Renault Kwid : The Tough Sub-Compact Hatchback

Last Updated On: August 8, 2016
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India is the largest market for small cars in the world and Renault Kwid is one of the latest entrants to it. The car is already being spotted on our roads in generous numbers. The entry-level vehicle from the French multinational carmaker was launched in September 2015, and since then, Renault claims to have received over 1.5 lakh bookings for the Kwid till date.

We are pretty sure our readers will be interested to know more about the car, especially when the Renault Duster has already created quite a storm in India, in the burgeoning affordable SUV segment.

So how does the Renault Kwid fare? Let’s find out.

Renault Kwid Overview

Renault Kwid
Renault Kwid Front

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Renault’s first attempt to make a budget hatchback scores well in terms of looks. It’s a killer. The styling and design is much superior to its peers. Besides, the rather pompous dimension and lavish inside space, puts it on the top of the game. It neither looks nor feels basic. The inside styling of the car is another plus point of the cabin, along with the space. The interior equipment has been smartly chosen. There’s ample storage inside the cabin as well as the back to keep enough luggage for a weekend trip. Despite the oversized look, the car weighs much lighter than its competitors, leading to a better than average fuel economy. The car has an all new aluminium-built 799cc engine. It induces power to the front wheels via a manual transmission gearbox. It has already stolen a mile against its competitors regarding the pricing, keeping in mind that the average Indian buyer is extremely price conscious while buying a car, especially for the first time.

Renault Kwid Specifications

Renault Kwid Specifications
Renault Kwid Engine

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The Renault Kwid specifications are as follows:

EngineTransmissionPowerTorque
799cc Petrol5-Speed MT54PS72Nm
0-100kmphTop SpeedBody StyleMileage
16 Seconds135kmph5-Door Hatchback25.17kmpl

Pricing

As already said, the Renault Kwid price is just perfect for the Indian customer. The New Delhi ex-showroom price of the entry-level model is ₹2.62 lakh, with the highest version priced at ₹3.67 lakh. The car is available in five trims. Here’s the detailed Renault Kwid price list.

VariantPrice (ex-showroom New Delhi)
Renault Kwid Standard₹2.62 lakh
Renault Kwid RxE₹2.98 lakh
Renault Kwid RxL₹3.23 lakh
Renault Kwid RxT₹3.57 lakh
Renault Kwid RxT (O)₹3.67 lakh

Renault Kwid Performance

Renault Kwid Specifications
Renault Kwid Angular Profile

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Renault has fitted the Kwid with a brand new petrol engine. The less than one litre engine is very frugal regarding economy. The 799cc three cylinder engine is from the BR (“B” for the Billancourt factory where it was manufactured, and “R” for Renault, of course) clan of engines. It’s also internationally known as the Ventoux. The power output is around 54PS at 5,678rpm, with 74Nm peak torque at 4,386rpm. Renault’s small car is powered by a five-speed manual transmission system, ditching the automated MT at least for the time being. The kerb weight of the Kwid is 660kg, which ensures that the engine is not overloaded. Refinement of the car is impressive, and most importantly, the engine noise doesn’t enter the cabin because of solid insulation. The typical humming of entry-level cars, audible inside the cabin, is absent in this car.

The three-cylinder engine is perfect for the car, compared to its weight. Rev it up and the Kwid becomes a real road scorcher. The maximum torque output can be achieved at around 1,200rpm. It takes time to reach the peak. But once it does, there’s no looking back. Power delivery is decent. Quality of the ride is good and the body roll experience is minimal. Even those sitting at the back don’t feel much jerk. The steering is responsive, which makes the short turning radius even more effective.

The 799cc petrol engine is built to yield not only the best-in-class, but also the highest fuel economy across all cars. Renault claims that the Kwid returns a whooping 25.17kmpl mileage. That’s almost unprecedented by global standards.

