Renault Kiger Review: Will new smart drive features hold off the competition?
Less than a year after the Renault Kiger was first released in India, the car company updated the small SUV. The 2022 Renault Kiger has a few cosmetic changes and comes with more standard equipment, but it still has the same tried-and-true engines.
Design of the Renault Kiger
The new Renault Kiger doesn’t look much different from the old one, but that’s not bad. For 2022, there will be a skid plate in front, red center caps on the 16-inch alloy wheels, new side decals that say TURBO proudly, and a chrome strip on the tailgate.
Even though Kiger’s design has changed, it still looks funky and new, even after a year of seeing the SUV on our roads. There is also a new color option called “Stealth Black,” which gives the Kiger a stylish and expensive look.
Interiors of theRenault Kiger
On the inside, the story is the same, but the Kiger has a few small changes. The new car has the same layout as the old one but has a new red and black trim on the dashboard and contrast stitching on the seats. Now that the fabric seats are quilted, the cabin is a more comfortable place to be.
In addition to the infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you now also get a wireless phone charger, which used to be an extra. The Kiger also has cruise control, but other than that, the list of features hasn’t changed much.
The Kiger still has a nice digital instrument cluster with smooth graphics and animations that change when you switch drive modes. However, the infotainment screen isn’t up to the mark. It isn’t the easiest to use in its class, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto often stop working, which is a problem we’ve had with the Kiger’s infotainment.
And while the Kiger’s cabin doesn’t feel like it was made to save money, some of the plastic and materials used to feel a bit cheap, and the quality isn’t the same all over. We think the 2022 Kiger should have made this better, but other than that, the Kiger starts to feel like a nice place to be.
Engine and performance of the Renault Kiger
The Kiger still has the same engine options as before: a 1-liter nat-asp gasoline engine and a 1-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. We tried the one with the CVT transmission, and we’d recommend this engine and transmission combination.
The 999cc 3-pot turbo-petrol engine makes 99bhp and 152Nm of torque, and when you hit the loud pedal, and the turbo starts to sing, it does feel like a very enthusiastic engine. Because Renault cars tend to be light, the Kiger feels quick on the move.
This is especially true if you swap the driving mode to Sport and launch the SUV quickly, which makes the wheels spin. The Eco mode, on the other hand, makes the throttle less responsive and changes how the gearbox works to save fuel. This engine seems strong enough to cruise at 100kmph, but it seems to slow down after 120kmph.
It has a loud engine, though, and even though it doesn’t feel overworked when you drive hard, it’s not the most refined car in its class. The typical three-pot vibes are felt most when you’re idling. On the other hand, the CVT transmission keeps the engine inside the powerband well, hiding the turbo lag and making smooth shifts.
Ride and handling of the Renault Kiger
The best thing about the Kiger is how it rides. We have used the SUV on road trips, like our 28 States and 28 Plates trips from last year. We have always been impressed by how well the Kiger handles our roads. French car companies like Renault have always made good suspensions because they had to deal with France’s damaged roads after World War II.
And the way the Kiger rides over the potholes that dot Kerala’s smooth roads is pretty amazing. The Kiger has 205mm of ground clearance, so you never have to worry about it hitting the ground.
The ride quality at low speeds is also very good. It does make it harder to handle, though, and the Kiger likes to move at a slow, steady pace. It doesn’t handle well since the steering is very light in the city and doesn’t give you much feedback when driving quickly.
The best way to drive the Kiger at that point is to drive at eight-tenths and eat up the miles. Combining that with a high driving position gives drivers a lot of confidence and makes them less tired behind the wheel, which is a big plus for people who might buy a Kiger because they want to move up from a hatchback to an SUV.
You can also get the turbo-petrol engine on the mid-level RXT(O) model. Overall, the updates to a Renault Kiger make it a more desirable package than before. The 2022 Kiger does bring a new look to the SUV.