The Kwid was an instant hit among the Indian audience, largely due to its styling. Where others failed in the segment, the Kwid was ground breaking. It broke sales record soon after introduction and it now has a bigger 1.0 liter engine that makes it a direct competitor to the Hyundai Eon 1.0 and Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. We do a specification comparison of cars and find out the best among them all.
Exterior and Dimensions
The Kwid is the biggest of all in terms of width and length (including wheelbase) and this directly translates into more space. It’s the Eon that’s tallest of them all at 1510mm which is roughly about 35mm that the Alto K10 which stands at 1475mm.
The larger Kwid is most practical of the lot since it offers best boot space at 300 litres while Eon and Alto K10 offer just 215 and 177 litres respectively.
|Dimensions and Capacities||Renault Kwid||Maruti Alto K10||Hyundai Eon|
|Length||3679 mm||3545 mm||3515 mm|
|Width||1579 mm||1515 mm||1500 mm|
|Height||1478 mm||1475 mm||1510 mm|
|Wheelbase||2422 mm||2360 mm||2380 mm|
|Ground clearance||180 mm||160 mm||170 mm|
|Boot capacity||300 litre||177 litre||215 litre|
The Kwid 1.0 gets decals and silver shrouds for ORVMs that makes it subtly different from the less powerful car. The Kwid gets benefitted the most from the best ground clearance in class and it makes it really hard to scratch the car’s belly.
Interior and Features
The Kwid offers a touch screen navigation system along with USB and Aux-in for input. The Eon and and Alto K10 also offer a music system with the input options as in the case of Kwid, both skip the Navigation system. You get a 12V power socket with the top variants of all these cars. You also get an engine immobiliser coupled with keyless entry system for added safety with all three.
Driver side airbag is either available as an option or is offered as standard with the higher variants of these cars while seatbelts for all passengers are standard. Other features that you get as standard include integrated headrests and child safety locks for rear doors.
All cars skip the ABS and other electronic safety aids, and do not offer it even as an option with top variants of the cars.
Engine and Gearbox
All cars are powered by a 1.0 litre engine that develops roughly the same power of 68bhp. While Alto K10 and Eon make it around 6000rpm, the Kwid develops it in the relatively lower rev range of 5500rpm.
|Engine and Gearbox||Renault Kwid||Maruti Suzuki Alto K10||Hyundai Eon|
|Engine capacity||1.0 Litre (P)||1.0 Litre (P)||1.0 Litre (P)|
|Gearbox||5 MT||5 MT & 5 AMT||5 MT|
A three cylinder motor construction that’s utilised by all three cars develop torque of about 90Nm. Kwid develops it higher in the rev range of around 4250rpm, however the Eon and Alto K10 develop it around 3500rpm which should ideally provide them better driveability.
However, the Kwid makes up for the lost ground by its relatively low weight and the effective power and torque figures turn out to be much better in its case.
Kwid has been the first choice among entry-level car buyers for quite some time but not only because of the novelty factor. Take into account the price difference between some of these car variants, and you would be amazed to see the much more value that Kwid has to offer. The Alto K10 comes close second.