The Kiger is replacing the popular Sandero range in the local market – as such, it has big targets to hit.
Below, we see if the top-end Kiger has what it takes to continue the Sandero’s success.
The Renault Kiger Intens, as the most expensive trim in the range, features a premium cabin that stands out in its segment.
An upmarket look is provided by a dual-tone dash, “Quilted emboss” fabric seats, an artificial leather multifunction steering wheel, ambient lighting, and a 7-inch digital instrument cluster with a “multi-skin” layout.
A fair helping of modern technology is included, too, such as keyless entry and start, multiple drive modes, an automatic air conditioner with rear-seat vents, a cooled glovebox, all-round electric windows, and an 8-inch infotainment display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In the less-expensive derivatives, there are no additional drive modes, only the front windows are electric, and smartphone mirroring must be accessed via a cable.
What you also get with the Intens, and no other Kiger in the line-up, is an eight-speaker Arkamys sound system split between four loudspeakers and four tweeters.
On the outside, the Intens is set apart from its cheaper siblings through 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, a chrome grille, a rear silver skid plate, a rear window wiper, and slim LED headlights with daytime running lights.
Regardless of specification, every Kiger offers a maximum cargo capacity of 405 litres in five-seater mode and 205mm ground clearance. The two more premium specifications also bring integrated roof rails that carry up to 50kg as standard.
In addition, each model is fitted with rear parking sensors, while the more premium specifications come with four airbags and a reverse camera, too.
The Kiger has not been put through any official crash tests – however, Renault said its safety features are “in line with 3-star global NCAP requirements”.
The Kiger is powered by a 1.0-litre, petrol motor, with the Intens featuring the turbocharged engine option that puts out 74kW and 160Nm.
In this model, power is managed by an X-Tronix CVT transmission and combined fuel consumption is rated at 5.4l/100km.
The claimed range on a full tank of petrol then comes in at 741km.
There are no official acceleration or top speed figures for the South African Renault Kiger models as yet.
The Renault Kiger 1.0 Turbo Intens CVT has a South African price of R289,900.
Included in the price is a 5-year/150,000km mechanical warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.