The Renault Kiger has landed in South Africa to tackle the budget subcompact crossover segment. The new fighter will be offered with a choice of two engines, three transmissions and three spec levels.
Starting off the range is the Renault Kiger Life with a price of R199 900. This entry-level model uses the brand’s naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-cylinder engine with a power output of 52 kW and 96 N.m of torque with a five-speed manual gearbox. Key features on this model includes two airbags, LED headlamps and a DIN radio face. The mid-range Zen trim, at R214 900, adds a four airbag configuration and an 8,0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The AMT can be had on the naturally aspirated Zen trim as well at a price of R224 900.
The turbopetrol 1,0-litre three-pot Renault Kiger starts off with the Zen trim with a price-tag of R249 900. With this using the five-speed manual gearbox as well, a power output of 74 kW and 160 N.m has been quoted.
The flagship trim of the range is the Renault Kiger Intens which sports an asking price of R269 900. With this, you get 16-inch alloy wheels, LED Pure Vision headlamps, a 7,0-inch TFT instrument cluster, ABS with EBD and ESP, wireless smartphone connectivity, climate control and keyless entry and stop-go. This can be had with a CVT as well for R289 900.
The naturally aspirated Renault Kiger models come standard with a two-year/30 000 km service plan while the turbopetrol model benefits from a three-year/45 000 km plan.
Measuring 3 991 mm nose to tail and with a wheelbase of 2 500 mm, the new five-seater Kiger slots neatly into India’s sub-four-metre class. The small crossover features a luggage compartment capable of swallowing a claimed 405 dm3 (expanding to 879 dm3 with the rear seats folded down), while ground clearance comes in at 205 mm with 16-inch wheels fitted.