Renault Kwid Overview
When Renault launched the Kwid hatchback back in 2015, it truly became a game-changing product for the French carmaker in India. The car boasted of a bold SUV-like design, smart styling, and a host of segment-first features that made the Kwid an instant hit. In fact, courtesy of the Kwid, Renault India’s monthly sales were at an all-time high for almost a year.
However, like all popular models, the Kwid too slowly started to lose its charm after a while. The carmaker tried to improve its numbers with the launch of a few special edition models like the Kwid ‘Live For More Reloaded’ edition or the ‘Superhero’ edition, but none of them proved to offer any long-lasting solution. With the car’s sales consistently dropping in the last several months, Renault finally decided to take the big step. So, behold! the 2018 Renault Kwid facelift. Yes! After almost three years, Renault has finally given the Kwid a much-deserved update and we got to spend a day with the top-end AMT variant of the car.
Renault Kwid Design
The rectangular proportions of the Kwid’s front make it look like a SUV. The fairly straight slab of the bonnet, the headlamp design, the squared-off wheel arches and stalked door mirrors accentuate the sports utility appeal of the Kwid. But, step over to the side and the character of the Kwid seems to transform a bit. Though the windscreen is steeply raked and crossover-like, the roofline slopes sharply towards the rear and suddenly it seems to be looking more like a hatch. In fact, when viewed from the rear, the Kwid looks like a small hatch with a raised stance. Right after the B-pillar, the SUV styling melts away.
The raised shoulder-line which rises rapidly right past the B-pillar, the narrow rear glass and the steeply raked windscreen at the front, all point to a fairly restricted green house. This doesn’t seem to restrict the amount of light that seeps into the cabin, though we certainly thought that the visibility for the driver could have been better.
The Kwid is also smaller in the flesh than it seems be when you look at a brochure or a photograph. However, it still has some segment-leading dimensions. Its wheelbase (at 2,422mm) is the longest in the segment and its boot volume is the highest at 300 litres. Weighing in at just about 660 kgs, the Kwid is also one of the lightest cars in the market. Active light-weighting, without sacrificing structural integrity seems to have been one of the focuses while the Kwid was being developed.
Renault Kwid Cabin
There is, however, one significant update made to the rear and that can be seen near the ‘Renault’ logo on the boot. You’ll notice the addition of a rear-view camera. Yes! Among the several updates the 2018 Renault Kwid has received, it now also comes with a segment-first rear parking camera. The display, of course, is viewed on the 7-inch touchscreen Media NAV (navigation) infotainment system on the dashboard, which itself is a big USP for the Kwid, considering it’s the only car in this segment to get one. The display itself is standard definition (SD) unit, however, the colours are pretty vibrant and the touch responsiveness is also good.View offers on Renault Kwid in Hyderabad at Autozhop.
The rest of the cabin remains unchanged, offering the same all-black interior with black and red dual tone upholstery adding a bit of contrast to the cabin. At the rear, Renault has also added a new 12-Volt charging socket right below the C-pillar, similar to the one seen on the Duster. Furthermore, there’s good news for the rear seat passengers, as the rear seat belts now come with pre-tensioners and load limiters as standard. Sadly, the regular RXT variant we drove did not come with a foldable centre armrest, like the one we have seen on the top-of-the-line Climber edition.
Renault Kwid Performance
There are obvious hints in the Kwid which show Renault recognises that part of the strategy in this segment is playing a mind-game. But, we wonder if the choice of a 800cc engine was also one that was influenced by this market reality. But eitherways, with the “Kitna Deti Hai?” question being a constant, it is good to note that the Kwid’s 799cc petrol engine is the most frugal in the segment. This three-cylinder engine is not as refined as the one’s in cars one segment above, but when compared to the Alto 800 or the Hyundai Eon, it is about very similar in idling character. Cabin noise levels are fairly well contained, though we felt vibration levels could have been lower. The test mule we drove was a pre-production model; hopefully the final versions will be better insulated.
The engine itself is a fairly peppy unit, for its size. Generating 54PS of peak power, and 74Nm of torque, the engine delivers much of this at lower rpm levels, though the peaks are hit closer to 5,000rpm. But, its ability to respond quickly to driver inputs seems to be affected by the throttle mapping. Overall, the focus seems to have been to squeeze the most fuel efficiency from the powertrain. Speaking of which, the engine is paired to a 5-speed gearbox. Shift quality is good and there is none of the rubbery feel that some of the other cars in the segment have.To know more importance on Renault Kwid check Quisicilia
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
Braking duties are handled by discs in the front and drums at the rear. Renault is offering rear parking sensors, Driver Airbag, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminders and Overspeed alert as standard. Moreover, on the upper variants, you can get a passenger airbag and reverse parking camera with guidelines to safely park.
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.So this brings us to the question, is the 2018 Renault Kwid better than that older model? Most definitely. The Renaut Kwid continues to come with several first-in-class features and is arguably the best-looking car in the entry-level hatchback space. The surprise here though is that there is no change in price. Priced in the range of ₹ 2.66 lakh to ₹ 4.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car still makes for a very good value proposition for anyone looking out to buy his or her first car. Furthermore, the tweaks and the host of new and updated features that Renault has added make the 2018 Kwid just a bit more relevant, especially, with the festive season is right around the corner.