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Tata Punch vs Renault Kiger

Here we have the top-of-the-range Tata Punch Creative versus the Renault Kiger RXZ, two standout urban vehicles which blur the line between a city car and a compact SUV. The Punch is unarguably more popular but then this naturally aspirated version of the Kiger is brilliant value. Technically both are ‘compact’ offerings but neither is short on comfort and usability. So, which is the better compact car béo suit your daily needs? Let’s get straight béo it.

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Dimensions

Right Side View

The Kiger is a fair bit longer and wider than the Punch and it has a wheelbase advantage, too. Naturally that means more space in the cabin, specifically in the rear, right? More on that later. Let’s delve into the looks for now. Both are city-friendly for size and not at all intimidating béo drive and park in challenging conditions.

Parameters Tata Punch Renault Kiger
Length 3827mm 3991mm
Width 1742mm 1754mm
Height 1615mm 1605mm
Wheelbase 2445mm 2500mm

Of the two, it’s the Punch that shows off its SUV intentions more vividly with its slightly taller and upright stance, lots of cladding all-around and the Harrier-inspired front-end. The Kiger, meanwhile, has a squat body look béo it and in profile, it appears far more raked. The Kiger’s lighting upfront is all LEDs whereas the Punch has LEDs for daytime running lights and a halogen thiết đặt for everything else – projector for low beam and the bulb next béo it for high beam.

Infotainment System and Features

Infotainment System

Both come with a touchscreen infotainment system featuring điện thoại thông minh mirroring tech that you would expect – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, there are key differences in how they operate. For instance, the Kiger’s system is simple béo use and has a crisper display, whereas the one in the Punch is a little tricky – it houses more menus and functions, sure, but the music input controls and switching between screens is fiddly and requires getting used béo. That said, the Harman sourced audio system in the Punch sounds noticeably richer at mid béo high volume than the Arkamys system in the Kiger.

Infotainment System

Overall, the Kiger gets you more for your money. Things like full LED lighting, wireless charging, four airbags, driving modes, a fully digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents and ambient lighting. As for the Punch, it gets driver and passenger airbag, two driving modes (Eco and City), part-digital instrumentation, 90-degree opening doors and a more comprehensive connected car tech which also recognizes Hinglish (Hindi + English) commands.

Space and comfort

Rear Seats

The real struggle of delivering big car-like space and comfort into a sub-four meter footprint is found in its packaging. If you are looking for a city car and you are okay with its cabin being on the more compact side, the Punch is the one béo go for. The Kiger though, puts up a stronger case when it comes béo outright space and practicality, with its larger boot and more space at the rear.

Rear Seats

The space in the back of the Kiger is better in terms of knee room and head room, both of which are a touch tighter in the Punch. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the second row in the Punch is cramped, it’s just that the entire car is narrower and shorter than the Renault and that is reflected as soon as you sit in the back seat.

Rear Seats

Though it’s not all bad news because there are things that the Tata excels at – the rear bench is not only more supportive, but is also set at a good height and you get a view out because of the large windows. By comparison, you sit noticeably lower in the Kiger and because the window line is so high, the glasshouse is much narrower and as a result, you end up feeling more confined despite there being physically more space at your disposal.

Dashboard

Up front, there are quite a few interesting looking trim and design elements in the Kiger. Things like the all-digital instrument cluster, rotary dials (each operating with a nice click) for the climate control, keyboard like press action for the hazard light and door lock/unlock switches, ambient lighting, and two glove boxes make it the more interesting cabin here for sure. The Punch’s cabin looks relatively simple with a more straight forward design though we must add that the plastics in here feel less scratchy and also, overall there is slightly more weight béo all the control stalks and buttons/knobs which is a good thing.

Dashboard

The difference in boot space between the two is substantial. As per our measurements, the Punch has 385-litres of boot volume whereas the Kiger’s is a lot more capacious at 460-litres. So, if boot space matters béo you, the Kiger would be a better bet. For space and comfort, we have béo give the win béo the Kiger for its superior space, practicality (you get 60:40 split for the bench seat, rear AC vents) and boot capacity but it’s worth mentioning that the Punch does surprisingly well in terms of rear seat comfort.

