The entry-level urban SUV segment is growing each month as new entrants arrive and vy for consumers' attention. We take a look at two of the stalwarts to see which deserves your attention

Urban SUV

The mid-size SUV has been dominated by the Ford EcoSport for some time. The segment however has been getting increasingly busy with new models from all corners being introduced to take the fight to the blue oval.

One of the original competitors to the EcoSport is the Renault Duster and below we’ve collated some high-interest touch points that consumers often ask about to see which vehicle is better at what

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster

Space and Convenience

One of the first things a consumer will see and interact with is the interior of the vehicle and this often makes or breaks a sale. The Ford is still rather basic while Renault has included many convenience items.

  Ford EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente Renault Duster 1.5dCi Zen
Boot Size 330l expandable to 705l 478l
Infotainment SYNC 2 Bluetooth audio 7″ touchscreen + Apple Car Play and Android Auto
Keyless Start No No
Steering wheel controls Yes Yes
Cruise Control No Yes
Climate Control No Yes
Park Assistance Yes + Camera Yes (alert)

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster

Engine size and type

Both of these vehicles run a 1.5l 4-cylinder diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. the Duster falls a little short in power output but does have the option for a 4×4 system whereas the EcoSport does not.

  Ford EcoSport Renault Duster
Engine size 1.5 TDCI 1.5 TDCi
Power figures 74kW / 205Nm 66kW / 210Nm
Transmission 5 Speed Manual 5 Speed Manual
4×4 No optional

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster

Fuel consumption

The EcoSport trumps the Duster when it comes to fuel usage and storage, having more capacity and a much better consumption figure resulting in a further distance traveled.

  Ford EcoSport Renault Duster
Fuel tank size 52l 50l
Consumption 4.6l/100km 5.1l/100km
Estimated range 1130km 980km

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster

Safety

The Duster has better driver assistance systems as standard but does not have the same airbag count as the EcoSport. Both vehicles get a good safety NCAP score and have similar crash results.

  Ford EcoSport Renault Duster
Airbags 6 4
Isofix Yes Yes
Driver Assistance ABS, EBD, SC ABS,EBD, TSC, Hillstart Assist

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster

Renault Duster interior

Pricing

The Duster is R30 000 more expensive than the EcoSport but has a much better standard fitment than the Ford. It also has a longer warranty and a better optional service plan.

  Ford EcoSport Renault Duster
Price R 322 500 R 352 999
Warranty 4 year / 120 000km 5 year / 150 000km
Plans 3 year / 45 000 service optional 4 year / 60 000km service

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster

Duster infotainment

Verdict

At the end of the day, there is very little separating these two urban SUVs, and it will depend entirely on the individual buyer’s personal tastes and needs. Our money is on the Duster as a better overall package with its better tech and convenience and a European design.

Lawrence MinnieLawrence has been involved with motorsports for almost 30 years. Whether it's two wheels or four, if it has an engine, he will try to race it. This love of motor vehicles has led him to ride, drive, film, photograph, and write about his passion. Freelance for a while but now a permanent fixture on the AutoTrader team for over 7 years, Lawrence contributes written, photographic, and video content for AutoTrader and AutoTrader Bikes.View News & Reviews

android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
android, which is better? ford ecosport vs renault duster
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