Renault Kiger Turbo Petrol Review - Performance, Mileage
Renault Kiger Turbo Petrol Sub-Compact SUV Road Test Review - Performance, Mileage, Specs
The Kiger comes in at a time when the subcompact SUV segment is already crowded and just a few months back, Nissan launched its Magnite. Hence, while it might seem difficult for the Kiger to immediately make a mark, we think Renault has done enough here to make the Kiger one of the best-valued SUVs you can get. Read on to know our drive review of this new SUV.
The Kiger does not come in any diesel engine but instead, it comes with only a 1.0 petrol along with a 1.0 turbo petrol. We drove the turbo petrol with the manual gearbox. Renault also offers the Kiger with a CVT with the 1.0 turbo petrol while it even has an AMT option with the base spec 1.0 petrol engine. The turbo petrol Kiger 1.0 makes 100ps and 160Nm while the gearbox is a 5-speed manual. This engine is the same as the Magnite.
Kiger drive review
Start the Kiger up and it is pretty refined, but some of the vibrations due to the 3-cylinder engine do come up inside the cabin and via the gear lever too. It settles down when you start driving it but some noise remains. Other than that the Kiger feels quick and agile when driven within city limits. We drove the 5-speed manual, and the clutch is very light to use and the same goes for the steering, which makes driving in tight traffic or parking very easy.
The engine has enough punch or torque coming in at the lower revs hence taking speed breakers in 3rd gear is no issue. You also do not need to get down to a lower gear all the time which is useful too. In the city the ground clearance of 205mm is excellent and helps in clearing speed breakers, while the ride quality, despite the initial firmness is well adapted to suit our roads.
Out on the highway, the Kiger engine works well and gets up to big speeds with no issue as you do not feel the need for a sixth gear, as the gears are spaced out and neither does it run out of breath. However, only the engine gets a bit louder. The Kiger gets drive modes and that changes the throttle response with normal or city use being the best combination of mileage and power. Sport is the best setting for an enthusiastic drive, while Eco is best suited when you need to save fuel.
Kiger fuel economy
The official mileage is 20 km/l but in the real world, expect the Kiger to give 12-14 kmpl depending on the way you drive.
The Kiger turbo petrol range starts at Rs 7.14 lakh while the top-end manual is Rs 8.5 lakh. The CVT is Rs 9.5 lakh for the top-end. The Kiger seems slightly better than the Magnite in terms of driving experience while only falling short in terms of refinement else the drive modes and the ground clearance, plus power makes the turbo petrol the pick of the Kiger range.
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