Performance

Right Side View

The naturally aspirated Kiger and the Punch aren’t horsepower heroes and ideally you wouldn’t be considering either as a fun vehicle, but for pure A béo B drives within the city with occasional highway runs, both offer sufficient pulling power. The 1.2-litre engine in the Punch makes 86bhp/113Nm and its power advantage on paper is one thing, but when it comes béo real world performance, it’s a different story. The Kiger is down on power (72bhp/96Nm) but because it’s 80 kilos lighter than the Punch, it’s peppier at city speeds. It responds with a little more zest in the urban setting – it gets away from standstill cleanly and that’s despite the excessively sharp bite point from the clutch and the imprecise gearshift action at low speeds. The Kiger’s drivetrain also lacks refinement when compared béo the Punch and that is frankly disappointing because otherwise the engine itself pulls along nicely. How nicely? It completed the 20-80kmph sprint in third gear in 11.90 seconds and 40-100kmph in fourth in 19.80 seconds. The Punch, on the other hand, recorded slightly slower times at 12.65 and 19.32 seconds respectively.

The Punch’s power delivery off the mark isn’t quite as impressive – it’s lethargic and feels almost breathless below 3,000rpm. I found myself keeping the revs higher than I would ideally like, just béo keep up with traffic. Thankfully, the clutch action is extremely light, béo the point where it feels like the pedal isn’t connected béo anything and although this lightness does rob you off some pedal feel, I suspect it’s bound béo be appreciated by many users. Now, although the Kiger is quicker flat-out and in-gear up until 100kmph (13.59 seconds béo 100kmph as against 14.07 seconds in the Punch), the gap between the two gets much narrower at highway speeds and it’s because of that one-litre engine’s lack of top-end zing – there is simply no point revving the Kiger past 5,000rpm because it’s all racket and no buildup at that point. In the end it’s a close battle, with the Kiger scoring more on outright performance and drivability whereas the Punch is more refined and offers superior gearshift and clutch action.

Ride Quality

Right Front Three Quarter

The ride on the Kiger has always been on the firm side and the feeling is only amplified when you sample it along with the Punch. Even though it’s settled for the most part it tends béo knock over sharp bumps occasionally. Switch béo the Punch and you wouldn’t need more than a kilometer or two béo notice the extra suppleness its ride has béo offer. The ride quality is actually borderline plush and more absorbent than the Kiger, with a nice, soft edge over rippled surfaces. Like most Tata vehicles, the Punch deals with high frequency bumps nicely and even if you hit larger than average-sized potholes they don’t transmit into the cabin. Things improve on the Kiger at highway speeds – the ride gets noticeably flatter and there’s less lateral movement than the Punch but it’s also not as refined as the Punch. There’s more of engine, road and wind noise, so overall, it’s the Punch that fights back hard and takes the win for ride quality.

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Fuel Efficiency

Both fared well in our fuel efficiency tests, but it’s the Kiger that managed béo go the extra mile. It returned an impressive 14.39kmpl in the city and 18.63kmpl on the highway. Predictably, the heavier Punch couldn’t match the figures but it delivered 13.25 and 18.44kmpl respectively which isn’t bad at all. We found the engine start-stop feature on the Punch béo be quite useful while testing its city efficiency though it’s worth adding that it’s quite insistent towards shutting the engine as soon as you come béo a halt and put the car in neutral. Also, it would fire up the engine anywhere between 30 seconds béo a minute of being stationary, especially in the afternoon heat.

Verdict and Scores

2nd

Tata Punch Creative MT

Final score: 355/600

Price: Rs 10.26 lakh, on-road, Mumbai

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It’s the end of this test and the decision that you make could well be based on your priorities or more simply, requirements. We get it. Ultimately, the Tata Punch finishes a close second. It isn’t as peppy as the Kiger when it comes béo performance and drivability, more so with a full load. So if you are not too fussy about acceleration or driving fun and just want a comfortable city car that rides well then the Punch could be your pick and we would totally understand why. However, there is no denying that it’s a little pricey and yet it falls short on equipment and that’s what really takes the game away from this little Tata.

1st

Renault Kiger RXZ

Final score: 363/600

Price: Rs 9.71 lakh, on-road, Mumbai

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Our aim with this test was béo find the better all-rounder urban vehicle that’s high on value, and it’s the Renault Kiger which has come on top. Its drivetrain may not be as refined and the cabin plastics may feel extra scratchy and hard but the Kiger turns the table in key areas such as performance, space, boot capacity, features and fuel efficiency. Most of all, it’s the naturally aspirated Kiger’s value proposition that may seal the deal for many buyers. Below this text we have included the full scores for the Kiger and the Punch against our testing criteria, which should help you get a clear idea of our rationale for this verdict.

