The Tata Punch is one of the most eagerly awaited new models from the company this year. The Micro SUV was revealed today and the bookings have commenced. But, the micro SUV will be launched on the 20th of this month with the full variants and price list. 

On the other hand, Renault Kiger is based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF-A+ platform, which also supports the Triber and the Magnite. The SUV made its worldwide debut in India recently, highlighting the model’s and our market’s importance to the French automaker. 

So the question is, which SUV stands out? In today’s article, we are going to have a detailed comparison of the Tata Punch vs Renault Kiger.

Renault Kiger vs Tata Punch: Exterior 

The Kiger is the smallest compact SUV, with a length of 3,991mm and a width of 1,750mm based on a 2,500mm wheelbase. The huge chrome-embellished front grille and the sculpted bonnet, which makes it appear larger than it is, definitely help its cause. The LED DRLs and turn indicators are mounted on top of the main headlamp cluster, while the primary headlamp cluster is located below. The headlights on top trims are all-LED LEDs contained in three independent projector modules.

The Kiger’s raked rear windscreen, tapering roofline, and distinct spoiler element, all of which lend it an SUV-coupe-like profile, show that Renault didn’t want to go for a typical boxy SUV look. The 3D, C-shaped LED tail-lamps with gloss black elements are a standout feature at the back. The boot lid too has plenty of cuts and creases and it also has a chunky rear bumper, body cladding and a faux skid plate. The 205mm of ground clearance, roof rails capable of carrying weights up to 50 kg, and stylish 16-inch diamond-cut alloys complete the SUV style.

Tata Punch

The Tata Punch has maintained faithful to the HBX idea it is based on in terms of aesthetics, and the recently disclosed rear design is no exception. The curved tailgate, integrated roof spoiler, and taillights with Y-shaped LED elements are nearly identical to the HBX’s. The rear bumper, which has been toned down for the production model, is the only location where the Punch differs from the concept. 

The Punch has a split-headlight arrangement in the front, similar to the Harrier and Safari. The rest of the style is a toned-down version of the HBX, with the dual-tone colour scheme, squared-off wheel arches, and upright stance retained, but without the bulky off-road body cladding and tyres. Tata has yet to publicly reveal the interior design, while spy photos of the Punch suggest it will be similar to the HBX concept.

Renault Kiger vs Tata Punch: Interior 

Renault Kiger

When you go into the Kiger, you’re welcomed by a sleek dashboard that looks a lot like the Triber’s. On the dashboard, a brand-new 8-inch touchscreen with smooth operation takes centre stage. The wireless connection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a huge plus. The Kiger’s top trims also include a high-res, 7-inch digital instrument cluster with very amazing graphics that change depending on the drive mode.

The dash lacks soft-touch materials, but the plastic quality is more than enough for the Kiger’s price. With chrome detailing around the gear lever, piano black accents on the centre console, and climate control knobs with integrated readouts (shared with the Magnite). However, it’s impossible to deny that costs have been slashed in order to keep the Kiger so low in price. Internal rear-view mirrors, sun shades, and roof lining, for example, appear to be very simple.

The seats themselves are comfortable, well-bolstered, and feature a stylish pattern. The rear seat has plenty of headroom and legroom, and the level floor makes life easier for the middle passenger. With plenty of storage space inside the interior, the Kiger is one of the most practical SUVs in the market. This is due to the twin gloveboxes and the central storage area between the elbow box and the gear lever, which are both useful and spacious storage places. The Kiger also has a class-leading boot capacity of 405 litres.

Tata Punch

The first thing you’ll notice is the conceptual similarity between the Punch and HBX. Although the Auto Expo idea was claimed to be close to manufacturing, the interior appears to have been toned down. The splash of white across the dashboard, which divides the unit in two, and the blue accents surrounding the air-conditioning vents are the most visible changes. The Altroz’s part-digital instrument panel and steering wheel are identical.

A closer examination of the digital display reveals that the car will include drive modes, at least in automatic versions. The display also has a phone call notification feature that lets drivers know who is calling without having to look at the infotainment screen. Furthermore, the steering indicates that cruise control may be offered on higher-end models. The central console, like the concept, is topped by a free-standing Harman Kardon touchscreen infotainment system, with the controls for the auto-climate control system positioned lower down on the console.

Renault Kiger vs Tata Punch: Engine and price

A pair of petrol engines are expected to be offered with the new Tata Punch. According to sources, the Punch will only be available with an 83hp, 1.2-litre naturally aspirated three-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission at launch. At a later date, an AMT transmission and a more powerful turbo-petrol engine will be available.

The Renault Kiger gets two different petrol motors with 3 different transmission options. A 1.o-Litre naturally aspirated petrol engine making 72bhp and 96Nmof torque. This engine is coupled to either a 5-speed manual or an AMT automatic transmission. The other is a 1.0Litre turbocharged petrol motor making 100bhp and 160Nm torque. This is mated to either a 5-speed manual or an X-TRONIC CVT. 

Both these SUVs are very aggressively priced. The Renault Kiger starts at Rs. 5.64 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 10.09 lakh (Ex-showroom) for the RXZ Turbo CVT trim. The Tata Punch on the other hand is expected to be the most affordable Micro SUV in India. The price is expected to be released during the launch. However, we expect it to be priced from Rs. 5.5 lakh (Ex-showroom).

VERDICT

We won’t be able to compare the performance and off-road capabilities of both the SUVs until the Punch is launched. However, The Punch is the cheapest micro SUV available in the market giving it the upper hand. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comment section. 

Also, read: Tata Punch vs Hyundai Casper, a detailed comparison