2021 Renault Kiger Review – Features and Specifications
The global unveiling of Renault’s much anticipated compact SUV, the Kiger happened at the beginning of the year 2021. With Renault’s newest launch the Kiger, the French carmaker expands its India vehicle range which comprises the Kwid, Duster and Triber. Kiger, a global product manufactured in India has heated up the already fiercely competitive sub-compact SUV segment in India. Based on the CMF-A+ modular platform, the Kiger includes a lot of fascinating highlights making it a compelling option. So what does the Renault Kiger, an SUV, have to offer that’s unique and could find similar appeal? Let’s find out. So, Motorgyan team will tell you if the Kiger’s worth your consideration or not!
New 2021 Renault Kiger: Variants
The sub-four metre SUV can be booked in Radiant Red, Caspian Blue, Ice Cool White, Moonlight Silver, Planet Grey, and Mahogany Brown colour. The Kiger is available in six exterior colours, with a dual-tone paint scheme available across the entire variant line-up.
Renault is offering the Kiger with two engine options and four variants that include RXE, RXL, RXT, and RXZ. Check the variant-wise features of the model.
|Exterior Design||LED DRLs Day & Night, C-Shaped Signature LED Tail Lamps, Turn Signal Indicators on Outside Door Mirrors, Mystery Black ORVMs, Sporty Rear Spoiler, Satin Silver Roof Rails, Mystery Black Front Fender Accentuator, Side Door Decals and 40.64 cm Steel Wheel with Wheel Cover||Body Colour Door Handles, Shark Fin Antenna and Front Grille Chrome Accent|
|Interior Design||Muted Melange Seat Upholstery and High Centre Console with Armrest & Open Storage||Liquid Chrome Upper Panel Strip & Piano Black, Door Panels and 3-spoke Steering Wheel with Mystery Black Accent|
|Comfort||8.9 cm LED Instrument Cluster, Driver & Passenger Front Adjustable Headrests, Manual AC with Heater, 100% Foldable Rear Seat, Front Power Windows, ORVM – Manual Internal Adjust and 12V Charging Socket – Front & Rear||R&GO Audio System with Bluetooth & USB Connection, 4 Speakers, Bluetooth Audio and Phone, Intermittent Position on Front Wipers, Rear Airconditioning Vents, Rear Power Windows, Electrically Adjustable ORVMs, Rear Parcel Shelf, Day & Night Adjustable Interior Rear View Mirror and Height Adjust Tilt Steering|
|Safety||Rear Parking Sensors, Front Airbag – Driver & Passenger, ABS & EBD and Load Limiter & Pretensioner (Driver Only)||Speed Sensing Door Lock|
A standout feature on the Kiger is the possibility to choose from Multi-sense Driving Modes. Wait, this feature is available on the top trim for both engines and transmission options. Now, we will talk about the RXT and RXZ Variants.
|Detail||RXT= RXL+||RXZ= RXT+|
|Exterior Design||Silver Rear SUV Skid Plate, Satin Silver Roof Bars (50 kg Load Carrying Capacity) and 40.64 cm Styled Flex Wheels (5 Strokes)||Tri-octa LED Pure Vision Headlamps, Mystery Black & Chrome Trim Fender Accentuator and 40.64 cm Diamond Cut Alloys|
|Interior Design||Mystery Black Interior Door Handles, High Centre Console with Armrest & Closed Storage, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls (Audio & Phone Control), Liquid Chrome Gear Box Bottom Insert, Linear Interlock Seat Upholstery and Chrome Knob on Centre & Side Air Vents||Mystery Black High Centre Console with Armrest & Closed Storage, 3-spoke Steering Wheel with Leather Insert, Quilted Emboss Seat Upholstery and Steering Wheel Mounted Controls (Audio, Phone & Cluster Control)|
|Comfort||20.32 cm Display Link Floating Touchscreen, USB Smartphone Replication, Driver Seat Height Adjustment, Front Seat Back Pocket – Passenger & Driver Side, 60/40 Split Rear Row Seat with Adjustable Headrests & ISOFIX, Rear Centre Armrest with Cup Holders, Rear Wiper & Washer, Rear View Camera, Rear Room Lighting, Smart Access Card & Push Start/Stop, Upper Glove Box and Vanity Mirror – Passenger Side.||17.78 cm Multi-skin Drive Mode Cluster, 3D Sound by ARKAMYS® (4 Speakers + 4 Tweeters), Wireless Smartphone Replication, Multi-sense Driving Modes & Rotary Command on Centre Console, Auto AC, Interior Ambient Illumination with Control Switch, PM2.5 Clean Air Filter (Advanced Atmospheric Particulate Filter), Auto Up Down – Driver Power Window with Anti-pinch Power Folding ORVMs, Cooled Lower Glove Box and Rear Defogger|
|Safety||2 Side Airbags|
Renault Kiger Engine: Sporty Performance
Renault is offering two petrol engines with the Kiger and both displacing 999cc. A 72PS 1.0-litre naturally aspirated motor, and a 100PS 1.0-litre turbocharged engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is offered as standard. There are also three transmission options, manual, automated manual transmission and a CVT. If you desire an automatic, the non-turbo engine is offered with an AMT whereas the turbo engine is clubbed with a CVT.