Renault Kwid Exterior

Renault Kwid Specifications
Renault Kwid Exterior

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Ever since the Kwid was unveiled to the public, the imposing looking sub-compact hatchback has been the talk of the town. Just check out the photos in this review and you will know why. No, the Kwid doesn’t possess the typical flexuous craft, or the curvaceous silhouette that many of its peers have. It’s rather smartly designed that shouts for itself. There’s a certain masculinity in the looks of the Renault Kwid and it’s instantly evident in the first look itself. Though the Kwid is an A-segment vehicle, the overall exterior appeal will make you rethink whether the car has been made to take on the mini wagons around. A close look will reveal that Renault has tried to give the car a sporty look and the square sketch largely supports the theory. The Kwid’s bonnet is relatively smaller and lower, and the radiator grille at the front has a full honeycomb design in black. There’s no chrome in the front grille, except the Renault insignia fitted in the middle. The grille seamlessly meets the headlights. The body coloured bumper has the round foglights attached with chunky housings.

Get to the side of the Kwid and you’ll notice the body cladding, square wheel arches, black door handles, the black wing mirrors, and the thick black coloured body panel. The 13-inch wheels look perfectly balanced to carry the car and aptly complement the body. The rear of the Kwid is again impressive, with the small angular taillights that appear strikingly beautiful. The full black bumper further accentuates the sporty touch. The car has an integrated rear spoiler fitted above the rear windscreen.

The car measures 3,679mm in length, 1,478mm in height, and 1,579mm in width.

Interiors of Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid Interior
Renault Kwid Interior

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The 2,422mm wheelbase means that the Renault Kwid has a lavish cabin space which can seat four adults comfortably. The backseat is placed a bit low on the chassis which means lower thigh support. The interior styling is in sync with the exterior. The AC vents have chrome access, the dashboard sports a trendy design unlike the rather boring ones seen in many of Kwid’s rivals. The glossy black central console, oversized digital speedometer fitted on the instrument cluster, and the three-spoke steering are other major highlights inside the cabin.

As far as storage is considered, the Kwid’s interior has bottle holders and door bins on both the front doors. The car’s floor console has a cup holder. There are a couple glove boxes.

The fabric seat covers and the dark inside theme with a tint of orange, makes the car competitive in its segment.

Renault Kwid Features

Renault Kwid Specifications
Renault Kwid Features

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Regarding features, the Renault Kwid is arguably the richest car in its class. It has automatic cabin light, electric power steering, stereo with Bluetooth, MP3, AUX and USB playback, radio, a couple of speakers and a 12V power socket. The top trim has an infotainment and navigation system, front power windows, and remote keyless entry. Renault is offering 60 optional accessories to customers to personalise their Kwid.

Safety Features

Renault Kwid Specifications
Renault Kwid Safety

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The Renault Kwid has disc brakes fitted to the front wheel. The rear ones get drum brakes. The car doesn’t have any ABS and no brake force distribution system. But it’s available with a driver airbag option. The top trim has central locking system and an engine immobiliser. The sturdy body ensures perfect balance and passenger safety even at higher speeds.

The Renault Kwid uses McPherson struts as the front suspension that has a lower transverse link for reducing body roll. The rear is served by a twist beam with coiled springs. The taut character of the car enhances safety. It’s a few notches lesser than the iconic Duster, which is a leader in its class, but offers a similar level of security and confidence.

Competitors of Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid Competitors
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10

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The Renault Kwid will be up for some tough challenge. Well, it does have handsome looks and a spacious cabin to offer, but it will be up against the largest selling car in the segment, the Maruti Suzuki Alto, which is still the undisputed leader of the pack. So much so that bigger and better looking cars like the Hyundai Eon haven’t really been able to cut any teeth in the Alto’s sales. There’s also the recently released Datsun Redi Go. Value for money and low maintenance costs has made Alto the crowd favourite. Renault has to tread a similar line if it wants to have any major impact in the segment. Renault has already earned valuable brand recall, courtesy the Duster. Hopefully the Renault Kwid specifications, aggressive pricing, and the attractive equipment list will do the trick.

Verdict

Renault Kwid
Renault Kwid Side Profile

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The French carmaker deserves a pat on the back for introducing a vehicle which is a refreshing addition to the more staid-looking A-segment cars. It has the potential to take on the Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto. The Kwid’s design is its most powerful attribute, while the spacious interiors increase the comfort quotient of passengers. It may not be an overtly feature rich hatchback, but has enough that are lacking in several other entry-level cars. The cabin storage space is more than what you can normally expect in such vehicles. The mileage is another scoring point. It’s by far the most fuel efficient car in India. Yes, the ergonomics inside may look plain, but that’s obvious because it’s an A-segment hatchback. Given its price to performance ratio, the Renault Kwid will be a budget buy for customers looking for an economical car.

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