Renault Kiger SUV hits SA with R200 000 starting price

Now Renault is getting in on the motion with its new Kiger compact SUV. Hailing from India, the Renault Kiger shares its CMFA+ platform with the aforementioned Nissan, though the Indo-French providing has a definite design that gained’t end in any confusion within the car parking zone. We’re taking a look at you Toyozuki.

But the Renault’s greatest USP is its starting price simply shy of R200 000 (see full price checklist under). In truth, this price positioning is so aggressive that Renault believes it will possibly sway many consumers who have been within the market for a price range hatchback. Because, let’s face it, everybody desires an SUV as of late.

There is one catch, nevertheless, and it comes within the type of a usually aspirated 1.0-litre engine that powers the bottom fashions. This engine, which can also be discovered within the Renault Triber that the Kiger shares its platform with, produces a mere 52kW and 96Nm. Thankfully Renault additionally gives a 1.0-litre turbopetrol unit (as per the Magnite) with 74kW and a extra healthful 160kW on provide. But this comes at a premium, with the turbo mannequin starting at R249 900 and topping out at R289 900 – which continues to be very aggressive within the context of its market.

What’s it prefer to drive?

We received to expertise the brand new Renault Kiger on some nation roads close to Pretoria this week, and fortunately we have been in a position to pattern each engine sorts.

First up was the usually aspirated 1.0 Zen guide mannequin, which carried out a little bit higher than its meagre outputs had led me to anticipate – largely due to the automobile’s kerb weight of simply 900kg. It’s received sufficient oomph to maintain up with city visitors, and it will possibly additionally cruise fairly nicely on the open street, though you’ll actually should work the engine laborious and stir the gearbox while you need to overtake. Unfortunately stirring stated gear stick is just not probably the most nice expertise because it feels a bit notchy. The engine can also be considerably noisy while you’re accelerating to maintain up with city visitors, and there’s a honest quantity of wind noise at freeway speeds.

The 1.0 Turbo mannequin that I attempted subsequent, additionally in guide guise, offered a considerably enhanced driving expertise. The gearbox felt higher, the engine was quieter and, most significantly, efficiency was very spectacular. It doesn’t lag on pull-off and the automobile picks up velocity in a short time.

At the top of the day, you get what you pay for with the Renault Kiger. Spec-for-spec, the turbo engine instructions a price premium of R35 000 and if common long-distance driving is in your agenda then it’s nicely price the additional outlay. The range-topping turbo mannequin can also be accessible with a CVT gearbox.

The Kiger’s experience high quality was fairly snug and roadholding was sufficient, however it may be noisy at instances and all thought of, it’s not probably the most refined SUV on the market, however this needs to be balanced towards its comparatively low asking price.

What’s it like inside?

The inside is greatest described as wise. Most of the textures and surfaces correlate with the automotive’s inexpensive price tag and there’s little in the best way of cabin glamour.

However, we have been actually impressed by the practicality on provide. There’s loads of leg-stretching house for rear occupants and the deep-set boot swallows 405 litres, which is spectacular for a automobile within the compact class.

What options does it have?

The Renault Kiger is accessible in three spec grades, specifically Life, Zen and Intens, and the center mannequin is the one one accessible with each engines.

In phrases of ordinary spec, the Life comes with guide air con with further rear air vents, a traditional four-speaker DIN radio with USB port, distant central locking, entrance electrical home windows and 16-inch metal rims with plastic wheel covers.

The Zen, priced from R214 900, provides an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, reverse digital camera, in addition to steering-mounted controls, push-button begin, rear electrical home windows and 16-inch wheels with ‘Flex’ covers designed to seem like alloys – they usually actually do!

The range-topping Intens trim grade comes with computerized air con, one-touch up performance for the driving force’s window, 3-D Auditorium sound system with 4 tweeters, wi-fi smartphone replication, TFT instrument cluster, rear window defogger, cooled decrease glove field, selectable driving modes and 16-inch Diamond Cut alloy wheels.

As for security, the Life base mannequin (fairly satirically) has fewer security options than the 2 prime fashions, though the fundamentals like twin entrance airbags and ABS brakes are nonetheless a part of the deal. Front facet airbags are fitted from Zen upwards, whereas all turbo variants additionally come with ESP stability management.

The usually aspirated fashions are offered with a two-year/30 000km service plan and the turbo variants get a three-year/45 000km plan. All fashions are offered with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical guarantee.

Renault Kiger costs (2021)

1.0L Life guide – R199 900

1.0L Zen guide – R214 900

1.0L Zen AMT – R224 900

1.0L Turbo Zen guide – R249 900

1.0L Turbo Intens guide – R269 900

1.0L Turbo Intens CVT – R289 900

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