Car manufacturers sometimes give their products interesting names, and we often never get to know where they’ve derived the name from or what it even means. The latest brand to introduce a new model with a rather peculiar name is Renault and it’s called the Tiger – sorry that’s Kiger, not Tiger. It’s easy to get the two mixed up and surely you can see why. Aside from its name, there’s a lot more to the new Renault Kiger.

 

Design

At first glance you may mistake the Renault Kiger for a weightlifting Renault Kwid, that’s because it shares a lot of similarities with the Kwid when it comes to its design, especially in its front and side profile. The Kiger’s front end has Renault’s futuristic design, which we saw first in the Kwid, with its slim LED daytime lights and three-bulb LED headlamps on each side. C-shaped LED taillights have been built into the Kiger’s rear. Overall, it has an unmistakable muscular design and a raised ride height – and that’s how you know that it’s not a Kwid. 

Renault Kiger Interior

Interior

Inside, the French carmaker, Renault, has given the new Kiger an 8-inch touch infotainment screen, which gives you access to features such as wireless smartphone mirroring through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. If you prefer to use a USB cable, you do have that option too. A reverse camera is part of the package, and your rear surroundings can be viewed through the screen with guidelines. Things like keyless entry and keyless start are just some of the cool convenience Renault has packed into the new Kiger. While you’re driving, you can use the rotary dial next to the gear lever to select your drive mode. There are three settings to choose from – Eco, Normal and Sport.

Is the Renault Kiger available in automatic?

With two transmissions on the menu, the Kiger can be had in manual and CVT (automatic). The manual is a 6-speed box while the CVT offers 5 gears. Whichever one you opt for, your gearbox will be paired to a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder engine, and depending on the Renault Kiger variant, this motor is available both with a turbo and without. The naturally aspirated 1.0-litre engine is good for 53 kW and 96 Nm, which is a bit lean and will leave you feeling underpowered at cruising speeds. You won’t experience the lack of vroom vroom with the 74 kW and 160 Nm 1.0-litre turbo. This force-fed version can hold its own in the city and on open roads.

As the latest model to enter the recently stocked B-SUV segment, the new Renault Kiger competes with the Kia Sonet and Nissan Magnite. Since Renault and Nissan are in an alliance, the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite share the same underpinnings. The Kiger is available in three model variants (specs) and makes use of Renaults new derivative naming system. Labels like Expression and Dynamique have been replaced with a Life, Zen and Intense.

Renault Kiger Exterior Rear

How much is the Renault Kiger?

KIGER Life 1.0L                                                            R199 900 

KIGER Zen 1.0L                                                            R214 900 

KIGER Zen 1.0L                                                            R224 900 

KIGER Zen 1.0L                                                            R249 900 

KIGER Intens 1.0L Turbo                                  R269 900 

KIGER Intens 1.0L Turbo CVT              R289 900