Renault Kwid Hatchback First Drive

Renault Kwid Overview

When Renault launched the Kwid in India few years back, not many people knew that this small car with SUVish styling elements will turn out to be a fairly successful model for the French automaker. The Kwid has gained a lot of popularity in the Indian market and it draws sales thanks to the package that it offers. Now, the automaker has launched the 2018 Kwid which is nothing but a mid-life refresh where the interiors get more equipment while the outside makes do with minor tweaks. View offers on Renault Cars from Renault dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Renault Kwid Style

The KWID has attracted lots of attention because of its Crossover kind of a styling which set it apart from the rest of its competition. The SUV’ish character with added muscle surely makes this hatchback appear more like a Crossover.

The KWID Climber edition which was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo like we already mentioned above looked more brawny with the addition of a restyled bumper which also houses two fog lamps. The Climber variant will also get faux skid plates towards the front. The car showcased at the Auto expo received a tweaked front grille while the headlamp unit also gets a protective casing. However, we don’t think the protective casing and tweaked grille will be continued in this special edition model.

Walk towards the side profile and you won’t possibly notice any changes made to the side profile however the concept which was showcased at the expo features bigger and chunkier wheels. The pronounced wheel arches and the plastic skid plates are also continued on the production variant of the KWID Climber. Towards the rear profile the KWID Climber which was showcased at the Auto expo gets a protective covering for the rear taillamps while the rest of the rear profile looked identical to the KWID hatchback. The rear profile also gets a tweaked rear bumper and skid plates.This was a concept variant which was showcased at the show expect the production variant of the hatchback to lose some of its brawny characteristics.

Renault Kwid Space

On the inside there are absolutely no changes, so you get the same minimalistic yet smartly styled dashboard. The snazzy digital instruments further add to the modern look and the large speedo display is easy to read on the move. As before the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system dominates proceedings. This system is not only unique at this price point, but it also gets features like navigation system that is unheard of even in cars that sit two segments higher. We also liked the ergonomic AC controls, which are nice and chunky, and the Aux/USB ports for the music system are conveniently placed too.

The only difference on the inside is the lack of a gearlever. Instead, you get a rotary knob placed on the centre console next to the power window switches. In terms of the quality the Kwid’s cabin looks budget with hard but durable plastics all round and panel gaps are inconsistent too. The Renault’s cabin though is quite practical and front passengers enjoy loads of storage spaces and you also get an extra bottle holder where you would have found the gear lever otherwise. But, at the rear there are absolutely no storage spaces except for the rear parcel tray, which is disappointing.

Despite its diminutive size the small Renault is surprisingly spacious. Visibility out of the high mounted front seats is really good and the high bonnet gives you a feeling of being astride an SUV. The front seats are surprisingly good despite limited bolstering. But, they are perched too high up as headroom is limited especially for six foot plus drivers. The backseat is a real highlight and the generous kneeroom, long squab and well-angled backrest makes it a nice place to be in. The boot at 300 litres is humongous and it will gobble your weekend’s luggage easily.For Renault Kwid check industrynewswire.in  

Like the Kwid 1.0-litre, the AMT equipped car will be available in just the top RxT and RxT option variants. You get front power windows, aircon, power steering, and a touchscreen infotainment system that houses features like Navigation, Aux-in/USB ports and a radio. Where convenience equipment impresses, the safety features leaves us a bit disappointed. You just get a single driver side airbag and that’s it. We would have liked Renault to offer ABS at least as an option on the automatic variant and the rear passenger seatbelts aren’t even inertia reel type.

Renault Kwid Engine

No changes have been made under the hood of the Renault Kwid. There is a 799cc petrol engine that produces 53 HP and 72 Nm. This 3-cylinder unit offers decent performance in the city but feels underpowered when you try to pick up speeds on the highway. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox which offers light shifts and the clutch is equally light too. On the fuel efficiency front, this engine delivers anywhere between 17-21 km/l. This engine isn’t offered with an AMT gearbox.

The other engine on the Kwid is a 999cc petrol unit and this is also a 3-cylinder engine. This churns out 67 HP and 91 Nm. In comparison to the smaller engine, this one feels peppier and livelier. In city driving, the performance increment is instantly noticeable and the Kwid feels responsive. On the highways, the car has enough grunt to reach 100 km/hr but if you intend to do very high speeds, the engine may not feel up to the mark. The Kwid 1.0 is also very fuel efficient giving out 16-20 km/l. The 1.0-litre engine gets a 5-speed AMT too which increases the convenience quotient by a huge extent and even though the shifts aren’t exactly lag-free, you can’t expect much at this price.

Renault Kwid Driving

Thanks to the great visibility, compact size, small turning circle and light controls, the Kwid is easy to punt around in traffic. This, combined with the absorbent low-speed ride, makes the Kwid a very potent urban tool. The suspension works silently too with well controlled body movements. At higher speeds a rough patch does make the light weight Kwid a bit skittish and this nervous feeling forces you to exercise a bit more caution. When it comes to handling, driven at moderate speeds the Kwid shows good composure. But, this isn’t car to hustle around, as the vague steering and considerable body roll (Kwid doesn’t get antiroll bars) doesn’t inspire much confidence. What also affects the balance of the Kwid AMT is if there is a gearshift while you are pushing in a corner. The slow upshifts tend to push the weight to the front wheels, which in turn, make the rear of the car feel nervous.

Renault Kwid Safety

The KWID edition will get driver airbag as standard while the passenger airbag could be provided as an option. Unfortunately, it won’t be getting either ABS or EBD.You get front power windows, aircon, power steering, and a touchscreen infotainment system that houses features like Navigation, Aux-in/USB ports and a radio. Where convenience equipment impresses, the safety features leaves us a bit disappointed. You just get a single driver side airbag and that’s it. We would have liked Renault to offer ABS at least as an option on the automatic variant and the rear passenger seatbelts aren’t even inertia reel type

Renault Kwid Price in Hyderabad

Renault Kwid On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,14,590 to 5,44,945 for variants Kwid STD and Kwid RXT 1.0 O Superhero Edition AMT respectively. Renault Kwid is available in 17 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Kwid variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Kwid price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Renault Kwid Bottomline

The Renault Kwid is a good package and is a popular choice among people who want to buy their first ever car by upgrading from a 2-wheeler. However, the car lacks in the safety department and it scored 0 stars in the NCAP crash tests and it still misses out on ABS and a passenger side airbag. If you’re on a really tight budget and cannot stretch further, go for the Kwid 1.0 but if you think you can spend around Rs. 1-1.5 lakh more, we’d totally recommend getting the Tata Tiago which not only is slightly bigger, but also offers more features, better safety and feels like a well-rounded car.

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