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Renault Kwid Hatchback Performance & First Drive

Renault Kwid Test Drive in Bangalore

Renault Kwid Overview

When Renault launched the Kwid hatchback back in 2015, it truly became a game-changing product for the French carmaker in India. The car boasted of a bold SUV-like design, smart styling, and a host of segment-first features that made the Kwid an instant hit. In fact, courtesy of the Kwid, Renault India’s monthly sales were at an all-time high for almost a year.

However, like all popular models, the Kwid too slowly started to lose its charm after a while. The carmaker tried to improve its numbers with the launch of a few special edition models like the Kwid ‘Live For More Reloaded’ edition or the ‘Superhero’ edition, but none of them proved to offer any long-lasting solution. With the car’s sales consistently dropping in the last several months, Renault finally decided to take the big step. So, behold! the 2018 Renault Kwid facelift. Yes! After almost three years, Renault has finally given the Kwid a much-deserved update and we got to spend a day with the top-end AMT variant of the car.

Renault Kwid Appearance

The Kwid was a smart hatchback, to start with, and the facelift has made it more attractive still. Styling up front is all new and the new-age split-headlamp set-up conforms to the latest trends. The striking DRLs look nice and are standard across all variants, to boot. The large main headlights get chunky black bezels embellished with orange accents on this top-spec Climber.View offfers on Renault Kwid in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Renault has also upsized the Kwid’s wheels from 13-inchers to 14-inchers, along with giving it chunkier 165/70 R14 tyres across the range. This not only helps the stance, but has also increased its ground clearance by 4mm, to 184mm. Attractive smoked-grey plastic wheel covers are part of the package on the Kwid Climber, while regular versions make use of simpler covers. Meanwhile, LED guide lights in the tail-lamps and the inclusion of reflectors have helped spruce up the Kwid’s rear.

The new bumpers make the Kwid marginally longer than before, and kerb weight is also higher. The 35-40kg increase in weight is thanks to the inclusion of additional structural reinforcements required to comply with latest crash- and pedestrian-safety norms.

Renault Kwid Comfort

Here an even bigger update can be seen as at first glance the Kwid interiors look to be much more expensive that they actually are. There is a bigger 8-inch touchscreen and a new look steering wheel, as well as a much better looking part-digital instrument cluster.The 8-inch touchscreen looks big and is very easy to use with excellent graphics. Elsewhere, some minor tweaks, such as the re-arranging of the AMT control selector and a bigger glove-box, are apparent. The detailing is good and it is a nice-looking cabin overall.

Even the equipment levels now are very good with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, rear parking sensors, alloys, rear arm-rest in place. The new Kwid’s rear camera is actually better than the ones on much more expensive cars.A passenger airbag is optional (as are rear power windows) while the driver airbag is standard, along with other mandatory safety equipment.To know more information on Renault Kwid visit Pasear-w

While the equipment levels are indeed impressive at first sight, the quality on closer inspection leaves a bit to be desired as there are some cheap plastics and hard surfaces which detract from the cabin ambience.

Renault Kwid Engine

Under the hood, the 2018 Renault Kwid continues to come with the same 999 cc three-cylinder petrol engine that offers a maximum output of 67 bhp at 5500 rpm and develops a peak torque of 91 Nm at 4250 rpm. The model we drove comes mated to Renault’s Easy-R automated manual transmission (AMT), which is the same 5-speed unit as before, but unlike the pre-facelift model, this one now comes with the creep function as well. Renault is calling this the Traffic Assist function, which helps the vehicle to crawl at a speed of 5-6 km in drive mode once you take your foot off the brakes. This definitely is a welcome addition for those who frequently drive in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

However, in terms of performance, the AMT unit hasn’t changed much from the pre-facelift model. There’s still a bit of hesitation when the system shifts through the first and second gears and there’s a distinct clunk that comes from the gearbox. In fact, if you try to hurry and floor the accelerator the AMT takes some time to respond and there’s a very noticeable lag. However, in the higher ratios, once the engine reaches around 4000 rpm, the shifts become much smoother and the car really starts to respond well.Check car loan for Renault Kwid at Fincarz.

Renault Kwid Driving

The 4mm increase in ride height and the shift to wider tyres has made a difference to the driving experience. The Kwid has lost some of its pliancy at low speeds, and there is a bit more movement over bad roads. The suspension handles potholes well, but isn’t very silent — you can hear it working over bad roads. As before, the car feels quite planted and sure-footed at high speeds for what is a bantam-weight car. Stability is decent and the wider tyres also give more confidence in the corners. A sore point is the steering — while light and easy to use at city speeds, it lacks self-centring and does not weigh-up sufficiently at high speeds.

Renault Kwid Safety

Braking duties are handled by discs in the front and drums at the rear. Renault is offering rear parking sensors, Driver Airbag, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminders and Overspeed alert as standard. Moreover, on the upper variants, you can get a passenger airbag and reverse parking camera with guidelines to safely park.

Renault Kwid Price in Mumbai

Renault Kwid On Road Price is 3,29,145/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,75,999/- in Mumbai. Renault Kwid comes in 5 colours, namely Fiery Red,Moonlight Silver,Planet Grey,Electric blue,Ice Cool White. Renault Kwid comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 16.8 seconds . Renault Kwid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Renault Kwid Verdict

So this brings us to the question, is the 2018 Renault Kwid better than that older model? Most definitely. The Renaut Kwid continues to come with several first-in-class features and is arguably the best-looking car in the entry-level hatchback space. The surprise here though is that there is no change in price. Priced in the range of ₹ 2.66 lakh to ₹ 4.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car still makes for a very good value proposition for anyone looking out to buy his or her first car. Furthermore, the tweaks and the host of new and updated features that Renault has added make the 2018 Kwid just a bit more relevant, especially, with the festive season is right around the corner.