Check out Renault KWID detailed review, variant wise price list, mileage, specifications, exterior, interior, features and other details.
Not a long time ago, the Maruti Suzuki Alto was regarded as the undisputed king of the entry level hatchback segment – a dream for all those who aspired to upgrade themselves from two wheels to four. Given the fact that the Alto has been the numero uno selling car of the Indian market for the last ten years, with almost twenty thousand plus units selling every month, it is very obvious that every other manufacturer is eyeing on its share to make itself reminiscent in the competitive Indian market.
Amidst the cut-throat competitive environment, Renault – a relatively new name in the Indian automotive scenario – has hit the bulls-eye with the fabulous Kwid, its most affordable offering in India. Ever since its launch in 2015, the Kwid has created a lot of ripples in the entry level category by making a substantial dent in the sales of Alto. After the success story of Duster, Renault desperately needed a product to fuel up its ambitious plans for India, something which the Kwid has achieved with its big car like stance and features and a very attractive pricing.
So, how has Renault Kwid managed to be a success story this big? Let’s find out.
The Kwid might have been coming from a relatively new manufacturer like Renault, but it has studied the market quite effectively, which is why it starts at a very attractive price of Rs. 2.62 lakh and going all the way up to Rs. 4.55 lakh, making it quite a fantastic value for money, providing the variety of features and gearbox options it offers.
|Variant||0.8 SCe||1.0 SCe||1.0 SCe AMT|
|STD||Rs. 2.62 lakh||–||–|
|RXE||Rs. 3.05 lakh||–||–|
|RXL||Rs. 3.31 lakh||Rs. 3.53 lakh||Rs. 3.83 lakh|
|RXT||Rs. 3.65 lakh||Rs. 3.87 lakh||–|
|RXT (O)||Rs. 3.87 lakh||Rs. 4.09 lakh||Rs. 4.39 lakh|
Indians love their cars to be big and yes, they ought to have a commanding road presence, which is the reason why the sales of SUVs and crossovers are at an all time high currently. So, kudos to Renault for cashing in this momentum in the entry level segment with the Kwid, whose design, despite being SUV-esque and muscular, isn’t disproportionate or overdone.
The car’s design and stance may be small, but the raised bonnet, large bumpers at front and rear, big round fog lamps, squared headlamps and front grille, class leading ground clearance and flared wheel arches with nicely carried out black side mouldings, make the Kwid the Goliath among all its similarly priced competitors, and that too with almost the similar dimensions. Also, there have been some cost cutting measures carried out, like blackened mirrors and door handles and single front wiper, they don’t seem to be too major concerns for the target audience.
Matching its SUV-ish stance, the Renault Kwid offers a spacious cabin, thanks to its segment-best length, width and wheelbase. Even the ground clearance of 180mm and a boot space of 300 liter are not only the highest in its segment, but also from the cars of one or even two segments above it. Call it the cleverness of Renault’s R&D team, that it has managed to achieve the magical figures without overdoing the job.
|Ground clearance||180 litres|
|Boot space||300 litres|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||28 litres|
Stepping into the cabin, the Kwid doesn’t feel like it’s a budget or a cost-conscious car. It does feel solid, thanks to the large dashboard, chunky 3-spoke steering wheel, fully digital instrument console and the centrally placed large 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system on the top-end variant. The last two features make the Kwid a fresh breeze in the otherwise monotonous segment, which the entry level segment is.
The top variants are also available with the essentials like the front power windows and an optional driver airbag. As mentioned above, the Kwid has a spacious cabin and cavernous boot space besting it not only over its competition, but also some cars from one or two segments above it.
Engine and Transmission
This is a department where the Kwid is not offbeat, but following the traditional roots of the segment to which it belongs. Like the competition, the Kwid is available with two three-cylinder petrol engine options – a 799cc 0.8SCe and its bored out version, the 999cc 1.0SCe. Both these engine options offer segment rivaling figures too – while the 800cc Kwid churns out 54PS of power and 72 Nm of torque, the 1.0 liter variant produces 68PS and 91Nm of torque.
Both the engine options are being offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the 1.0 liter variant having the additional option of a 5-speed AMT as well. Though, in terms of refinement, both these engines do lack the finesse of refinement, smoothness of gearshifts and low NVH levels which its nearest competition, the Maruti Suzuki Alto, possesses.
|Engine||0.8 SCe||1.0 SCe|
|Type||799cc 3-cylinder petrol||999cc 3-cylinder petrol|
|Transmission||5-speed manual||5-speed manual/5-speed AMT|
While the Kwid does offer segment best figures as far as performance goes, that doesn’t mean that it lacks on the front of fuel efficiency, returning identical figures to the competition.
|Variant||0.8 SCe||1.0 SCe|
|Fuel efficiency||25.17 kmpl||23.01 kmpl|
Though the Kwid is available in four variants, it is the top-spec RXT variant which consists of all the bells and whistles which were never even imagined in the segment before its advent. The said variant comes loaded with a 7-inch touchscreen AVN infotainment system, front power windows and a driver airbag, with the funky looking fully digital instrument console being offered as standard. Also, Renault hosts a long list of customization options for Kwid which can be carried out as per the buyer’s preference.
Safety and Security
Though this segment of entry level cars has never been safety conscious, the Kwid does offer an option of a driver airbag on the top-spec RXT variant. Renault believes that the target audience of the Kwid doesn’t wish to spend extra dough on the safety features like ABS and airbags, which is quite reflected by the paltry sales numbers of the versions equipped with the airbags in this particular segment.
The entry level car segment buyers don’t opt for funky and attractive shades, which is why the all the color options available in the Renault Kwid are quite sober and dark. The Kwid is being offered in five different color options, namely Fiery Red, Ice Cool White, Moonlight Silver, Outback Bronze and Planet Grey, all of which gel well with its SUV-ish stance.
- SUV like stance and looks
- Trendy features
- Spacious boot space and high ground clearance
- Limited leg room at front
- Limited after sale service centers
- No safety features on lower variants