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Renault Kiger vs Nissan Magnite: Which Variant Of These Sub-4m SUVs Offers Better Value?

Modified On Apr 20, 2021 03:41 PM By Sonny for Renault Kiger

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We find out which of these aggressively priced sub-compact SUV siblings is more paisa vasool in this brochure comparison

Disclaimer: Prices for these models have changed since this story was published. For the latest prices, please visit their respective pages here: Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite.

The Renault Kiger has arrived in the sub-compact SUV segment with an introductory price tag of Rs 5.45 lakh to Rs 9.55 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). It follows closely on the heels of its sibling, the Nissan Magnite, which is priced rather closely with the same powertrain options. But the Kiger bears a very different design from the Magnite with minor but important differences in its feature list. Here’s a look at how the two models compare in terms of the features they offer, variant-for-variant. Do note that this is a comparison based on what the two SUVs bring to the table on paper and does not take into account the drive and handling experience. A more detailed comparison will follow once we have driven both cars together.     

Dimensions

 

Renault Kiger

Nissan Magnite

Length

3,991mm

3,994mm

Width

1,750mm

1,758mm

Height

1,605mm (w/ roof rails)

1,572mm

Wheelbase

2,500mm

2,500mm

Boot Space

405 litres

336 litres

Despite the same underpinnings, the Magnite is longer and wider than the Kiger. However, the Renault sub-compact SUV is taller with more luggage capacity in the boot.

Take A Closer Look At The New Renault Kiger In These 10 Pictures

Engine

Both cars are offered with the same two petrol engine options:

 

Renault Kiger

Nissan Magnite

Engine

1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol

1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol

1.0-litre turbocharged petrol

Power

72PS

100PS

72PS

100PS

Torque

96Nm

160Nm/152Nm

96Nm

160Nm/152Nm

Transmission

5MT/AMT

5MT/CVT

5MT

5MT/CVT

The only difference between the two models is that the Kiger offers the option of an AMT with the 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine. 

Take A Closer Look At The New Renault Kiger In These 10 Pictures

Price Comparison

Here we will compare only the similarly priced variants of both the cars with a maximum difference of Rs 50,000.  

Renault Kiger

Nissan Magnite

RXE - Rs 5.45 lakh

XE - Rs 5.49 lakh

RXL - Rs 6.14 lakh

XL - Rs 5.99 lakh

RXT - Rs 6.60 lakh

XV - Rs 6.68 lakh (Rs 7.07 lakh with Tech Pack)

RXL Turbo - Rs 7.14 lakh

Turbo XL - Rs 7.29 lakh

RXZ - Rs 7.55 lakh

XV Premium -  Rs 7.55 lakh (Rs 7.94 lakh with Tech Pack)

RXT Turbo - Rs 7.6 lakh

Turbo XV - Rs 7.98 lakh (Rs 8.37 lakh with Tech Pack)

RXZ  Turbo - Rs 8.55 lakh

Turbo XV Premium/ Premium(O) - Rs 8.75 lakh/ Rs 8.85 lakh (Rs 9.14 lakh with Tech Pack)

Automatic

Automatic

RXL AMT - Rs 6.59 lakh

 

RXT AMT - Rs 7.05  lakh

 

RXZ AMT -  Rs 8 lakh

Turbo XL CVT - Rs 8.19 lakh

RXT Turbo CVT - Rs 8.60 lakh

Turbo XV CVT - Rs 8.88 lakh (Rs 9.27 lakh with Tech Pack)

RXZ Turbo CVT -  Rs 9.55 lakh

Turbo XV Premium/ Premium(O) CVT - Rs 9.65 lakh/ Rs 9.75 lakh (Rs 10.04 lakh with Tech Pack)

Note: Nissan offers the Magnite with the Tech Pack from the XL variant onwards for around Rs 40,000. It adds features like air purifier, wireless charging, ambient lighting and JBL audio system. Renault also offers 5 accessory packs with the Kiger which includes the Smart+ package that comprises front parking sensors, an air purifier unit and wireless charging too. However, the prices for the Kiger accessory packs are yet to be revealed.

