One can get a fair idea of how important a product is for the company, if it’s unveiled by the head of the organisation. The same is done with Kwid which was unveiled by Mr. Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance in Chennai. The Kwid is a very important product for the automaker as it’s pitched to a much larger customer base, or should we say, most confusing base, that love affordable cars but hate cheap cars. Ask Tata Motors for instance.
The Renault Kwid was introduced with 800 cc engine and later the 1.0-litre variant added with manual and AMT gearbox. Currently, the Renault Kwid is available in STD, RXE, RXL, RXT, and Climber trim levels in five eye catching color option of -Fiery Red, Ice Cool White, Outback Bronze, Planet Grey, Fiery Red and Moonlight Silver. Mynewcar’s recommended variant is Renault Kwid RXT 1.0 with Driver Airbag Option.
|Ex-showroom Price Range||0 - 4,59,000|
The Kwid is a nice-looking car with silhouette of a big hatchback. The SUV-inspired design and overall styling makes you want it more than the Maruti Suzuki Alto or the Hyundai Eon. Sharp creases on the hood give it a muscular look. The cladding along the sides and around the back reinforces that appearance. Also, the SUV-inspired stance offers a high driving position and greater visibility which makes it ideal for city driving in traffic conditions.
Plastic quality isn't great, but is better than what you'd expect at this price. It's got features no other car in the segment offers - a multimedia system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front power windows, on-board trip computer, and a gear shift indicator. Of course, all of this is offered in the top variant. The lower variants have nothing more than an audio system. Space is unlike anything we've seen in this segment. The rear seats lack under-thigh support, though. The boot, at 300 litres, is the biggest amongst all small cars. There are plenty of cubbyholes - you get two glove boxes, big door pockets and enough space in the centre console.
The rear suspension is softly-sprung. The downside of the soft suspension and high ground clearance of 180mm is the body roll. There's plenty of it, more than what you'd expect from a car this size. The steering is ultra-light. That helps manoeuvre it through tight city spaces and while parking. At higher speeds, the Kwid feels much more stable than the Alto. In city driving, Renault Kwid delivers a fuel efficiency of 22 kmpl while on the highways, it gives around 25 kmpl.
The Kwid gets somes with a petrol engine with 2 engine displacement variants. The 800cc engine is equipped with a 5- speed manual transmission. It generates a power of 53bhp @ 5678rpm and torque of 72Nm @ 4386rpm. The 1000cc engine variant gets a 5-speed manual and automatic transmission.It generates a power of 67bhp @ 5500rpm and torque of 91Nm @ 4250rpm.
The Renault Kwid comes handy with a driver's side airbag and central locking system. In addition to it it get front disc brake, high mount stop lamp and audible parking brake warning system which will help you in safe driving.
Renault Kwid’s prices start from Rs 2.64 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the standard model and goes up to Rs 4.56 lakh for the Kwid Climber. Yes, these prices sound unreal but Renault has set the benchmark. The base Kwid is barebones – no power steering, no air conditioner, no music system, no nothing. The good stuff starts from RXL, which is one variant from the top.
The cost of ownership over a period of a year depends on multiple factors such as variant type, odometer run, location, fuel cost, loan interest, maintenance and insurance amount. Here to make calculations easier, we have taken the base 800cc STD variant with yearly run of 12,000kms (1000kms per month). We have not factored in the loan and interest amount as it varies from customer to customer. So, the approximate cost of ownership of Renault Kwid for one year would be Rs 45,558. This includes Rs 33,733 for fuel cost, Rs 9,220 for insurance and Rs 2,605 on maintenance.
Renault Kwid is certainly the biggest threat there ever has been to the Alto. And, the Kwid delivers what it promises. The only thing that we think the Kwid could do with is ABS on the top-end, and the brakes can do with a bit more bite. But overall, it's brilliant; a real bargain. Renault kwid’s other competitors are Hyundai Eon, Datsun Redi Go and Tata Nano GenX.