Recently launched Renault Kiger has been making headlines due to its tag of being the most affordable compact SUV in the country. The aim of the Kiger, as stated by Renault, was not only to compete against the rivals but also persuade customers to buy the Kiger, if they had planned to buy a premium hatchback. The price overlap is really interesting and gives the buyers the option of owning an SUV for the price of the premium hatchback. Having already delivered 1,100 units on the first day of sale, it seems like this strategy has begun to work. We have already experienced this with the Magnite, which is still coping up with the demand and has already received over 40,000 bookings in a matter of a couple of months. Renault is experienced in this field because it has already done it with the Kwid and Triber, both of which have been volume drivers for the French carmaker. But in this post, we shall compare the Kiger with the XUV300. So, let us dive straight into it!
Renault Kiger vs Mahindra XUV300 – Exterior 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 Mahindra XUV300, on the other hand, is one of the best-looking SUVs in the segment. The 7-shaped LED DRLs on the edges of the chrome grille, along with the sleek LED headlamps give the front a modern appearance. The overall styling is very sporty with front bumpers and fog lamp housing. The bonnet line is pretty flat and gives it a sturdy and muscular stance. On the sides, the 17-inch alloy wheels also enhance the styling element of the SUV. The LED tail lamps give the XUV300 a distinct rear look. Overall, it looks more like an SUV than the Kiger. But then again, looks are subjective.
|Parameter||Renault Kiger||Mahindra XUV300|
|Length||3991 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1750 mm||1821 mm|
|Height||1600 mm (with roof rails)||1627 mm|
|Wheelbase||2500 mm||2600 mm|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm||180 mm|
|Boot Space||405 L||259 L|
The XUV300 is substantially wider and taller than eh Kiger and has a longer wheelbase which translates into acres of rear legroom and cabin space. However, the point of contention is the boot space. For an SUV 259 litres is really low and in fact, it is the lowest in the segment. That has always been XUV300’s weakness.
Renault Kiger vs Mahindra XUV300 – Interiors, safety and features
Being the latest launch in the segment, 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).
The Mahindra XUV300 is filled upto the brim with tech and convenience features including a 7-inch Digital Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth Connectivity, Steering Control, Steering Modes, In-built Navigation, Auto-Dimming IRVMs, Blue Sense App with over 40 connected car tech features, Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control, Premium Leatherette Upholstery, 6-way Adjustable Driver Seat, 6 Speaker Audio System (4 speakers and 2 tweeters) to name a few. On the safety front, however, it is miles ahead of everyone else in the segment with a 5-star Global NCAP safety rating and holding the tag of India’s safest car according to the points score at the GNCAP. It comes with 7 Airbags, All-four Disc Brakes, Front and Rear Parking Sensors with Camera with dynamic guidelines, ABS with EBD and Corner Braking Control, ESP, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, 3-point seatbelts for all seats, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and much more. Between the two, the Mahindra XUV300 is definitely better equipped but is also substantially more expensive than the Kiger.
Renault Kiger vs Mahindra XUV300 – Engines, Prices and Verdict
|Renault Kiger||Mahindra XUV300|
|1.2L turbo petrol;|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual; 5-speed AMT;|
Xtronic CVT Automatic
|Power||71 bhp / 99 bhp||108 bhp / 115 bhp|
|Torque||96 Nm / 160Nm (152Nm with CVT)||200 Nm / 300 Nm|
The Mahindra XUV300 comes with a wide variety of engine-transmission combinations including manual and automatic gearbox with petrol as well as diesel powertrains. The Kiger only has petrol engines on offer but it can also be had with either manual or automatic transmission options. 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. The XUV300, on the other hand, starts at Rs 7.95 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs 12.55 lakh, ex-showroom.
We would suggest that if you are on the lookout for an SUV on a budget with all the necessary modern features and equipment and don’t require a diesel, you may opt for the Kiger. But you are flexible in your budget and want an upmarket feel inside the cabin and any type of gearbox and transmission combination, along with a ton of safety kit, you will be better with the Mahindra XUV300.