Renault Kwid Features,Performance & Test Drive

Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid Overview

Renault introduced the Kwid hatchback in the year 2015. Due to its competitive pricing and amazing features the car became an instant hit. It can be stated as a game changing product for the French carmaker in the country. After some time, the company decided to give it a facelift in 2018 in order to keep it aligned with the contemporary vehicles and ramp up its sales. Renault before launching the facelift tried to increase the number by special edition models like ‘Live For More Reloaded’ edition and ‘Superhero’ edition. The 2018 Renault Kwid facelift was a much needed update for the hatchback. The facelift version got some cosmetic updates along with the interior changes. But the 2019 version is a notch above with updated interiors as well as standard set of safety features. The engine in the car remains the same as seen in the older model. Check car loan for Renault Kwid.

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.

As dreamy as it might sound, the Renault Kwid is not just a budget hatch but a macho and angry looking crossover, made to exist and scare the clichéd offerings crawling on present day roads. Feature list includes a satellite navigation system, touchscreen infotainment unit, trip computer and many more along with the claim of best in class of mileage of 25.17 kmpl. We take it around the lazy streets of Goa for our first drive report.

Renault Kwid Look

Knowing the fact that Kwid is a budget car, Renault hasn’t stepped back from experimenting different things. And that’s make this car a unique one in its class. The Kwid is one such car in its segment that offers a SUV flavour. The tall and beefy stance with plastic wheel arches enhances the SUV appeal. At the front, the grille design gives us a futuristic feeling with the lower variant having honeycomb pattern, the upper variants comes with new razor sharp edge chrome grille. There are tons of other customization options the carmaker is offering with this car.

The bumper has been revised and it now comes with added bulges to add some muscle to the car. The bonnet features similar masculine creases. The bumper also houses rounded fog lamps while the bottom containing the air dam is pretty reminiscent to the grill. The C-shaped chrome accents in the blackened headlamp housing looks pretty cool.

At the sides, the car isn’t much tall as with the case with typical SUVs in fact, the profile is characterized by large windows and high window line. The black cladding at the bottom is not plastic as we have seen in cars such as Grand i10, but it’s a vinyl sticker. However, there is always an option to upgrade it to the plastic one from the list of accessories.

The new Kwid features 13-inch rims that comes fitted in the 155mm tyre with only 3 lug nuts to hold them in place. The car also offer full wheel covers with an option of black finishing. This makes the car look a bit more decent. With the new update, the car also gets dual-toned ORVM but you will not find turn indicators on this piece, they are actually located on front wheel arches. The variant badging can be seen just behind the rear window. Coming to the rear, there is minimalistic badging with the Renault one taking the centre stage, and a small one placed on the left. The bottom portion of the rear bumper gets black cladding as a standard fitment. The roof top consists of a u-shaped depression for increasing rigidity of the car and compensating the skinny sheet metal used.

The roof spoiler is standard across the variants adding character to the rear profile. Talking about the Climber variant, it gets new black cladding surrounding the fog lamps, faux silver skid plates with orange elements at the front. At the sides, it gets orange turn indicators placed on the wheel arches, dual-toned black-orange ORVM covers, roof rails with orange highlights, Climber decals and alloy wheels lookalike full wheel covers. Overall, it appears that the car doesn’t seem to get old and get attractive with every update.

Renault Kwid Comfort

Get inside the Renault Kwid and you realise that this isn’t a normal matchbox of a cabin which might demand you to take a quick gymming session or even get your head minus from the body. The spaciousness of the cabin is the first thing that one notices followed by the rich list of options and features.

The front seats come with high quality fabrics and also offer effective lumbar support. The under thigh, though, misses on the essential cushioning but can be pardoned as the seats feel fairly comfortable. The legroom and headroom are impressive, however, the shoulder room is a tad tight, and perhaps we being on the healthier side felt it more. The rear occupants too enjoy as much comfort with decent amounts of legroom and kneeroom. It is just the flat bottom seats which will leave the occupants at a state of discomfort especially on longer routes. Importantly, it scores a lot more than its rivals as it has the longest wheelbase and is also taller and wider than the competition.

The steering wheel is apt in size with sufficient amount of support for that sudden manoeuvre. It is the instrumental cluster of the Kwid wherein the gizmoness is felt for real. The digital layout displays primarily the speed in big block numbers followed by distance to empty, average fuel consumption, instantaneous mileage, average speed, tripmeter and also fuel left in the tank. If that’s not all and you need some more guidance while driving, there is a gear shift indicator too. Everything packed in that tiny cluster and then there is more.

Since we were nestled in the RxT variant, which is the top of the line option, it comes with a 7-inch touchscreen system with voice assist satellite navigation system, Bluetooth telephone connectivity and other host of entertainment options. Yes, you read that right, the Renault Kwid offers all of that. So the next time you plan to boast of the features in your premium hatch, think of the Kwid.

There are numerous smart storage options inside the cabin. On the dashboard, there is a triple zone storage option with the top zone offering 5L of space with a pocket for a litre class container in it. In fact, it came in handy to stow my DSLR camera. The exposed middle zone offers 3.4L of space while the bottom zone has 5.5L. The front central console too has pockets to keep mundane essentials. The door pockets can hold a litre class container each in addition to the space offered. What really makes a statement is the large and generous boot area, which is the best in class at 300L more than Alto 800, Alto K10, Eon, WagonR, Celerio and even the Swift and i20 Active. For more info on Renault Kwid check Resultmag

The quality of trims and fit and finish plastics is very impressive especially as Renault had to run on a tight line to maintain its price. The dual tone interiors of ebony and grey look neat and paired with red inserts on fabrics look very fresh and young. The air-conditioner vents are unique in shape with solid blinds and chrome garnish. The piano black surround around the central unit looks upmarket. Leaving a great finish on all of these is nice as they are visible to the eye but more importantly run a deeper look on the console edges, door hinges, carpet area corners and you will realise that the Kwid is a well finished product made with serious levels of workmanship.

