Renault Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens: Must tranquil the Vitara Brezza and Sonet be shy?

By Jarryd Neves, Motoring correspondent

The compact crossover section is bursting at the seams. Correct previously year, a slew of choices obtain flooded the local market, all promising style, loads of aspects and, most critically, value for money. A transient ticket at South African roads affords you the entire figuring out you want. All of them, from the Suzuki Vitara Brezza to the Kia Sonet, populate suburbia and multi-storey vehicle parks.

With a energetic sight on value-for-money, Renault has, in most recent years, introduced out a enormous vary of reasonably priced devices. The Kwid and Triber, to illustrate, proceed to promote correctly. Slotting factual under the Clio, the ageing Sandero (and its crossover sibling, the Stepway) fashioned piece of this budget vary. Bigger than a decade later, it used to be initiating to sign its age. While the 2d-abilities Sandero will proceed to be purchased in diversified areas, Renault SA has made up our minds to replace it with the Kiger, an Indian-sourced crossover.

When compared to the outgoing Sandero Stepway, the Kiger sports peculiar, distinctive styling. The angular, contemporary invent is enlivened by LED headlamps (identical outdated on the Intens) and daylight working lights. The test unit featured a trendy two-tone paint design; Ice Cool White bodywork neatly contrasted with the shadowy roof and side pillars. The Intens trim stage boasts model-particular 16-tear diamond lower alloys, underscoring its halo draw in the Kiger vary.

Noteworthy delight in the outdoor, identical outdated specification can even charm. The Intens derivative ships with keyless-entry, push-button open, local weather alter, a reverse parking digicam and rear parking sensors. Safety clever: ABS brakes with EBD, electronic balance alter and four airbags all design piece of the R274,900 asking label.

Renault Kiger
A touchscreen infotainment system affords Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

In case youve spent anytime in contemporary Renault products, the internal can obtain an air of familiarity. Digital dials are an upmarket touch; their appearance modifications with the many driving modes (Eco, Peculiar and Sport). The material-trimmed seats are, for potentially the most piece, glad but a splash more lower reduction toughen would be liked.

From in the help of the wheel, it is straightforward to dial on your most traditional driving draw, courtesy of the peak adjustable drivers seat however the three-spoke steering wheel is adjustable for rake handiest. At this label point, producers tend to eschew relaxed-touch materials in favour of harsher plastic trim. The Renault is rarely any diversified but doesnt match the Kia Sonet and its overwhelming sense of solidity. The cabin is enlivened by lashings of piano shadowy trim.

Other than the original omission of cupholders up front there are two in the rear armrest and bottle holders in the door playing cards the internal of the Kiger is purposeful. Two glove containers present loads of storage field up front and the supplementary central storage bin (below the motive forces armrest) affords further capability.

While it measures a compact 3,991 mm from stem to stern, the rear seats are critically great, with loads of knee- and legroom for passengers up to 1.8m tall. The Renault boasts easiest-in-class baggage capability, with a 405-litre boot. This bests the Sonet at 392, Magnite at 336 and Vitara Brezza at 328 litres, respectively. Fold the rear bench down and a capacious 879 litres of utility field is up for grabs.

Compact dimensions veil a capacious boot and generous stages of passenger field.

The pressure is somewhat of a combined procure. The 74 kW/160 Nm 1,0-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol engine performs correctly, providing decent in-gear acceleration. No longer jabber with being a one-trick pony, it is ambiance pleasant too. When equipped with a 5-tear handbook  ‘box, Renault claims the Kiger Turbo can effect a frugal fuel consumption figure of 5,0 litres/100 km. Over a week of traffic-heavy commuting, I managed to average a tranquil-impressive 6,3 litres/100 km.

The aforementioned gearbox isnt as slick as Vitara Brezzas. That being acknowledged, its straightforward enough to row via and, with a R20,000 saving over the CVT-equipped model, is the higher take. The Brezza is indubitably potentially the most fun vehicle to pressure in this class with its energetic engine and beautifully balanced steering. The Kiger, when compared, feels numb.

For potentially the most piece, the stir quality is ample. The Kiger isn’t perturbed by most potholes and side road irregularities, however the crossover does procure flummoxed by a succession of bumps. Motorway refinement is commendable for this section, the powertrain settles down at excessive speeds. It’s value noting there is a splash of wind noise and tyre snort, but thats par for the course in this class.

More than likely its largest drawcard is its racy label point. Regardless of the prolonged checklist of identical outdated aspects and safety tools, the vary-topping Renault, at R274,900, undercuts opponents by a necessary chunk. A similarly equipped Vitara Brezza, to illustrate, will situation you reduction R293,900. The outdoor is a visible treat and, even supposing a couple of of the cabin trim would possibly not feel somewhat as purchased as some opponents, it is lavishly equipped and the Kiger will most certainly be one of the ideal lookers. Silent, the middling driving dynamics are a blemish that would possibly not be disregarded. In case youre attempting to search out a crossover with loads of kerb charm, a bouquet of identical outdated aspects and intrepid inner field, the Renault Kiger would possibly grab your love. Yet, as an all-rounder, the Kia Sonet stays the leader of the pack.

Riding the @Renault_SA Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens. Quirky styling will get a thumbs up, if truth be told peculiar. For R274 900, you indubitably procure loads of spec. Keyless entry with push-button open, LED headlamps and balance alter are all identical outdated. Ride in total is a splash higher, though. pic.twitter.com/x7IcpncuFP

— Jarryd Neves (@JarrydNeves) November 30, 2021

Hastily Details:

Renault Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens

Trace: R274,900

Vitality: 74 kW/160 Nm

Gasoline consumption: 5.0 L/100km (claimed)

High tear: n/a

Competitors: Nissan Magnite 1.0 Turbo Acenta Plus, Kia Sonet 1.5 EX

Be taught more:

(Visited 1,883 cases, 830 visits at the present time)

Read More

Content Protection by DMCA.com

Back to top button