Renault Kwid Facelift First Drive Review


Renault Kwid Overview

The new 2019 Renault Kwid facelift has officially gone on sales in India today, priced quite aggressively at Rs 2.83 lakh to Rs 4.84 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car comes with some major visual changes along with a host of new and updated features, and now, the Climber option is the top-spec variant in the line-up. At this price point, the new Renault Kwid also undercuts the top-end variant of its newly launched rival, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. In addition to an all-new Zanskar Blue colour, the Kwid facelift also comes in five more option – Fiery Red, Moonlight Silver, Ice Cool White, Outback Bronze, and Electric Blue.

Visually, the new Renault Kwid comes with a heavily updated face, including a new grille, flanked by horizontal daytime running lamps, which overall creates the impression of one single unit. The new horizontal headlamps are positioned below with black inserts, while the Climber trim gets a larger black housing with orange highlights. The car also gets a large central airdam with underbody cladding. The profile looks identical to the pre-facelift model, with the large wheel cladded arches, and but the side decals of the regular 1.0-litre Kwid has been updated. The Climber variant also gets all-new 14-inch volcano grey muscular multi-spoke wheels along with a high ground clearance of 184 mm, 4 mm more than before. At the rear, the car gets new taillamps with first-in-class C-shaped LED light guides, and revised bumper with some more cladding, sculpted bumper and vertical reflectors. Check for Renault Kwid price in Hyderabad at tryaldrive.

The cabin, on the other hand, gets a dual-tone dashboard and chrome interior accents. Customers can choose between a sporty orange and white fabric upholstery with striped embossing, or premium crossway fabric upholstery with a red outline. The car also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast stitching along with the stylish dashboard with a piano black accent. In the Kwid Climber, gets an updated finish on the gear knob and the sporty orange door trim accents. The car also gets a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Video Playback and Voice Recognition. It also gets a fast-charging USB port with a power output of 2.4A, plus a 12V outlet at the rear, as before. The all-new Kwid also offers best-in-class boot space of 279 litres, which is expandable up to 620 litres.

Renault Kwid Style

The Renault Kwid 2018 looks very beefy. It is a contemporary car and looks that way. The Kwid has tough looks and a tall appearance. High ground clearance is one of its USPs of Renault Kwid 2018 and it also gets matte black body cladding. This makes it look bigger and bulkier as compared to other cars in its segment.

Up front, the RXT(O) variant of Renault KWID 2018 Feature Loaded Range gets an appealing new razor edge chrome front grille highlighting the Renault diamond logo, which accentuates the SUV-inspired design of the vehicle and add a touch of premiumness

Renault Kwid 2018 has transformed the entire entry level hatchback segment. The Kwid has SUV looks and not typical car looks. The others cars in the segment are compact and basic in styling, while the Kwid feels large enough and rugged with its high ground clearance. The Kwid looks more rugged due to the body cladding. From the side it looks seems impressive with a high ground clearance. The tyres are skinny and are the only downside on the Kwid. This is in view of keeping costs low and deriving a higher fuel efficiency. It gets blacked out door pillars and also door handles. The subtle design changes have brought forth a mature overall stance in line with its all-terrain attitude. In terms of standard features, the mid-level and top-end variants get body coloured bumpers, full wheel covers and front fog lamps.

Renault Kwid Space

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. To know more details on Renault Kwid check Kokoliko

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.

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 Gearbox

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.

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

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 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 Price in Hyderabad

Renault Kwid On Road Price is 3,24,192/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,75,099/- in Hyderabad. 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 Final Thought

Although the Kwid does not offer ABS with EBD in any of the variants, the NVH levels do bother you a little, and the steering wheel cannot be adjusted; the vehicle has a lot going for it due to its SUV-inspired looks, spacious cabin, practicality, fuel efficient and it is the best hatch for a medium sized family.

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.