The Renault Kiger has just been launched in India, and it is the cheapest compact SUV you can buy. Today we have a detailed Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue comparison
Renault Kiger is the latest entrant in the crowded compact SUV segment, and currently, it is the cheapest offering you can buy. The Hyundai Venue, on the other hand, has established itself as one of the highest sellers in the category. The Renault comes with a new design and feature-packed trim levels at a much lower price point than the Venue. It will be interesting to see how the Indian consumer reacts to it in the coming months. Today we pit these two compact SUVs against each other for a detailed Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue comparison.
The Hyundai Venue was one of the first vehicles in India to start the trend of the main headlamp unit being mounted lower on the bumper, and its dark chrome cascading grille is flanked by the turn indicators. The Renault Kiger’s front-end also follows this vehicle design trend with its vertically split headlamps, the winged radiator grille flanked by slim LED DRLs while the main triple barrel LED headlamp unit mounted lower on the front bumper. Over to the side, the Venue gets roof rails and flared wheelarches while the Kiger looks more rugged with its black cladding and squarish wheel arches. Coming to the rear, the Kiger’s rear also looks more squatter courtesy of the pseudo lip spoiler on the boot lid and C-shaped taillights compared to the Venue's rather simple rear-end design. Both vehicles also come with diamond-cut alloy wheels with a dual-tone finish.
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The Hyundai Venue's interiors are a pleasant space to be in, though it is starting to feel dated a bit compared it to its rivals, especially its analogue instrument cluster. The touchscreen is mounted between the AC vents. The Renault Kiger’s dashboard follows a more modern approach with its infotainment system fitted in a floating style on top of the dashboard which is also better for the driver as it falls in his field of vision. The AC vents are a simpler design while a piece of trim runs the full length of the dashboard. The Kiger also comes with two glove boxes and an openable front armrest. The Kiger also comes with a bigger boot space compared to the Venue, coming in at 405 litres vs 350 litres.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Features
The Renault Kiger comes with a 7-inch TFT fully-digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, wireless phone charger, rear AC vents, front and rear seat armrests, ambient lighting, auto climate control, cruise control, air purifier, and an Arkamys-sourced audio system consisting of 4 speakers and 4 tweeters. The Hyundai Venue comes packed to the brim with features like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Hyundai's Bluelink Connected Car Tech, sunroof, auto climate control, push button start, wireless charging, front and rear power outlets, an air purifier. The Kiger also comes with three driving modes - Eco, Sport, and Normal.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Dimensions
1600 mm (with roof rails)
Being compact SUVs, both the Renault Kiger and Hyundai Venue come under 4 metres in length to meet with the regulations. But the Venue is a bit longer at 3,995 mm compared to the Kiger's 3,991 mm. It is also wider at 1,770 mm compared to the Renault's 1,750 mm. The Venue also is a bit taller at 1,605 mm vs 1,600 mm for the Kiger. Both SUVs have the same wheelbase at 2,500 mm. The Kiger though comes with a considerably higher ground clearance at 205 mm compared to the Venue's 190 mm.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Specifications
1.2L Kappa Petrol;
1.0L GDi Turbo-petrol;
1.5L U2 CRDi Diesel
The Renault Kiger is powered by a 1-litre petrol engine which comes in both naturally-aspirated and turbocharged forms. The 3-pot motor churns out 72 PS and 96 Nm peak power and torque in naturally-aspirated form. With the turbocharger, the engine makes 100 PS and 160 of max power and torque, though the latter figure drops to 152 Nm when you spec for the CVT gearbox. The Kiger can be had with either a 5-speed manual, a 5-speed AMT or a CVT. The Hyundai Venue comes with a more flexible lineup of 2 petrol and 1 diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol makes peak figures of 83 PS/115 Nm when paired to the 5-speed manual, but makes 88 PS/115 Nm when mated to the i20’s IVT. The 1-litre turbo-petrol makes max figures of 120 PS/172 Nm. A 6-speed iMT and a 7-speed DCT are available for both, but the Venue also gets a 6-speed manual. It’s the same story for the 1.5-litre diesel which churns out 100 PS/400 Nm of max power and torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual.
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue – Price
The Renault Kiger is the new cheapest compact SUV in the market with a price range of Rs 5.45 lakh – Rs 9.55 lakh. Prices of the turbo variants of the Kiger Rs 7.14 lakh while the CVT-equipped models are priced from Rs 8.60 lakh. The Renault Kiger also comes with the option of automatic trims with naturally-aspirated engine trims, with prices starting at Rs 6.59 lakh.
The Hyundai Venue is priced between Rs 6.86 lakh and Rs 11.66 lakh. You'll notice that there's an average price difference of over Rs 1 lakh between equivalent trims of the Venue and the Kiger. But this discrepancy is mainly because of the multiple engine options the Venue comes with, especially the diesel.
The Hyundai Venue and the Renault Kiger are at the two opposite ends of the compact SUV segment. The Hyundai is a best seller for a reason, as it provides the flexibility of powertrain options and comes with even more features. If you're in the market for an affordable compact SUV which has looks modern, has arguably better interiors, and comes with most of the features as in the Hyundai, then the Renault Triber is well worth your time. We hope our Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue comparison helps you pick the better model between the two.