Renault Kwid’s journey is off to a flyer as it already received over 50,000 bookings since its launch. This skyrocketing demand from the buyers resulted in a waiting period of around 5-6 months for the vehicle which forced company to increase its production capacity to maximum. The Kwid has been an exhibitionist of the Indian car market since its debut as it promises to be a big winner in the segment. With some alluring factors like touchscreen infotainment system, class leading fuel efficiency, Crossover styling and aggressive pricing helped it to surpass the mass’ expectations with ease.
Despite of competing with segment leader Maruti Alto and frequent dominator Hyundai Eon, Kwid still manages to sell over 5000 units a month. We are here to look at some pros and cons of the hatchback. So let’s find out.
- With a numerous attention grabbing ingredients such as revolutionary SUV-ish styling, aggressive front design and well proportionate design makes it nothing like conventional hatchbacks and a head turner.
- Kwid’s highlight has to be space, with class leading wheelbase of 2422mm ensure impressive legroom and headroom space. Rear occupants enjoy great comfort thanks to well catered space, superb seats with sufficient lateral support.
- Complimenting Kwid’s huge space, alluring design are some first in class features such as 7 inch MediaNAV touch infotainment system with navigation, digital instrument cluster and 180mm of ground clearance which is rare for a budget hatchback and leaves strong impression on the buyers.
- To top it all, Kwid delivers an impressive 25.17 Kmpl of ARAI certified mileage which speaks about the high level of optimization done and makes it the most fuel efficient petrol car in India till date.
- With 98 percent localization levels, Renault has nailed it with pricing too. The Crossover looking hatch is priced between Rs. 2.56-3.53 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) sealing the deal for many first time car buyers.
- Kwid’s SUV styling may be the big crowd puller but its engine that matters the most. The car feels too light on higher speeds while vague steering wheel somehow dents the confidence of the driver.
- Crank up the engine and you’ll be welcomed by vibrations even at idle though it may not be at irritating level but sound unpleasant. Also, it’s tad higher than Maruti Alto.
- Renault is offering driver side airbag as an optional equipment which is good but it could have been better if it can made as standard. ABS is not available even as an option which is a surprising omission.
Kwid is sure shot a promising product but it’s biggest but is reaching to the mass as Renault’s dealer network is quite puny as compared to Maruti and even Hyundai.