The Renault Kiger shook up the compact SUV segment in the last month with its reveal and pricing. The car comes with two engine options that include a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol motor and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. apart from the manual transmission, the car gets a AMT and CVT automatic unit also. The car gets a total of 24 variants including automatic and dual-tone options of the car. Prices vary from Rs 6.55 lakhs to Rs 11.49 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai). So at the price of a affordable hatchback – should you consider buying the Renault Kiger base variant? First lets find out what the base variant gets.
Renault Kiger base variant features
The base variant of the Renault Kiger is the RxE variant. This comes with only the manual gearbox and 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine. First lets talk about the design and what one gets here. On the outside the RxE gets – LED DRLs Day & Night, C-Shaped Signature LED taillamps, turn signal indicators on door mirrors, black ORVMs, rear spoiler, satin silver roof rails, side door decals, 16-inch steel wheel with wheel cover.
On the inside, one gets better fabric seats, front armrest with storage, manual AC, adjustable headrests, front power windows, 12volt front and rear charging sockets. The rear seat gets a 100% fold and safety includes two front airbags, ABS&EBD and rear parking sensors.
Can you buy one?
If you want a basic car with which you can add aftermarket accessories and features to make it better to suit your needs, the RxE sounds brilliant on paper. It has enough creature comforts plus some that you will have to add. But can you buy one? We asked Renault dealers in Mumbai and Pune on how the car has been performing and which variants are doing well. We never heard about the RxE. When questioned further, they said that variant has never been billed or received by the dealer and they have never even seen it. When we asked if customers want or ask for the base variant, the dealer has to start from the the RxL variant and sell that to the customer.
This means that the variant that starts from Rs 6.55 lakhs is not available. Atleast if you are planning to buy a car around Mumbai or Pune one has to start from Rs 7.35 lakhs (on-road, Mumbai) to get the RxL. This is actually the base variant that is available. Have you been trying to get the Renault Kiger base variant in some other cities? Have you got one? Let us know in the comments below.
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