Renault Kwid Performance & First Drive

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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.Check Renault Kwid price in New Delhi at Tryaldrive.

Renault Kwid Appearance

On the outside, the first thing that grabs attention is new fascia with slim LED guide lights and DRLs on the top and the headlights finding their way to the bumper. It’s been done very smartly too, the bonnet line has not changed at all, in fact, all the changes up front are on the new beefier front bumper. The grille too has been updated with vertical slats and chrome embezzlements, because really, nothing says premium like more chrome. In profile, the Kwid now gets bigger 14-inch low-resistance CEAT shoes, that not only fill up the arches but also do their fair bit in improving fuel economy.

Although, the tyres do lack grip which means spirited driving and hard braking can cause some serious involuntary kegel clenches. Not a deal-breaker but something that you need to keep in mind if you’re opting to keep the stock tyres on. Renault has tweaked the wheel covers as well that now seem to reflect the new fascia’s design language. At the back, new LED tail-lights, guide lights and reflectors contribute to the fresher look. The new changes to the front bumper also bring compliance with pedestrian safety norms.

Renault Kwid Comfort

On the inside, the Kwid feels a whole lot fresher. There is a new steering wheel, a new digital instrument cluster and most importantly a large touchscreen infotainment system. The new system uses the latest generation of Renault’s MediaNav OS with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 8.0-inch screen is definitely disproportionate to the cabin, although I think, is a neat optical illusion. You spend most of your time in the car staring at this really premium large screen and you might forget that you’re sitting in an entry-level hatch.

There are new seat covers too, that liven up the interiors, although the plastics still feel sub-par. Everything else is more or less the same, under the hood customers can choose between an 800cc and 1.0-litre motor. Our test car with the 1.0-litre motor seemed to drive almost the same despite the 40kg of extra weight, requires considerable gear grinding in traffic. Overall though, this smart cost-effective update was exactly what the Kwid needed to sufficiently arm it to take on the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso.

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. At this point, the rumbling of the engine and the tyre noise is harsh enough to disturb the peace of the cabin.To know more information on Renault Kwid check Seepennywork

Renault Kwid Riding

The Renault Kwid features quite ample specifications for the city drive and will not let you down. The McPherson Strut and Twist Beam suspension on the front and rear wheels respectively form a greatly configured setting for bumpy cities and high roads. However, the car lacks grunt when you get on the highway or expressway. Also, the engine starts making noise and you will feel the annoying vibration if you force the car beyond a certain speed. Keep the speed to the optimum and the Kwid will run on butter.

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 New Delhi

Renault Kwid On Road Price is 3,29,145/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,75,999/- in New Delhi. 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 .Check car loan interest calculator for Renault Kwid.

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.

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