Renault Kwid Facelift First Drive

Renault Kwid Overview

The Renault Kwid 2018 has been launched today. The car gets a lot of features and is hence called the Kwid Feature Loaded Range. Available in 8 trims with segment-first features, the new Renault KWID 2018 Feature Loaded Range has been launched at no additional price, further enhancing its value proposition. The Renault Kwid has been a redefining product in its category. The Renault Kwid 2018 is one of the few cars to take on the mighty Maruti Alto 800 and provide some stiff competition to it. The Kwid is not compromised in terms of features as much as others in the segment. View offers on Renault Cars from Renault dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

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Renault Kwid Style

The Kwid isn’t your conventional looking A segment hatchback. It is something that has oodles of presence and an authoritative stance. A stance, that not many hatchbacks can boast off. Inspite of being a relatively small car (3679 x 1579 x 1498mm) it has an air of confidence about it. The Alto 800 looks feminine and rather subtle in comparison. The Kwid looks butch, rugged and a lot more masculine.

The design highlight has to be the black cladding that envelopes the lower half of the hatch. It does make the Kwid stand out among a sea of compact hatches. Thick black moulding emanates from the airdam on the front bumper and engulfs the lower third of the car, ultimately ending high up on the rear bumper. However, the blacked out portion on the door that looks like cladding is a mere sticker. Other blacked out bits include the rear view mirrors, the B-pillar and the door handles. The black cladding treatment is done just right, without going overboard – a lesson many a manufacturers can learn whilst designing their ‘cross’ hatchbacks.

The Kwid gets a large grille upfront, housing the Renault insignia. The headlamps get C-shaped chrome motifs, that adds a bit of zing to the simple design and layout. Moreover, the headlamps are smoked for that aggressive appeal.The honey comb mesh pattern on the grille gels nicely with the airdam which gets a similar pattern. The airdam is flanked by circular foglamps, that sit snugly inside a blacked out recess. The bumper gets rounded edges which flows into the flared wheel arches neatly. Another interesting bit, is that the tow hook remains exposed, right next to the foglamp on the driver’s side.

Over to the side, you’ll notice that the window line sits quite high and the glass area is nice and large. The trim badge is quirkily placed on the door trim, right next to the C-pillar. While the side does not get any distinguishable character lines, it is designed in a manner that accentuates the flared wheel arches. The subtle dimples on the door help the Kwid look more chunky than it actually is. The 155/80 R13 wheels are just the right size.

The rear has a simple design housing a large tail-gate flanked by large tail-lamps. There are no cuts or creases here. When viewed dead on, the Kwid does seem to have a voluptuous derriere. While Renault could’ve certainly jazzed up the rear a little bit, the overall design is a welcome change. If I had to describe the exteriors in a word, it’d be ‘innovative’. It really takes a lot to make an average hatchback stand out in the crowd and Renault seems to have pulled that off nicely.

Renault Kwid Space

Maruti stepped the quality game up with the Alto twins, atleast where interiors were concerned. The interiors on the Kwid are more or less on par in terms of quality. The interior carries the classic budget color i.e dull grey. What breaks the monotony of the boring grey however is the piano black center console.There are little chrome accents around the cabin too – around the ac vents, ac knobs and the center console to be specific. The infotainment system, or the ‘MediaNAV’ as Renault calls it, is available on the top-spec RXT trim. Needless to say, the system is a straight lift from the much bigger; and not to mention much more expensive, Duster. It supports USB and AUX inputs and can take calls or play music from your phone as well. It also gets navigation and just like the Duster, the infotainment system is a breeze to use. You get just two speakers with the system and the audio quality is just about average.

The wheelbase is a healthy 2422mm, a good 58mm more than the Alto800. This does free up a lot of space inside the car, especially at the rear bench. The rear bench is designed for three people, although we’d take that with a pinch of salt. While two passengers can sit comfortably at the rear, the third will make things rather uncomfortable – jostling for shoulder space with the other two occupants.

The front seats are decently cushioned and will support you well. Although the integrated headrests will make your neck complain a little. Driving position is on the higher side and you get a good view of the road ahead. The instrument cluster is digital and gets some neat looking digital fonts and a gearshift indicator as well. The steering wheel is set at a neutral angle and it shouldn’t really be a problem for majority of the masses. The wheel itself is a nice and chunky three spoke unit and feels nice to hold. The steering is on the heavier side, but more on that later. Check for Renault Kwid in vci-india.in

The Kwid also scores extremely high on utility as well. There are storage spaces on the door pads, a small shelf above the glovebox and some more storage space on either side of the gear lever. The bootspace is healthy at 300 litres, which can be extended to a whopping 1115 litres by folding the second row of seats away.While the infotainment system and instrument cluster look futuristic; certain bits like mock dials, empty spaces on the dash and the buttonless steering quickly remind you that you are sitting inside a budget hatchback. I have to say, Renault has got the basics right. There’s a lot of space for the family and their luggage as well.

Renault Kwid Engine

There have been no changes to the Kwid’s engines, which means the small car still gets the same 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines that put out 54hp and 68hp, respectively. However, Renault has tweaked the 1.0-litre version’s AMT (Automated Manual Transmission). The system now gets a creep function that Renault calls ‘Traffic Assist’. It is basically a function that allows the car to roll ahead slightly in slow-moving traffic. This is a welcome addition but we did find the car moving forward slower than we would have liked. We’d often have to supplement Traffic Assist with a gentle dab on the throttle in crawling traffic. Still, it’s a step-up from the ‘on/off’-like low-speed inputs of the older Kwid AMTs. The AMT works best when driving with part-throttle inputs and shifts predictably enough.

What the AMT doesn’t respond well to is sudden changes to throttle input. Do so and you’ll experience the jerks and that head nod (resulting from the pause in shifts) that AMTs are notorious for. The absence of a manual mode for the AMT gearbox continues to be a downer on the Kwid. Hill-starts can also be annoying. The Traffic Assist just doesn’t kick in and you have to hold the car on the handbrake to save it from rolling back. Reversing into a parking spot is much better than earlier, though. The slight creep helps, here

Renault Kwid Driving

Truly, the Renault Kwid 2018 impresses in many ways and that includes the ride and handling. It maintains Renault’s legacy of a fantastic ride quality, similar to what we have seen in the Duster and Lodgy as well. The potholes are not much of a bother when you are behind the wheel of the Kwid. Yes, it glides over them. The handling is something unseen in this segment and the Renault Kwid 2018 can put to shame many a cars from higher segments too. The steering is well weighted, not too light or heavy either and the feedback is quite precise.Elsewhere, the Kwid’s strengths remain intact. It rides very well for a small car, the ground clearance comes in handy and it’s a light and easy-to-maneuver city car.

Renault Kwid Safety

In a bid to make it safer, Renault has added more safety features to the hatchback. It now gets updated seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters for the rear seats. Airbags, engine immobilizer and central locking have been retained.

Renault Kwid Cost in Hyderabad

Renault Kwid On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 3,14,590 to 5,44,945 for variants Kwid STD and Kwid RXT 1.0 O Superhero Edition AMT respectively. Renault Kwid is available in 17 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Kwid variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Kwid price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Renault Kwid Conclusion

The small updates have done their bit to improve the Kwid. The feature-additions make the little Renault more appealing and the inclusion of a creep function on the AMT has also made the car that much nicer to drive in town; although a manual mode for the gearbox would have been great, as well. Still, considering the equipment on offer, the refreshed Kwid AMT’s price-tag between Rs 4.34-4.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) is pretty good value for money, and worth a look.

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