Renault Kiger RXE vs Nissan Magnite XE

Renault Kiger RXE

Rs 5.45 lakh

Nissan Magnite XE

Rs 5.49 lakh

Difference

Rs 4,000 (Magnite is more expensive)

2020 Nissan Magnite XE: Pros, Cons And Should You Buy This Variant?

Features

Safety 

Renault Kiger RXE

Nissan Magnite XE

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

No

Seatbelt with pretensioner

Driver only

Driver and passenger

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

LED DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

16-inch steelies

16-inch steelies

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

No

Yes

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat    

No

No

AC

Manual

Manual

Rear AC vents

No

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

With open storage

No

Infotainment

None

None

Digital driver’s display

No

No

Power windows

Front

Front and rear

Adjustable steering

No

Tilt

12V Socket

Front and rear

Front

Verdict: The base variants of the Kiger and Magnite are closely priced and are taking different approaches to get your attention. The Kiger is offering more attention-grabbing elements like LED DRLs and turn indicators on the ORVM. However, if you are looking for a more family-friendly and practical option, the Nissan Magnite offers helpful features. Rear occupants will appreciate the added safety of adjustable headrests and the convenience of power windows; on the Kiger rear passengers get an extra 12V charging socket to charge their devices on the go. On the Magnite, the driver also gets safety features such as the rear wiper, washer and defogger to make life on the road easier on rainy and cold days. So, despite the slightly higher price tag, the Magnite XE is the more complete car at this price point.

2020 Nissan Magnite XE: Pros, Cons And Should You Buy This Variant?

Renault Kiger RXL vs Nissan Magnite XL

Powertrain

Renault Kiger

Nissan Magnite

Difference

1.0-litre N.A. MT

Rs 6.14 lakh

Rs 5.99 lakh

Rs 15,000 (Kiger more expensive)

1.0-litre Turbo MT

Rs 7.14 lakh

Rs 7.29 lakh

Rs 15,000 (Magnite more expensive)

Renault Kiger

Features

Safety 

Renault Kiger RXL

Nissan Magnite XL

Airbags

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

No

Turbo only

Seatbelt with pretensioner

Driver only

Driver and passenger

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Electronic stability program

No

Turbo only

Hill launch assist

No

Turbo only

Traction control

No

Turbo only

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

DRLs

Yes

No

Wheels

R16 steel wheels

R16 steel wheels with covers

Rear washer and wiper

No

Yes

Defogger

No

Yes

ORVM

Electrically adjustable

Electrically adjustable and power folding

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

No

No

AC

Manual

Auto AC

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front

Front and rear

Front armrest

With open storage

No

Rear armrest

No

Turbo only

60:40 split rear seats

No

Turbo only

Infotainment

2-din music system with Bluetooth

2-din music system with Bluetooth

Speakers

4

6

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

No

No

Parking camera

No

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Power windows

Yes

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Verdict: The exclusive features list on the Kiger in the RXL is a bit short - it gets a dash of style with DRLs and rear aircon vents. The latter will surely make the life of rear occupants more pleasing. However, the Magnite XL, despite being cheaper (non turbo variant), offers even more with automatic climate control. Like the Kiger, the Nissan, too, gets powered adjustable mirrors but with the power-folding function. The double-din music system is paired with 6 speakers as opposed to the Kiger's four speaker setup. The 1.0-litre turbo debuts on both these variants, but the Nissan combines it with more safety aids such as ESC, VDC, Hill Hold Assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors for a small premium. This makes the Turbo Magnite XL's safety and VFM quotient higher.

