The Datsun Redi Go was launched in June this year and is a new product from the Nissan-Datsun stable. It’s placed in the A-segment and is competitively priced at ₹2.39 lakhs for the base model. It has to compete with other low-cost rivals like Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Hyundai Eon. But another competitor of the Datsun Redi Go, is its own cousin, the Renault Kwid, which was launched in September 2015, and is doing pretty well. The competition between Redi GO and Kwid promises to be interesting. Engine of both cars have been jointly developed by Nissan and Renault, and they share the same CMF-A platform. But regardless of their engine similarity, there are other specifications that set them apart from each other.
Here’s our detailed Redi Go vs Kwid comparison test.
Redi Go vs Kwid Spec Comparison
Both cars are powered by the identical 799cc engine. So, there’s not really a chance of any competition here. The torque and power figures are similar. Even the mileage at 25.17kmpl is the same. A common 5-speed gearbox handles the transmission in both cars. Renault, the French carmaker showcased the 1-litre petrol engine at the New Delhi Auto Expo this year. The Redi GO is likely to follow suit sometime soon with that engine.
Crux — No clear winner here. Both cars are powered by the same engine, use the same transmission and output the same power. Those looking to pick either of the two, regarding performance, have to consider other specs to decide.
Renault Kwid vs Redi Go Exterior Comparison
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Talking about the design, the two cars stand miles apart from each other. The Datsun Redi GO looks aggressive and sporty. It has sharp sweptback headlights and a hexagonal front grille with chrome embellishments.
The Datsun Redi Go’s bumper gets sleek looking LED DRLs. Moving on to the side and the car appears muscular with thick cuts and creases. The raised shoulder line, and short overhang in the front with a sloping hood, lends the car a taller stance. The OVRMs are blackened. The Redi GO sports alloy wheels. The back too gets thick cuts. It has a roof spoiler and vertically mounted taillights.
The Renault Kwid, on the other hand, sports a SUV-like styling. The front fascia has sharp headlines and an aggressive front grille. The Kwid’s lower bumper is more muscular with round shaped fog lamps and air intake.
On its sides, the Kwid’s looks are bolstered by thick cuts, and the lower body black plastic cladding. The car’s glass area has a blackened appearance as well. The rear has a lifted look and gets taillight wraps and a roof spoiler.
Crux — The Redi GO looks more compact than the Kwid. It’s on the sportier side while the Renault car is all about masculinity. From a corner stance, the Kwid can be mistaken for a compact SUV. Those who want a breezy drive may opt for the Datsun. The Renault is for those looking for a better stability.
Redi Go vs Kwid Interior Comparison
Both the Renault Kwid and Datsun Redi GO have minimalist but practical interiors. The Redi GO has a beige and black dual toned cabin. It has a three-spoke steering with no functional buttons. The instrument cluster has a large analogue dial along with a digital console. The central console has nothing to boast of, except for the stereo system, AC vents, and some control knobs. The cabin has fabric upholstery.
The Renault Kwid cabin looks more upmarket than the Redi GO. It has a sporty black theme. Besides the three-spoke steering, there’s a fully digital instrument cluster. The top trim of the Kwid has a touchscreen infotainment system, not available in any of the Redi GO versions.
Crux — As regards the interior, the Kwid cabin is a hands down winner here. The black dashboard is a killer and the instrument cluster stands out. The Redi GO’s dual toned interior could find favour among those who love beige.
Redi Go vs Kwid Dimension Comparison
Renault Kwid is marginally narrower and shorter than the Redi Go. However, the Redi GO is taller and stands higher, courtesy its best-in-class 185mm ground clearance. Both cars are fitted with 13-inch wheels.
Crux — The Kwid is a longer and wider car, which means there’s more legroom inside. And that’s just what you need on a longer drive. Taller people may prefer the Redi GO due to its better height. It’s ground clearance is also one of the best in class.
Kwid vs Redi Go Powertrain Comparison
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Both cars get the same engine under the hood. The 799cc three-cylinder petrol engine is controlled by a five-speed MT gearbox that churns out 54PS peak power at 72Nm torque. Power is sent to the front wheels. Both cars unsurprisingly offer identical fuel economy.
Crux — Despite having similar mechanicals, the Kwid takes away the cake in terms of manoeuvrability and driving dynamics.
Kwid vs Redi Go Performance & Handling Comparison
The two cars are quite similar in performance. There are no surprises here. Both cars, courtesy the common engine, offer reasonably good drivability in city conditions. You can easily make short shifts at 40kmph in third gear and both the Kwid and Redi GO will come up ahead of the traffic. The only issue is fueling which is a bit abrupt at low revs.
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There’s a hint of difference in drivability and acceleration. Surprisingly, it’s the lighter Datsun Redi GO which is slower of the two. While the Datsun takes 19.01 seconds to reach 0-100kmph, the Renault does it in 17.93 seconds.
There’s another difference between the Kwid and Redi GO. The former has better insulation. Whether it’s the wind, road, or engine noise, the cabin of the Kwid is quieter. Driving too is less tiring, particularly for long hours. The car also offers a plusher ride than the Redi GO. But the difference is marginal and there’s no long-haul winner here. Both cars handle bumps and potholes well in slow speed. Ride quality inside the cabin is good as well.
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Visibility, however, is an issue in both cars. Also, none of them can perform well in three-digit speeds on highways. They feel a bit flighty and twitchy. But negotiating tight sections is a non-issue. The Redi GO performs a fraction better because of its shorter wheelbase. The Redi GO vs Kwid war is a dampner here.
Crux — The Kwid is for you, if you want to reach peak speeds faster. It also has a quieter cabin. But the Redi GO’s drivetrain is more relaxed. It’s shorter wheelbase negotiates city traffic better.
Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Price
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The Redi GO vs Kwid price comparison could well settle the game, given the fact that the average Indian buyer is extremely price sensitive. The Redi GO is priced between ₹2.5-3.5 lakh, whereas the Kwid is available between ₹2.7-3.8 lakh. Nissan believes that aggressive pricing would undercut rivals in its segment. It’s the Japanese manufacturer’s biggest arsenal.
Crux — The Kwid is priced higher. But maybe you won’t mind that if you want a more robust looking car that has a sub-compact SUV looks.
Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Verdict
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The Renault Kwid marginally edges past the Redi GO. It costs almost the same as Redi Go. But it comes with an added touchscreen unit, which makes the Kwid a better value-for-money product than Redi GO. It’s also more pragmatic because of the larger boot space and cabin legroom. Customers in this segment are usually the ones looking for their money’s worth and the Kwid is the winner here.