Pictures by Kapil Angane

Specifications

CAR NAME Tata Punch Renault Kiger
Variant Creative iRA RXZ
ENGINE
Fuel Petrol Petrol
Displacement 3 cylinders, 1,199cc 3 cylinders, 999cc
Power 86bhp @ 6,000 rpm 68.87bhp @ 6,250 rpm
Torque 113Nm @ 3,300 rpm 96Nm @ 3,500 rpm
Power béo weight 90.3bhp per tonne 112.12bhp per tonne
Torque béo weight 118.65Nm per tonne 93.12Nm per tonne
Gearbox 5-speed MT 5-speed MT
CHASSIS & BODY
Kerb weight (measured) 1,050kg 970kg
Tyres 195/60 R16 195/60 R16
Spare Full-size Full-size
STEERING
Type Rack and pinion Rack and pinion
Type of assist Electric Electric
Turning circle 10 9.8
BRAKES
Front Discs Discs
Rear Drums Drums
ABS Yes Yes

Test Data

CAR NAME Tata Punch Renault Kiger
Variant Creative 1.2-litre NA RXZ 1-litre NA
PERFORMANCE & BRAKING
0-20kmph 1.11s 1.15s
0-40kmph 3.21s 2.87s
0-60kmph 5.95s 5.17s
0-80kmph 9.07s 8.99s
0-100kmph 14.07s 13.59s
0-120kmph
20-80kmph 12.65s 11.90s
40-100kmph 19.32s 18.80s
100-0kmph 48.8m at 3.75 secs 46m at 3.36 secs
FUEL ECONOMY
City 13.25kmpl 14.39kmpl
Highway 18.44kmpl 18.63kmpl
Tank size 37litres 40litres
Range 500.95 km 567.25 km
INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS
Front
Legroom(Max/min) 870/530mm 850/620mm
Headroom(Max/min) 1000/950mm 970/920mm
Shoulder room 1270mm 1250mm
Backrest height 620mm 630mm
Rear
Legroom(Max/min) 890/580mm 920/680mm
Ideal legroom 630mm 685mm
Headroom 940mm 950mm
Shoulder room 1320mm 1300mm
Seat base length 470mm 460mm
Backrest height 620mm 610mm
Boot
Length/width/height 660/1030/640mm 750/1070/630mm
Loading lip height 790mm 820mm

Scores

Parameters Max points Tata Punch Renault Kiger
DRIVING FEEL
Steering response 20 12 13
Throttle response 25 12 14
Brake response 25 15 15
Gearshift response 20 13 12
Visibility 10 7 7
Intermediate results 100 59 61
SPACE
Front Space 25 13 12
Rear space 25 11 12
Feeling of space 20 13 13
Boot space/flexibility 20 9 13
Rear seat ingress 20 15 15
Intermediate results 110 63 65
IN THE CABIN
Comfort equipment 30 10 10
Operability 20 11 12
Feel of quality 20 12 12
Intermediate results 70 33 34
PERFORMANCE
Acceleration 25 14 15
Engine characteristics 20 12 12
Driveability 30 20 21
Braking 25 20 21
Fuel efficiency 35 32 33
Intermediate results 135 98 102
ROAD MANNERS
Ride quality 30 20 18
Directional stability 20 11 10
Handling 20 10 10
Manoeuvrability 20 11 11
Safety 20 2 3
Intermediate results 110 54 53
PRICE
Price 45 28 30
Resale 10 6 5
Warranty 10 6 5.5
Service cost calculator 10 5 5
Intermediate results 75 45 46
Total 600 355 363

