RENAULT KWID: THE LITTLE BIG CARPosted On: October 13, 2016 By : ANKIT TULADHAR
Despite the success it enjoyed in India, Renault has taken its time in making its appearance in the Nepalese market. However, thanks to Advanced Automobiles Pvt. Ltd., Renault’s sole authorized dealer in Nepal, it is finally here. Although the lineup only consists of the Duster and Kwid, it should find a popular spot amongst the Nepalese auto enthusiasts. Pretty enthused ourselves, we pounced on the opportunity of testing out the Kwid.
The Renault Kwid stands out from the crowd as it features an 800cc triple cylinder engine but looks like a really small mini SUV at the same time. The newest competitor in the entry level hatchback segment it has its work cut out in the very tightly contested segment; especially because most of the new buyers look into this segment for their first car. Renault and Datsun both share the same parent company, which is Nissan! So the RediGO and the Kwid maybe different cars but are based on the same platform. Fresh off the RediGO review we were definitely up for the Kwid.
The Kwid looks bigger than its competitors and has a mini SUV like look. However the bigger exterior doesn’t result in additional weight. In fact the Kwid is lighter than most of its competitors. There is an option of adding chrome work to the body if you are into it.
The Kwid does look attractive with its Duster like styling and will most probably appeal to a lot of people. The SUV like design means that it gets 180mm ground clearance which is plenty to drive over most of the pot holes.
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The Kwid is an entry level hatchback and the interiors don’t impose a different façade in terms of interior material and quality. However, the availability of a touch infotainment system included in the top end model with Bluetooth connectivity is a first in its class and takes the game into a whole new level.
However, it was peculiar to see that electronically adjustable mirrors were absent. But hey, you don’t get a touch screen infotainment system anywhere else in this class, which is still a win. There are two speakers on the front of the car that does an okay job but won’t be enough for those who like to blast loud music while driving. (Which we don’t recommend doing anyways.)
The seats are good, leg room and head room are decent too. The car has a boot space of 300 liters which the company claims is the class leading boot space. The key features a lock/unlock button for keyless entry system. The front two windows are power windows while the rear two windows are manual with an old school turning knob.
The 800cc DOHC triple cylinder engine produces 54 PS @ 5678 RPM and 72 Nm of Torque @ 4386 RPM. The engine is punchy and has a good pulling power which is mainly attributable to the light weight body; this also makes uphill climbs a walk in the park. However, the engine produces a loud noise which creeps into the cabin of the car which can get annoying.
The brakes perform well too! There is no ABS but there is a driver side airbag available as an option. The company claims that the car returns 25.17 Km/L while testing. The steering wheel feels really light which might not be confidence inspiring while driving fast but will be very good for daily commutes which is what this car will most likely be used for.
If you are looking for an entry level hatchback with more features than its competitors with a bigger look than the Kwid is a great option. The driving experience is smooth and easy to commute in! Starting off at Rs.16,89,990 and topping out at Rs. 21,12,790 it is not the cheapest in the category but we expect it to make a strong impact in the segment anyways!
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