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Renault Kwid Facelift Vs Rivals: How Does It Face Up to The Competition?

Renault Kwid Facelift Vs Rivals: How Does It Face Up to The Competition?

Snapshot: Renault Kwid Facelift has just launched at a starting price of Rs 2.83 lakhs Let's check how it rivals against the likes of S-Presso, Alto K10, and Datsun Redigo.

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Renault Kwid has earned an enviable distinction of being one of the best hatchbacks with an SUV inspired styling. Launched in 2015, the Renault Kwid was the pioneer in many ways. Seeing the success of this model, its rivals have also come up with their versions of SUV-inspired hatchbacks. The names of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Maruti Suzuki Alto, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 and Datsun Redigo come to mind immediately. 

Renault has been continually upgrading the Renault Kwid. To compete with their rivals, Renault has now given a massive makeover to the existing model and renamed it as the Renault Kwid Facelift. Let us see how the 2019 Renault Kwid Facelift deals with the enhanced level of competition from its rivals. 

Dimensions – Physical Prowess has a say

Specs

Kwid 0.8

Kwid 1.0

Alto 0.8

Alto K10

S-Presso

Redigo 0.8

Redigo 1.0

Length

3731mm

3731mm

3445mm

3445mm

3565mm

3429mm

3429mm

Width 

1579mm

1579mm

1490mm

1490mm

1520mm

1560mm

1560mm

Height

1474mm

1474mm

1475mm

1475mm

1564mm

1541mm

1541mm

Ground Clearance

184mm

184mm

160mm

160mm

180mm

185mm

185mm

Wheelbase

2422mm

2422mm

2360mm

2360mm

2380mm

2348mm

2348mm

Boot Capacity

279L

279L

177L

177L

270L

222L

222L

Wheel Size

14-inch

14-inch

12-inch

13-inch

13-inch

13-inch

13-inch

Kerb Weight

705 to 732Kg

738 to 754Kg

730 to 850Kg

740 to 757Kg

726 to 767Kg

645Kg

685 to 700Kg

  

The dimensions show that the Renault Kwid Facelift has a towering personality with an astounding ground clearance level for a hatchback model. It is much higher than what the Maruti Alto 0.8 and Maruti Alto K10 1.0L offers. The newly introduced Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is a close contender. The Datsun models have a ground clearance height of 185mm to give stiff competition to the Renault Kwid

Renault Kwid Facelift Exterior

Compared to its rivals, the Renault Kwid Facelift has the largest wheelbase, thereby making it the most spacious car among its competitors. The Renault Kwid is longer than all its rivals by approximately 160 to 300mm. Its greater width adds to the comfort and convenience factor. 

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The Renault Kwid towers over all its rivals with an enhanced boot capacity of 279L. The nearest competitor is the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, with a boot capacity of 270L. Though the boot capacity of the Renault Kwid Facelift has decreased from 300L to 279L, it is still the ideal car to go on long vacations with the family. 

The Renault Kwid is the only model that has 14-inch wheels, whereas all its rivals ride on 12-inch or 13-inch wheels. 

Renault has also used the opportunity to introduce structural reinforcements to ensure that the 2019 Renault Kwid Facelift satisfies crash test and pedestrian safety norms. Despite the enhanced dimensions, it is among the lightest of all the models with the kerb weight in the range of 705 to 754Kg. The Datsun Redigo is lighter than the Renault Kwid but is nearly 300mm shorter in length.

Engine and Transmission – Performance is All That Matters

Specs

Kwid 0.8

Kwid 1.0

Alto 0.8

Alto K10

S-Presso

Redigo 0.8

Redigo 1.0

Capacity

799cc

999cc

796cc

998cc

998cc

799cc

999cc

Cylinders

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Power

54hp

68hp

48hp

68hp

68hp

54hp

68hp

Torque

72Nm

91Nm

69Nm

90Nm

90Nm

72Nm

91Nm

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed MT/AT

5-speed manual

5-speed MT/AT

5-speed MT/AT

5-speed MT

5-speed MT/AT

Mileage

22.30kmpl

21.70 to 22.50 kmpl

22.05kmpl

23.95kmpl

21.40 to 21.70 kmpl

22.70 kmpl

22.50 to 23kmpl

BSVI-Compliance

No

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

 

Apart from the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso that comes with a 1L petrol engine, all the other models come with both a 0.8L and 1.0L petrol variants. There is very little to choose between the engine power and torque. However, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 0.8 and Maruti Suzuki S-Presso are the only two cars coming with BSVI compliant engines.

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All the 800cc variants feature manual transmission, whereas the 1.0L petrol engines come with an automatic transmission system, as well. On the mileage aspect, there is not much variance, as all the models deliver similar performances. An important point is that all the models will see a drop in their mileage performances after switching over to the BSVI compliance norms. Thus, the Maruti Suzuki Alto 0.8 and Maruti Suzuki S-Presso might have a slight advantage over the others.

One can expect all the variants to upgrade to BSVI emission norms soon.

Price – The Ultimate Deciding Factor

Variant

Kwid 0.8

Kwid 1.0

Alto 0.8

Alto K10

S-Presso

Redigo 0.8

Redigo 1.0

Manual

Rs 2.83 to 4.13 lakhs

Rs 4.33 to Rs 4.54 lakhs

Rs 2.89 to Rs 3.67 lakhs

Rs 3.61 to Rs 4.07 lakhs

Rs 3.69 to Rs 4.48 lakhs

Rs 2.79 to Rs 3.62 lakhs

Rs 3.90 lakhs

Automatic

NA

Rs 4.63 to Rs 4.84 lakhs

NA

Rs 4.39 lakhs

Rs 4.68 to Rs 4.91 lakhs

NA

Rs 4.37 lakhs

On the pricing front, the Renault Kwid 1.0L is the most expensive of the lot. However, it comes with various additional features worth its price. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso automatic version matches the Renault Kwid 1.0L automatic variant. The introduction of BSVI specifications by April 2020 will bring all the prices in the same range. Consider the fact that the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso has already achieved BSVI compliance norms, it should prove to be the least expensive of all by April 2020. 

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