Renault Kwid Gearbox

The updated Kwid continues to source its power from the set of petrol engine options. The 800cc 3-cylinder engine makes 54PS and 72Nm of torque, paired with 5-speed manual transmission. The powertrain feel easy with a couple of occupants inside but when more people join along with some luggage, the vehicle tends to struggle. This small engine is meant for urban driving conditions, so expecting outright performance from it is not fair enough. It will help you commute from one point to the other without any fuss.

However, when it comes to refinement, it isn’t the most polished one out there. The buzzing from the 3-cylinders is indispensable while the engine also fails to muffle its voice. And this becomes worse when you move to the upper half of the rev band. In comparison, the Alto and Eon are much unobtrusive both at the idle state and while on the go.

The 1.0L engine on the other hand shares its architecture with the younger 800cc one. The company has just increased the bore and stroke of the 800cc motor to increase the displacement and boost the drive shaft for added power. This adds 14PS of extra power but this isn’t apparent as you kick start the engine. What you will feel is the increased level of composure as the car builds up pace. This leads to better highway performance and the powertrain doesn’t feel exhausted even if driven to three-digit speed.

However, in terms of noise and vibration, it still remains identical to the 800cc engine, sounding grumpy when driven hard. In terms of acceleration, where the 0.8L engine increase desire for more grunt, the 1.0L feel just ok as 0-100kmph in the latter is achieved under 14 seconds which is indeed impressive. In fact the acceleration time is on par with segment above vehicles such as Maruti Swift and Ford Freestyle. The credit for this goes to the light weight of Kwid and the engine just complements this characteristic further.

And this is not the end of merits this car comes with. To counter the likes of Maruti Alto automatic transmission (AGS), Renault has been offering this car with the AMT gearbox. You just have to shell out extra Rs.30k over the manual counterpart. And the Kwid ‘Easy-R’ which Renault calls it, justifies the price. The AMT is one of the best so far in the budget segment with minimal shift shocks. The transmission picks up the acceleration inputs fairly well and makes swift progress.

With the new update, it also gets much needed creep function and the carmaker has labelled it as ‘Traffic Assist’. The creep function let the car creep forward at crawling speeds without the need of continuously pressing the accelerator while making progress in bumper to bumper traffic conditions. Having said that, the manual mode for help control gear changes is still missing, so Renault should work on this. Overall, the small car is one of the best city commuters.

Renault Kwid Riding

The French automaker is known for offering a great deal of comfort when it comes to ride and handling, the popular Duster and the MPV Lodgy are sheer examples of it. The Kwid follows the suit as the suspension in the car has been tuned to be on the softer side, despite being a city car. The soft suspension help the car gulps potholes and other road imperfections quite well. Book Renault Kwid Test drive.

The class leading higher ground clearance converts to body rolls at tight corners. But the car is still fun to chuck around the corners as the handling is quite predictable. The downside here is the large 5m turning radius due to which the driver will need extra effort to get in and out of the tight spaces. In comparison, Alto has 4.6mm of turning radius, so here it has a clear advantage as far as city driving is concerned.Coming to the steering, it is light at low speeds while it continues to be the same on the high speeds as well which is a bit of disadvantage. So, it is better to keep the car speed low and below 100kmph mark and it won’t let you complain.

Renault Kwid Safety

Renault Kwid comes with high-quality suspension for the front and back wheels. These suspensions allow you to have a comfortable ride on bumpy roads. Renault Kwid is a budget car. Hence, most of its models do not have ABS and EBD. However, its ventilated disc front brakes and rear drum brakes are good enough to control the vehicle. It also comes with a manual handbrake to ensure that your vehicle does not move forward or backwards when you park it on sloping terrain.

Renault Kwid comes with compact tyres having size 155/80R13. On the safety front, all Renault Kwid variants come with a minimum of one airbag for the driver. Other safety features include a central locking system, child safety locks, and timely alerts if you accidentally leave its doors open. Engine immobiliser and load limiters for the rear seats are other exciting safety features.

Renault Kwid Price in Pune

Renault Kwid On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 3,41,196 to 5,53,541 for variants Kwid STD and Kwid RXT 1.0 O Superhero Edition AMT respectively. Renault Kwid is available in 15 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Kwid variants price in Pune. Check for Kwid price in Pune at Autozhop.

Renault Kwid Bottomline

The latest Renault Kwid car has become more sophisticated than its previous versions after its revamping. The best aspect is that this revamping has not added to Renault Kwid price. Hence, you get the advantages of its new features at its old price. It serves as an excellent reason to choose this model to adorn your porch.

Renault Kwid is available in total of five different variants such as Standard, RXE, RXL, RXT and Climber. In terms of pricing, Renault Kwid is tagged quite competitively which makes it one of the most alluring hatchbacks in the country. The base variant of Kwid named Standard is tagged at Rs. 2.67 lakh while Kwid RXE is available at the price tag of Rs. 3.1 lakh. The Kwid RXL is tagged at Rs. 3.36 lakh while the RXT trim is offered at the price tag of Rs. 4.04 lakh. It’s top of the line variant Kwid Climber MT is tagged at Rs. 4.33 lakh. The Kwid is also available with Automatic gearbox in RXT and Climber variants, pricing stated as Rs. 4.34 lakh and Rs. 4.6 lakh respectively. Renault Kwid competes against the likes such as Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Datsun Redi GO and New Hyundai Santro in the segment.

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