Comparison: Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger

Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger
By - Manjul Sharma
April 24, 2023

The Maruti Suzuki has finally launched their new Maruti Fronx compact SUV at the starting price of Rs 7.47 lakh (ex-showroom). Based on the Maruti Baleno, the Maruti Fronx is positioned below the Maruti Brezza in Maruti’s portfolio and will be sold from Maruti’s premium subsidiary, Nexa. For its size, powertrains, and the host of features, the Maruti Fronx will be naturally compared to another popular affordable compact SUV, Renault Kiger. Therefore, in this comparison of the Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger, we highlight the differences and find out which one is more suited to your requirements.

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Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: Dimensions

Maruti Suzuki Fronx
Maruti Suzuki Fronx

Maruti Fronx

Renault Kiger

Length

3,995 mm

3,991 mm

Width

1,765 mm

1,750 mm

Height

1,550 mm

1,605 mm

Wheelbase

2,520 mm

2,500 mm

Boot Space

308 litres

405 litres

In the size comparison, the Maruti Fronx is 15 mm wider and has a 20 mm longer wheelbase. However, these size differences perhaps won’t make any tangible difference in the space offered for passengers in both cars, making them sufficiently spacious 5-seaters. Moreover, the 405 litre boot space of the Kiger looks considerably more attractive than the 308 litres boot space of the Fronx.

As far as looks are concerned, both cars vastly differ in their road presence. With the front fascia inspired by the Grand Vitara, and side profile carried over from the Baleno, the Maruti Fronx looks a rather sophisticated compact SUV. However, the sleek triple seven-pattern tail lamps connected by an LED light bar, the chunky rear bumper, and the faux skid plate make the rear end of the Fronx look sporty.

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Spinny Assured Renault Kiger
Renault Kiger

In contrast, the Renault Kiger looks far more fashionable than Fronx and features a sporty aesthetic from front to the rear. The slim chrome-treated grille, split-headlamp arrangement with the LED DRLs, and very stylishly sculpted bonnet make the face a nifty attention-grabber. The rear is adorned by C-shaped LED tail-lamps with gloss black elements, plenty of cuts and creases at the boot lid, a chunky rear bumper, prominent body cladding, and a muscular faux skid plate.

Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: Engine & Transmission

Maruti Fronx

Renault Kiger

Engine

1.0 litre turbo petrol engine 1.2 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine

1 litre turbo petrol engine

1 litre naturally aspirated petrol

Power

101 PS

91 PS

100 PS

72 PS

Torque

147 Nm

113 Nm

160 Nm

96 Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual gearbox for both engines

6-speed torque converter automatic for turbo petrol engine

5-speed AMT gearbox NA engine

5-speed manual gearbox for both engines

CVT automatic for turbo petrol engine

5-speed AMT gearbox NA engine

Mileage

20.01 – 21.50 km/l (turbo)

21.79 – 22.89 km/l (NA engine)

19.1 km/l from NA petrol

20.5 km/l from turbo petrol

Both cars have the same engine offering but differ in their power outputs. The turbo petrol engine of the Fronx produces almost the same power as that of the Kiger, but loses out due to the lower torque output. However, the Fronx’s turbo petrol engine coupled with automatic transmission offers the convenience of paddle shifters which the Kiger misses. Also, the Maruti Fronx is slightly more fuel-efficient than the Renault Kiger and both its engines come with mild-hybrid tech. Nonetheless, the 19.1 – 20.5 km/l mileage of Kiger is also pretty good for a compact SUV.

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Coming to the naturally aspirated petrol engines, the 1.2-litre petrol engine of the Maruti Fronx is more powerful and generates more torque than the 1.0-litre petrol engine of the Renault Kiger. Both cars offer their NA engine with a 5-speed manual gearbox and 5-speed AMT transmission.

Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: Features & Comfort

Maruti Fronx interior
Maruti Fronx interior

Maruti Fronx

Renault Kiger

Infotainment system

9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

8-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Music system

6-speaker sound system

8-speaker Arkamys sound system

Climate control

Automatic

Automatic

Ventilated seats

Not available

Not available

Adjustable steering

Tilt and telescopic

Tilt

Drive modes

Not available

Eco, Normal, & Sport

Instrument cluster

Analogue

7-inch digital instrument cluster

Sunroof

Not available

Not available

Adjustable seats (manual or electric)

Height adjustable driver seat (manual)

Height adjustable driver seat (manual)

Rear AC vents

Available

Available

60:40 rear seat split

Available in second row

Available in second row

Cruise control

Available

Not Available

The interiors of both cars look and feel premium, and in the Maruti Fronx, everything seems to have been carried over from the Baleno. Feature-wise, both cars are amply laden to ensure a comfortable and entertaining passenger experience. Both cars sport comfortable seating, however, the Maruti Fronx misses the armrest for the rear seat passengers. In addition to that, the advantages of Kiger include a digital instrument cluster and drive modes which ease things for the driver. On the other hand, the Maruti Fronx’s advantages over Kiger include a head-up display, telescopic steering adjustment, and cruise control and these features also add a great deal of driving convenience.

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Renault Kiger interior
Renault Kiger interior

Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: Safety Features

Maruti Fronx

Renault Kiger

G-NCAP Safety Rating

Not tested

4-star

Airbags

Up to six

Up to four

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

ESC

Yes

Yes

Traction Control

No

No

Automatic headlamps

Yes

Yes

Rain-sensing Wipers

No

No

Hill hold assist

Yes

No

Hill descent control

No

No

Rear sensors

Yes

Yes

Rear parking camera

360-degree camera

Yes

ISOFIX Child seat anchor points

Yes

Yes

ADAS

No

No

In terms of safety, both SUVs come equipped with all the essential safety features. Moreover, the 4-star G-NCAP rating of Renault Kiger signifies the strength of the structure that will safeguard passengers in case of an unfortunate accident. On the other hand, Maruti has also given great emphasis on safety, and the availability of 6 airbags will make Fronx one of the most affordable cars with 6 airbags.

Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: Price comparison

Maruti Fronx

Renault Kiger

Base variants (Ex-Showroom)

Rs 7.47 lakh

Rs 6.50 lakhs

Mid variants (Ex-Showroom)

Rs 8.33 – 9.73 lakh

Rs 7.92 – 9.03 lakhs

Upper mid variants (Ex-Showroom)

Rs 10.56 – 12.06 lakh

Rs 9.45 – 10.68 lakhs

Top variant

Rs 11.48 – 13.14 lakh

Rs 8.80 – 11.23 lakhs

While both SUVs are almost neck-to-neck so far, the price difference between them is steep and makes the Renault Kiger a far more attractive proposition as compared to the Fronx.

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Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: Summary

While the competition seems tight, the comparison does favour Renault Kiger for its affordability. The Maruti Fronx is appearing as another family-friendly, decent-looking, comfortable, and fuel-efficient car from Maruti’s stable. However, at considerably more affordable prices the Renault Kiger promises a fashionable road presence, a feature-rich passenger experience, and most importantly, a 4-star rated safety by Global NCAP. So, if you are looking for a comfortable compact SUV that delivers pocket-friendly mileage, the Maruti Fronx is a better choice, and if you want a good-looking, feature-rich SUV that is exceptionally safe, the Renault Kiger is the one to go for.

Maruti Fronx vs Renault Kiger: FAQs

Among Maruti Fronx and Renault Kiger, which one is bigger?

The Maruti Fronx measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width and 1,550 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,520 mm. The Renault Kiger measures 3,991 mm in length, 1,750mm in width, and 1,605 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. This makes the Maruti Fronx slightly bigger than Renault Kiger in almost all dimensions, except the height.

Among the Maruti Fronx and Renault Kiger, which one has a sunroof?

Neither Maruti Fronx nor Renault Kiger offer a sunroof.

Does the Maruti Fronx have a turbocharged engine?

Yes, the Maruti Fronx has a turbo-petrol engine. This 1.0-litre Boosterjet made its debut in the previous-gen Baleno in India in 2017. In the Maruti Fronx, the engine produces 100 hp of power and 147.6Nm of peak torque.

How many variants are there of Maruti Fronx?

There are majorly 4 variants of Maruti Fronx: Sigma, Delta, Delta +, Zeta, and Alpha.

How many variants are there of Renault Kiger?

There are majorly 4 variants of Renault Kiger: RXE, RXL, RXT, and RXZ.

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