2020 Nissan Magnite XL: Pros, Cons And Should You Buy This Variant?

Renault Kiger RXT vs Nissan Magnite XV

Powertrain

Renault Kiger

Nissan Magnite

Difference

1.0-litre N.A. MT

Rs 6.60 lakh

Rs 6.68 lakh

Rs 8,000 (Magnite more expensive)

1.0-litre Turbo MT

Rs 7.60 lakh

Rs 7.98 lakh

Rs 38,000 (Magnite more expensive)

1.0-litre Turbo CVT

Rs 8.60 lakh

Rs 8.88 lakh

Rs 28,000 (Magnite more expensive)

Kiger Infotainment

Features

Safety 

Renault Kiger RXT

Nissan Magnite XV

Airbags

4

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Yes

Yes

Seatbelt with pretensioner

Driver only

Driver and passenger

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Electronic stability program

No

Turbo only

Hill launch assist

No

Turbo only

Traction control

No

Turbo only

Exterior

   

Headlamps

Halogen

Halogen

Fog lamps

No

LED

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch styled wheels

16-inch diamond cut alloys

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

Yes

Defogger

No

Yes

ORVM

Power adjustable

Electrically adjustable and power folding

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Manual

Auto

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Front armrest

Yes

Yes

Rear armrest

Yes

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

Yes

Rear parcel tray

Yes

Yes

Infotainment

8.0-inch touchscreen display

8.0-inch touchscreen display

Speakers

4

6

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes

Yes (wireless)

Digital Instrument Cluster

Yes

Yes

Parking camera

Yes

Yes

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Power windows

Yes

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Push-button engine start-stop

Yes

Yes

Magnite Dashboard

Verdict: These variants are taking very different approaches when it comes to delivering value for money. The Kiger adds two side airbags, taking the total airbag count to four! The Magnite, though, is adding a lot of features which make the XV an almost complete variant. While the Kiger gets styled steel wheels on the RXT, the Magnite gets alloy wheels. And to up the head turning factor, the Magnite also gets LED fog lamps. The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment screens with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay debut on both cars on this variant, but the Magnite goes one step further by offering wireless connectivity too! So, both these variants have their set of strengths and picking one of the two will depend on individual preferences and what features you value more. But, you’ll have to shell out a fair bit more for the turbo-petrol Magnite’s additional features.

Renault Kiger RXZ vs Nissan Magnite XV Premium

Powertrain

Renault Kiger

Nissan Magnite

Difference

1.0-litre N.A. MT

Rs 7.55 lakh

Rs 7.55 lakh

Nil

1.0-litre Turbo MT

Rs 8.55 lakh

Rs 8.75 lakh

Rs 20,000 (Magnite more expensive)

1.0-litre Turbo CVT

Rs 9.55 lakh

Rs 9.65 lakh 

Rs 10,000 (Magnite more expensive)

Features

Safety 

Renault Kiger RXZ

Nissan Magnite XV Premium

Airbags

4

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Yes

Yes

Seatbelt with pretensioner

Driver only

Driver and passenger

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Electronic stability program

No

Turbo only

Hill launch assist

No

Turbo only

Traction control

No

Turbo only

360-degree camera

No

Yes

Tyre pressure monitoring system

No

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

LED projector

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch alloys

16-inch alloys

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Power folding and power adjustable

Power folding and power adjustable

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

Yes

AC

Auto

Auto

PM 2.5 clean air filter

Yes

No

Rear AC vents

Yes

Yes

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

Front armrest

Yes

Yes

Rear armrest

Yes

Yes

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

Yes

Rear parcel tray

Yes

Yes

Infotainment

8.0-inch touchscreen display

8.0-inch touchscreen display

Speakers

8

6

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (wireless)

Yes (wireless)

Digital Instrument Cluster

Yes, 7-inch 

Yes, 7-inch

Parking camera

Yes

Yes

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Power windows

Yes

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Push-button engine start-stop

Yes

Yes

Cruise control

No

Yes

Drive modes

Yes (Eco, Normal, Sport)

No

The Renault Kiger’s Interiors In 10 Pictures

Verdict:

These are the best-equipped variants of both the Kiger and Magnite and they are doing their best to woo you.

