Renault Kwid, a Hatchback has 6 Petrol cars available in India. With the innovative Renault Kwid, the company entered the highly competitive entry-level hatchback segment in India. The hatchback is manufactured at Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Chennai facility with 98% of localization level. The model is available in four trim levels – Std, RxE, RxL and RxT. Besides this, the hatchback comes with several segment-first features, class-leading boot space and ground clearance. It is Renault’s first car which is based on an all-new CMF-a modular platform that is supposed to underpin the upcoming Datsun cars.
The model has more contemporary and sportier than those of its competitors. Based on the modular CMF-A platform, it furnishes large sweptback headlights, a dual-slat grille and stylish fog lamps on the lower front bumper. The side profile is endowed with manually-operated outside rear view mirrors, black plastic cladding alongside wheel arches. A body-coloured tailgate spoiler, black trim rear bumper and short overhang flaunt its rear end. The model measures 3,680mm in length, 1471mm in height and 1,580mm in width, and has best-in-class wheelbase of 2,422mm. The crossover-like high ground clearance (180mm) helps the car run smoothly on rough Indian roads.
Interior & Features
It flaunts an elegant ornamentation, a spacious interior and is characterised by dual-tone dashboard, piano black finish on centre console and red, grey and black upholstery. The seats are highly supportive and comfortable. There is adequately sizeable headroom, shoulder room and legroom for the rear seat passengers. The ingress/egress is easy too. The hatchback is equipped with several segment-first features such as Media-Nav with a seven-inch touchscreen display, centre console integrated navigation system, and a fully digital instrument cluster and offers the segment-leading boot space of 300-litres.
It is endowed with a 799cc, 3-cylinder, DOHC petrol engine, developed by Nissan and Renault and produces a maximum power of 54bhp and 72Nm of torque. A five-speed manual gearbox is used to transmit power to the wheels.
The variant delivers a fuel economy of 25.17 kmpl.
Performance and Handling
It progresses quickly at low speeds and offers peppy performance on open roads. Even though the ride quality is impressive but it may become raucous at higher revs. The power supply is linear, and gear ratios are well-balanced. The suspension is on stiffer side absorbing most of the bumps and jerks. The handling is neutral yet the electronic power steering is feels light at low revs, thus giving a smooth riding experience on urban roads.
Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 pose competition for the model.