What is it?

Renault’s a great deal predicted compact SUV, the Kiger, is below. Designed on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A+ system that also underpins the Triber and the Magnite, the Kiger built its global debut in India lately, underlining the worth of the product and our marketplace to the French carmaker. 

Based mostly on a 2,500mm wheelbase, the Kiger actions 3,991mm in length and 1,750mm in width, which is the narrowest for any compact SUV. Even so, what does help its bring about is the massive chrome-embellished front grille and the sculpted bonnet that tends to make it look broader than it is. The Kiger gets a split-headlamp arrangement with the LED DRLs and convert indicators positioned on major and the principal headlamp cluster found under. On major trims, the headlights are all-LED units that are housed in 3 different projector units. There is also a liberal use of black plastic on the front bumper which delivers great distinction. You would not be on your own to see the Kiger as an XL-sized Kwid, but on the full it is an appealing looker.

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The Kiger is crafted on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A+ system.

 

Renault failed to want to go for a typical boxy SUV glimpse with the Kiger, which is clear by its raked rear windscreen, tapering roofline and distinct spoiler component, all of which lends it a SUV-coupe-like profile. The standout element at the again are the 3D, C-shaped LED tail-lamps with gloss black factors. The boot lid far too has lots of cuts and creases and it also has a chunky rear bumper, physique cladding and a fake skid plate. What completes the SUV glimpse is the 205mm of ground clearance, the roof rails which can acquire hundreds up to 50 kg and the smart 16-inch diamond-slash alloys. 

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16-inch diamond-slash alloys glimpse distinctive.

 

The Renault Kiger can be had in six exterior colors, with a dual-tone paint scheme readily available throughout the entire variant line-up. This particular color on our examination motor vehicle, Caspian Blue, appeared decidedly great beneath the Goan sunshine. 

What’s it like on the inside?

Move inside the Kiger and you are greeted with a neat dashboard, one that is equivalent in style and design to that of the Triber’s. An all-new 8-inch touchscreen, that is slick more than enough in its procedure, requires centre phase on the sprint. What really is a boon is the wi-fi integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle. In its major trims, the Kiger is also outfitted with a substantial-res, 7-inch digital instrument cluster that shows really amazing graphics depending on the drive manner you are in, which we’ll get to in a little bit. 

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Chrome and gloss black trim on the centre console and steering wheel help uplift the cabin’s atmosphere.

 

You will not uncover any comfortable touch resources on the sprint but plastic quality is more than satisfactory for the Kiger’s rate. Renault has also carried out a great job to spruce up the cabin with chrome detailing close to the equipment lever, piano black factors on the centre console and the weather control knobs with integrated readouts (shared with the Magnite) glimpse top quality far too. Even so, there’s no escaping that expenses have been slash in buy to rate the Kiger so competitively. For case in point, factors like the inner rear- watch mirror, sun shades and roof lining truly feel incredibly basic.  

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Kiger’s front seats are comfy and supportive.

 

Up front, it is quick to uncover a comfortable driving place and you get a great watch out of the cabin. The seats on their own are supportive, well-bolstered and have a amazing pattern on them. One of the highlights on the Kiger, however, is the house on offer you for rear seat travellers. Headroom and legroom at the rear are both equally excellent and the flat ground also tends to make everyday living much easier for the middle passenger. The fold-down armrest is also well positioned, and if something, it is that the rear windows are a little bit tiny. 

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There’s lots of headroom and kneeroom on offer you at the rear.

The Kiger is one of the most simple SUVs in the phase, with lots of storage house inside the cabin. This is many thanks to simple and massive storage areas like the twin gloveboxes and the cental storage house between the elbow box and the equipment lever.)  The Kiger also impresses with a class-primary 405 litre boot. The mixture of a substantial loading lip and lower boot ground do make loading significant baggage complicated. Even so, Renault will offer you an accent shelf that tends to make the boot ground level with the opening. There is also the added flexibility of sixty:forty split rear seats.  

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405-litre boot is class-primary.

 

On the gear front, the selection-topping Kiger RXZ has an Arkamys 3D seem process, keyless entry-go, computerized weather control with PM 2.5 filter, ambient lights, cooled glove box and ability folding mirrors, however the all-critical sunroof is missing and there are a number of blank switches on the steering wheel, presumably for a cruise control that could be added on a foreseeable future update. A wi-fi charger and an exterior air purifier can be had as part of an accent pack. Safety functions involve four airbags, Abdominal muscles with EBD, ISOFIX kid-seat mounts, a rear-watch camera and parking sensors.

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New 8-inch touchscreen arrives with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle capabilty.

 

What’s it like to drive?

