Currently in A segment, Alto K-10 is available in an AMT variant and with Kwid getting the AMT gearbox soon the war is going to be stiffer.
Renault Kwid Exterior
Budget-hatchbacks are stereotyped to be petite vehicles adorning elementary design; Kwid on the other hand breaks this assumption. The square-shaped SUV like stance can give hatchback based crossovers a run for their money. Dimensionally, Kwid is the largest of its rivals measuring 3,679 mm long and 1579 mm wide. Moreover, 180 mm of ground clearance vouches for a better performance while on the go. The aggressive front profile is highlighted by C-shaped signature head lamps and bold structured front grille. Chunky fog lamp housings sit on the lower bumper. Body cladding on wheel arch and thick black side panels lend rugged look to the sides. Rear too has been styled impressively featuring integrated roof spoiler and distinctively designed tail lights. The 1.0 litre version is largely same as the 800cc variant except for the chequered flag pattern on the side decals, slightly larger ORVMs with dual tone colour and SCe badge on the tailgate.
Renault Kwid Interior
Space is the upmost concern while talking about cabins and Kwid offers a comfortable space to passengers sitting in front. There is enough space at rear too, but the thigh support isn’t as good as it should have been. The dashboard and instrument cluster has been carved contemporarily. Cabin gets dual glovebox and cup-holders along with other cubby holes for storage purpose. Plastic quality could have been better; this is one area where the hatch misses out on, but nothing unusual for a mini hatchback belonging to budget segment.
Engine Specifications & Transmission
Renault has launched Kwid in petrol variants only with a choice 800cc and 1000cc units. The low capacity 800cc, petrol engine features three cylinders and 12 valves. Power and torque output for the 799cc petrol engine is 54 PS at 5678 RPM and 72 Nm at 4386 RPM respectively. The 1.0 litre engine puts out 67bhp and 91Nm torque and has improved NVH levels that in turn offer better ride quality. Both the engines come mated to the conventional five-speed manual gearbox and an AMT unit will be introduced on the 1.0 litre variant later.
Renault Kwid Features
It might not be packed with features, but it gets most of the features that are available in entry level B segment cars and some of the segment first features absent in rivals. Alloy wheels are missing on the outside, but it gets front fog lamps. Outside rear view mirror on the passenger side comes bereft of power adjusting and folding functions. Cabin features digital instrument cluster, sporty three-spoke steering wheel and dash-mounted AC vents in centre and side.
Renault Kwid Performance & Mileage
The 660 kg kerb weight is the lowest in the segment. The power to weight ratio stands at 80.75 bhp/ton which hints at adept performance. The 0 to 100 kmph speed is achieved within 16.80 second (approximate figure) which may not be imposing but is fairly good as compared to arch rival Hyundai Eon. Fuel economy is promising especially for a petrol powered vehicle; the claimed mileage figure for Kwid is 25.17 kms in a litre.
Renault Kwid Accessories & Infotainment
Renault gives an option of personalising Kwid as per the taste of owner. There are various packages on offer including smart chrome package, intense chrome package, luxury pack, outdoor pack, basic pack and essential pack. Starting with the chrome pack it comprises of chrome tailgate, front grille chrome garnish and gear shift chrome bezel. Intense chrome pack includes chrome work around fog lamps, weather deflector, head lamp eyeliner, bumper, bumper corner protector and tail lamps. Features like illuminated sill plate, designer cabin floor mat, front grille chrome garnish, gear shift chrome bezel, ambient light and designer car cover can be availed in the luxury pack. Outdoor pack on the other hand offers illuminated sill plate, roof rails, body side cladding, finisher on rear/front bumper, weather deflector and bumper corner protector. The basic pack as the name suggests has silver car cover, mud flaps and black cabin floor mat carpet on offing. And the essential pack comes with silver car cover, mud flaps, sill plates, roof rails, body side cladding and black cabin floor mat carpet. From the entertainment section, Kwid features a MediaNAV with segment first seven inch touchscreen display and roof mic exclusive to the range topping variant. Besides, the hatch comes with single DIN stereo with radio AM/FM, MP3 (available in trims positioned below top-spec variant), Bluetooth audio streaming & handsfree telephony, USB port, AUX-in port and a 12 V power socket among others.
Renault Kwid Braking & Handling
For retarding power, Renault has employed disc brakes up front and drum brakes at rear. The engine feels sluggish initially but picks pace, supply of torque and power is fair, however one might encounter disparity in power delivery. Overall, the new 799cc, three cylinder aluminium petrol engine yields decent performance by all standards. Ride quality is in line with rest of the Renault cars; body roll is insignificant thanks to the suspension set up that works in the favour of Kwid.
Renault Kwid Safety & Security
Being a budget car, the vehicle misses out on a number of safety equipment such as anti-lock-braking system along with electronic brakeforce distribution. Driver airbag is offered as optional on the top-spec variant, fog lamps are provided in front only. The hatch comes with remote keyless entry with central locking. Other safety features on board are engine immobilizer, intermittent front wiper and auto wiping while washing, seat belts in front and rear and high mounted stop lamp among others.
Renault Kwid Comfort & Convenience
In terms of comfort and convenience, Kwid gets almost all the fitments that are usually available in budget cars such as power windows are available in front missing out on the rear windows. There is an air conditioner along with heater. Front seats features reclining and longitudinal adjust functions. On board trip meter, rear parcel tray and cabin lighting with timer and fade out function are available in top-spec variant only. Electric power steering is again present on the high end trims only.
Renault Kwid Wheels & Tyres
Alloy wheels are missing, instead the hatch features black painted steel wheels mounted on the R13 155/80 radial tubeless tyres.
Renault Kwid Competition
A segment might have petite offerings, but this is a highly popular division in India roping in high volumes. The biggest challenge for Kwid is Maruti’s new Alto 800 which has been altered in terms of design. What works for Maruti despite the fundamental styling and minimal feature list is the service it provides post sales and easy maintenance. Next in line comes Hyundai’s Eon which was the first car in the segment to defy the elementary styling. Interior styling is the best of all, but Kwid has various other parameters that make it a desirable hatch in its segment.