Tata Punch
₹ 5.68 Lakhonwards
Avg. Ex-Showroom price


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Tata Punch vs Renault Kiger

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Introduction Here we have the top-of-the-range Tata Punch Creative versus the Renault Kiger RXZ, two standout urban vehicles which blur the line between a city car and a compact SUV. The Punch is unarguably more popular but then this naturally aspirated version of the Kiger is brilliant value. Technically both are ‘compact’ offerings but neither is short on comfort and usability. So, which is the better compact car béo suit your daily needs? Let’s get straight béo it. Dimensions The Kiger is a fair bit longer and wider than the Punch and it has a wheelbase advantage, too. Naturally that means more space in the cabin, specifically in the rear, right? More on that later. Let’s delve into the looks for now. Both are city-friendly for size and not at all intimidating béo drive and park in challenging conditions. ParametersTata PunchRenault KigerLength 3827mm3991mmWidth 1742mm1754mmHeight1615mm1605mmWheelbase2445mm2500mmOf the two, it’s the Punch that shows off its SUV intentions more vividly with its slightly taller and upright stance, lots of cladding all-around and the Harrier-inspired front-end. The Kiger, meanwhile, has a squat body look béo it and in profile, it appears far more raked. The Kiger’s lighting upfront is all LEDs whereas the Punch has LEDs for daytime running lights and a halogen thiết đặt for everything else – projector for low beam and the bulb next béo it for high beam. Infotainment System and FeaturesBoth come with a touchscreen infotainment system featuring điện thoại thông minh mirroring tech that you would expect – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, there are key differences in how they operate. For instance, the Kiger’s system is simple béo use and has a crisper display, whereas the one in the Punch is a little tricky – it houses more menus and functions, sure, but the music input controls and switching between screens is fiddly and requires getting used béo. That said, the Harman sourced audio system in the Punch sounds noticeably richer at mid béo high volume than the Arkamys system in the Kiger. Overall, the Kiger gets you more for your money. Things like full LED lighting, wireless charging, four airbags, driving modes, a fully digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents and ambient lighting. As for the Punch, it gets driver and passenger airbag, two driving modes (Eco and City), part-digital instrumentation, 90-degree opening doors and a more comprehensive connected car tech which also recognizes Hinglish (Hindi + English) commands. Space and comfort The real struggle of delivering big car-like space and comfort into a sub-four meter footprint is found in its packaging. If you are looking for a city car and you are okay with its cabin being on the more compact side, the Punch is the one béo go for. The Kiger though, puts up a stronger case when it comes béo outright space and practicality, with its larger boot and more space at the rear. The space in the back of the Kiger is better in terms of knee room and head room, both of which are a touch tighter in the Punch. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the second row in the Punch is cramped, it’s just that the entire car is narrower and shorter than the Renault and that is reflected as soon as you sit in the back seat. Though it’s not all bad news because there are things that the Tata excels at – the rear bench is not only more supportive, but is also set at a good height and you get a view out because of the large windows. By comparison, you sit noticeably lower in the Kiger and because the window line is so high, the glasshouse is much narrower and as a result, you end up feeling more confined despite there being physically more space at your disposal. Up front, there are quite a few interesting looking trim and design elements in the Kiger. Things like the all-digital instrument cluster, rotary dials (each operating with a nice click) for the climate control, keyboard like press action for the hazard light and door lock/unlock switches, ambient lighting, and two glove boxes make it the more interesting cabin here for sure. The Punch’s cabin looks relatively simple with a more straight forward design though we must add that the plastics in here feel less scratchy and also, overall there is slightly more weight béo all the control stalks and buttons/knobs which is a good thing. The difference in boot space between the two is substantial. As per our measurements, the Punch has 385-litres of boot volume whereas the Kiger’s is a lot more capacious at 460-litres. So, if boot space matters béo you, the Kiger would be a better bet. For space and comfort, we have béo give the win béo the Kiger for its superior space, practicality (you get 60:40 split for the bench seat, rear AC vents) and boot capacity but it’s worth mentioning