Renault Kwid the pocket SUV

Renault KWID, the car that created buzz for itself by getting more than 25,000 bookings within 15days after its launch in Indian market. “Small family hatchback” was India’s favourite segment before some time but as the SUVs started kicking in India, people started giving them chance and all the automakers understood that this is the thing what Indian customers want on their roads. Automakers started offering crossover concepts and soft-roader SUVs with and sometimes even without 4×4 systems. Designers at Renault came up with ‘Kwid’, the hatchback or I would say the “micro-hatchback” in the never dying segment of India. Small hatchbacks are easier to drive, park, handle at low speed in city; they are economical and cheaper to run too. Maruti and Hyundai are always there with Alto 800 and Eon, but they are not as head turner as the Kwid is.kwid side profile

Looks And Built: Engineers took a little muscle from their in house compact-SUV Duster, took some lines from Fluence and added some features that every single car buyer wants in his/her car. Yes, with 180mm of ground clearance and some cuts and creases, Kwid does look bigger than actually it is, but as soon as you enter in the car, you would understand that it looks bigger from outside, though space inside is not as cramp as you find in other cars in the same segment. As soon as you close the doors, you do get the feel of light built and a little cheap materials that have been used in the car, but you can’t expect everything to be great on this price point. Interior is the place where you’ll spend more time rather than standing outside looking at the car. Selection of colours used inside the car is something you don’t expect nowadays, dark grey and darker grey replaces the theme of beige and black interiors. Dash is simple. In the centre console from top you can find AC vents with chrome border, below that a 7” touchscreen and AC controls with power window switches for front windows. Placement of power-window button is a bit awkward. Below that, a big cubby space to put thing is given and your most needed travel companion the 12V charger is also there to help you out. This is one of the few cars, where you can see the edge of the bonnet from the driver seat. Quality and fit and finish of the car isn’t bad but not as good as we have seen in Hyundai Eon from the same segment. You can surely find hint of cost cutting. There are some uncovered screw heads and little metal pieces everywhere in the car. kwid front kwid dashboard Ride and comfort: As soon as you twist the keys, engine starts with high vibration and noise, it settles down to low harshness within moments, but you must remember that at the end of the day a 3-cylinder car. After engaging 1st gear and lifting foot from the clutch you will wonder that how amazingly this car picked up. People at Renault worked well to throw shorter gearings and making engine more responsive and to give good amount of torque at low RPMs which is much needed for a small city car with a small engine. Car doesn’t feel underpowered in low city speeds. Power to the front wheels comes from a 3-cylinder 779cc gasoline engine. DOHC engine produces 53 BHP and 72 Nm torque. It comes with 5 speed manual gearbox throws are smooth but on rubbery side, not as smooth as Marutis though. Gearing is short and engine is responsive at low revs that let you crawl in the city traffic without lot of shifts like an automatic car. Driving with AC would make you do some efforts, as the compressor does affect the engine performance. But the thing that is boon in city ride is a disadvantage on highway. Kwid is best driven below 90 km/h. It lacks the outright performance at high revs. Even dynamics doesn’t support it on high speed. Lot of wind noise enters in the cabin. Suspension set up is just magical. This small car doesn’t feel like cheap at all in this department. It just glides over small pot holes. Size inside cabin is just above satisfactory in this entry level hatchback. kwid cut section

Top model comes equipped with a single driver side airbag but none of the variant offers you ABS and EBD. Ergonomics: Seats are comfortable and better than the rivals. Car comes equipped with first in class 7” touchscreen infotainment system that can pair your cell with Bluetooth and can navigate you without any hustle. Rear bench can fit only 2 people for comfortable travelling. Entering in the rear of the car can be painful for old people or those who has larger body construction. cabin space This is the only car that offers distance to empty, average fuel consumption, trip meters, odometer, distance travelled in the Trip Meter. Steering wheel is just a class above, nice feel in hand. ORVM are not electrically adjustable, which cuts points. Rear windows doesn’t get electrically operated opening and close function. Car has 28 litre of fuel tank capacity, which is okay for a small city car with mileage of 25.17 km/l (company claimed) but not enough for long trips. Car has one of the biggest boots with capacity of 300 litre, so airport runs or shopping is an easy deal. Kwid has around 26 litre cabin storage space, where you can put your stuff or other knick-knacks. space inside kwid Final verdict: Knowing what Indian customers want instead of what they need, Renault gave Kwid packed with a lot of features and goodies. With SUVs styling this small hatchback is a head turner for sure. It does offer value for money in its segment. If you are in market for a small city car this car is a proper funky and stylish solution for your money.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. jaimin says:

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  2. jaimin says:

    Please post a review of maruti baleno…

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