November 28, 2023

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Renault Kiger turbo petrol CVT review

Renault Kiger CVT: What is it?

The Kiger, Renault’s very first crack at the compact SUV phase, wowed us all when it arrived earlier this yr with its competitive pricing and placing appears to be. The Kiger, which is based on the Alliance’s CMF-A+ system, is on offer you with two one.-litre engines. A 72hp, the natural way-aspirated unit and a 100hp, turbocharged unit. Even though we did get a probability to sample the guide gearbox-equipped turbo-petrol at the media travel, we couldn’t regulate to get driving the wheel of the Kiger CVT, right until now.

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Front-close styling is reminiscent of the Kwid capabilities LED headlights. 

Given that we’ve by now reviewed the Kiger in detail, the concentration of this evaluate will mostly be on the CVT transmission. You can read extra about the Kiger’s styling, inside, capabilities and driving dynamics here. But just to give you an overview, the Kiger is not your normal boxy SUV. The Renault has a raked rear windscreen and a tapering roofline, lending it an just about SUV-coupe like profile. It does appear like a beefed-up Kwid from specified angles, but in general, it is an interesting SUV. 

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You can find ample kneeroom and headroom at the back again even for six-footers.

The dashboard has a clean up style and there is a larger concentration on storage and practicality, with ample pockets and compartments in the cabin. Materials high-quality is satisfactory for the value but there still are some lower lease bits like the roof lining, sun visors and the internal rear-perspective mirror. The seating place is significant, and the seats are pretty comfy and supportive. There’s ample kneeroom and headroom on offer you at the back again and the Kiger has a most effective-in-class 405-litre boot.

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eight-inch touchscreen receives wireless Android Car and Apple CarPlay integration.

On the machines front, the selection-topping Kiger RXZ has an Arkamys 3D audio program, an eight.-inch touchscreen with wireless integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Car, a seven.-inch digital instrument cluster, automated local climate command with PM 2.5 filter, ambient lights, driving modes and a cooled glove box. Basic safety capabilities incorporate 4 airbags, Stomach muscles with EBD, ISOFIX boy or girl-seat mounts, a rear-perspective digital camera and parking sensors.

Renault Kiger CVT: What is it like to travel?

The Kiger CVT is accessible only with the one.-litre, a few-cylinder turbo-petrol motor that places out 100hp and 152Nm of torque. Paired to the CVT ‘box, the turbo-petrol motor provides 8Nm lesser than in the guide (160Nm). On the other hand, the CVT makes its peak torque earlier and for a wider power band, when compared to the guide. From driving the wheel, you will not be capable to explain to the difference in pulling power. article image

100hp, one.-litre turbo-petrol motor is pretty punchy.

The motor, co-produced by Renault and Nissan, is fairly tranquil at idle, but you can come to feel some vibrations from the a few-cylinder motor inside the cabin. On the other hand, after you set off, the motor feels substantially smoother. The enhance arrives in at all-around one,700rpm, but it does so without having any outstanding spike in shipping, as is the case with some other turbocharged engines. It pulls strongly till about 5,500rpm, immediately after which it tapers off in the past one,000rpm and seems instead loud and coarse.

Even though this motor always felt responsive paired with the guide box, with the CVT automated it feels improved still. The Kiger CVT feels instead sprightly off the line and builds up pace with self confidence. What is also great is that the flat spots in the engine’s power shipping are very well masked by the CVT’s shift styles. Its power shipping feels clean, linear and steady, and it also responds very well to element-throttle inputs, creating it excellent for city circumstances. 


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CVT ‘box doesn’t get a Activity method but does get a Low method.

Even though there is no guide method or simulated ‘steps’ to shift via like in other CVTs, the Kiger CVT does get an L or Low method that focuses on furnishing optimum torque, meant for improved hill ascents or descents. As is the case with the guide, the CVT also receives a few travel modes – Ordinary, Eco and Activity, which alter the throttle response and to some diploma, the steering far too. The Kiger CVT certainly feels most responsive and energetic in the Activity method. It holds the motor at bigger revs than common for speedy responses, and even if you are driving flat out, there is incredibly very little rubber-band impact (an boost in revs without having a corresponding boost in pace) from the CVT. On the other hand, Activity method can get a bit far too aggressive at instances, and you have to have meticulously modulated throttle inputs at instances. 

Eco method, on the other hand, feels substantially extra restrictive. Aspect-throttle response is substantially dulled down, requiring you to press more challenging on the accelerator to get going. Interestingly, when you set your foot flat on the floor, the modes are overridden and the motor performs likewise throughout them this was also borne out in our efficiency exams.

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The Kiger’s journey and handling equilibrium is extraordinary.

The Kiger also impresses with its journey and handling. This compact SUV’s journey has an fundamental firmness to it but, it is not jarring and also discounts with terrible patches of street with relative relieve. At highway speeds far too, the Kiger’s human body actions are very well contained, and it feels pretty comfortable cruising at around-triple-digit speeds. The Renault feels fantastic all-around the corners as very well, thanks to its fantastic human body command and grip on offer you. On the other hand, what is not so great is the cabin refinement. There’s loads of street, tyre and wind noise filtering via at significant speeds and, at instances, you can even hear the suspension hard at do the job. 

The Kiger’s steering is light and requires negligible effort and hard work to work at lower speeds. It is straightforward to manoeuvre and hence feels right at home in town confines. This, coupled with the advantage of the seamless CVT gearbox, makes the Kiger an excellent city SUV.

Renault Kiger CVT: should I obtain one? 

The Renault Kiger CVT in this prime-spec RxZ trim is priced at Rs 9.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). For that income, you get a compact SUV that is great to appear at, fantastic to travel, comfortable and roomy, and also very well equipped with capabilities. Furthermore, the CVT gearbox is not only extra convenient but it is nicer to travel than the guide, and it also doesn’t penalise fuel effectiveness substantially. In which the turbocharged, petrol-guide Kiger is rated at 20kpl (ARAI), the CVT statements eighteen.24kpl (ARAI). article image

The Kiger CVT justifies the value quality above its guide counterpart.

As a result, the Kiger, even in this CVT guise, continues to be a fantastic value-for-income bundle and manages to undercut just about all its rivals. It does so while also offering a extra subtle CVT automated gearbox than some of its extra highly-priced rivals’ AMT automatics. In summary, the CVT gearbox-equipped Kiger is certainly worth the further income above the guide, as it just makes it come to feel like a extra rounded bundle.

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