As seen in all the turbo variants above, the Magnite XV Premium Turbo is still the more compelling option as it has added safety features such as stability control and hill start assist along with more wow features too, though, once again, for a slight premium.

However, things are not so straightforward with the more affordable non-turbo versions. Here, the Kiger RXZ offers a little extra safety with two additional airbags and even a PM2.5 air filter for a more caring attitude. But it also splashes in excitement with ambient lighting, two extra speakers and drive modes that promise to make the Kiger more flexible. The Magnite XV Premium does try to wow you with its premium features such as a 360-degree camera and cruise control which gives it a feature-strong approach whereas the Kiger takes a "safe but exciting" stance.

Renault Kiger RXZ AMT (1.0-litre NA) vs Nissan Magnite Turbo XL CVT (1.0-litre Turbo)

Renault Kiger RXZ AMT

Rs 8 lakh

Nissan Magnite Turbo XL CVT

Rs 8.19 lakh

Difference

Rs 19,000 (Magnite more expensive)

2020 Nissan Magnite XL: Pros, Cons And Should You Buy This Variant?

Feature

Safety 

Renault Kiger RXZ AMT

Nissan Magnite Turbo XL CVT

Airbags

4

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear parking sensors

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX child seat anchors

Yes

Yes

Seatbelt with pretensioner

Driver only

Driver and passenger

Day/night IRVM

Manual

Manual

Electronic stability program

No

Yes

Hill launch assist

No

Yes

Traction control

No

Yes

Exterior

   

Headlamps

LED

Halogen

DRLs

Yes

Yes

Wheels

16-inch alloys

16-inch steels with covers

Rear washer and wiper

Yes

Yes

Defogger

Yes

Yes

ORVM

Power folding and power adjustable

Power folding and power adjustable

Interior

   

Height-adjustable driver’s seat

Yes

No

AC

Auto

Auto

PM 2.5 clean air filter

Yes

No

Rear AC vents

Yes

No

Adjustable headrest

Front and rear

Front and rear

Ambient lighting

Yes

No

Front armrest

Yes

No

Rear armrest

Yes

No

60:40 split rear seats

Yes

Yes

Rear parcel tray

Yes

Yes

Infotainment

8.0-inch touchscreen display

2-Din audio system

Speakers

8

6

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Yes (wireless)

No

Digital Instrument Cluster

Yes

No

Parking camera

Yes

No

Steering-mounted controls

Yes

Yes

Power windows

Yes

Yes

Adjustable steering

Tilt

Tilt

Push-button engine start-stop

Yes

Yes

Drive modes

Yes (Eco, Normal, Sport)

No

Verdict: The top-spec Kiger RXZ AMT is understandably better equipped than the Magnite Turbo XL CVT as the former is a top-spec variant and its price clashes with the entry-level Magnite Turbo CVT. The Renault SUV gets LED headlamps and 16-inch alloys as opposed to steel wheels on the Magnite Turbo XL CVT. The Renault driver also gets a height adjustable seat, which should be useful for shorter drivers. Other useful features include rear AC vents, rear parking camera, PM 2.5 clear air filter, and front and rear armrest. The entertainment quotient is also better in the Kiger RXZ AMT with a 8-inch touchscreen unit with 8 speakers compared to the Magnite’s 2-din audio system with 6 speakers. The Magnite gets 2 airbags less than the Renault but it makes up for that loss with other active safety features such as ESP, Hill launch assist and traction control.    

It is important to note that the Nissan CVT SUV offers a significantly more powerful engine than the Renault one in this comparison. Moreover, CVTs are known to offer seamless shifts in comparison to AMTs. Having said that, we’ll reserve the judgement on the drive experience once we have tested and compared the two vehicles side by side.

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