Within a span of two days, two new cars have been launched in the Indian market. After the launch of the all-new Maruti Suzuki S-Presso in the Indian market, Renault India has launched the facelifted version of the Kwid in the Indian market. Both the vehicles take each other head-on in the segment and it will be quite a difficult decision for the buyers to choose between them in the price segment. If you’re also in the market looking to buy one of these cars and are currently confused about it, we bring a detailed comparison between the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and the Renault Kwid Facelift. The comparison will be majorly between the Kwid Climber and the S-Presso since the Climber variant is appropriately positioned against the S-Presso in the market.
Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Suzuki S-Presso design and dimension
Renault Kwid facelift and Maruti Suzuki S-Presso are both new to the market and are quite interesting and fresh to look at as well. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso looks like a scaled-down version of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It truly follows the SUV-inspired design with upright A-pillar and a flat bonnet. The S-Presso gets a very bulky design with flared wheel arches and deep creases on the body. The S-Presso gets 13-inch wheels on the lower-end variants while the higher-end variants get the 14-inch steel rims with wheel covers. At the front, the S-Presso also gets a sleek grille with four slats.
Coming to the Renault Kwid facelift, it gets a stylish front end design with split headlamp setup that is inspired by the K-ZE EV. The sleek DRLs add a very futuristic look to the vehicle and the main headlamp cluster is positioned below in the bumper. The Climber variant rides on 14-inch steel wheels that are covered by stylish wheel covers so as to make it look like an alloy wheel. Like the S-Presso, the Kwid also gets several elements to give it a rugged yet sporty look including side rub-strips, darkened hub-caps and roof rails with orange accents (Climber). From the side, the Kwid retains its shape and same is the case with the rear end.
Coming to the dimensions of both the cars, the S-Presso measures 3,565 mm in length, 1,520 mm in width, 1,564 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,380 mm. The Renault Kwid, on the other hand, measures 3,679 mm in length, 1,579 mm in width, 1,478 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,422 mm. Both the vehicle have identical ground clearance of 180 mm.
Interiors and Features
The cabin of the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is quite different from any other Maruti Suzuki car on sale right now. It looks quite youthful and gets contrasting highlights all over. It gets a circular element on the dashboard that looks quite good, or for the want of a better word, different. Maruti Suzuki has positioned the instrument cluster at the centre of the dashboard, just above the infotainment system. It is an all-digital unit and is flanked by AC vents on both sides. Feature-wise, the S-Presso comes with SmartPlay Studio system, dual airbags, seatbelt reminder, pre-tensioner, rear parking sensors, speed sensing alerts and ABS+EBD. The S-Presso is also the first car in its segment to have steering mounted controls.
Talking about the Renault Kwid facelift, its dashboard has been redesigned and updated in a dark grey theme. The climate control vents have been revised and the car also gets a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay system. It has been borrowed from the Triber and in fact, the whole dashboard looks quite similar to that of the Triber. The steering wheel here is also different from the previous model. The seats of the new Kwid also gets contrasting highlights all-over, which makes it look quite youthful. Unlike the S-Presso though, there are no steering mounted controls here.
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is based on the 5th generation HEARTECT platform and is powered by a BS6 compliant 1.0-litre petrol engine. The same engine also powers the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. The engine generates a maximum power of 67 Bhp and peak power and 90 Nm of peak torque.
Engine-wise, the Renault Kwid facelift remains untouched. It gets a 799cc, three-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that generates a maximum power of 54 Bhp and 72 Nm of peak torque. The more powerful 1.0-litre, a three-cylinder petrol engine churns out a maximum power of 67 Bhp and peak torque of 91 Nm.
Transmission and Mileage
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso’s 1.0 itre petrol engine comes with both manual and AMT automatic transmission. With both the transmission types, it returns a high fuel efficiency of 21.7 km/l according to the ARAI certificate and has a fuel tank of 27 litres.
On the Kwid facelift, the smaller displacement engine only gets a 5-speed manual transmission while the 1.0-litre engine option comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and automatic AMT transmission. The 0.8-litre engine delivers 25 km/l, 1.0 litre with manual box delivers 23 km/l and with the AMT it gives 24 km/l. The Kwid has a fuel tank capacity of 28 litres.