Perhaps one of the most convenient little city runabouts, our long term Renault Kwid Climber AMT continues to impress us. We’ve already mentioned umpteen times that for anybody looking for an everyday automatic city car cannot overlook the Kwid at all, and our time with this Climber further strengthens our recommendation.
Small but generous
A small car you may call it, but it certainly doesn’t feel like one. Right from that SUVish styling, to segment above ride quality and a reliable engine transmission setup makes it all the car you’ll need, and some. Our team mostly comprises of taller men and 4 of them fit in very comfortably in the Climber. These seats are supportive and have just the right amount of cushioning for our early morning shoots, or those fully loaded highway fuel runs. Then is the infotainment which in our model is a 7-inch touch-based system with navigation and Bluetooth telephony. Navigation is easy to use, which needless to say is very helpful finding new shoot locations. Bluetooth telephony too is a handy tool but you have to get louder as speeds build up. And since it is the middle of summers, Delhi/NCR is boiling near 42 degree Celsius, Climber’s air conditioning is excellent cooling the cabin. We though constant stop/go traffic will affect cooling but we are happy to report that is doesn’t.
Nippy engine, drinks less too
Our term car has a 1.0l 3-cylinder engine paired with a 5-speed AMT transmission. Now if your family has average sized people with a combined weight on the lesser side, then the 0.8l engine should be enough for you. But for somebody planning to carry larger dimensioned passengers, or prefers to drive enthusiastically then the 67bhp 1.0l is definitely advisable. Power-delivery is soft initially but keep your foot buried and the Climber responds with decent shove; and surprising as you were not expecting such a poke. Even the AMT is reliable as we’ve driven this test car for hundreds of kilometres through highways, city streets, extreme congestion, slight off-road antics and gearbox hasn’t broken a sweat. And joy of joys, the fuel efficiency figures stays strong near its true 17kmpl mark. Our business head happened to keep the Climber for a few days, and he actually preferred it over his trusty Honda Jazz CVT as the more fuel efficient choice. Also he stated that Kwid is any day better than his Maruti Suzuki Alto AMT as the better driver’s car too.
On-road or off it
One of the key features of the Climber is that it sits 180mm off the ground making it fairly competent for off-road’ish exercises. Since Climber has a front terrain protector and wheel arch cladding, we had to try taking it off-road. Unlikely setup with an AMT but the Climber pulled through with relative ease of what we pushed it into. Not that everybody will do this, but it is nice to know your car can handle very bad roads and huge speed breakers with ease. Then is the supreme ride quality it offers which will put cars a segment above to shame. In fact it has such a grown up ride that long distances become easy and you are still fresh when you reach your destination. Brilliant ride quality Renault!
Our trust in the Renault Kwid Climber is now unshakable. It is a near complete package with its tall riding, less drinking, easy driving and comfortably accommodating skills. Also tiny details like a full digital instrument cluster, remote central locking, touch-screen navigation, convenient dash-mounted rotary drive mode selector and funky orange highlighted colour schemes are drool-worthy goodies. Another advantage that we were able to discover was that it is a reliable and fuel efficient car for daily use.