As per the motorgyan team, turbo petrol paired with the manual transmission is the best option as it makes a 100PS of max power with 160Nm of max torque as opposed to 72PS and 96Nm of max torque in the naturally aspirated petrol. From a drivability standpoint, we’d recommend the turbocharged engine over the non-turbo. The Kiger has nicely tuned suspension and that is something it has in common with other Renault cars too. It soaks up bumps, potholes, undulations nicely too.
Renault Kiger Interiors
In terms of interior, the cabin of the Renault Kiger has good space. The three-tiered dashboard looks solid and the plastics feel dependable. Chrome and gloss black trim on the centre console and steering wheel help uplift the cabin’s ambience. The control knobs and dials are tactile and we especially liked the mild knurling on the air-con control knobs. That knurling effect is also seen in the texture of the door pads and the seat upholstery.
What really is a boon is the wireless integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The floating 8-inch touchscreen is available in the top two variants. Steering Wheel Mounted Controls (Audio & Phone Control) are available from the RXT variant onwards.
Renault has done well to offer good space for the rear seat passengers in the Kiger. It is one of the most spacious cabins in the segment. A good amount of knee room for the rear occupants is present. Despite the fact that the Kiger gets a sloping roofline, there is enough headroom here. Even a 6-foot passenger will be comfortable at the rear. And the best part is ample space to keep your phone.
The Kiger is one of the most practical SUVs in the segment, with a very large boot. The company claims that at 405 litres it is easily one of the most spacious in terms of volume. The combination of a high loading lip and a low boot floor does make loading heavy luggage difficult. However, Renault will offer an accessory shelf that makes the boot floor level with the opening.
Kiger has three driving modes – Normal, Eco and Sports. These modes are controlled via a rotary dial on the centre console and they alter the Kiger’s throttle response and steering. These modes do make a noticeable difference to the Kiger’s performance, with the car feeling most responsive in Sports mode. The digital dashboard also displays cool graphics when in Sports, such as power and torque usage and even a G-meter. Normal mode put the emphasis on the speed display while Eco highlights the rpm band for most efficient driving.
Pricing and Conclusion
In fact, the Kiger is a global product manufactured in India and shares the same platform as its cousin rival – the Nissan Magnite. With a starting price of Rs. 5.45 lakh and the top-spec model priced well below Rs.10 lakh, Kiger offers solid value for money. You can buy Kiger if you want a stylish, spacious and comfortable SUV on a budget. The SUV offers good performance along with a list of features. The Kiger is a genuine family car. We can say, Kiger a comfortable compact SUV that’s great, good to drive and equipped with fascinating features. The Kiger’s strength clearly lies in its tempting price tag. The Kiger misses out on a sunroof though, which is something that is catching in this segment. There is no connected car tech. In terms of safety, the Kiger gets four airbags on the top trim along with ABS and ESC.
Renault Kiger: Pros and Cons
|Quirky design stands out. Especially in loud colours like red and blue||Interior design looks plain|
|Super spacious cabin||Top features are reserved just for top trim|
|Genuine family car||Cabin insulation could be better|
|405-litre boot is the largest in its class|
|Nicely tuned suspension|
|7” Digital Driver’s Display|
|Two automatic options|
|3 Drive Modes: Eco, Normal and Sport|
|Wireless Android Auto / Apple CarPlay|
Renault has priced the Kiger very competitively and honestly it is a good package for the price. It packs a good amount of equipment and is even pretty good fun to drive, all this makes it quite a convincing car.