Renault Kwid Facelift Review & Performance

Renault Kwid Overview

The Renault Kwid 2018 has been launched today. The car gets a lot of features and is hence called the Kwid Feature Loaded Range. Available in 8 trims with segment-first features, the new Renault KWID 2018 Feature Loaded Range has been launched at no additional price, further enhancing its value proposition. The Renault Kwid has been a redefining product in its category. The Renault Kwid 2018 is one of the few cars to take on the mighty Maruti Alto 800 and provide some stiff competition to it. The Kwid is not compromised in terms of features as much as others in the segment. Do read further to know more about the Renault Kwid 2018 Feature Loaded variant. Request a test drive for Kwid in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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Renault Kwid Exterior

While the Kwid does fall into the budget car segment, that didn’t stop Renault from trying to do things differently. The Renault Kwid is the first entry-level hatch to offer some SUV flavour in its styling. It looks fresh compared to the ageing Alto. The tall stance & beefed up black plastic wheel arches add to the SUV appeal.On the front, the grill has a futuristic pattern. The only chrome on the front is the diamond Renault logo. If you love the chrome, the honeycomb grill can be customised. Renault is offering a whole deal of customisation options to make your Kwid a one off on the road. The bumper gets some bulges to add muscle and houses round fog lamps. The small air dam at the bottom continues to get the same styling as the grill.

The car isn’t too tall and the side is characterised by a high window line and large windows. The black slats at the bottom are not plastic but merely a vinyl sticker. You can upgrade to a plastic cladding from the accessories option at the dealership level.The car sits on 13-inch rims and 155mm rubber with just 3 lug nuts to fasten them. The Eon offers a similar tyre & rim combination, while the Nano and the Alto 800 offer thinner 135 & 145 mm tyres on 12 inch rims. With the 2018 update, the Renault Kwid now offers full wheel covers and fog lamps from the RxL variant, making the car look a bit nicer in the mid-range grades as well.

The outside mirror and door handles are conventional units and done in black. The plastic quality is a bit of a let-down and even after the long awaited 2018 update, the mirrors are not adjustable from the inside, something that is provided on the Alto 800. The side turn indicator bulbs are mounted on the front wheel arch. You will find the variant badging on the side behind the rear window.At the back, badging is minimalistic. The tail lamps are a basic affair. The Renault and Kwid badges take centre stage on the tail, while a small Renault badge sits on the left. The bottom part of the bumper gets black cladding as standard. At the top, the roof houses a U shaped depression. This is to increase the rigidity and compensate for the thinner sheet metal used. All variants get an integrated roof spoiler which adds character. Along with this you get a long antenna FM antenna. You can also get roof rails from the accessories store at the dealership.

The Kwid gets only a single wiper on the front and no option for a rear wiper. It’s a cost cutting feature, but, it does do the job in covering most of the windshield area with every swipe. This mist function is only available from the top end (RXT) variant. This sprays a small mist of washer fluid instead of a stream followed by a quick swipe by the wiper. None of the cars in the segment offer this function.In terms of dimensions, the Kwid is amongst the longest in its class at 3679mm. The ground clearance is again top notch at 180mm which is good for the speed breakers, but this gives the car a feeling as if it’s on stilts. The wheel base stands at 2422mm. This is higher than the Eon & the Alto. The kerb weight tips the scales at 660kgs which is almost 50kgs lighter than the Nano! It also boasts of best in class boot space at 300 litres.

Renault Kwid Interior

The Kwid is a budget car and that’d usually make the cabin a compromise. However, the cost-cutting elements are minimal in the Kwid and it feels fairly well put together. The designers have made sure there have been no compromises with anything that the driver will use on a day to day basis. The quality of plastics however, will be a bit of a let down.As soon as you enter, the Kwid the first to thing to catch your eye is the 7” touchscreen infotainment system, borrowed from the Duster. The system is surrounded by a piano black bezel and a touch of chrome as a contrast to the single tone grey dash. This system gives you navigation, USB, aux and Bluetooth connectivity. This is the only car in the segment which provides an option for a factory fitted touch screen infotainment system.

The air con functions are housed below the infotainment system. The knobs get a chrome garnish and feel good to use. The air vents on either end are round with chrome inserts and the ones on the centre are rectangular with the knobs getting a bit of chrome. All can be shut independently. The low-end variant, however, doesn’t get air conditioning. Buttons for hazard lights, power windows and central locking are placed below. A clear cost saving step so that they didn’t have to put a switch each on the driver and passenger’s side. They are equally accessible by both. Below this console and ahead of the gear stick lies the cup holders and a 12v charging point. You get a small cubby between the handbrake and the gear stick. A standard affair really.

From the driver’s point of view, you get a nice little steering wheel. It’s good to hold and stylish to look at. Push the key into the ignition and you find out that the Kwid is not a one trick pony with the infotainment system. The orange illuminated instrument cluster is a class above! It gets a neat read out of the speed and a small strip that displays a host of readouts. It shows the odometer, distance to empty, a trip meter, real-time fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, distance travelled, trip fuel consumption and average speed as well. All these read outs can be alternated by pressing the reset button which is housed near the fuel read out.The headlight and indicator stalks are easy to access from the steering wheel. It has a lane change feature. On a small tap, it blinks the indicator thrice and shuts off on its own.

On the passenger side, there are two glove boxes. The one on the top gets a cut out to hold a water bottle. The glove box at the bottom is large too! Again, there is an open storage shelf between the two.The front speakers are mounted on either end of the dash. The sound quality is acceptable at best. You won’t be able to blast bass heavy music from these. Music aficionados will want to upgrade.The front seats get a triple tone red – grey – black upholstery. The headrests are fixed and not adjustable. The seats are more comfortable than the Alto and offer more space with good under thigh support.Moving to the back, it’s clearly the winner compared to the Alto & the Eon. Tall people are more comfortable here compared to when sitting in the competition. Three abreast would fit in but would be uncomfortable. Two would be perfect at the back. The rear seats get a similar triple tone upholstery as the front. The seats lack contours and the cushion used in comfortable. Seating is fairly high which gives a good view.

Renault Kwid Gearbox

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 Kwid Driving

Truly, the Renault Kwid 2018 impresses in many ways and that includes the ride and handling. It maintains Renault’s legacy of a fantastic ride quality, similar to what we have seen in the Duster and Lodgy as well. The potholes are not much of a bother when you are behind the wheel of the Kwid. Yes, it glides over them. The handling is something unseen in this segment and the Renault Kwid 2018 can put to shame many a cars from higher segments too. The steering is well weighted, not too light or heavy either and the feedback is quite precise.

Renault Kwid Safety

The Renault Kwid’s safety kit has improved in 2018, but still leaves a lot to be desired. The Kwid gets a driver side airbag on the top-end RxT (O) variant but a passenger airbag isn’t available even as an option. Additionally, anti-lock brakes (ABS) are still a glaring miss from the safety package. What has improved in the 2018 Kwid is the addition of a rear camera and 3-point ELR seatbelts for two rear seat occupants. The middle passenger still gets a lap belt. Overall, Renault will have to do better with the Kwid in this department if it wants to see more reassuring crash test results.

Renault Kwid Cost in Mumbai

Renault Kwid Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 2,60,391/- (Kwid STD) to 4,59,500/- (Kwid RXT 1.0 O Superhero Edition AMT). Get best offers for Renault Kwid from Renault Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Kwid price in Mumbai at Carzprice

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.

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