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Renault has surprised everyone by offering the Kwid at as low as Rs 2.6 lac (ex-showroom). At this price, the Kwid is a clear winner and will be a hit among first time car buyers. For starters, the Kwid looks really nice, like a mini SUV of sorts. It brings along a wind of change as far as design is concerned among small cars in India. The massive front grille, big fog lamps inserts and raised bonnet lend it a very muscular appeal. The same goes for the side angle where you can clearly notice the flared arches, matt black cladding and rising shoulder line near the C pillar. The Kwid looks equally impressive from the back with a bulging boot lid and cute little tail lamps on either sides.
On the inside, the Kwid offers far more space as compared to the Alto what tilts the game in its favour is the design of the cabin. Renault has really put a lot of effort into making sure the interiors feel premium for a Rs 3 lac car. You also get a digital display for speedometer and a driver info display that shows variety of information including fuel economy. And then there is the infotainment system that sets a new benchmark in cars under Rs 5-6 lac.
Space is very good up front and ergonomically the car is pretty good. Power windows switches though are positioned under the air-con controls. Likewise, Renault is not even offering internal adjustment for outside mirrors and even a day/night internal mirror is missing. That said, considering the price segment, we have no issues with the internal package. Move to tbe back and the Kwid continues to impress you with leg space on offer.
The Kwid also comes with a class leading boot space of 300 litres.
The Kwid, like the Eon and the Alto 800, comes with a 0.8-litre 3 cylinder petrol engine that puts out 54PS of power and 72Nm of torque - these figures are respectable for the segment but what works for the car is the light weight. At 669kg, the Kwid the lightest in its category and this means performance is really brisk. Renault also claims a tested economy of over 25kmpl.
To summarize, the Kwid ticks all the right boxes for a prospective customer. It looks really nice and this is a must have for people putting their money down for a 'cheap' car.