Renault is the latest manufacturer to enter the compact-SUV segment in the market. They entered with the Kiger which was launched in February while the deliveries were started on 3rd March. A dealership also delivered 100 Kigers in a single day about which you can read more by clicking here. The Kiger has been a decent success as it is the cheapest compact-SUV that you can buy. Due to this, it attracted many people and the booking period has now exceeded more than 2 months or up to 10 weeks. The waiting period depends on the variant and colour option you opt for.
In February 2021 alone, Renault delivered 3,226 units and on their first day, the manufacturer delivered 1,100 units. Dealerships have confirmed that the highest demand is from the top-end variants with a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine mated to a CVT automatic transmission. The turbo petrol engine produces 100 PS of max power and 160 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard or you can opt for the CVT automatic gearbox. There is also a cheaper 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine available that produces 72 PS of max power and 96 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed Easy-R AMT. Renault has also equipped the Kiger with three different drive modes, namely, Normal, Eco and Sports.
The compact-SUV is based on the CMF-A+ platform. It is the same platform used for the Nissan Magnite and the Renault Triber. The Magnite also gets the same engine and transmission options like the Nissan Magnite. However, the Magnite is not offered with the 5-speed AMT. This part sharing is what has allowed the Renault-Nissan alliance to price their compact-SUVs more competitively than other manufacturers in the segment. The Kiger currently competes against the Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Mahindra XUV300 and the Nissan Magnite.
The Kiger is offered in four variants, namely, RXE, RXL, RXT and the top-end RXZ. The prices for the compact-SUV starts from Rs. 5.45 lakhs ex-showroom and go all the way up to Rs. 9.72 lakhs ex-showroom. People opting for the Kiger over the other competitors makes sense because at Rs. 9.55 lakhs ex-showroom, you can get the CVT automatic transmission with the turbocharged petrol engine and it is a top-spec RXZ variant which means that you get all the bells and whistles that Renault has to offer. When compared, it is only the Nissan Magnite that offers the automatic transmission with the top-end variant at this price range. Some people do prefer the design language of the Kiger over Magnite as the Kiger is a bit more SUV-ish whereas the Magnite resembles more of a crossover.
The Kiger also comes with a feature list, which will be enough for most people. It comes with LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps, C-shaped LED tail lamps, electric adjustment for outside rearview mirrors, keyless entry, rear AC vents, push-button to start/stop, rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As an accessory, you can also opt for an air purifier and a wireless charger. Renault is not offering an electric sunroof with the Kiger which has helped the manufacturer to keep the costs low and price the Kiger competitively.