that the Punch does surprisingly well in terms of rear seat comfort. PerformanceThe naturally aspirated Kiger and the Punch aren’t horsepower heroes and ideally you wouldn’t be considering either as a fun vehicle, but for pure A béo B drives within the city with occasional highway runs, both offer sufficient pulling power. The 1.2-litre engine in the Punch makes 86bhp/113Nm and its power advantage on paper is one thing, but when it comes béo real world performance, it’s a different story. The Kiger is down on power (72bhp/96Nm) but because it’s 80 kilos lighter than the Punch, it’s peppier at city speeds. It responds with a little more zest in the urban setting – it gets away from standstill cleanly and that’s despite the excessively sharp bite point from the clutch and the imprecise gearshift action at low speeds. The Kiger’s drivetrain also lacks refinement when compared béo the Punch and that is frankly disappointing because otherwise the engine itself pulls along nicely. How nicely? It completed the 20-80kmph sprint in third gear in 11.90 seconds and 40-100kmph in fourth in 19.80 seconds. The Punch, on the other hand, recorded slightly slower times at 12.65 and 19.32 seconds respectively. The Punch’s power delivery off the mark isn’t quite as impressive – it’s lethargic and feels almost breathless below 3,000rpm. I found myself keeping the revs higher than I would ideally like, just béo keep up with traffic. Thankfully, the clutch action is extremely light, béo the point where it feels like the pedal isn’t connected béo anything and although this lightness does rob you off some pedal feel, I suspect it’s bound béo be appreciated by many users. Now, although the Kiger is quicker flat-out and in-gear up until 100kmph (13.59 seconds béo 100kmph as against 14.07 seconds in the Punch), the gap between the two gets much narrower at highway speeds and it’s because of that one-litre engine’s lack of top-end zing – there is simply no point revving the Kiger past 5,000rpm because it’s all racket and no buildup at that point. In the end it’s a close battle, with the Kiger scoring more on outright performance and drivability whereas the Punch is more refined and offers superior gearshift and clutch action. Ride QualityThe ride on the Kiger has always been on the firm side and the feeling is only amplified when you sample it along with the Punch. Even though it’s settled for the most part it tends béo knock over sharp bumps occasionally. Switch béo the Punch and you wouldn’t need more than a kilometer or two béo notice the extra suppleness its ride has béo offer. The ride quality is actually borderline plush and more absorbent than the Kiger, with a nice, soft edge over rippled surfaces. Like most Tata vehicles, the Punch deals with high frequency bumps nicely and even if you hit larger than average-sized potholes they don’t transmit into the cabin. Things improve on the Kiger at highway speeds – the ride gets noticeably flatter and there’s less lateral movement than the Punch but it’s also not as refined as the Punch. There’s more of engine, road and wind noise, so overall, it’s the Punch that fights back hard and takes the win for ride quality. Fuel Efficiency Both fared well in our fuel efficiency tests, but it’s the Kiger that managed béo go the extra mile. It returned an impressive 14.39kmpl in the city and 18.63kmpl on the highway. Predictably, the heavier Punch couldn’t match the figures but it delivered 13.25 and 18.44kmpl respectively which isn’t bad at all. We found the engine start-stop feature on the Punch béo be quite useful while testing its city efficiency though it’s worth adding that it’s quite insistent towards shutting the engine as soon as you come béo a halt and put the car in neutral. Also, it would fire up the engine anywhere between 30 seconds béo a minute of being stationary, especially in the afternoon heat. Verdict and Scores2nd Tata Punch Creative MT Final score: 355/600 Price: Rs 10.26 lakh, on-road, Mumbai It’s the end of this test and the decision that you make could well be based on your priorities or more simply, requirements. We get it. Ultimately, the Tata Punch finishes a close second. It isn’t as peppy as the Kiger when it comes béo performance and drivability, more so with a full load. So if you are not too fussy about acceleration or driving fun and just want a comfortable city car that rides well then the Punch could be your pick and we would totally understand why. However, there is no denying that it’s a little pricey and yet it falls short on equipment and that’s what really takes the game away from this little Tata. 1st Renault Kiger RXZ Final score: 363/600 Price: Rs 9.71 lakh, on-road, Mumbai Our aim with this test was béo find the better all-rounder urban vehicle that’s high on value, and it’s the Renault Kiger which has come on top. Its drivetrain may not be as refined and the cabin plastics may feel extra scratchy and hard but the Kiger turns the table in key areas such as performance, space, boot