Powering the Kiger are two, 3-cylinder 1.-litre petrol engines. There is a by natural means aspirated unit that places out 72hp and 96Nm of torque and can be had with possibly a 5-speed handbook or an AMT gearbox. This engine also does responsibility in the Renault Triber. The other engine selection is the new HR10 turbo-petrol engine that built it is debut on the Nissan Magnite and will uncover its way into a selection of Renault-Nissan Alliance products in the foreseeable future. The unit creates 100hp and 160Nm of torque with a 5-speed handbook gearbox and 152Nm when paired to a CVT computerized. Renault expects the computerized variants to make up 30 per cent of product sales. Just like in the Magnite, there’s no diesel selection with the Kiger, nor will there at any time be as the CMF-A+ system simply just simply cannot accommodate one. We bought to sample the Kiger turbo-petrol handbook on our drive in Goa. 

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1.-litre turbo-petrol engine places out 100hp.

 

Thumb the starter button in the centre console and the engine arrives to everyday living, settling into a silent idle. While the engine is reasonably peaceful, you do truly feel some of the 3-pot motor’s vibrations in the cabin, namely on the steering wheel and equipment lever. 

Even so, as soon as you established off, the engine feels smoother and builds speed with assurance even when its off-boost. The boost arrives in at close to 1,700rpm, but it does so with out any well known surge or spike, as is widespread with turbocharged engines. Efficiency stays strong until eventually earlier 5,000rpm, just after which it tapers off, however you can wind the engine to six,500rpm. Revving difficult tends to make the engine seem pretty loud and there’s no missing that 3-cylinder thrum possibly. The turbo-petrol Kiger responds keenly to fast faucets on the accelerator, which tends to make for quick overtaking or immediately filling gaps in website traffic. It has good lower-selection grunt far too, but like other tiny capacity turbo-petrol engine-run autos you’ll will need to be conscious to be in the appropriate equipment on climbs. On the topic, the Kiger’s 5-speed handbook gearbox has extended throws and requires a little bit of hard work to slot into the gates but, it is exact more than enough. The clutch pedal nevertheless, is light and quick to modulate. 

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Rotary dial, to toggle as a result of the drive modes.

A significant chatting position on the Kiger is the inclusion of 3 driving modes – Ordinary, Eco and Sports. These modes are managed via a rotary dial on the centre console and they change the Kiger’s throttle response and steering. These modes do make a noticeable big difference to the Kiger’s efficiency, with the motor vehicle feeling most responsive in Sports manner. The digital dashboard also shows amazing graphics when in Sports, these types of as ability and torque usage and even a G-meter. Ordinary manner place the emphasis on the speed display screen when Eco highlights the rpm band for most economical driving.

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Digital instrument cluster shows ability and torque usage in Sports manner.

 

Goa’s winding and twisty roadways also gave us a chance to examination out the Kiger’s handling capabilities. The Kiger has great physique control and there’s a great total of grip on offer you far too, generating it pretty able in the bends. The Renault turns with assurance and the Activity manner that adds noticeable weight to the steering only can help the working experience. The steering is also light at lower speeds but it needs one far too several twirls lock-to-lock, which is one thing you’ll be aware when parking. That currently being said, the Kiger is an quick motor vehicle to area and feels at home in tight town confines. In phrases of braking, there’s a lack of an original chunk just after which the Kiger decelerates in linear and progressive way. 

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The Kiger is pretty able close to corners.

 

Also outstanding is the Kiger’s trip quality. There is an fundamental firmness to the trip but it is not to the position of currently being jarring, and on really bad patches, it essentially feels pretty tightly screwed jointly, practically like a mini-Duster. The big surprise is how the Kiger feels at cruising speeds. Entire body movements are well contained and it feels more surefooted than its 1 tonne weight would counsel. It drives like a greater and heavier motor vehicle and that is a big compliment to the Renault. In which the Kiger feels pretty typical is in refinement ranges. There is lots of highway, tyre and wind sounds in the cabin at substantial speeds and you can even hear the suspension difficult at get the job done.  

Should I acquire one? 

Priced from Rs 5.45 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), the Kiger officially results in being the most affordable compact SUV, just about undercutting its Nissan sibling, the Magnite. While Nissan may perhaps have had the very first mover edge in the Alliance with the Magnite by having a number of months for a longer period, Renault seemed to have built the Kiger a more rounded package deal. 

What you get for your cash is a comfortable compact SUV that is excellent to glimpse at, great to drive and decently outfitted with functions as well. Certain, the Kiger does pass up out on some functions that are now widespread in its class, like a sunroof, cruise control and connected motor vehicle technologies and Renault has also visibly saved expenses in areas, but factor in its rate, Rs 8.55 lakh for the major-spec RXZ turbo-petrol handbook that we drove, and you can really see the worth in this proposition. 

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The Kiger arrives throughout as a excellent worth-for-cash package deal.

Not only does it undercut the entire compact SUV phase and practically develop a sub-phase, the Renault Kiger in this major-spec variety is more affordable than even some top quality hatchbacks like the new Hyundai i20. If the demand for the Magnite is something to go by, which garnered 32,000 bookings in a thirty day period from its start, and taking into consideration the worth-for-cash it gives potential buyers, the Renault Kiger could just come to be the subsequent big issue in the compact SUV phase. 

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