged its five-strong Duster range, replacing the two Dynamique 4x2 variants with a pair of new TechRoad derivatives.

So, what sets the TechRoad models apart? Well, commanding a R5 000 premium over the Dynamique variants they replace, the TechRoad derivatives gain a rear-view camera, 17-inch alloys (with red centre caps), exterior badging (though we can see none on the provided press images) and red trim on the side-mirror caps.

A new “Red Fusion” colour is also offered on this model. Inside, Duster TechRoad models feature new upholstery (complete with red detailing on the seats), red accents on the air-vents (repeated around the gear-lever gaiter) and red elements on the interior door trim.

Power comes from the firm’s familiar 1,5-litre turbodiesel engine, sending 66 kW and 210 N.m to the front wheels in manual form and 80 kW and 250 N.m to the same axle in six-speed dual-clutch guise.

The new derivatives include Renault’s five-year/150 000 km warranty and three-year/45 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km). Check out pricing below...

Pricing:
Renault Duster 1,6 Expression 4x2: R255 900
Renault Duster 1,5 dCi TechRoad 4x2: R293 900
Renault Duster 1,5 dCi TechRoad EDC 4x2: R327 900
Renault Duster 1,5 dCi Dynamique 4x4: R327 900
Renault Duster 1,5 dCi Prestige EDC 4x2: R340 900


CAR magazine’s distinguished annual Top 12 Best Buys were presented at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening. Look out for our upcoming April 2019 issue for the full article and rationale behind each decision.

Top 12 Best Buys is our definitive guide to the very best cars in South Africa. As a reminder, here is our judging criteria:

Only vehicles that the majority of the eight-member CAR editorial team has driven: We factor in the findings of road tests and driving impressions we’ve published up until this March issue. Don’t see your favourite in the running? The CAR team might not have driven it yet, with a number of important vehicles (such as the new BMW 3 Series and the fresh Mercedes-Benz GLE) launching locally just too late to meet the deadline.

Ranges, not individual models: Except in the Budget and Performance Car segments, we consider an entire range, not merely one outstanding example. Also, remember that we measure cars against their direct rivals in their classes and then rule on their relative levels of excellence.

We consider all the facets: We look at package, personality, performance and, most importantly in the more value-led categories, price.

The bun fight … and then the vote: We set aside a day for the team to debate, argue and arm wrestle over the contestants. Then we draw up a list of six finalists per award and vote.

So, here are all the winners…

Budget car (under R170 000): Suzuki Swift 1,2 GA
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2nd: Kia Picanto 1,0 Street
3rd: Suzuki Celerio 1,0 GA

Small car: Volkswagen Polo Vivo/
2nd: Ford Fiesta
3rd: Volkswagen Polo

Midsize car: Volkswagen Golf


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2nd: Audi A3
3rd: Toyota Corolla Quest

Premium midsize car: Audi A4
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2nd: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
3rd: Volkswagen Arteon


Luxury car: Mercedes-Benz S-Class
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2nd: BMW 5 Series
3rd: Porsche Panamera

Performance car: McLaren 720S

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2nd: Ferrari 488 Spider
3rd: Porsche 718 Cayman GTS PDK

Small SUV/crossover: Renault Duster

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2nd: Ford EcoSport
3rd: Honda BR-V

Midsize SUV/crossover: Volkswagen Tiguan

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2nd: Kia Sportage
3rd: Mazda CX-5

Premium midsize SUV/crossover: Volvo XC60

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2nd: BMW X3
3rd: Audi Q5

Large SUV/crossover: Kia Sorento

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2nd: Ford Everest
3rd: Toyota Fortuner

Luxury SUV/crossover: Range Rover Sport

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2nd: Volkswagen Touareg
3rd: BMW X5

Double-cab bakkie: Ford Ranger

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2nd: Toyota Hilux
3rd: Volkswagen Amarok

Company of the year: BMW Group South Africa

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