1. Stylish design
Talk about its exterior or interior, you won't need anyone's validation, for the Kiger is abundant in style and character. Its design is inspired by the Kiger show-car that was revealed at the end of last year. And it looks like its concept, even if most of its design elements are from the latest iteration of the Kwid. This one's bigger, looks butch with its muscular cladding, and features a high ground clearance and bonnet with functional roof bars. Be it for the dual-tone paint options, sleek light clusters, LED lighting, funky alloys, or even the modern interior with the latest tech, the Kiger scores high in the looks department.
2. Turbo power
Renault only offers a pair of petrol engines in the Kiger. That too, a 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated (NA) and its turbo-powered version. The three-cylinder unit is a good little engine, even if it's not exactly bristling with power. As we've seen in the Triber, you might have to work it fairly hard to get up to higher speeds. So, if you think you'll find the entry-level car with its NA 72bhp engine swamped in traffic, you’ll be much better off going for its turbocharged version instead.
The 1.0-litre turbocharged unit churns out a healthy 99bhp of power and 160Nm of torque, which is higher than the peak torque of 96Nm that the NA engine provides. This makes quite a difference when you have to tackle traffic or make a quick sprint/overtake, or even cruise on the highway. There's enough pep to continuously make progress without a hiccup and in any driving mode you are in - eco, normal, or sport. It's quite smooth, refined, and civilised for such a small engine. Owners will find it more than adequate in urban driving conditions.
3. Very easy to drive in town
And if you spend most of your time driving in towns and cities, the Kiger will prove to be the more appropriate choice over other big bulky SUVs. With easy controls like a light clutch and steering, smooth gearshift with short throws, it feels right at home, pottering around town. Furthermore, its compact dimensions and light controls make it easy to weave through congested streets or fit into tight gaps. It's very easy to squeeze into narrow parking spaces, and good all-round visibility adds to the delight, as it gives you a clear view out.
4. Automatic convenience
As mentioned earlier, the ‘Energy’ 1.0-litre engine is available in the Kiger range as an NA or turbo-petrol engine. Interestingly, the NA engine can be had with either a five-speed manual or the brand's EASY-R five-speed AMT. Apart from this robotised automatic gearbox, there's also the option of a CVT. And that's offered only with its turbo-petrol, which otherwise comes mated to a five-speed manual as standard. All in all, Renault has ticked the right boxes when it comes to offering automatic convenience and in a wide range of options.
5. Multiple affordability price-points
We knew the ballpark figures for the Renault Kiger's pricing, but the carmaker just hit it out of the park with its aggressive pricing. It snatched the most affordable compact SUV title from its cousin -Magnite, and now is also offered in a wide array of options. The Kiger has been introduced in four trims - RXE, RXL, RXT, RXZ, and two engine options, with the choice of the two afore-mentioned automatic gearboxes. There you see, it gives the buyer plenty of choices to choose, starting from its entry-level version priced at Rs 5.45 lakh to its top-spec RXZ X-Tronic CVT variant that retails at Rs 9.55 lakh.