Renault has been on fire since the inception of Kwid. And now, with the launch of Kiger, it is all set to take on the rivals in the segment. Undercutting its own cousin, the Magnite, Kiger has become the cheapest Sub-compact SUV! But does it have what it takes to take on the segment leader, Hyundai Venue? Let’s begin with the comparison!

Price Comparison | Isn’t it too early?

I usually compare the prices of cars at the end of my comparisons. But today, Sun has risen from the west! Jokes apart, before we compare anything else, let’s take a look at why exactly is Kiger going to give Venue a hard time.

Price Comparison | Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue

Models Variants Price
Hyundai Venue E (1.2-litre Kappa Petrol Base) ₹6,86,700
Turbo S (1.0-litre TGDi Base) ₹8,64,400
E (1.5-litre U2 CRDi Base) ₹8,28,200
Renault Kiger RX 1.0-litre Energy (Base) ₹5,45,000
RXL 1.0-litre Turbo ₹7,14,000

Renault has done a fantastic job here while pricing the Kiger! With the starting price even undercutting its own sibling, Kiger has made a statement that good things can come at lower prices. The Venue on the other hand is ₹1,41,7000 costlier than Kiger if the base variants are compared. It surely is a very good headstart in the race down the comparison. But wait, there’s more to it.

Which of the two is more powerful?

Gone are the days when carmakers used to give their customers just one engine options. The same goes for both of these cars. While the Kiger gets two engine options, Hyundai has given Venue 3 of their workhorses.

Engine Comparison | Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue

Renault Kiger Hyundai Venue
Engine 1.0L Energy 1.0L Turbo 1.2L Kappa Petrol 1.0L Kappa Turbo GDi 1.5L U2 CRDi
Power ps@rpm 72@6,250 100@5,000 83@6,000 120@6,000 100@4,000
Torque Nm@rpm 96@3,500 160@2,800-3,600 113.75@4,000 171.6@1,500-4,000 240.2@1,500-2,750
Transmission MT/EasyR AMT MT/X-Tronic CVT MT MT/IMT/DCT MT

Hyundai Venue surely has an upper hand with the more powerful engines, be it the naturally aspirated or turbocharged petrol. And about the diesel, well Kiger misses on that. Kiger has three transmission options, 5-speed MT with both NA and turbo. The NA Petrol gets AMT while the Turbo gets CVT in terms of automatic.

As for the Venue, it gets 5-speed MT with the NA Petrol. For the turbo and diesel, Venue gets a 6-speed manual. Things get better as the Venue is first car in India to come with the iMT transmission, best of both the worlds. But the best of the best, DCT is what Venue has to offer, a transmission known to be the smoothest of automatics. Want to know how iMT is a transmission you can go for? Take a look:

Renault Kiger or Hyundai Venue | Which of the two is a bigger SUV?

Dimensions Comparison

Renault Kiger Hyundai Venue
Length (mm) 3,991 3,995
Width (mm) 1,750 1,770
Height (mm) 1,605 (With roof bars) 1,605 (With roof rails)
Wheelbase (mm) 2,500 2,500
Boot Space (Litres) 405 350

Venue is longer and wider when compared to Kiger. But it is really astonishing to see what Renault has done with Kiger. With the segment leading bootspace, enough legroom in both the front as well as the rear cabin, the almost flat floor at the rear, adequate headroom and storage spaces make Kiger a really good choice.

Renault Kiger Boot Space
Renault Kiger Boot Space

Venue on the other hand feels a bit cramped inside, be it the the rear or the front cabin. Overall, Kiger wins this part, quite easily.

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What about the looks?

Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder! But yes, Venue does look elegant, a bit more SUVish and a bit more everyday style. Kiger has looks of that of a overpowering SUV, but it doesn’t grow on you as much as the Venue. In my opinion, Kiger looks like a buffed up Kwid with a few tweaks here and there. Venue is all about being premium, might be one of the reason behind it being the best-selling in segment. Still, you might have a different opinion, do let us know in the comments section below.

Safety and Comfort | Which SUV leads this comparison?

Interior Comparison
Interior Comparison

Features Comparison | Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue

Renault Kiger Hyundai Venue
Infotainment System 8-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Wireless Connectivity
PM2.5 Clean Air Filter
Rear Defogger
Instrument Cluster Fully Digital Part Digital
Steering Mounted Controls
Paddle Shifters (DCT ONLY)
Rear AC Vents
Sliding Armrest (Front)
Ambient Lighting
Armrest (Rear)

Safety Features (BASE VARIANTS ONLY)

Renault Kiger  Hyundai Venue
Dual-front Airbags
ABS with EBD
Rear Parking Sensors
High Speed Alert
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Speed Sensing Door Lock

Venue being a bit premium does offer a few extra safety features right from the base variant. Kiger gets a fully digital instrument cluster while the Venue gets the basic part-digital behind the wheel. Coursing the same path as that of Magnite, Kiger becomes the second car in segment, or let’s say under 20 lakhs to offer wireless connectivity.

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So, which one should you go for?

Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue
Renault Kiger vs Hyundai Venue

French cars, no, I’ll rather walk! Well, Renault seems to obliterate this notion completely with its Kiger. Venue on the other hand is a sophisticated sub-compact SUV. It is a tough call, but yes if you are tight on money, Kiger is a good option. If you have surplus of it, and don’t care much about the looks, Kiger it is. Venue is for those, who don’t think of it as a commodity but an addition to their collection. Again, its hard to choose!

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