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Sibling Rivalry | Nissan Magnite vs Renault Kiger

The Kiger came 4 months after the Magnite and has some improvements over the Nissan. The Japanese car is a couple of thousand bucks more expensive as well.

Nissan Magnite vs Renault Kiger

The Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger are almost the same car under the skin. They share the same CMF-A+ platform and 1.0L NA / turbo-petrol engines and manual / CVT transmissions. But, the Kiger came 4 months after the Magnite and has some improvements over the Nissan. The Japanese car is a couple of thousand bucks more expensive as well.

Nissan Magnite

Straight-forward & user-friendly:

The Magnite's instrument cluster displays a TPMS, which is not present in the Kiger:

The list of safety features in the Magnite is longer than the Kiger's. Features such as ESP, traction control and hill-start assist are available in the Nissan, but not in the Renault. On the flip side, the Kiger gets 4 airbags against the Magnite's 2 and front parking sensors (as an added accessory). The Kiger hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the Nissan Magnite scored a 4-star rating in the ASEAN NCAP crash tests (the Renault should perform similarly):

The Magnite gets a 6-speaker (4 speakers + 2 tweeters) JBL sound system, while the Kiger has an 8-speaker (4 speakers + 4 tweeters) Arkamys one. The Magnite's touchscreen head-unit features "Driving Eco", which gives you a score based on how efficient your driving style is, and also individual star ratings for acceleration, gear shifting and anticipation (braking). It also displays a trip report giving the total distance, time taken, average fuel consumption, average speed and uniquely, the distance traveled without any fuel consumption. The Magnite comes with connected car tech. Owners can download the NissanConnect app with 50 features and smartwatch connectivity. Additionally, the Magnite gets a 360 degree parking view:

Link to Review

Renault Kiger

While looks are subjective, the Renault is a more handsome vehicle to look at:

On the inside, the Kiger gets a dual-tone dashboard against the Magnite's all-black unit:

It has higher storage capacity including two gloveboxes and greater luggage carrying capacity (405L / 879L vs 336L / 690L):

While the Kiger does not get Driving Eco, connected car tech or TPMS, it comes with a 7-inch instrument cluster that displays different information in the different drive modes eg. Sport mode includes HP and Nm gauges along with a G-Force meter:

The Kiger's climate control system gets an inbuilt PM 2.5 air filter, which doesn't come in the Magnite:

Coming to the engine and transmission options available, the Kiger NA petrol is available with an AMT, which the Magnite doesn't get. This makes even the entry-level Kiger an option for those looking to buy an automatic car. Further, the Kiger gets 3 driving modes - Normal, Eco and Sport, which are not available in the Magnite. These modes alter the throttle response and steering weight:

Link to Driving Report

Neither Renault nor Nissan is a champion of after-sales service, but the former's dealers are generally better than the latter's.

 
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