The Renault Kiger has launched in South Africa, with the local arm of the French car manufacturer revealing pricing for the compact crossover. Said the French firm’s head of group design, Laurens van den Acker, “[The] Renault Kiger is a robust, dynamic and generous SUV.”

Renault Kiger
Usable roof rails offer a 50 kg load capacity.

According to Renault, the compact crossover is “more attractive than a conventional hatch”. The most notable exterior styling elements include, among others, a three-dimensional honeycomb front grille design, aluminium-finished skid plates and a “sporty” rear window, finished off with an integrated spoiler. The roof rails are functional, with a rated 50 kg load capacity.

Renault Kiger
The Kiger boasts a ground clearance of 205 mm.

The LED Pure Vision headlamps incorporate LED daytime-running lights which, Renault says, “give the impression of modernity and sophistication”. The rear LED lamps, which feature gloss black inserts, house C-shaped daytime-running lights.

Renault Kiger
LED Pure Vision headlamps light the way.

The compact crossover is underpinned by the CMFA+ architecture. Thanks to this platform, Renault says the sub-four-metre compact SUV offers segment-leading spaciousness and “unprecedented” comfort. According to the automaker, the Kiger boats 222 mm rear kneeroom and 1 413 mm of elbow room for aft passengers. Luggage capacity is rated at 407 litres, which increased to a claimed 879 litres with the 60:40-split rear backrest folded down.

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“Floating” 8.0-inch touchscreen incorporates screen-mirroring software.

“Designed for ultimate convenience,” the cabin features an 8.0-inch “floating” touch-enabled display, providing wireless smartphone connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto screen mirroring. Bluetooth connectivity is included in the package and allows for pairing of “up to” five devices. Music is relayed through a brand-new 3D sound system. Safety items include ABS and EBD, Isofix child-seat anchorages, and up to four airbags depending on the grade of specification.

Models featuring a higher level of standard specification gain ambient lighting, reverse-view camera (in addition to rear parking sensors), and what Renault bills multi-sense driving experience. The latter item enables the selection of three driving modes – Normal, Eco, and Sport.

7-inch TFT driver’s display is configurable.

Two engine options are on offer – a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated motor, available with the option of five-speed manual gearbox or Easy-R AMG transmission with the same number of cogs, and a 1.0-litre turbocharged unit. The latter engine is available with a five-speed manual gearbox or X-Tronic CVT. The atmospheric engine produces 52 kW and 96 N.m of torque, while the turbocharged unit produce 74 kW and 160 N.m.

Top-of-the-range model comes equipped with a 1.0-litre turbocharged motor and CVT transmission.

As standard, all models are sold with Renault South Africa’s five-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and six-year anti-corrosion warranty. A three-year/30 000 km service place is included with 1.0-litre normally aspirated models. The turbocharged variants, meanwhile, gain a three-year/45 000 km service plan.

Renault Kiger line-up:

Renault Kiger Life 1.0L:                      R199 900

Renault Kiger Zen 1.0L:                      R214 900

Renault Kiger Zen 1.0L AMT:             R224 900

Renault Kiger Zen 1.0L Turbo:           R249 900

Renault Kiger Intens 1.0L Turbo:       R269 900

Renault Kiger Intens 1.0L Turbo CVT: R289 900