Derived from an old Sanskrit word, Kiger means Tiger and Renault is quick to point to the front lighting setup of the newcomer to its range as having tiger eyes.
Whatever your interpretation, the new Kiger introduces another player into the growing B-SUV market segment and intends luring buyers with a car packed with standard features across two engine options.
The all new Renault Kiger is the latest design evolution pioneered by the Head of Group Design, Laurens Van Den Acker, who explains: ‘’True to the promise of the show-car, Renault Kiger is a robust, dynamic and generous SUV. Armed for travel in the urban jungle we also designed it for escape and confront any type of roads with serenity. Kiger has a SUV coupé look, but its long wheelbase promises great habitability and volume on board. Its “smart cabin” has been specially designed to encourage sharing and conviviality.”
Built on the same platform as Alliance partner Nissan’s Magnite, the Kiger is its own car from that base and the exterior of the vehicle has sculpted lines with a higher ground clearance, aluminium finish skid plates and a sporty rear window finished off with an integrated spoiler.
The front end is accentuated by Renault’s LED daytime running lights. The lower part features tri-octa LED PURE VISION headlamps, while the tail light units with glossy black inserts outline the rear double C-shaped lighting signature, with LED tail lights.
Renault has also dropped it Dynamique and Authentique nomenclature in favour of the global Life, Zen and Intens naming convention for its various spec levels and the top of the range (Intens) derivative is distinguishable by a two-tone body colour.
Inside, it is fairly roomy – 710 mm between the seats, second row legroom of 222 mm and elbow room of 1 413 mm. Boot space is 405 litres, which can extend to 879 litres with the second row of seats folded down and there is onboard storage capacity of 29 litres, including four 1-litre water bottle holders and two cup holders. The central armrest has a deep storage space of 7,5 litres while the glove compartment has a volume of 10,5 litres, with the upper and lower glove box capacity totalling 14,9 litres.
The centre console features an 8-inch floating touchscreen with wireless smartphone replication for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system not only offers voice recognition through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but also Bluetooth connectivity that can pair up to five devices, a USB socket for faster charging and a built-in MP4 video player.
The higher spec models offer a multi-sense driving experience as well as ambient lighting. The multi-sense feature enables the selection of different driving modes for a completely different driving experience – i.e., Normal, Eco or Sport mode. NORMAL mode offers an optimum driving experience for city driving conditions. It also provides useful information such as real-time and average fuel consumption all in a blue colour look. ECO mode provides a drive which is inclined towards economic driving practices, changing the overall appearance of the TFT to green.
SPORT mode provides a drive experience with crisper engine response and faster shifting. The overall TFT screen turns to red with quick information of acceleration gauge, torque, power ratios etc.
The new Renault Kiger boasts a brand new, quality sound system – the auditorium 3D sound system by Arkamys, with eight onboard speakers (four 6,5-inch speakers, four tweeters). The system automatically adjusts sound volume according to the speed of the vehicle.
The new Renault KIger is fitted with 2 engine variants:
An aspirated 1,0-litre engine with an output of 52 kW and 96 Nm of torque and a three-cylinder turbo-charged 1,0-litre petrol engine with a power output of 74 kW and 160 Nm of torque on the manual.
The 1,0-litre naturally aspirated engine is either paired with a five-speed manual gearbox or the EASY-R five-speed AMT gearbox that features a manual mode to allow the driver to operate in fully automatic or sequential mode.
The 1,0-litre turbo energy engine is either mated with a five-speed manual gearbox or an X-Tronic CVT gearboxt.
Safety spec includes A\a reinforced body structure, anti-lock braking with EBD, ESP, ISOFIX (for child seat safety), four crash bags (front + passenger + front side bags), seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, rear parking sensors, impact sensing door lock and pedestrian protection.
As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the new Renault Kiger comes standard with a
5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anticorrosion warranty, with service intervals at 15 000 km.
> KIGER Life 1.0L 2yr/30,000km SP R199 900 (incl. VAT)
> KIGER Zen 1.0L 2yr/30,000km SP R214 900 (incl. VAT)
> KIGER Zen 1.0L AMT 2yr/30,000km SP R224 900 (incl. VAT)
> KIGER Zen 1.0L Turbo 3yr/45,000km SP R249 900 (incl. VAT)
> KIGER Intens 1.0L Turbo 3 yr/45,000km SP R269 900 (incl. VAT)
> KIGER Intens 1.0L Turbo CVT 3yr/45,000km SP R289 900 (incl. VAT)
SP = Service Plan