Renault Kwid First Impressions

Renault India unveiled their new compact hatchback Renault KWID in India and its available for booking starting September 15th 2015 via their website as well as exclusive Apps available for the smartphones. The KWID is going to directly compete with small cars in India especially with Maruti Suzuki which is a leader in Indian market. Renault after their successful Duster in India market looking to hold a very good market in small car segment too and with very competitive price. The Renault Kwid will comes with an attractive styling led by its unique SUV design cues, Innovative and segment-leading technology, superior driving dynamics and optimal fuel efficiency, offered at an affordable price between 3 to 4 lakhs, enabling an outstanding value proposition.

IMG_20150912_094941Renault KWID is the first Alliance model to use the all-new international CMF-A platform and 3 cylinder 0.8 litre SCe – Smart Control Efficiency petrol engine created to achieve the ambitions and goals of the Alliance. Design and Engineering teams of Renault India were significant contributors to the development of this global car which will be first manufactured in the Alliance Chennai plant.

Some of the important features of Renault KWID include SUV inspired design, 7 inch touchscreen Media Nav system, digital Instrument cluster, one-touch lane change indicator, radio speed dependent volume control

Best-in-class features: Fuel efficiency of 25.17 km per litre*, ground clearance of 180 mm, boot capacity of 300 litres, rear knee room of 116 mm, multiple storage space, upper sized body dimensions, roomy interior space, service parts maintenance cost, ride & handling quality.

Big Car Styling: Renault KWID boasts of an ensemble of the best features that embellish its style statement – these include best-in-class exterior dimensions for a big car feel and incredible interior space, class leading wheelbase of 2422 mm. Renault KWID has the best-in-class boot space of 300 litres, extendable to 1115 litres, which offers superb flexibility & convenience.

Technological Evolution in KWID:
•    Bluetooth Connectivity – Hands-free phone & audio streaming
•    Satellite Navigation – 2D/3D view with one year free map update
•    iPhone and iPod™ operations – Charging through USB, Audio content display and navigation of iPod™ through MediaNAV
•    USB, AUX-IN, SDVC – Audio playback through flash drive & phone and Speed Dependent Volume Control
•    The digital instrument cluster features an onboard digital trip computer that highlights gear shift indicator, distance to empty average fuel consumption, etc.
•    Driver aid Equipment – One touch lane change indicator, intermittent windscreen wiper with tear drop wipe.

Renault KWID will be best-in-class in maintenance part costs due to aggressive localization and optimization which will positively impact the overall ownership cost, including a 50,000 km/2 Year Maintenance Policy, extendable up to 80,000 km/ 4 years. Renault will also offer complementary Road Side Assistance for 2 years.

Apart from all the above excellent features, Renault KWID will come with a tempting array of design, trim and technological accessories that will allow customers to personalize their car. An exciting range of accessories across 60 categories have been developed along with an interesting set of lifestyle decals. In addition 6 accessory packs – Basic pack, Essential pack, Smart Chrome pack, Intense Chrome pack, Luxury pack and Outdoor pack will also be available. Check out more details here.

First Impressions: I got an opportunity to drive this beauty during an event organized by Renault and here are my first impressions about this car.

Exterior Design: The first look at the car gives a wow feeling and its definitely an eye turner when on road with its SUV look and the excellent design. Though its a compact car, but has a large car look. The car is beautifully designed to appease Indian customers and it can give a tough competition to the other cars in this segment.

IMG_20150912_082637Interiors: The Kwid’s interiors are pretty decent and comes with top-class seats and interior looks. Lot of leg space and we can freely move the leg even in the rear seat, we never felt uncomfortable during our entire 80 kms stretch drive. The black, red and grey fabric of the ergo smart cabin gives a sport feel. The chunky steering wheel provides an enhanced grip while the 4-way adjustable driver seat gives the most ideal driving position. The audio system inside the car was pretty decent, but at full volume, it kinda screams oddly. Probably we need to upgrade with better quality woofers. The digital navigation system comprising a 7″ Lcd Display is pretty useful and handy when it comes for the drive and for entertainment. It has bluetooth connectivity which syncs up with your smartphone or any bluetooth device effortlessly using which one can make calls etc., Also, USB port is a big plus to plug in your music. Only thing which we observed in the navigation system, is the distances when compared between the Google maps and the inbuilt maps varied quite a bit to the same distance via same route. Not sure if any fixes are yet to be done for the firmware of this device. The Google map was pretty accurate with the kilometers when we did side by side comparison, nevertheless, the directions were correct and we reaching the destination properly even though there was slight error in the kilometers shown.

IMG_20150912_100541 IMG_20150912_101236 IMG_20150912_084624IMG_20150912_101034Engine and Transmission: The Renault Kwid comes with a brand new 800 cc, 3 cylinder petrol motor which offers 53 bhp of max power and 72Nm of peak torque. The gear shifting was smooth and we could drive the car effortlessly even in slopes and also in the bumpy roads.

IMG_20150912_104922Fuel Efficiency: As we mentioned earlier in this post, Renault claims fuel efficiency of 25.17 km during their testing and also it makes the most fuel efficient car in India.

Performance & Safety: The Renault KWID is powered by a brand new, state-of-the-art compact engine with advanced technology for accurate air to fuel ration monitoring. The suspension system of the Kwid is calibrated for optimum ride handling and braking, providing a safe comfortable drive. The high ground clearance of 180mm allows to take on any challenge with ease. When it comes to safety, there is no compromises either. The Renault Kwid comes equipped with a drive side airbag and central locking system. The front disc brakes ensures we are equipped for all weather conditions and surfaces, and the high mount stop lamp and audible parking brake warning let us to be at complete peace of mind in our entire journey.

Colors & Trims: Renault Kwid will be available in 5 beautiful colors – Outback Bronze, Moonlight Silver, Planet Grey, Ice Cool White, and Fiery Red. I definitely liked the Fiery Red color car, but others look pretty good too and its upto individuals to decide on their favorite color.  It will carry 4 trim levels including STD, RXE, RXL and RXT.

Conclusion: Overall, I totally liked the car and the features it offers at an affordable price. The main pros being the design of the car and the fuel efficiency and there is nothing much to complain about this car except some minor errors in the navigation system and could have come up with better speakers/woofers.

Some Pictures:

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