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Renault Kwid Overview

The Renault Kwid 2019 has been spotted testing. We had revealed earlier that Renault will be launching a facelift of the Kwid in 2019. The Kwid has been an exciting car. When first launched, it took the market by storm and challenged the segment leader, Maruti Alto. It was attractive looking and also had good road presence. This was enough to roll eyeballs in its favor. Space and features it offered was unparalleled in its segment. This made it a big hit in the country. Now as the car completes three years it is bound to get a major facelift.

Due to competition getting aggressive, The Renault Kwid sales have crossed the 3 Lakh Mark. The Renault Kwid has crossed this milestone in a period of little over three years since the hatchback was launched in 2015 and turned out to be a game changer for the company. It will get some upgrades that will make it more attractive. There will not be an major change to its design since it’s launch in 2016. View offers on Renault Kwid in Bangalore at Autozhop.

However, it will get styling updates. There will be new bumpers in place. The headlamps will see a tweak. A new front grille will also be added. The interiors will also get an upgrade in terms of color theme and touch and feel. An upgraded touchscreen system might come in. There will be no change in its engines. It will continue to be offered in the 800cc and 1.0-litre engine options, with a 5-speed gearbox and AMT.

Renault Kwid Exteriors

Knowing the fact that Kwid is a budget car, Renault hasn’t stepped back from experimenting different things. And that’s make this car a unique one in its class. The Kwid is one such car in its segment that offers a SUV flavour. The tall and beefy stance with plastic wheel arches enhances the SUV appeal. At the front, the grille design gives us a futuristic feeling with the lower variant having honeycomb pattern, the upper variants comes with new razor sharp edge chrome grille. There are tons of other customization options the carmaker is offering with this car.

The bumper has been revised and it now comes with added bulges to add some muscle to the car. The bonnet features similar masculine creases. The bumper also houses rounded fog lamps while the bottom containing the air dam is pretty reminiscent to the grill. The C-shaped chrome accents in the blackened headlamp housing looks pretty cool.

At the sides, the car isn’t much tall as with the case with typical SUVs in fact, the profile is characterized by large windows and high window line. The black cladding at the bottom is not plastic as we have seen in cars such as Grand i10, but it’s a vinyl sticker. However, there is always an option to upgrade it to the plastic one from the list of accessories.

The new Kwid features 13-inch rims that comes fitted in the 155mm tyre with only 3 lug nuts to hold them in place. The car also offer full wheel covers with an option of black finishing. This makes the car look a bit more decent. With the new update, the car also gets dual-toned ORVM but you will not find turn indicators on this piece, they are actually located on front wheel arches. The variant badging can be seen just behind the rear window. Coming to the rear, there is minimalistic badging with the Renault one taking the centre stage, and a small one placed on the left. The bottom portion of the rear bumper gets black cladding as a standard fitment. The roof top consists of a u-shaped depression for increasing rigidity of the car and compensating the skinny sheet metal used.

The roof spoiler is standard across the variants adding character to the rear profile. Talking about the Climber variant, it gets new black cladding surrounding the fog lamps, faux silver skid plates with orange elements at the front. At the sides, it gets orange turn indicators placed on the wheel arches, dual-toned black-orange ORVM covers, roof rails with orange highlights, Climber decals and alloy wheels lookalike full wheel covers. Overall, it appears that the car doesn’t seem to get old and get attractive with every update.

Renault Kwid Interiors

Being a budget car, Kwid’s cabin comes with a lot of compromises but looking at the price point one would not be complaining much. But the good thing is that the economizing elements have been kept minimal and the vehicle has been fairly put together. The engineers and designers have ensured no compromises with the day to day driving. Having said that, the plastic quality will be slightly let down. Step inside the cabin and the first thing that would attract the eyeballs is the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit which has been shared from elder sibling Duster.

The infotainment system is outlined by piano black bezel with a touch of chrome as a contrasting element for enhancing its appeal. In the latest update, the infotainment now gets the power of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other usual connectivity features such as USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in remain intact. This is the only budget car that offers factory fitted touchscreen infotainment unit. The car also gets first in class reverse parking camera, visuals of which are displayed on the same infotainment screen. Moving further, the controls for ac vents are placed below the infotainment. All the vents can be shut own independently. But it will not be a problem for the base model as it does not even get the air conditioning. Oops.

