So here it is. I feel the Duster AWD won’t make you feel invincible or unstoppable. You will have to think twice before flinging this vehicle anywhere. But to come to think of it, it is such a comfortable off-roader at an affordable price. Its suspension is so well tuned for mud plugging and well-calibrated to take some beating. True, the SUV doesn’t get the most sophisticated AWD systems around, but is quite robust and can tackle some rough patches and tough situations. The need for off-road tyres was felt, but the current ones are good enough for their dual purpose.
I also learnt that it is only the extreme off-road conditions where the going will get tough for the Duster. Otherwise it is a very capable vehicle. Its high ground clearance, robust AWD system, independent suspension and comparatively low weight make it a nimble off-roader. These traits help it to travel places and traverse terrain that any other soft-roader would only imagine of going. But then again, the Duster won’t go as many places. It is not meant to climb over big boulders, go through rivers and ascent ridiculously steep slopes – it is not designed to do that. So forget conquering forts, yet, the Duster AWD will surely show you places in and around these same forts successfully.