2021 Renault Kiger Subcompact SUV
The 2021 Renault Kiger Subcompact SUV is the first sub-4 metre SUV from the French carmaker in India, and it's based on the same CMF-A+ platform that underpins the Renault Triber MPV and Nissan's Magnite subcompact SUV. With the Kiger, Renault has gone for a much more aggressive and butch design featuring sculpted lines and lots of cladding.
Renault did well to offer a very distinct look on the Kiger, one which is suave and typically European. The front end while busy, is neatly done. Especially the wing-shaped grille, sleep LED daytime running lights and the low-mounted tri-cube LED headlights. Then, you have the cool-looking bumper, a skid plate and that butch looking sculpted bumper.
The profile of the Renault Kiger features a set of 16-inch alloy wheels housed is square wheel arche, which get dual tone treatment and look quite stylish. Then you have black cladding all over and the usable roof-rails, hugging the slightly sloping roofline that can take up 50 kg load.
At the rear, the new Kiger comes with these new C-shaped LED taillights, muscular haunches on the rear wheels, a thick, blacked out C-pillar and an integrated rear spoiler. The rear bumper too is well cladded and comes with silver skid plate.
The new Renault Kiger also gets a well laid-out cabin and the interior is also done nicely. There is a heavy use of plastics here but the quality of plastics are good and the touch and feel are also nice. The dashboard has a layered theme to it, it is minimalist with fewer buttons.
The party piece here is the 8-inch touchscreen, which gets wireless smartphone connectivity in form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Kiger gets three driving modes, which are Normal, Eco and Sport along with start-stop button and an optional wireless charger.
At the rear, the cabin comes with a nice flat bench seat that can have 3 average sized passengers abreast. There is a foldable central armrest with a mobile holder, along with rear AC vents and good legroom.
The Renault Triber here comes with the new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine that is tuned to make 98 bhp at 5,000 rpm and develops 160 Nm at 3,200 rpm. Renault also offers a naturally aspirated 1.0 litre motor that makes 71 bhp at 6,250 rpm and 96 Nm at 3,500 rpm.
The model we drove was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, however, the company also offers an optional CVT automatic with the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine and an optional AMT unit with the naturally aspirated petrol engine.
The Renault Triber offers great road presence and one might even say it looks like an upscaled version of Kwid in some manner, which, if you think about it not a bat thing. The Kwid is a good looking car inspired by SUV-like styling. With the Kiger you also have the proportions to go with the looks.
Priced between Rs. 5.45 lakh and Rs. 9.55 lakh (ex-showroom, India) the Renault Kiger is the most affordable subcompact SUV in the segment. The car looks handsome and rugged, it offers decent driving experience and packs in features which are adequate enough! The value for money proposition is quite high with the Kiger, thanks to the excellent pricing and enough trim options to choose from.