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Renault Kiger turbo petrol CVT review

Renault Kiger CVT: What is it?

The Kiger, Renault’s 1st crack at the compact SUV segment, wowed us all when it arrived earlier this year with its competitive pricing and striking seems. The Kiger, which is based on the Alliance’s CMF-A+ system, is on supply with two 1.-litre engines. A 72hp, obviously-aspirated unit and a 100hp, turbocharged unit. While we did get a likelihood to sample the manual gearbox-geared up turbo-petrol at the media push, we could not control to get at the rear of the wheel of the Kiger CVT, until now.

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

Considering the fact that we’ve currently reviewed the Kiger in detail, the concentration of this review will generally be on the CVT transmission. You can study extra about the Kiger’s styling, inside, capabilities and driving dynamics listed here. But just to give you an overview, the Kiger is not your regular boxy SUV. The Renault has a raked rear windscreen and a tapering roofline, lending it an pretty much SUV-coupe like profile. It does glimpse like a beefed-up Kwid from specified angles, but total, it is an desirable SUV. 

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There is certainly sufficient kneeroom and headroom at the back even for six-footers.

The dashboard has a cleanse design and style and there is a better concentration on storage and practicality, with sufficient pockets and compartments in the cabin. Materials quality is satisfactory for the price tag but there nevertheless are some low rent bits like the roof lining, sunshine visors and the interior rear-view mirror. The seating situation is higher, and the seats are rather cozy and supportive. There is sufficient kneeroom and headroom on supply at the back and the Kiger has a greatest-in-course 405-litre boot.

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8-inch touchscreen gets wi-fi Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay integration.

On the products entrance, the assortment-topping Kiger RXZ has an Arkamys 3D sound program, an 8.-inch touchscreen with wi-fi integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle, a seven.-inch electronic instrument cluster, automatic local climate regulate with PM 2.five filter, ambient lighting, driving modes and a cooled glove box. Basic safety capabilities incorporate four airbags, Abs with EBD, ISOFIX boy or girl-seat mounts, a rear-view digicam and parking sensors.

Renault Kiger CVT: What is it like to push?

The Kiger CVT is available only with the 1.-litre, 3-cylinder turbo-petrol engine that puts out 100hp and 152Nm of torque. Paired to the CVT ‘box, the turbo-petrol motor produces 8Nm lesser than in the manual (160Nm). However, the CVT makes its peak torque earlier and for a wider ability band, as opposed to the manual. From at the rear of the wheel, you won’t be in a position to explain to the difference in pulling ability. article image

100hp, 1.-litre turbo-petrol engine is rather punchy.

The engine, co-designed by Renault and Nissan, is rather peaceful at idle, but you can come to feel some vibrations from the 3-cylinder motor within the cabin. However, once you established off, the engine feels substantially smoother. The increase arrives in at all over 1,700rpm, but it does so devoid of any distinguished spike in shipping and delivery, as is the case with some other turbocharged engines. It pulls strongly till about five,500rpm, immediately after which it tapers off in the final 1,000rpm and appears alternatively loud and coarse.

While this engine usually felt responsive paired with the manual box, with the CVT automatic it feels improved nevertheless. The Kiger CVT feels alternatively sprightly off the line and builds up pace with self confidence. What is also nice is that the flat spots in the engine’s ability shipping and delivery are well masked by the CVT’s shift styles. Its ability shipping and delivery feels sleek, linear and steady, and it also responds well to section-throttle inputs, generating it ideal for urban disorders. 


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CVT ‘box would not get a Activity method but does get a Small method.

While there is no manual method or simulated ‘steps’ to shift by way of like in other CVTs, the Kiger CVT does get an L or Small method that focuses on giving maximum torque, supposed for improved hill ascents or descents. As is the case with the manual, the CVT also gets 3 push modes – Standard, Eco and Activity, which alter the throttle response and to some degree, the steering way too. The Kiger CVT unquestionably feels most responsive and energetic in the Activity method. It holds the engine at larger revs than usual for fast responses, and even if you are driving flat out, there is extremely very little rubber-band effect (an improve in revs devoid of a corresponding improve in pace) from the CVT. However, Activity method can get a bit way too aggressive at instances, and you need thoroughly modulated throttle inputs at instances. 

Eco method, on the other hand, feels substantially extra restrictive. Portion-throttle response is appreciably dulled down, demanding you to press more durable on the accelerator to get going. Apparently, when you place your foot flat on the ground, the modes are overridden and the engine performs likewise throughout them this was also borne out in our general performance tests.

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The Kiger’s ride and managing harmony is outstanding.

The Kiger also impresses with its ride and managing. This compact SUV’s ride has an underlying firmness to it but, it is not jarring and also offers with terrible patches of street with relative simplicity. At freeway speeds way too, the Kiger’s entire body movements are well contained, and it feels rather comfortable cruising at in the vicinity of-triple-digit speeds. The Renault feels very good all over the corners as well, many thanks to its very good entire body regulate and grip on supply. However, what’s not so nice is the cabin refinement. There is loads of street, tyre and wind sounds filtering by way of at higher speeds and, at instances, you can even hear the suspension tough at function. 

The Kiger’s steering is mild and necessitates nominal exertion to function at low speeds. It is effortless to manoeuvre and therefore feels appropriate at dwelling in town confines. This, coupled with the advantage of the seamless CVT gearbox, makes the Kiger an ideal urban SUV.

Renault Kiger CVT: need to I acquire just one? 

The Renault Kiger CVT in this major-spec RxZ trim is priced at Rs nine.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). For that funds, you get a compact SUV that’s nice to glimpse at, very good to push, comfortable and spacious, and also well geared up with capabilities. Also, the CVT gearbox is not only extra practical but it is nicer to push than the manual, and it also doesn’t penalise gas effectiveness substantially. Exactly where the turbocharged, petrol-manual Kiger is rated at 20kpl (ARAI), the CVT claims 18.24kpl (ARAI). article image

The Kiger CVT justifies the price tag high quality in excess of its manual counterpart.

Consequently, the Kiger, even in this CVT guise, continues to be a very good worth-for-funds deal and manages to undercut pretty much all its opponents. It does so although also giving a extra innovative CVT automatic gearbox than some of its extra expensive rivals’ AMT automatics. In summary, the CVT gearbox-geared up Kiger is unquestionably well worth the added funds in excess of the manual, as it just makes it come to feel like a extra rounded deal.

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