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Living with Renault Kwid

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Renault Kwid - Total Cost of Ownership

Renault Kwid is on the way to be a chapter in the Indian automotive history book, as a car that made the economy hatchback a thing of desire rather seen just as a necessity. The car has the looks, space and an air of desirability. A cheap car need not look or feel cheap, in that front Kwid is the car for you.

Living with the Car

Renault Kwid is a part of the CMF (Compact Module Family) architecture concept developed by the Renault- Nissan Alliance which primarily aims at reducing manufacturing costs. CMF is a manufacturing system utilizing a set of common modules. A single module can be used in different vehicles resulting in greater standardization of parts between Renault and Nissan and helps to bring down the manufacturing cost considerably. It is classified into CMF- A (Small and fuel-efficient cars), CMF-B (Midsized cars covering sedans, hatchbacks and SUVs) and CMF-C/D (Larger cars, including sedans, hatchbacks and SUVs).   Renault Kwid is manufactured on the CMF-A platform and it is the first car on this global architecture manufactured in India by this Alliance.

Riding on the lineage of Renault Duster, the Kwid can be called a baby Duster. The design of the car is heavily influenced by the Duster and gives it a mini-SUV look. The car is positioned against the likes of Maruti Alto 800 and the Hyundai Eon segments. It’s a bold move by the French car maker, wading thru the ultracompetitive and high volume small car segment which is dominated by Marutis and the Hyundai’s. Locking horns with the mighty Maruti need a lot of homework and we find that a lot of work has gone inside the Kwid to take on the segment leader. It's noteworthy to tell that Renault has successfully created an illusion of making it appear big than the car actually is.

The mini SUV looks keeps this car apart from the crowd. It is a design language that Indian market has never seen before. And the penchant for SUVs in this market will only make the going better for the Renault. A lot of research has gone inside this vehicle. Renault could achieve 98% parts localization and this play a major role in keeping the prices under check.

The car has a SUVish imposing stance. The wide and bold front grill, the side cladding and the neat rear make it into a looker. Renault has managed to churn out a beautiful and well-proportioned car which is highly appreciable. The car doesn’t look odd from any of the angles. It’s an engineering marvel, how Renault churn out such a car at 660 Kg. The car looks and feels well put together.

Coming to the interiors, you are greeted by a spacious cabin (by small car standards) and it is the roomiest hatch in the segment. The driver gets a chunky steering wheel and a digital instrument console. A gear shift indicator gives way for the tachometer. Seats are comfortable and occupants have decent leg and head room in the Kwid. The car surprisingly can accommodate three passengers at the rear, and is way better than the segment leader Maruti Alto in space management. The car gets a 300 Liter boot at the rear.

The car is powered by a 3 cylinder 800 CC petrol engine mated to a five-speed gearbox generating 53.2 bhp and 7.3 Kgm torque. At 660 Kgs can you believe it’s a whole 50 Kg less than a Tata Nano Twist!!! This translates to a Power to weight ratio of 80.6 bhp/ tonne.  Renault is claiming a mileage figure of 25.17 Kmpl which is the highest mileage by any petrol car in India. The car returns 23 Kmpl in the highway and around 18 Kmpl in the city, translating to an average of around 21 Kmpl.

The car has an impressive ride and handling and offers reasonable high-speed stability. The car has Macpherson strut with a lower transverse link at the front and Twist beam with coil spring at the rear. To give that SUVish look, the car comes fitted with a 155/ 80-R13 tyres at the front and the rear. The steering is light but devoid of any feedback.

Service Period Free (F)/Paid (P) Description Of Jobs Serivce Cost (INR)
2000 Kms/ 2 months F General Checkup  
10000 Kms/ 1 Year F General Checkup, Wheel Balancing & Alignment, Engine oil and filter replacement, Air Filter replacement. 1300
20000 Kms/ 2 Years F General Checkup, Wheel Balancing & Alignment, Engine oil and filter replacement, Air Filter replacement. 1300
30000 Kms/3 Years P General Checkup, Wheel Balancing & Alignment, Engine oil and filter replacement, Air Filter replacement, Spark Plug replacement, Fuel Filter Replacement. 4500
40000 Kms/ 4 Years P General Checkup, Wheel Balancing & Alignment, Engine oil and filter replacement, Air Filter replacement, AC checkup and refrigerant checkup. 3000
50000 Kms/ 5 Years P General Checkup, Wheel Balancing & Alignment, Engine oil and filter replacement, Air Filter replacement. 3000
60000 Kms/ 6 Years P General Checkup, Wheel Balancing & Alignment, Engine oil and filter replacement, Air Filter replacement, Spark Plug replacement, Fuel Filter Replacement, Brake Fluid and Coolant replacement. 5200

Total Cost of Ownership

  • Depreciation: Renault has decent resale value, and considering the segment and low initial cost, rest assured you will not lose much on this front.

Residual Value (Estimated)

  • Periodic maintenance and spares associated are taken into consideration.
  • Parts like tyres, battery, brake pads, clutch etc considering normal usage.
  • No major repair works, accident costs and interest costs are accounted.

Verdict

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* TCO calculations in INR Lakhs

A lot of things going for this car. Impressive looks, good powertrain, decent ride and dynamics, decent interior space, class leading mileage and more. Renault as expected, priced the car very aggressively, making it a great value for money. And more importantly, the car stands apart from the usual genre of economic hatchbacks available in the country.

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