In the compact SUV segment, Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger are probably the best like-for-like comparison specimen. We make this claim because of the pricing and value for money that these cars offer. These are substantially cheaper than the likes of the Kia Sonet, Mahindra XUV300, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Also, these two being the newest of the lot, they are equipped with all the modern amenities that one expects from a car of this day-and-age. That is why this comparison makes a lot of sense and is decently appropriate. We shall compare the two cars on various fronts and try to figure the pros and cons of each. Before moving forward though, make sure to check out our Nissan Magnite vs Hyundai Venue comparison!
Renault Kiger vs Nissan Magnite – Exteriors and Dimensions
The front end of the Kiger looks like a bigger version of the Kwid, with 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 Nissan Magnite features a large chrome grille at the front, along with the sleek and stylish First-in-segment Bi-Projector LED Headlamps with LED turn indicators. The L-shaped LED DRLs with LED fog lamps also accentuate the edges of the bumper. The aggressive wheel arches and a 205 mm ground clearance gives it a rather sporty stance. The side profile really stands out, thanks to a chrome beltline running around the windows as well as a quarter-glass at the rear. The wide-split tail lamps make it look wider than it actually is.
|Parameter (in mm)||Renault Kiger||Nissan Magnite|
|Height||1600 (with roofrails)||1572|
Renault Kiger vs Nissan Magnite – Interior, Features and Safety
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 interiors of the Magnite feature a 7-inch digital cluster and 8-inch digital instrument display with Wireless connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Steering mounted controls and cruise control helps in enhancing accessibility and convenience. As optional features, one can upgrade to Wireless charging, JBL Audio System and Nissan Connected Car Tech. On the safety front, there is a 360-degree surround-view camera, Hill-start Assist, Traction Control, Vehicle Dynamic Control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, ABS and Dual-Airbags.
Renault Kiger vs Nissan Magnite – Engines and Specifications
|Renault Kiger||Nissan Magnite|
5-speed Clutchless Automatic
|Power||71 bhp / 99 bhp||71 bhp / 99 bhp|
|Torque||96 Nm / 160Nm||96 Nm / 160Nm (152 Nm-CVT)|
Since both these products are essentially a consequence of badge engineering, the engine specifications remain the same. The transmission setup is developed by each manufacturer and hence, the Kiger might come with a CVT option later. Currently, the point o difference is only the 5-speed Clutchless gearbox on the Kiger which gives the drivers the engaging experience because they have to shift gears manually but without a clutch.
Renault Kiger vs Nissan Magnite – Prices and Verdict
The Nissan Magnite is priced between Rs 5.49 lakh and Rs 9.45 lakh, ex-showroom, which severely undercuts the competition by some margin. Although the prices of the Renault Kiger have not been announced yet, we expect them to be in the vicinity of the Magnite itself. This will make the competition very interesting between these two. These products are more or less the same but the difference lies in the transmission options for now. If you are someone looking for absolute convenience and want to save yourself from the hassle of pressing the clutch in the traffic, then you can opt for the Magnite with CVT gearbox. However, if you are a driving enthusiast and want to take charge of the situation, you can go for the clutchless automatic of the Kiger.