Switches for the power windows, hazard lights and central locking and also placed below. This seems to be a clear cost-cutting step from the carmaker as they don’t have to put a separate switch on the driver’s side. In terms of storage and utility, the car gets 12V charging point and cup holders below the centre console and ahead of the gear lever. The passengers also get small cubby in between the gear knob and the handbrake as well. The co-passenger get upper and lower glovebox with the former also get a space to hold a water bottle. The lower one is also large enough to hold plenty of stuffs while there is an open storage shelf in between the two. Further, there are door map pockets on both the sides which allow the passenger to store 1L bottle. So, being the budget car, the French automaker has left no stone unturned in terms of practicality. For more details on Renault Kwid  check Midasedu

Looking things through driver’s eyes, the car gets cute little steering which is good to hold as well as stylish to stare at. Insert the key into the ignition, turn your fingers clockwise and you will see that the car isn’t meant for trick the buyers with the infotainment unit. The orange illuminated digital instrument cluster is really a segment above thing. The instrument with inbuilt trip computer gives nice read out of the current speed along with host of other information. The panel gives info on odometer, trip meter, distance to empty, average fuel consumption, real-time fuel consumption, trip fuel consumption, distance travelled as well as average speed.

Further, the stalks of headlight and turn indicator are easily accessible from the steering wheel. It also consists of a lane change feature which works with a small tap that blinks the indicator thrice and shuts off automatically. The speakers at the front are installed on either side of the dashboard and the quality of sound is satisfactory but music enthusiasts might want to upgrade. The headrests at the front and fixed and aren’t adjustable while the front seats are upholstered in triple shade red, grey and black. And the seats give you more comfort than in other cars such as Alto with decent under thigh support. Move to the rear and this car has a clear advantage over the rivals Eon and Alto. Tall occupants would find more comfort as compared to the competition. Three adults can sit but it would be an uncomfortable affair, so it is better the rear seats are used by 2 adults only. Here also you will find the same triple tone upholstery as done at the front. Though the seats lack contours but the cushioning is decent. Seating position is fairly high that provides good view of the road ahead. There is also a 12V power socket for the rear passengers.

In terms of boot space, it’s huge at 300L, even better than segment above cars. And if it is still not sufficient for you, then flip the second row and you will unleash a herculean 1115L of space which is incredible to say the least. Now talking about the Climber variant, the model comes with orange highlights on the dashboard, seats, door pads as well as on the gear knob along with badges on the headrests and steering. The Climber variant also gets rear armrest for extra comfort. Overall, the French automaker has cleverly and tastefully crafted the interiors and you get a lot for your money.

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 has developed one of the fuel efficient engines for the Indian market and the same has been given to the Kwid. The 800cc petrol engine develops ARAI certified mileage of 25.17kmpl. The 1.0L engine on the other hand returns 21.7kmpl with the manual transmission while with AMT gearbox, the fuel efficiency stands at 22.5kmpl.

Renault Kwid Driving

The Kwid has very good ride quality like other Renault cars and doesn’t disappoint on the comfort front. The suspension feels good enough to cope up with our roads. The 13-inch tyres are just enough to do their job but grip levels aren’t very good. The brakes however are fairly decent but the Kwid still misses out on ABS. The steering lacks any sort of feel or feedback and the driving experience is unexciting. NVH levels in the Kwid leave a lot to be desired because even though the engines are silent at idle, they get noisy at speeds and the sound insulation in the Kwid does little to filter out outside noises and disturbances.

Renault Kwid Safety

The Renault Kwid 2019 will continue to have butch looks. It is the SUV looks that made it famous. The Kwid looks tough and that is its USP. It will also get the same high ground clearance and the Renault Kwid 2019 will have sleeker styling. The headlamps and front grille will be sleek in design and will add to the look.The Renault Kwid 2019 facelift will be launched this year. But in the meantime, the car has received minor updates with some new features. These features will be standard in the upcoming facelift. These are a bunch of safety features that will make the car safer now. These features will be available since January now.

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

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.

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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