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Renault India now enters the small car space with its new model Kwid. It is a brand new hatchback but carries the design and look of a SUV. Altogether, it comes in six variants out of which, Renault Kwid RXE is a mid range trim. It is claimed to be one of the most fuel efficient vehicles that return a mileage of around 25.17 Kmpl. It has a 0.8-litre engine that is paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box. This can generate a maximum power of 53.2bhp in combination with torque of 72Nm. It has generous exterior dimensions with length, width and height measuring 3679mm, 1579mm and 1478mm respectively. The wheelbase is of 2422mm, whereas its ground clearance is 180mm. Its interiors too are spacious and equipped with a stylish steering wheel, well cushioned seats, air vents and a few others. Also, there are some interesting features that grant great convenience to its occupants. These are the air conditioning unit, reclining front seats, gear shift indicator and so on. The exteriors are designed in a splendid way that can easily lure its potential buyers. It has a robust structure that is combined with some remarkable aspects. These include an aggressive radiator grille as well as bright headlamps at front and a set of steel wheels on its sides. Meanwhile, the integrated roof spoiler and an expressive boot lid make its rear end look very impressive. Besides all these, it also has an engine immobilizer, warning triangle, and seat belts for all occupants for enhanced protection.
The overall look of this hatch blends style as well as robustness. The aspects in particular, which displays its dynamic stance include the bold, structured radiator grille. What emphasizes it further is the prominent logo that gets a neat chrome plating. The C-shaped headlamps looks very pleasing to the eyes, while the character lines on bonnet only adds to its visual appeal. The conventional set of silver painted steel wheels remain the key highlight on its sides. Bearing the size 155/80 R13, its tubeless radials perform excellently on all kinds of roads, while ensuring superior grip and maximum safety. The idea of side turn indicators on its wheel arch cladding is quite unique and the black decals on doors easily catches one's attention. The style and elegance is not just limited to its front and sides, but it is very much noticeable in its rear profile too. Especially, the roof integrated spoiler above the windscreen brings it a sporty look. The curviness of its boot lid and the radiance of its tail lamps are all just amazing. Furthermore, the black bumper goes well along with its body color and adds to its appearance.
One of the best things about this trim is its interiors, which has a class leading space. The decoration inside combines both contemporary and classiness that leaves its occupants with a pleasant feel. A mono tone dashboard in the cockpit houses a steering wheel, which too holds the company's popular insignia. What's more appealing is the outlines of digital instrument cluster and center fascia, which are garnished with silver satin. The well laid seats, on the other hand, come with Moon Grey colored premium upholstery. The reclining function to its front seats and the integrated headrests further provide great convenience. The boot space of 300 litres, which can be extended up to 1115 litres, is certainly a major advantage particularly, during long trips.
Engine and Performance:
What completes this trim is a brand new 799cc state of the art engine that is of 0.8-litres. This is a three cylinder mill, which carries 12 valves. It gives a peak power of 53.26bhp at 5678rpm and at the same time, delivers a maximum torque output of 72Nm at 4386rpm. Fuel is supplied to it through the multi point injection system. Also, this motor is paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box. Besides ensuring an optimized performance, it guarantees a healthy mileage of around 25.17 Kmpl thus, making it one of the most fuel efficient cars in the country. In only about 17 seconds, this variant can touch the 100 Kmph speed mark from a standstill, while its top speed limits to approximately 125 Kmph.
Braking and Handling:
Smooth and comfortable drive is guaranteed by its suspension system, which also assures stability at all times. A McPherson strut with lower transverse link is assembled on its front axle and the rear one gets a twist beam with coil springs. Its braking mechanism is quite reliable, which comprise of discs at front and drum brakes to the rear wheels. Besides these, it has an electric power assisted steering column that ensures easy handling even at varying speeds. Also, it supports the minimum turning radius.
An array of comfort features are available in this trim, which makes the driving experience free from hassles. One among them of high significance is the air conditioning unit with a heater. This helps in setting the temperature as required by its passengers. The folding function of its rear seat turns out a major advantage since, it allows bringing in more luggage. Apart from these, the cabin is also designed with a few other storage spaces for added convenience. It has door map storage with bottle holders on both the sides, and two can holders on floor console. Additionally, the glove box compartment helps in necessary keeping things at hand. A few more aspects that enhance the comfort levels include passenger side sunvisor, gear shift indicator, fuel lid and tailgate inner release. Infotainment system is optional in this variant. Its owners can opt for this unit with features like Bluetooth audio streaming, USB port, speakers, MP3 player and auxiliary input option.
The company has made no compromise when it is about the safety of its passengers. It is offered with some vital aspects that ensure high level of protection. It includes an engine immobilizer for avoiding unauthorized entry into the vehicle. The seat belts at front and rear are useful in avoiding injuries in case of an accident. It also has a high mount stop lamp, full size spare wheel and two years corrosion protection, which altogether adds to its safety quotient.
1. It is designed with ample boot space.
2. Mileage is quite impressive.
1. Music system can be offered as a standard feature.
2. It lacks driver airbag.
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