The new kid on the block, the Renault Kiger and the veteran in the segment, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, go head-to-head in our comparison of the compact SUVs. The latest addition to the segment is the Kiger with its modern design language and aggressive pricing. Will the buyers get swayed away towards the new member or will the veteran hold the customers, we shall find out in the times to come. Let us take a look at what each of these brings to the table.
Renault Kiger vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 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 Brezza has this boxy tall stance, that makes it rather appealing. The front grille is kept busy with a thick chrome slab, connecting the front LED projector headlamp units. There is a bit of chrome treating inside the headlamp cluster as well. The LED fog lamps are housed separately on the lower end of the bumper. The LED wrap-around tail lamps along with a chrome bar at the rear make it look modern. The rear also comes equipped with a spoiler and roof rails which makes it look really sporty.
|Renault Kiger||Maruti Suzuki Brezza|
|Length||3991 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1750 mm||1790 mm|
|Height||1600 mm (with roof rails)||1640 mm|
|Wheelbase||2500 mm||2500 mm|
|Ground Clearance||205 mm||198 mm|
|Boot Space||405 L||328 L|
The Kiger is a bit smaller in overall dimensions but the higher ground clearance gives it a more sporty look. The key difference can also be the amount of boot space available with the Kiger. Having been around for quite some time now, Vitara Brezza is beginning to show its age, which is why Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch the updated version of the Brezza sometime this year. Until then, however, it’s the Kiger which has an edge with its modern and sharp styling.
Renault Kiger vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 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).
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza may have been around for a while now, but it does come packed with a host of features including a 7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Navigation, Steering mounted controls, Cruise Control, Voice Command, Bluetooth Connectivity, Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel, Auto AC, Smart Key Entry, Push Button Start and Rain-sensing Auto wipers. On the safety front, there are Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, Reverse Parking Camera with Infographic Display and Hill-Hold function.
When it comes to features and safety, even though Kiger is substantially lower-priced, it comes with a lot more features than the Brezza. This means that the value for money aspect of the Kiger is very high.
Renault Kiger vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – Engines and Specifications
|Renault Kiger||Maruti Suzuki Brezza|
|1.5L K15B Petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual; 5-speed AMT;|
Xtronic CVT Automatic
4-speed Torque converter Automatic
|Power||71 bhp / 99 bhp||105 bhp|
|Torque||96 Nm / 160Nm (152Nm with CVT)||138Nm|
The comparison is pretty like-to-like because neither of these compact SUVs comes with a diesel engine option. However, the Brezza doesn’t have a turbo petrol unit in its lineup either. It comes with just one engine option with two transmission options. The Kiger on the other hand comes with two petrol engine options as well as three transmission options. So if you are looking for flexibility, then Kiger will offer you more alternatives to find the best engine-gearbox combination for you. Having said that, the sole engine option of the Brezza drives very well and is quite refined.
Renault Kiger vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 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 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ranges from Rs 7.39 lakh to Rs 11.40 lakh, ex-showroom. This is a considerable price gap between the two products. It can be concluded that if you are looking for a ton of options and modern styling at a more affordable price range, Kiger is the one for you. But if you are looking for a tried and tested product with the reliability of Maruti Suzuki and don’t mind spending a bit extra, you can also opt for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.