Renault Kwid Overview
“Is that… an entry level hatch?’ was my reaction when I first saw the Renault Kwid at its global unveiling in India. I am sure we all agree that smaller cars which sit at the starting of the budget portfolio get our attention for basic and simple reasons such as its pricing and mileage. We tend to let go our secondary expectations for a logical justification that it sounds too enthusiastic to want more at this price range. Book a test drive for Kwid in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.
For years together, we were glued to the nation’s heroic car maker Maruti Suzuki as the cars they made catered to the needs of masses. However, when it came to want more, one simply had no option but to shell out extra and upgrade to a higher segment. Now that is not the ideal solution. And here is where Renault’s little red riding hood comes into the picture.
Renault Kwid Exterior & Look
The KWID has attracted lots of attention because of its Crossover kind of a styling which set it apart from the rest of its competition. The SUV’ish character with added muscle surely makes this hatchback appear more like a Crossover.
The KWID Climber edition which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo like we already mentioned above looked more brawny with the addition of a restyled bumper which also houses two fog lamps. The Climber variant will also get faux skid plates towards the front. The car showcased at the Auto expo received a tweaked front grille while the headlamp unit also gets a protective casing. However, we don’t think the protective casing and tweaked grille will be continued in this special edition model.
Walk towards the side profile and you won’t possibly notice any changes made to the side profile however the concept which was showcased at the expo features bigger and chunkier wheels. The pronounced wheel arches and the plastic skid plates are also continued on the production variant of the KWID Climber. Towards the rear profile the KWID Climber which was showcased at the Auto expo gets a protective covering for the rear taillamps while the rest of the rear profile looked identical to the KWID hatchback. The rear profile also gets a tweaked rear bumper and skid plates.
The interior layout continues to remain the same. The dashboard gets a black colour theme and along with that, there are various orange touches on the seat covers, dashboard and gear lever. The instrument cluster gets a digital display which looks quite cool. The front seats aren’t very large and support is average. Space at the rear is very limited if you push the front seats all the way back but otherwise it is pretty decent. The Kwid also comes with a reverse camera now while the rear seat gets a centre armrest. The touchscreen infotainment system is the same as before though, producing decent sound quality. The hatchback also comes with central & remote locking and a driver side airbag. The boot has a cargo capacity of 300-litres while there’s also a 12V charging socket installed at the rear now.
Renault Kwid Engine & Gearbox
No changes have been made under the hood of the Renault Kwid. There is a 799cc petrol engine that produces 53 HP and 72 Nm. This 3-cylinder unit offers decent performance in the city but feels underpowered when you try to pick up speeds on the highway. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which offers light shifts and the clutch is equally light too. On the fuel efficiency front, this engine delivers anywhere between 17-21 km/l. This engine isn’t offered with an AMT gearbox. For Renault Kwid visit painpeters.com
The other engine on the Kwid is a 999cc petrol unit and this is also a 3-cylinder engine. This churns out 67 HP and 91 Nm. In comparison to the smaller engine, this one feels peppier and livelier. In city driving, the performance increment is instantly noticeable and the Kwid feels responsive. On the highways, the car has enough grunt to reach 100 km/hr but if you intend to do very high speeds, the engine may not feel up to the mark. The Kwid 1.0 is also very fuel efficient giving out 16-20 km/l. The 1.0-litre engine gets a 5-speed AMT too which increases the convenience quotient by a huge extent and even though the shifts aren’t exactly lag-free, you can’t expect much at this price.
Renault Kwid Driving Dynamics
The new Renualt Kwid receives no change in terms of engine options and transmissions, and hence it continues to offer same performance in both the engine options. Similarly, handling sees no change as wellThe Kwid has very good ride quality like other Renault cars and doesn’t disappoint on the comfort front. The suspension feels good enough to cope up with our roads. The 13-inch tyres are just enough to do their job but grip levels aren’t very good.
The brakes however are fairly decent but the Kwid still misses out on ABS. The steering lacks any sort of feel or feedback and the driving experience is unexciting. NVH levels in the Kwid leave a lot to be desired because even though the engines are silent at idle, they get noisy at speeds and the sound insulation in the Kwid does little to filter out outside noises and disturbances.
Renault Kwid Braking & Safety
In a bid to make it safer, Renault has added more safety features to the hatchback. It now gets updated seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters for the rear seats. Airbags, engine immobilizer and central locking have been retained. The KWID Climber edition will get driver airbag as standard while the passenger airbag could be provided as an option. Unfortunately, it won’t be getting either ABS or EBD.
Renault Kwid Cost in Chennai
Renault Kwid On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 3,30,389 to 5,52,020 for variants Kwid STD and Kwid RXT 1.0 O Superhero Edition AMT respectively. Renault Kwid is available in 17 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Kwid variants price in Chennai. Check for Kwid price in Chennai at Carzprice.
Renault Kwid Conclusion
The Renault Kwid is a good package and is a popular choice among people who want to buy their first ever car by upgrading from a 2-wheeler. However, the car lacks in the safety department and it scored 0 stars in the NCAP crash tests and it still misses out on ABS and a passenger side airbag. If you’re on a really tight budget and cannot stretch further, go for the Kwid 1.0 but if you think you can spend around Rs. 1-1.5 lakh more, we’d totally recommend getting the Tata Tiago which not only is slightly bigger, but also offers more features, better safety and feels like a well-rounded car.