capacity, features and fuel efficiency. Most of all, it’s the naturally aspirated Kiger’s value proposition that may seal the deal for many buyers. Below this text we have included the full scores for the Kiger and the Punch against our testing criteria, which should help you get a clear idea of our rationale for this verdict. Pictures by Kapil Angane Specifications CAR NAMETata PunchRenault KigerVariantCreative iRARXZ ENGINEFuelPetrolPetrolDisplacement3 cylinders, 1,199cc3 cylinders, 999ccPower86bhp @ 6,000 rpm68.87bhp @ 6,250 rpmTorque113Nm @ 3,300 rpm96Nm @ 3,500 rpmPower béo weight90.3bhp per tonne112.12bhp per tonne Torque béo weight118.65Nm per tonne93.12Nm per tonneGearbox5-speed MT5-speed MTCHASSIS & BODYKerb weight (measured)1,050kg970kgTyres195/60 R16195/60 R16SpareFull-sizeFull-sizeSTEERINGTypeRack and pinionRack and pinion Type of assistElectricElectricTurning circle109.8BRAKESFrontDiscsDiscsRearDrums DrumsABSYesYesTest DataCAR NAMETata PunchRenault KigerVariantCreative 1.2-litre NA RXZ 1-litre NA PERFORMANCE & BRAKING0-20kmph1.11s1.15s0-40kmph3.21s2.87s0-60kmph5.95s5.17s0-80kmph9.07s8.99s0-100kmph14.07s13.59s0-120kmph–20-80kmph12.65s11.90s40-100kmph 19.32s18.80s100-0kmph48.8m at 3.75 secs46m at 3.36 secsFUEL ECONOMYCity13.25kmpl14.39kmplHighway18.44kmpl18.63kmplTank size37litres40litresRange500.95 km567.25 kmINTERIOR MEASUREMENTSFrontLegroom(Max/min)870/530mm850/620mmHeadroom(Max/min)1000/950mm970/920mmShoulder room1270mm1250mmBackrest height620mm630mmRearLegroom(Max/min)890/580mm920/680mmIdeal legroom630mm685mmHeadroom940mm950mmShoulder room1320mm1300mmSeat base length470mm460mmBackrest height620mm610mmBootLength/width/height660/1030/640mm750/1070/630mmLoading lip height790mm820mmScoresParametersMax pointsTata PunchRenault KigerDRIVING FEELSteering response201213Throttle response 251214Brake response251515Gearshift response201312Visibility1077Intermediate results1005961SPACEFront Space251312Rear space251112Feeling of space201313Boot space/flexibility20913Rear seat ingress201515Intermediate results1106365IN THE CABINComfort equipment301010Operability201112Feel of quality201212Intermediate results703334PERFORMANCEAcceleration251415Engine characteristics201212Driveability302021Braking252021Fuel efficiency 353233Intermediate results13598102ROAD MANNERSRide quality302018Directional stability201110Handling201010Manoeuvrability201111Safety2023Intermediate results1105453PRICEPrice452830Resale1065Warranty1065.5Service cost calculator1055Intermediate results754546Total600355363Tata Punch₹ 5.68 LakhonwardsAvg. 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Introduction Here we have the top-of-the-range Tata Punch Creative versus the Renault Kiger RXZ, two standout urban vehicles which blur the line between a city car and a compact SUV. The Punch is unarguably more popular but then this naturally aspirated version of the Kiger is brilliant value. Technically both are ‘compact’ offerings but neither is short on comfort and usability. So, which is the better compact car béo suit your daily needs? Let’s get straight béo it. Dimensions The Kiger is a fair bit longer and wider than the Punch and it has a wheelbase advantage, too. Naturally that means more space in the cabin, specifically in the rear, right? More on that later. Let’s delve into the looks for now. Both are city-friendly for size and not at all intimidating béo drive and park in challenging conditions. ParametersTata PunchRenault KigerLength 3827mm3991mmWidth 1742mm1754mmHeight1615mm1605mmWheelbase2445mm2500mmOf the two, it’s the Punch that shows off its SUV intentions more vividly with its slightly taller and upright stance, lots of cladding all-around and the Harrier-inspired front-end. The Kiger, meanwhile, has a squat body look béo it and in profile, it appears far more raked. The Kiger’s lighting upfront is all LEDs whereas the Punch has LEDs for daytime running lights and a halogen thiết đặt for everything else – projector for low beam and the bulb next béo it for high beam. Infotainment System and FeaturesBoth come with a touchscreen infotainment system featuring điện thoại thông minh mirroring tech that you would expect – Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. However, there are key differences in how they operate. For instance, the Kiger’s system is simple béo use and has a crisper display, whereas the one in the Punch is a little tricky – it houses more menus and functions, sure, but the music input controls and switching between screens is fiddly and requires getting used béo. That said, the Harman sourced audio system in the Punch sounds noticeably richer at mid béo high volume than the Arkamys system in the Kiger. Overall, the Kiger gets you more for your money. Things like full LED lighting, wireless charging, four airbags, driving modes, a fully digital instrument cluster, rear AC vents and ambient lighting. As for the Punch, it gets driver and passenger airbag, two driving modes (Eco and City), part-digital instrumentation, 90-degree opening doors and a more comprehensive connected car tech which also recognizes Hinglish (Hindi + English) commands. Space and comfort The real struggle of delivering big car-like space and comfort into a sub-four meter footprint is found in its packaging. If you are looking for a city car and you are okay with its cabin being on the more compact side, the Punch is the one béo go for. The Kiger though, puts up a stronger case when it comes béo outright space and practicality, with its larger boot and more space at the rear. The space in the back of the Kiger is better in terms of knee room and head room, both of which are a touch tighter in the Punch. