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IBB Finds if the Renault Kwid Lives for More!

From nifty advertisements featuring Bollywood superstar Ranbir Kapoor to sponsoring pre-launch test drives to media and auto experts, the Renault Kwid has has made all the right moves from its concept launch in the Auto expo 2014.

Now with the launch at a staggering entry level price, Kwid is truly aspiring to become the best entry level car in the Indian Market.

Having said so, many cars such as Hyundai Eon and TATA Nano aspired for the same but failed to dislodge Alto,

Will Kwid be successful?

Let’s understand what really makes Kwid a real worthy challenger to the ALTO and the best budget hatch available in the Indian Market 

The KWID-CLASS LEADING features to watch out for

  1. Superb Design: SUVlike appearance and an extremely affordable price range of INR 2.56 Lacs (base model) to 3.54 Lacs (top model), the Kwid may just inspire a fervid burst of one-upmanship from reigning small car companies like Hyundai and Maruti. 
  2. Add to it the amazing 180 mm ground clearance and the Kwid surely stands apart
  3.  With a mileage of 25.17 Km/litre. Long Drives are back here again.
  4. It’s powered by 799 cc, three-cylinder petrol engine capable of 54 PS and 72 Nm of torque, with four valves per cylinder that eliminate any expected thrum or vibration, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
  5. The first foreign car in India that is about 98% made-in-India. Renault sure has done a good job in learning the Indian roads
  6.  It is the first budget hatch that can be accessorised to the level that it competes with any premium hatch (read: 60 categories of accessories and six pre-defined accessory-packs for the customer to choose from)
  7.  The Renault Kwid also promises a 19% lower cost of ownership compared to the Alto – possibly precisely what the Indian market is waiting for.
  8.  What is even more impressive is the bevy of interior features of the car. Here’s a quick look:
    1. A seven-inch touch-screen infotainment system, with four speakers along with radio, CD, USB
    2. Aux and Bluetooth compatibility in addition to an all-digital dashboard
    3. Renault offers six customisation packs luxury Pack, Intense Chrome, Essential Pack, Basic Pack, Outdoor Pack and Smart Chrome
    4.  All models have Power steering, central locking, front power windows and air conditionin



To iterate the amazing price in which this is available to buy. Here’s a quick look at the price-range across variants:




Rs 2,56,968


Rs 2,88,960

RXE (o)

Rs 2,94,960


Rs, 3,11,664


Rs 3,44,131


Rs 3,53,131

Ex showroom Delhi

IBB Verdict

The car has been designed and tested for global markets and boasts of a strong ride-and-handling prowess, both on and off road. It will also offer its customers the option of choosing from 4 trim versions that makes it an even more attractive choice for a potential buyer as Renault looks completely prepared to spoil their customer for choice.

In India, The Kwid takes on Hyundai's Eon and Maruti Suzuki's Alto 800, however, from a features perspective,

The Kwid stands out as a clear winner. It is not only longer and broader than the Eon and Alto, but is also better in terms of wheelbase, with the Kwid at 2423mm against Eon's 2380mm and Alto's 2360mm and an impressive ground clearance of 180 mm which gives the Kwid its SUV like stance. IBB feels the only downside to buying a Kwid as opposed to buying an Alto is the comparatively frugal dealer network of Renault, with the French auto-maker standing at 253 showrooms against Maruti's 1500.

But Renault has learnt the dynamics of the Indian market with the successful class-disrupting Duster and the not so successful Renault Lodgy .IBB concludes that Renault has evidently adopted a ‘glocal’ approach with the launch of their car variants in India and has not compromised on the quality they wish to deliver even with a small car like Kwid.

IBB gives a 4.5/5 for the Renault Kwid

Clearly, Indian automobile consumers have something new to look forward to, something that will verily be worth their precious time.

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