Renault has recently launched its compact SUV, the Kiger and priced it extremely aggressively. In fact, it is the most affordable compact SUV in the country right now. It severely undercuts the competition and hopes to grab a large chunk of market share for itself. But whether it will be able to take on the segment leader in Hyundai Venue, only time will tell. Until then, let us compare the two SUVs and find out who comes out on top.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Exteriors and Dimensions
The Renault Kiger features two honeycomb-shaped chrome effects running across the front grille and LED DRLs placed on the bonnet. The LED headlamp cluster is placed down below on the bumper, which is encased in the chrome unit. Along with this, the sporty front bumper with skid plates gives it a tall and muscular stance. The sides are accentuated by the 16-inch black diamond-cut finished alloys, wheel arch cladding with roof rails and dual-tone roof. When we move to the rear, we are greeted by the LED tail lamp unit with glossy black inserts, which make the look very modern indeed.
The Hyundai Venue on the other hand has a dark chrome cascading grille with a mesh pattern. In a rather unconventional manner, the headlight unit is placed lower down on the bumper, which consists of Projector headlamps and fog lamps and LED DRLs. The ground clearance is 190 mm, which gives it a more hatchback-like stance. The roof rails do give Venue a sort of a sporty element. the rear of the Venue, however, looks quite ordinary without any flashy bits.
|1600 mm (with roof rails)
The Hyundai Venue clearly is bigger on paper in terms of overall dimensions but has a lower ground clearance than the Renault Kiger. However, with high ground clearance and overall dimensions, the Kiger looks sportier of the two. Also, if you do a bit of off-roading on weekends, Kiger will be a huge advantage for you.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Interiors, Safety and Features
The interiors of the Kiger revolve around the 8-inch Digital Infotainment Touchscreen with wireless smartphone replication for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Voice Recognition, USB and Bluetooth connectivity for seamless pairing of smartphones to use the driving and multimedia apps. Through the MULTI-SENSE setup, the drive can choose from various driving modes according to the conditions, like Normal, Eco and Sports mode. All this information is available to the driver via a 7-inch TFT Digital Instrument Cluster. Then there is the Auditorium 3D Sound system with 8 speakers, Ambient Lighting, Hands-free smart access card, Automatic Climate Control, Air Filter and much more. On the safety front, the Kiger comes equipped with dual-front airbags as well as two side airbags, Radar Sensors and Reverse Parking Camera, front seats get seat belt reminder alert, ABS with EBD, Three-point seatbelts for front and rear passengers (rear center passenger gets a two-point seatbelt).
As is the case with all Hyundais, Venue is packed to the brim with features, tech and convenience quotient. To start with, in the centre console sits an 8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The top-end DCT variant also had Hyundai’s Bluelink Connected Car Tech. Convenience features include Steering Mounted Controls, Sunroof, Automatic Climate Control, Smart Key with Push Button Start, Wireless Charging, Front and Rear Power Outlet and an Air Purifier. Safety features include 6 Airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-Assist, Rear View Sensors and Camera, ABS, EBD with ESC, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
It looks like the Venue has a more feature-rich package, but we must also consider the substantially lower asking price for the Kiger. If you are looking for a value for money proposition, then Renault Kiger has all that you need. But if you want to indulge yourself with some more convenience and premium feel, you can opt for the Hyundai Venue.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Engines and Specifications
|1.2L Kappa Petrol;
1.0L GDi Turbo-petrol;
1.5L U2 CRDi Diesel
|5-speed Manual; 5-speed AMT;
Xtronic CVT Automatic
|5-speed manual (1.2L Petrol);
6-speed manual, 7-speed DCT, iMT (1L Turbo-petrol);
6-speed manual (Diesel)
|71 bhp / 99 bhp
|83 bhp (Petrol);
120 bhp (Turbo-petrol);
100 bhp (Diesel)
|96 Nm / 160Nm (152Nm with CVT)
|114 Nm (Petrol);
171 Nm (Turbo-petrol);
240 Nm (Diesel)
When it comes to engine and transmission options, Hyundai Venue clearly is the more versatile option. It offers all the engine-gearbox combinations that one could ever need. Also, it features petrol, diesel and turbo petrol variants with all sorts of manual and automatic transmissions. However, if you are not looking for a diesel option, then the Renault Kiger has some pretty versatile engine-gearbox combination options as well. This includes a regular and turbo petrol with manual and AMT or CVT transmission. So it really depends on what you want and both cars have a fair bit of options available.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Prices and Verdict
The introductory prices of the Kiger start at Rs. 5.45 lakh and go all the way up to Rs. 9.55 lakh, ex-showroom. The Dual-tone options will cost Rs. 17,000 more for any variant. On the other hand, the Hyundai Venue starts at Rs 6.86 lakh and goes up to Rs. 11.66 lakh, ex-showroom. As one can clearly see that the price difference between the products is a lot. So, if you are someone who wants an SUV but don’t want to shell out too much cash and still have a modern, stylish and feature-rich car, along with flexible engine and transmission options, then Renault Kiger is the one for you. However, if you are someone who wants a diesel powertrain and are also looking for a ton of comfort and convenience features from your car and can spend a bit more for that, then the Hyundai Venue is the one for you.