Renault Kwid User Reviews and Ratings – Renault Cars

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The Renault Kwid’s underlying proposition is its sports utility styling.

Driven by the fact that this is the body style that is currently the

rage across markets, and not the least because Renault’s success in

India is underlined largely by the Duster’s popularity, the Kwid makes

a statement even when standing still. The entry hatchback segment is

lacking in variety and the tall-boy design is by now passe. So, is it

just SUV styling or does the Kwid’s design also serve a purpose? Well,

if the 180mm ground clearance and the extra headroom at the front can

be considered more practical than what is offered by the others in the

segment, then the Kwid’s design would have already served a purpose

 

EXTERIORS 

The Renault Kwid 2017 looks very beefy. It is a contemporary car and

looks that way. The Kwid has tough looks and a tall appearance. High

ground clearance is one of its USPs of Renault Kwid 2017 and it also

gets matte black body cladding. This makes it look bigger and bulkier

as compared to other cars in its segme

 

Renault Kwid 2017 has transformed the entire entry level hatchback

segment. The Kwid has SUV looks and not typical car looks. The others

cars in the segment are compact and basic in styling, while the Kwid

feels large enough and rugged with its high ground clearance. The Kwid

looks more rugged due to the body cladding. The Renault Kwid 2017

stands out in a crowd with its black grille. From the side it looks

seems impressive with a high ground clearance. The tyres are skinny

and are the only downside on the Kwid. This is in view of keeping

costs low and deriving a higher fuel efficiency. It gets blacked out

door pillars and also door handles. The rear profile of the Renault

Kwid 2017 is also quite good with small tail lamps and black rear

bumper.

 

INTERIORS

The interior of the more powerful Renault Kwid is ditto and there are

no extra features on offer in this variant. However, the Kwid is

already well equipped to keep the buyers happy. The layout is simple

and functional but the touchscreen infotainment system is the party

piece of the Kwid’s interior. You don’t get such features in the

competition. You have navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity with

music streaming and a lot more. Sadly, rear view mirrors still don’t

get internally adjustable function. Rear passengers don’t get power

windows either. What you do get is plenty of cabin space along with a

huge 300-litre boot space.

 

PERFORMANCE 

The Renault Kwid uses an all-new, all-aluminium, three-cylinder petrol engine.

Its capacity is 799cc, power is 53.26bhp and torque is 7.34kgm, but

the statistic you really want to know is 25.12kpl – an ARAI rated fuel

economy figure that makes it the most efficient petrol car in the

country. That figure remains to be tested in the real world, so for

now, let’s see what it’s like to drive.

 

Fire it up and you will get a fair bit of vibration and clatter that

lingers at idle, but soon fades away as you start to rev it. Snick the

positive-feeling gear lever into first and try to set off, however,

and you’ll notice it feels very jerky and hesitant. Many will feel the

need to feed in some throttle and slip the clutch, in fact. Get past

this and progress becomes a lot smoother, and you’ll soon notice the

engine has a good amount of pep. The max torque may be produced at

4,386rpm, but you get 80 percent of it from as low as 1,200rpm.

However, it’s best to use the accelerator gently and smoothly with

this engine, as it doesn’t respond well to hasty inputs. Punch down

hard and it will stutter and fumble, and the resultant acceleration is

not smooth at all. In fact, power delivery overall can be a bit

inconsistent, with noticeable ‘gaps’ in progress. Speaking of which,

there’s also a big gap between second and third gears. Refinement is

not great either, but rather than a three-cylinder clatter as you

might expect, the bigger noise is an ever-present mechanical whine in

the cabin. Push on and power suddenly drops off and gives way to noise

after a certain point. Still, we feel the performance is more than

adequate by the 800cc segment standards.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING 

It is a Renault at the end of the day and this is felt with the way

the Kwid handles. There is a slight roll felt around corners at high

speeds but the entire setup does a great job of maintaining its

straight stance. Renault rightly claims that the Kwid mimics the

Duster by offering similar level of driving dynamics, which has to be

its salient feature. To make sure there isn’t much of drama when it

comes to bringing the vehicle to a complete halt, it gets disc brakes

in front and drum on the rear. Since there is no ABS offered for now,

the tiny rubbers screech to glory during abrupt braking. We wish the

brakes to be tad more effective. Overall, it leaves an amazing

impression and is undoubtedly the best city car to drive in its

segment.

 

VERDICT 

If it is your first car, and you haven’t experienced a torque

converter or dual clutch automatic before, the Renault Kwid AMT will prove

both easy to drive and agreeable to own. The gearshifts aren’t jerky,

the throttle is linear and responsive, and thanks to the 1-litre

engine, it is also energetic to drive in the city.  We haven’t tested

it for fuel economy yet, but we expect it to return efficiency figures

matching the manual Kwid 1.0. What’s more, it carries over the

highlights of the Kwid: a light steering, a plush low speed ride and

clear visibility.

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