The French automaker created quite a buzz in the Indian car market with the launch of Kwid and till date Renault has already sold over 80,000 units of the same since then. Kwid gave Renault an entry into the big car manufacturers’ league of India by helping it mark its presence into the top ten selling carmakers of the country.
Kwid took no time to impress and created ripples by its buffed up looks, unbeatable ground clearance and many such first in class features. The only thing that kept every one wanting was perhaps a better engine, not only in terms of power but also in terms of refinement. So Renault engineers came together, had a meeting and decided to gift it a new more power, more refined engine. The only thing needed to take Kwid's success to a whole new level.
What's new in terms of visuals?
What's new in terms of visuals?
Visually there isn’t much that has changed in the new Kwid, apart from the new sporty decals on the doors and of course the new silver glossy rear view mirrors. The new ones look way better not only visually but also feel better composed. But still there is no internal adjustment option available and you still have to move them manually by stretching your arms out of the windows.
The SUV-inspired design is the same as before making Kwid one of the best looking cars of its segment. From front to back the styling elements remain the same apart from the checked stripes on sides that announces it being the racier version of the Kwid.
From the inside too, the Kwid 1.0 remains same as its smaller sibling and that should be obvious as Kwid carries one of the most feature packed, nicely designed and spacious cabins one would expect in this range. So any changes in the cabin were really not necessary. But we expected that Renault might add an optional air-bag to the front passenger but that is still absent, and is available with only driver seat optional air-bag.
Kwid’s cabin is a really practical space to be in, from large door pockets, twin glove boxes, fully digital multimedia system, digital speedometer and much more. Kwid’s cabin really set standards when it comes to practicality and comfort. Seats are comfortable enough and are given a nice touch of red, black and grey that looks great. In the rear, Kwid has more than enough space to accommodate 3 passengers easily, with decent leg room and more than enough head room.
Talking about the boot space, Kwid again impresses with its best in class 300 litres boot capacity which is further complemented by its design that enable the full use of space.
How is the new engine?
Kwid’s new 1 litre engine makes 68bhp at 5,500rpm and max torque is 91Nm at 4,250rpm. The difference in terms of power and refinement levels is visible as soon as accelerator pedal is pushed. The car now feels much ready to sprint and doesn’t deliver that exhausted, jerky experience while trundling around as on its smaller sibling. Also the need to down shift to stay in the power band is gone, as it feels easy going irrespective of the speed and gears you are in. Apart from that, its cabin now feels significantly quiet and that explains Renault engineers have spent good time on insulation and keeping the NVH levels as low as possible.
It's perfectly light steering makes the driving experience easy but lacks self-centring, that along with crispy gearbox makes the Kwid a really uncomplicated car to drive. Higher power figures from the new engine has also helped Kwid to deliver a more peppy drive and Kwid 1.0 is surely boon to drive in city traffic conditions. Its comparatively higher levels of refinements and negligible NVH levels has improved the over-all ride quality of the car. The company claims about 23km/ltr of mileage on the Kwid 1.0 which is about 2km/ltr less than the Kwid 0.8 but is commendable by all standards.
Icing on the cake is its pricing, Renault India has now launched the car at a price tag of Rs 3.83 Lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) which is just Rs 22,000 more than the Kwid 0.8’s top model. Considering that Kwid 1.0 has everything that lacks in its small-hearted sibling, this is a great price for a great car like this. Kwid was already one of the best propositions in its segment and now it’s even better!
Words: Prashant Singh
Photography: Mohd. Nasir