The Renault Kwid is a compact hatchback car that was first launched in India in 2015. The Kwid was designed specifically for emerging markets, with the aim of providing a budget-friendly yet practical car. With its fuel-efficient engine and affordable price point, the Renault Kwid has become a popular choice for first-time car buyers and budget-conscious consumers. It has received several awards and accolades since its launch, including the ‘Entry Hatchback of the Year’ at the 2016 NDTV Car and Bike Awards. In this story, we tell you which is the Most Value For Money variant of the Renault Kwid and why.
Renault Kwid: Top Competitors
Among the top competitors for the Renault Kwid are Maruti Suzuki Alto K10, Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios.
Renault Kwid Variants
The Renault Kwid has 7 variants, which are listed below along with their prices (ex-showroom, Delhi):
|1.0 RXE||Rs 4.70 lakhs|
|1.0 RXL||Rs 5.00 lakhs|
|1.0 RXL Opt||Rs 5.21 lakhs|
|1.0 RXT||Rs 5.67 lakhs|
|Climber||Rs 5.88 lakhs|
|1.0 RXT AMT||Rs 6.12 lakhs|
|Climber AMT||Rs 6.33 lakhs|
Renault Kwid: Quick Review
Design and features: The Renault Kwid has a muscular and rugged appearance, inspired by SUVs, with high ground clearance. At the front, the car has a wide grille with chrome inserts. The headlamps are large and swept back, and the front bumper is chunky and aggressive. The hood has clean and sharp lines.
Moving to the side of the car, the Kwid’s tall and boxy shape is evident. The roofline is high, and the large windows provide a good view of the surroundings. The door handles are positioned higher up on the door panel.
The rear of the car is simple, with a clean and uncluttered design. The Renault Kwid has a touchscreen infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel, power windows, driver-side airbag, rear parking sensors, front fog lamps, and reverse camera among other features.
Engine and performance: The Renault Kwid is powered by a 0.8-liter and 1.0-liter petrol engine options. The 0.8-liter engine produces a maximum power of 53 BHP and a peak torque of 72 Nm, while the 1.0-liter engine produces a maximum power of 67 BHP and a peak torque of 91 Nm. Both engines are mated to a five-speed manual transmission, with the 1.0-liter engine also available with an optional AMT. The engine is responsive, and the transmission shifts smoothly, with well-defined gears that are easy to engage.
Ride and handling: The Kwid’s suspension system comprises MacPherson struts at the front and a twist beam setup at the rear. This suspension system provides a comfortable ride, absorbing bumps and potholes with ease. The car has a ground clearance of 184 mm. In terms of handling, the Kwid is agile, with a light and responsive steering system. The car’s small turning radius (4.73 metres) makes it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces.
Safety: The Renault Kwid has safety features such as driver-side airbag, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), rear parking sensors, engine immobiliser, central locking system, child safety locks, speed alert system, and reverse camera in some variants.
Mileage: The mileage of the Renault Kwid ranges from 21.46 km/l to 22.3 km/l, depending upon the variant.
Concluding remarks: The Renault Kwid is a small car which has an impressive design, and is sufficiently packed with features. Those looking for an affordable car that is practical, economical, and comfortable to drive might consider the Kwid.
Renault Kwid: Most Value for Money Variant
The most VFM variant of the Renault Kwid is the Kwid 1.0 RXT. It is priced at Rs 5.21 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Most Value For Money Variant in Comparison with the Base Variant
The base variant of the Renault Kwid is the Kwid 1.0 RXE, which is priced at Rs 4.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The VFM variant has some additional features over the base variant, which include power windows in front and back, reverse parking camera, 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, OEM audio system, multi-function steering wheel, day/night IRVM, USB charger in front, cabin light with theatre dimming, crossway fabric upholstery with red outline, stylised shiny black gear knob with chrome embellisher and red stitched bellow, chrome multimedia surround, central air vents with chrome knobs, side air vents with chrome surround, chrome HVAC control panel, steering wheel with chrome inserts, full wheel cover in sparkling silver, LED tail lamps with LED guidelines, stylised door decals, graphite grille with chrome inserts, B-pillar with black applique, painted ORVM in sparkling silver, and sparkling silver ORVMs with turn indicators.
Most Value For Money Variant in Comparison with Top-end Variant
The top-end variant of the Renault Kwid is the Kwid Climber AMT, priced at Rs 6.33 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Besides having automatic transmission, and better mileage (22.3 km/l), the Climber AMT has extra features over the Value For Money variant, such as hill hold assist, chrome inner door handle, metal mustard and white upholstery with stripe embossing, Climber insignia on front seats and steering wheel, sporty steering wheel with white stitching and perforated leather wrap, stylised shiny black gear knob with sporty white embellisher, gear knob bellow with white stitching, sporty white multimedia surround, chrome parking brake button, sporty white AMT dial surround, arching roof rails with sporty white inserts, sporty white ORVMs, SUV-styled front and rear skid plates with sporty white inserts, door protection cladding, dual tone multi-spoke flex wheels, Climber insignia on front doors, dual tone Climber 2D insignia on C-pillar, headlamp protector with sporty white accents, front door panel in sporty white deco, mystery black roof with the option of Ice Cool White or Metal Mustard body colour, and sporty white ORVMs with turn indicators. Besides, the Climber AMT comes with the option of customization (both interior and exterior).
For exterior, the top-end variant comes with a chunkier front bumper with plastic cladding over the fog lamps. The variant also gets silver skid plates along with metal roof rails, dual tone ORVMs, Climber livery, bigger side mouldings and multi-spoke alloy wheels. For interior, the Kwid Climber will be coming in dual-tone upholstery in black and orange shade while the basic dash layout remains same as the standard Kwid.
Key take-outs from the Comparative Analysis of Base, VFM, and Top-end Variants
The Renault Kwid 1.0 RXE has basic features as compared to the most VFM variant, the Renault Kwid 1.0 RXT. Features such as a reverse parking camera, an 8-inch touchscreen, and multi-function steering make a difference in this variant. However, the top-end variant also has the same important features as the most VFM variant, plus extra features that enhance its aesthetics.
To conclude, the Renault Kwid’s most Value For Money variant is a sensible buy if you are pressed for budget, and/or don’t mind not having the enhanced aesthetics of the top-end variant.