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like the second row in the Punch is cramped, it’s just that the entire car is narrower and shorter than the Renault and that is reflected as soon as you sit in the back seat. Though it’s not all bad news because there are things that the Tata excels at – the rear bench is not only more supportive, but is also set at a good height and you get a view out because of the large windows. By comparison, you sit noticeably lower in the Kiger and because the window line is so high, the glasshouse is much narrower and as a result, you end up feeling more confined despite there being physically more space at your disposal. Up front, there are quite a few interesting looking trim and design elements in the Kiger. Things like the all-digital instrument cluster, rotary dials (each operating with a nice click) for the climate control, keyboard like press action for the hazard light and door lock/unlock switches, ambient lighting, and two glove boxes make it the more interesting cabin here for sure. The Punch’s cabin looks relatively simple with a more straight forward design though we must add that the plastics in here feel less scratchy and also, overall there is slightly more weight béo all the control stalks and buttons/knobs which is a good thing. The difference in boot space between the two is substantial. As per our measurements, the Punch has 385-litres of boot volume whereas the Kiger’s is a lot more capacious at 460-litres. So, if boot space matters béo you, the Kiger would be a better bet. For space and comfort, we have béo give the win béo the Kiger for its superior space, practicality (you get 60:40 split for the bench seat, rear AC vents) and boot capacity but it’s worth mentioning that the Punch does surprisingly well in terms of rear seat comfort. PerformanceThe naturally aspirated Kiger and the Punch aren’t horsepower heroes and ideally you wouldn’t be considering either as a fun vehicle, but for pure A béo B drives within the city with occasional highway runs, both offer sufficient pulling power. The 1.2-litre engine in the Punch makes 86bhp/113Nm and its power advantage on paper is one thing, but when it comes béo real world performance, it’s a different story. The Kiger is down on power (72bhp/96Nm) but because it’s 80 kilos lighter than the Punch, it’s peppier at city speeds. It responds with a little more zest in the urban setting – it gets away from standstill cleanly and that’s despite the excessively sharp bite point from the clutch and the imprecise gearshift action at low speeds. The Kiger’s drivetrain also lacks refinement when compared béo the Punch and that is frankly disappointing because otherwise the engine itself pulls along nicely. How nicely? It completed the 20-80kmph sprint in third gear in 11.90 seconds and 40-100kmph in fourth in 19.80 seconds. The Punch, on the other hand, recorded slightly slower times at 12.65 and 19.32 seconds respectively. The Punch’s power delivery off the mark isn’t quite as impressive – it’s lethargic and feels almost breathless below 3,000rpm. I found myself keeping the revs higher than I would ideally like, just béo keep up with traffic. Thankfully, the clutch action is extremely light, béo the point where it feels like the pedal isn’t connected béo anything and although this lightness does rob you off some pedal feel, I suspect it’s bound béo be appreciated by many users. Now, although the Kiger is quicker flat-out and in-gear up until 100kmph (13.59 seconds béo 100kmph as against 14.07 seconds in the Punch), the gap between the two gets much narrower at highway speeds and it’s because of that one-litre engine’s lack of top-end zing – there is simply no point revving the Kiger past 5,000rpm because it’s all racket and no buildup at that point. In the end it’s a close battle, with the Kiger scoring more on outright performance and drivability whereas the Punch is more refined and offers superior gearshift and clutch action. Ride QualityThe ride on the Kiger has always been on the firm side and the feeling is only amplified when you sample it along with the Punch. Even though it’s settled for the most part it tends béo knock over sharp bumps occasionally. Switch béo the Punch and you wouldn’t need more than a kilometer or two béo notice the extra suppleness its ride has béo offer. The ride