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The Renault KWID STD is the base variant of its newly released series and it comes with a very moderate list of features. It is run by a petrol engine that gives passable performance and good fuel economy as well. Its performance is matched by a strong braking system, along with a robust suspension arrangement. Safety is also enforced with the presence of all the standard features such as seatbelts, a strong body shell and other benefits. A highlight of this car is its high ground clearance of 180mm, which allows for braving Indian road conditions without strain. Coming to the exterior of the vehicle, it has a soothing appearance that gains from a streamlined poise, along with fine add ons. The company has graced the vehicle with enjoyable visual aesthetics such as black colour bumpers and a short spoiler at the rear. The refined body lines and the glossy metallic skin underscore its impressive build. The car is offered in a range of colour variants from plante grey to outback bronze. The inside of the vehicle makes for an unforgettable experience. Beside offering a rich drive environment for the passengers, the cabin also provides a range of utility functions such as cup and bottle holders, adjustable seats, a digital instrument cluster and a wiper for better visibility.
Despite being a compact car, its wide and majestic stance evokes an imposing effect. The overall design language of the vehicle includes a well toned body structure that allows for look as well as safety. The company has also structured it for sound aerodynamics, with a low and streamlined profile that ensures positive airflow when driving. Going into specifics, it has a uniquely designed grille at the front. The company's marque is branded at the centre of the grille, giving an impressive effect. On either side of the grille, the C shaped signature headlights are intricately designed for a superior lighting effect. The car's bonnet is wide and muscular, and the horizontal sweeping lines add to the effect. The sloping-back windscreen is a boon to the car's streamlined profile. For this variant, there are black bumpers that render a more stylish look. A slanted roof antenna is present at the front section of the roof. The side of the machine is highlighted with the soothing curves and the flawless skin texture. The black window frames enhance its trendy persona. The stylish wheel rims come along with black hub caps, and the black claddings around the wheel arches accentuate the effect. The black door handles and outside mirrors go in harmony with the entire look. The compact car is given a more balanced look with its husky rear portion. The taillight clusters are incorporated with turn indicators and courtesy lights, enabling maximum security when driving. The emblem of the company is posted on the center of the tailgate, and the model name is branded right below it. The integrated roof spoiler adds to the sporty dynamics.
The cabin is laid out in an ergonomically accomplished manner, enabling both style and utility. The two row seat arrangement ensures that all occupants have apt space and comfort. There are headrests for the front row, and neck rests for the back row, offering support to the occupants' heads and necks. The seats are covered in rich upholstery with a moon grey theme, giving passengers a fine experience. At the front, there is a sporty steering wheel with the company's marque at the center. The centre fascia is attractively designed, and it comes integrated with many handy functions. The digital instrument cluster adds a touch of sophistication to the cabin. The air conditioning system is aided with the presence of well distributed vents, and among them, there are side vents as well with a countour finish. In addition to all of this, there are numerous passenger aids, ensuring that the convenience aspect of the drive is taken care of. The floor console comes with two cup holders, allowing occupants to store beverages during the drive. There is a parking brake console as well, further relieving hassle for the occupants.
Engine and Performance:
Packed within the car is a petrol engine that displaces 799cc. It consists of 3 cylinders, with 4 valves pers cylinder. Going into specifications, the mill generates a power of 53bhp at 5678rpm, coupled with a torque of 72Nm at 4386rpm. The engine is paired with a 5 speed manual synchromesh transmission, which ensures smooth shifting and better performance.
Braking and Handling:
Coming to the braking facet, the company has incorporated with disc units for the front brakes, and drums for the rear. In addition to this, there is a reliable suspension set up as well, where the front axle is rigged with a McPherson strut, and a lower transverse link is also present for added stability. As for the rear axle, there is a there is a twist beam that comes along with a coil spring for effective handling quality. In addition to this, the electric power steering add to the stability of the drive, and this comes along with a manual system for easier operation.
This is a lower end variant, and it suffers from a lack of substantial comfort functions. However, the company has gifted it with heating system, allowing a pleasant ambiance for the occupants throughout. There is an open storage area in front of the front passenger, allowing hassle free holding for spare items. There is a map holder by the door, and it comes along with a holder for bottles. The front seats come with reclining and longitudinal adjustment facilities, allowing a strain free ride experience for the front occupants. The driver's side seat presents a fuel lid inner release switch, along with a tailgate inner release switch. For the benefit of the driver, there is a gear shift indicator, promoting a more relaxed driving experience.
Coming to the safety measures, the car provides seatbelts for the front and rear occupants, keeping them secure through the drive. Then, there is a high mounted stop lamp, a warning triangle and a full sized spare wheel. The company is also providing a two year corrosion protection for added security.
1. Good ground clearance.
2. Impressive exterior build.
1. There are minimal safety functions.
2. This trim lacks important comfort facilities.
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