When Renault first showed the Kwid, the world stood up and took notice and we in India went crazy over this small car which looks like an SUV. Now that it has been launched let us give you a quick summary of what you can expect from this new small car. The Kwid is as new as it gets being first Alliance model to use the CMF-A platform. It is available with a petrol engine and a manual gearbox only plus you have an option of four trim levels and five colours. The Kwid competes with the Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon among others.
As said earlier there is no diesel on the Kwid as that will push the price up instead there is a 799cc petrol engine developing 53 bhp and 72Nm of torque. You have a 5-speed manual. Now this engine may seem small on paper but on the road thanks to the fact that the Kwid only weighs 669 kgs, it offers more than adequate performance. There is torque coming in early which is important as there is more than enough bottom-end punch meaning you are not always using the gearbox at low speeds in the city. In fact it is best to give the Kwid small throttle inputs as there is not much fun at the top-end with engine getting a bit strained but that said it is the most refined three cylinder we have seen and not much noise gets in the cabin.
Also the Kwid is very easy to drive with its small dimensions and light steering making it a boon for our ever congested roads. The gearbox while being a bit on the notchy side, scores well for lightness and ease of use. Renault kept the weight of the Kwid as low as possible and that is because that has many benefits. For example in efficiency the Kwid has an official figure of 25.17 kmpl making it the most efficient petrol car on sale today. In handling also the Kwid feels light and body roll is well controlled plus high speed stability is very good with the only issue being that ABS should have been offered. Just like the Duster, ride quality is very good.
The Renault Kwid comes fitted with safety features such as an airbag for the driver, central locking, a high mount stop lamp, an audible parking brake engaged warning, front disc brakes, an engine immobiliser and keyless entry.