Hatchback Renault Kwid, launched in Sept 2015 at a starting price of ₹2.62 lac, has crossed around 1.5 lakh’s bookings. The car, having a 800cc engine, claims to be India’s most fuel efficient petrol car with a mileage of 25.17 kmpl. Kwid has won 24 awards including ‘NDTV Car of the Year 2016.
Renault Kwid Review
The Kwid is the new entry-level product to the Renault brand. This is a revolutionary product from the French automaker that will be competing with the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. The Kwid is powered by a 800cc petrol engine that produces 54bhp of power and 72Nm of torque. The ARAI mileage for the Kwid is 25.17km/l, which is the best in its class.
The high level of localisation makes the Kwid highly affordable. This has been built on a new CMF-A platform that has been built with high localisations.
Renault Kwid has been designed from ground up. This is a new small hatchback that competes with the heavyweight, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. The Kwid is a hatchback but it has a ground clearance of 180mm and then there is also the black colour body cladding that makes it look muscular and stylish too. The Kwid is based on the CMF-A platform that has about 98 percent localisation. The black honeycomb grille even has large headlamps that makes it look rugged. The black cladding, black mirrors and the black cladding makes it look SUV-ish. The Kwid has a wheelbase of 2422m, which is the best in its class.
The Renault Kwid is based on a new platform and even the interiors are all new. The design is simple with a new Renault steering wheel, digital instrument cluster that looks funky. The Kwid has a simple centre console with round AC vents and a touchscreen system with GPS. This is only the RxT variant that gets these features.
The interior space for both the rows is the best in class. The front and even the rear seat spacing is the best in its class. The boot too is the largest in this segment as it can swallow a luggage of up to 300 litres.
Engine and Transmission
The Renault Kwid comes with a 800cc three-cylinder engine that produces about 54bhp of maximum and 72Nm of peak torque. This is an all new engine that has been designed for better performance and fuel efficiency. This 800cc engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission and it is a front wheel drive.
Performance and Handling
The Renault brand is offering the Kwid with a 800cc engine that has decent power. In regards to performance it is good enough, however when it comes to the handling. This is one of the best in its segment. The Kwid certainly has the power band and the underpinnings are well tuned for good ride and even handling characteristics.
The Renault comes with front disc brakes, while the rear has drums. Renault is working on offering ABS on the Kwid. At the moment, it doesn’t even it as an optional fetaure, while the competition is offering it on the top end variants.
The 800cc Petrol – powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 23 kmpl in city and 25 kmpl on highways.
The Renault Kwid doesn’t get a lot of safety features and this hatchback misses out on the ABS as well. This isn’t even offered as an option also. There is driver airbag, which is a feature available only on the top of the line RxT variant only.
At the moment, the Renault Kwid is the best value for money product that is available in the entry-level vehicle price point. This comes with a lot of space for passengers, luggage, storage and even features. The Kwid is certainly the best hatchback at this price point.
The Renault Kwid competes with the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon. The Datsun Go could also be considered as a competition to this product.