The compact SUV has been given a minor replace to rejoice its 50,000-unit manufacturing milestone.
It’s been simply 17 months for the reason that Renault Kiger was launched in India. So why are we reviewing it once more so quickly? The reply truly lies in what Renault was capable of obtain with its compact SUV in that brief time span – a manufacturing milestone of 50,000 models from its plant in Chennai. Now, a bit of these could have been exported to different markets; the Kiger is offered in South Africa, East Africa, Indonesia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Nepal, Bhutan and Brunei, but it surely’s a formidable feat nonetheless.
We’re driving this 2022 Renault Kiger to rejoice that manufacturing milestone. The mannequin, nonetheless, can be in step with the model’s technique of injecting every of its fashions with incremental updates annually to maintain issues contemporary, including the odd new trim degree, design ingredient or characteristic now and again.
2022 Renault Kiger: exterior, inside and have updates
Brushed silver scuff plate of the up to date Renault Kiger
The updates are refined, after all; that is no facelift. You’ll discover a new brushed silver scuff plate underneath the entrance bumper, a strip of chrome on the tailgate, black door handles and purple hubcaps with the Renault brand in chrome on the 15-inch alloy wheels.
Crimson hubcaps on the 15-inch alloy wheels
There’s additionally a brand new Stealth Black paint shade choice, however the change which may maintain essentially the most attraction to consumers is the phrase ‘Turbo’ printed massive on the facet cladding, giving some a lot wanted visible differentiation for the extra highly effective engine choice.
‘Turbo’ lettering on the facet cladding
Inside, issues get a refined however sporty makeover, with purple stitching on the seats, steering wheel, gear lever boot and centre armrest. The plastic trim working throughout the dashboard is a much more attention-grabbing color – a gradient of black to purple because it reaches the passenger facet. Oddly sufficient, for all of the purple accessorising, the ground mats are nonetheless trimmed in blue.
The Renault Kiger now options cruise management
This stays a wonderfully geared up automobile for its worth, and right here too there was an enchancment. The wi-fi cellphone charger, beforehand a part of an choice pack, is now a characteristic on top-spec variants, the PM2.5 air filter is now normal throughout the vary, and now, there’s additionally cruise management. In reality, the engine begin button has been shifted barely to the left to accommodate the cruise management swap, and there are further controls for this on the steering wheel.
2022 Renault Kiger Turbo CVT: engine, gearbox, experience and dealing with
Renault maintains there have been no mechanical adjustments with this 2022 mannequin, however we did discover refined variations to the best way it drove. That is extra probably all the way down to refinements made to the mannequin shortly after its 2021 launch, as the primary take a look at automobiles we drove have been pre-production fashions. In the present day, we’re driving the 1.zero Turbo CVT – which is the perfect model of the Kiger – and serves up a very good mix of comfort and efficiency.
A slight enchancment in experience high quality in comparison with 2021 authentic; simple low velocity maneuverability
There’s been a slight enchancment to engine NVH ranges for the reason that authentic automobile, with vibrations specifically being tempered a bit, notably at idle. The important thing phrase there, nonetheless, is ‘slight’ as it’s nonetheless an engine you’ll hear a whole lot of contained in the cabin. The CVT auto stays a spotlight, with its clean shifts serving to to iron out the engine’s turbo lag. And supplied you might be measured along with your throttle inputs, you possibly can benefit from the surprisingly entertaining efficiency from the 100hp, 152Nm engine.
Rear seat house stays a spotlight on this compact SUV
There’s a refined enchancment in experience high quality too, with the suspension not feeling fairly as clunky or brittle over sharp bumps now. The Kiger’s tidy physique management stays, and although the sluggish steering retains it from being a pointy handler, it’s very simple to manoeuvre at low speeds.
2022 Renault Kiger: worth and verdict
Whether or not this technique of incremental updates is an effective one stays to be seen – it all the time provides consumers one thing contemporary, but in addition instantly dates the earlier mannequin.
With simply these few adjustments, the general prospect of the Renault Kiger hasn’t modified, and it stays a very good trying, spacious, sensible and well-equipped compact crossover. With costs starting from Rs 5.99 lakh-10.62 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) – a rise of solely Rs 5,000 – it continues to be glorious worth too.