Renault Kwid Hatchback First Drive Review

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Renault Kwid Overview

Renault introduced the Kwid hatchback in the year 2015. Due to its competitive pricing and amazing features the car became an instant hit. It can be stated as a game changing product for the French carmaker in the country. After some time, the company decided to give it a facelift in 2018 in order to keep it aligned with the contemporary vehicles and ramp up its sales. Renault before launching the facelift tried to increase the number by special edition models like ‘Live For More Reloaded’ edition and ‘Superhero’ edition. The 2018 Renault Kwid facelift was a much needed update for the hatchback. The facelift version got some cosmetic updates along with the interior changes. But the 2019 version is a notch above with updated interiors as well as standard set of safety features. The engine in the car remains the same as seen in the older model.

Renault Kwid Exteriors

This is not one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of facelifts and Renault has done enough to make it stand out. The Kwid always had SUV-like styling, but the new front end ramps up its aggression quotient considerably.The front end has been completely overhauled and it adheres to the latest trend of a separated LED DRL/headlamp set-up which is standard throughout the range.The DRLs are at the top while the headlamps are at the bottom part.

The bumper, too, has been tweaked and the grille neatly flows in with the Renault logo. The Climber version is even more striking with its added colour details and rugged elements, but even in this standard form, it looks much more aggressive from the front now. The rear also is not as bland as before as it gets a much more detailed new rear bumper and the tail-lamps now have LED elements.Even the stance is better due to bigger wheels and the ground clearance too has been increased.Check for Renault Kwid price in Mumbai.

Renault Kwid interiors

Here an even bigger update can be seen as at first glance the Kwid interiors look to be much more expensive that they actually are. There is a bigger 8-inch touchscreen and a new look steering wheel, as well as a much better looking part-digital instrument cluster.The 8-inch touchscreen looks big and is very easy to use with excellent graphics. Elsewhere, some minor tweaks, such as the re-arranging of the AMT control selector and a bigger glove-box, are apparent. The detailing is good and it is a nice-looking cabin overall.

Even the equipment levels now are very good with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rear parking sensors, alloys, rear arm-rest in place. The new Kwid’s rear camera is actually better than the ones on much more expensive cars.A passenger airbag is optional (as are rear power windows) while the driver airbag is standard, along with other mandatory safety equipment.

While the equipment levels are indeed impressive at first sight, the quality on closer inspection leaves a bit to be desired as there are some cheap plastics and hard surfaces which detract from the cabin ambience.

Renault Kwid Performance

The updated Kwid continues to source its power from the set of petrol engine options. The 800cc 3-cylinder engine makes 54PS and 72Nm of torque, paired with 5-speed manual transmission. The powertrain feel easy with a couple of occupants inside but when more people join along with some luggage, the vehicle tends to struggle. This small engine is meant for urban driving conditions, so expecting outright performance from it is not fair enough. It will help you commute from one point to the other without any fuss.

However, when it comes to refinement, it isn’t the most polished one out there. The buzzing from the 3-cylinders is indispensable while the engine also fails to muffle its voice. And this becomes worse when you move to the upper half of the rev band. In comparison, the Alto and Eon are much unobtrusive both at the idle state and while on the go.

The 1.0L engine on the other hand shares its architecture with the younger 800cc one. The company has just increased the bore and stroke of the 800cc motor to increase the displacement and boost the drive shaft for added power. This adds 14PS of extra power but this isn’t apparent as you kick start the engine. What you will feel is the increased level of composure as the car builds up pace. This leads to better highway performance and the powertrain doesn’t feel exhausted even if driven to three-digit speed.

However, in terms of noise and vibration, it still remains identical to the 800cc engine, sounding grumpy when driven hard. In terms of acceleration, where the 0.8L engine increase desire for more grunt, the 1.0L feel just ok as 0-100kmph in the latter is achieved under 14 seconds which is indeed impressive. In fact the acceleration time is on par with segment above vehicles such as Maruti Swift and Ford Freestyle. The credit for this goes to the light weight of Kwid and the engine just complements this characteristic further.

And this is not the end of merits this car comes with. To counter the likes of Maruti Alto automatic transmission (AGS), Renault has been offering this car with the AMT gearbox. You just have to shell out extra Rs.30k over the manual counterpart. And the Kwid ‘Easy-R’ which Renault calls it, justifies the price. The AMT is one of the best so far in the budget segment with minimal shift shocks. The transmission picks up the acceleration inputs fairly well and makes swift progress.

With the new update, it also gets much needed creep function and the carmaker has labelled it as ‘Traffic Assist’. The creep function let the car creep forward at crawling speeds without the need of continuously pressing the accelerator while making progress in bumper to bumper traffic conditions. Having said that, the manual mode for help control gear changes is still missing, so Renault should work on this. Overall, the small car is one of the best city commuters.To know more information on Renault Kwid check Aryavarta

Renault Kwid Driving

The Renault Kwid features quite ample specifications for the city drive and will not let you down. The McPherson Strut and Twist Beam suspension on the front and rear wheels respectively form a greatly configured setting for bumpy cities and high roads. However, the car lacks grunt when you get on the highway or expressway. Also, the engine starts making noise and you will feel the annoying vibration if you force the car beyond a certain speed. Keep the speed to the optimum and the Kwid will run on butter.

Renault Kwid Safety

The braking setup has sufficient bite and the car stops without any drama. And with ABS with EBD in the latest update, you can now push this car a little hard as the front wheels will not lock-up. Besides ABS and EBD, the standard safety features of Kwid include driver side airbag, driver and passenger seat belt reminder, speed alert system, front seats: integrated headrests, rear seats: integrated neck rest and high mounted stop lamp. Other safety aspects in the car include reverse parking camera, front fog lamps, remote keyless entry with central locking, intermittent front wiper & auto wiping while washing and engine immobilizer.

Renault Kwid Cost in Bangalore

Renault Kwid On Road Price is 3,38,700/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,79,499/- in Bangalore. Renault Kwid comes in 5 colours, namely Fiery Red,Moonlight Silver,Planet Grey,Electric blue,Ice Cool White. Renault Kwid comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 16.8 seconds . Renault Kwid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Renault Kwid Conclusion

After the facelift, the Kwid has become more attractive than before and looks like a small SUV. It is aimed towards those who are looking for a small hatchback for daily city use.Renault Kwid is available in total of five different variants such as Standard, RXE, RXL, RXT and Climber. In terms of pricing, Renault Kwid is tagged quite competitively which makes it one of the most alluring hatchbacks in the country. The base variant of Kwid named Standard is tagged at Rs. 2.67 lakh while Kwid RXE is available at the price tag of Rs. 3.1 lakh. The Kwid RXL is tagged at Rs. 3.36 lakh while the RXT trim is offered at the price tag of Rs. 4.04 lakh. It’s top of the line variant Kwid Climber MT is tagged at Rs. 4.33 lakh. The Kwid is also available with Automatic gearbox in RXT and Climber variants, pricing stated as Rs. 4.34 lakh and Rs. 4.6 lakh respectively. Renault Kwid competes against the likes such as Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Datsun Redi GO and New Hyundai Santro in the segment.

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