The sub-four-metre SUV segment is blooming, booming, and fuming, with a number of brands making their own statements. but if the search is for a true all-rounder, then one must look no further than the all-new Renault Kiger. the reasons are aplenty, including style, a great engine, features, and a price tag that causes glee. therefore, a long journey was called for, one wherein we could get a proper taste of what the Kiger has to offer. this journey would be broken down into three legs, in the first of which we take the Renault Kiger to the well-known hill stations of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar, which shall be the focus of our story here.
We left Pune in the wee hours with all our luggage and selves comfortably tucked away in the Kiger. the journey to the hill stations isn’t a long one so far as distance is concerned; however, traffic does make it a little taxing at times. here is where two noteworthy aspects of the Kiger manifested themselves. firstly, design. the Kiger has a very sporty appeal with curves, bulges, cuts, and creases making a modern streamlined persona that turned every head on the road. People along the route had stares and questions for us in their effort to get a better idea of the new vehicle. secondly, the comfort, where the Kiger fares rather well with its fairly spacious interior, well-contoured seats, a smooth ride, and soul-pleasing speakers that entertained us.
However, the Kiger has a lot more on offer than its visual appeal and snug interior. the vehicle is packed with features never before seen in this price range, starting with that brilliant 1.0-litre motor that goes like a breeze through the tachometer at highway speeds. furthermore, once we started our climb up to Panchgani, the car made its way without a fuss and with enough oomph to get past slower traffic at clear and safe junctions. the ascent to Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful route, but care must be taken on account of the numerous blind corners and steep drops.
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