The competition in the small car zone in India might just be heating up with French carmaker Renault looking to fasten the wobbly ends before rolling out its entry level car, the Kwid. It is expected that the hatchback, which looks like an SUV, will face off in opposition to the small car segment’s front-runners such as the Maruti Alto.
The Renault Kwid is a very important artefact from the French car maker’s point of view as it seeks to establish itself as a volume seller in the Indian market, and hence, getting everything exact is of utmost importance. It is also expected to be priced around 3.5 Lakhs. Update: Pricing starts at Rs. 2.56 Lakhs!
Design of the Renaut Kwid
The Renault Kwid gets a high set bonnet, tall stance, beefy wheel arches and shielding on the bumpers and wheel arches to give it a unique manifestation. Renault has lent design cues from various crossovers and SUVs to come up with a very good-looking car. Full marks should be awarded to Renault for its precise design.
The Maruti Alto 800 has grown to be a well-known face on Indian roads. The design works well and even though Maruti has tried to add some personality to the car with elements such as the strong shoulder line and sleek hexagonal grille, it still looks a bit dull.
The interiors of the Renault Kwid have been enthused by the Renault Captur, which is a good thing. Although they are not as avant-garde as the exteriors, the interiors still get bits which are exclusive to the part. There is digital device huddle on offer and higher alternatives will also get an optional touchscreen system.
The trouble with the Alto 800’s interiors is the fully brown coloured design which doesn’t work too well with an otherwise, neatly laid out dashboard. The build quality, fit and finish is way ahead of the Alto 800.
Performance of the Renault Kwid
The Renault Kwid is powered by a super-compact aluminium engine which is 800cc 3-cylinder engine that develops 54PS at 5,678rpm and 74Nm of torque at 4,386rpm. The engine transmits a lot of vibration into the chalet when it is idling, even though it settles down at a sturdy cruise. The power deliverance is smooth and we can steer around the city without shifting gears recurrently. The maximum torque is produced at 4,386rpm, but 80 percent of it is existing from 1,200rpm ensuring great driveability.
The Renault Kwid is believed to offer a leading class fuel effectiveness of 25.17km/l. This also makes it the most fuel efficient petrol car of the realm. The vehicle is also believed to offer impressive handling and high-speed stability. With compact dimensions and a lightweight body-build, it will also ride well on rough roads.
Ride Quality of the Renault Kwid
With a tall and ample standpoint, the Renault Kwid proves to be a clear winner when it comes to spaciousness. With a best-in-class wheelbase of 2422mm, the Renault Kwid has the most spacious cabin of the three. There is ample legroom and headroom for the rear seat passenger.
The Renault Kwid is well-packed and offers a boot space 300-litre. It can accommodate 5 passengers with ease, according to the specs. The Kwid has a ground clearance of 180mm, which is a little more than Alto’s 160mm and hence, the car proves to be perfectly tailor-made for Indian roads.