quality is actually borderline plush and more absorbent than the Kiger, with a nice, soft edge over rippled surfaces. Like most Tata vehicles, the Punch deals with high frequency bumps nicely and even if you hit larger than average-sized potholes they don’t transmit into the cabin. Things improve on the Kiger at highway speeds – the ride gets noticeably flatter and there’s less lateral movement than the Punch but it’s also not as refined as the Punch. There’s more of engine, road and wind noise, so overall, it’s the Punch that fights back hard and takes the win for ride quality. Fuel Efficiency Both fared well in our fuel efficiency tests, but it’s the Kiger that managed béo go the extra mile. It returned an impressive 14.39kmpl in the city and 18.63kmpl on the highway. Predictably, the heavier Punch couldn’t match the figures but it delivered 13.25 and 18.44kmpl respectively which isn’t bad at all. We found the engine start-stop feature on the Punch béo be quite useful while testing its city efficiency though it’s worth adding that it’s quite insistent towards shutting the engine as soon as you come béo a halt and put the car in neutral. Also, it would fire up the engine anywhere between 30 seconds béo a minute of being stationary, especially in the afternoon heat. Verdict and Scores2nd Tata Punch Creative MT Final score: 355/600 Price: Rs 10.26 lakh, on-road, Mumbai It’s the end of this test and the decision that you make could well be based on your priorities or more simply, requirements. We get it. Ultimately, the Tata Punch finishes a close second. It isn’t as peppy as the Kiger when it comes béo performance and drivability, more so with a full load. So if you are not too fussy about acceleration or driving fun and just want a comfortable city car that rides well then the Punch could be your pick and we would totally understand why. However, there is no denying that it’s a little pricey and yet it falls short on equipment and that’s what really takes the game away from this little Tata. 1st Renault Kiger RXZ Final score: 363/600 Price: Rs 9.71 lakh, on-road, Mumbai Our aim with this test was béo find the better all-rounder urban vehicle that’s high on value, and it’s the Renault Kiger which has come on top. Its drivetrain may not be as refined and the cabin plastics may feel extra scratchy and hard but the Kiger turns the table in key areas such as performance, space, boot capacity, features and fuel efficiency. Most of all, it’s the naturally aspirated Kiger’s value proposition that may seal the deal for many buyers. Below this text we have included the full scores for the Kiger and the Punch against our testing criteria, which should help you get a clear idea of our rationale for this verdict. Pictures by Kapil Angane Specifications CAR NAMETata PunchRenault KigerVariantCreative iRARXZ ENGINEFuelPetrolPetrolDisplacement3 cylinders, 1,199cc3 cylinders, 999ccPower86bhp @ 6,000 rpm68.87bhp @ 6,250 rpmTorque113Nm @ 3,300 rpm96Nm @ 3,500 rpmPower béo weight90.3bhp per tonne112.12bhp per tonne Torque béo weight118.65Nm per tonne93.12Nm per tonneGearbox5-speed MT5-speed MTCHASSIS & BODYKerb weight (measured)1,050kg970kgTyres195/60 R16195/60 R16SpareFull-sizeFull-sizeSTEERINGTypeRack and pinionRack and pinion Type of assistElectricElectricTurning circle109.8BRAKESFrontDiscsDiscsRearDrums DrumsABSYesYesTest DataCAR NAMETata PunchRenault KigerVariantCreative 1.2-litre NA RXZ 1-litre NA PERFORMANCE & BRAKING0-20kmph1.11s1.15s0-40kmph3.21s2.87s0-60kmph5.95s5.17s0-80kmph9.07s8.99s0-100kmph14.07s13.59s0-120kmph–20-80kmph12.65s11.90s40-100kmph 19.32s18.80s100-0kmph48.8m at 3.75 secs46m at 3.36 secsFUEL ECONOMYCity13.25kmpl14.39kmplHighway18.44kmpl18.63kmplTank size37litres40litresRange500.95 km567.25 kmINTERIOR MEASUREMENTSFrontLegroom(Max/min)870/530mm850/620mmHeadroom(Max/min)1000/950mm970/920mmShoulder room1270mm1250mmBackrest height620mm630mmRearLegroom(Max/min)890/580mm920/680mmIdeal legroom630mm685mmHeadroom940mm950mmShoulder room1320mm1300mmSeat base length470mm460mmBackrest height620mm610mmBootLength/width/height660/1030/640mm750/1070/630mmLoading lip height790mm820mmScoresParametersMax pointsTata PunchRenault KigerDRIVING FEELSteering response201213Throttle response 251214Brake response251515Gearshift response201312Visibility1077Intermediate results1005961SPACEFront Space251312Rear space251112Feeling of space201313Boot space/flexibility20913Rear seat ingress201515Intermediate results1106365IN THE CABINComfort equipment301010Operability201112Feel of quality201212Intermediate results703334PERFORMANCEAcceleration251415Engine characteristics201212Driveability302021Braking252021Fuel efficiency 353233Intermediate results13598102ROAD MANNERSRide quality302018Directional stability201110Handling201010Manoeuvrability201111Safety2023Intermediate results1105453PRICEPrice452830Resale1065Warranty1065.5Service cost calculator1055Intermediate results754546Total600355363Tata Punch₹ 5.68 LakhonwardsAvg. 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