Renault Kwid Facelift Review: The Renault Kwid entry-hatch 1st arrived in 2015 and so was scheduled for its facelift. Don’t take wrong. The car experienced some updates – safety requirements – made variants in its four-year journey. But what you see now is a wholly updated car.
What is new?
The face cries makeover on the latest updated Renault Kwid. The car was always excellent viewing and very well proportioned, but now also goes to add new to its muscle. The headlamps have gone down into the bumper, and the signs and daytime running lights (or DRLs) house in a slim cluster up top. What is significant is that those DRLs are standard across all variants. The grille is not as extensive as before, but gets more profound, and yet houses that big Renault logo as before.
The whole purpose is to drive home not only modernity but stick to its SUV styling roots — after all a lot of different SUVs across brands now have the slim data look, don’t they? Think Hyundai Kona & Venue, Tata Harrier, and MG Hector — and you will see what I mean! The side flanks & rear are similar to before, but the tail lamps now get an LED light guide signature. There’s also a new colour — Zanskar Blue.
The car with me now though is the Outback Bronze.
The top trims get two-tone mirrors, unique wheel covers, and the side body moulding with decals as before.Renault Kwid Facelift Review 2019 Renault Kwid Facelift Launched In India.
Has anything changed inside?
Yes though plenty. The layout is related to before, but the palette has become a deeper grey, which does education the sense of perceived quality. Then there is the tweaked dash layout that now carries the car’s name designed into the section covering the front passenger. The touchscreen in the top end types is now an 8 inch, as against the 7-inch tube on the pre-facelift Renault Kwid. The interface is also updated, and it gets music, nav and phone connectivity options as before.
The instrument group is all new –and quite impressive for this segment. It is all digital & even makes a very cool digital tachometer. The base 0.8-litre standard variant does not understand this, but it kicks in for all other options. This makes the car look more upmarket, large touchscreen – which is also only on the top variants. The vehicle only comes with a driver-side airbag as example– the RXT onwards you have an option of twin airbags. The chrome circles for the AC vents and AMT dial is also only at the top end. The top trims also get different two-tone upholstery trim – red in the RXT and orange highlights in the Climber trim.
|Renault Kwid||0.8 Litre||1.0 Litre|
|No of cylinders||3||3|
|Power Output||54 bhp at 5678 rpm||68 bhp at 5500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||72 Nm at 4386 rpm||91 Nm at 4250 rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||5-Speed MT / AMT|
|Fuel economy||22.30 kmpl||22.50 kmpl|
Now the company has not declared any engineering changes on the car, and so I questioned the Kwid facelift with no expectations. And so the car runs as before – with the same sort of surety, composure & comfort. The focus on good ride quality has lingered intact, and the 1.0-litre engine is still peppy. I require no money on the 0.8 variant either. The car’s steering, styling and drive are its particular USPs yet. The AMT or ‘Easy-R’ as Renault describes it – is also still to get the job done. The way Renault Kwid turns in – even at higher speeds, is one key strength – it was. More safety innovations over the years have also involved strengthening the car’s body shell, and the improved stiffness does come through to a particular extent– though this was right of the pre-facelift car as well. Claimed mileage on the 0.8 alternatives is 22.30 km and on the 1.0 is 22.50 km.
The updated Renault Kwid remains excellent value for money. The 0.8 version begins at ₹ 2.83 lakh & takes four variants going up to ₹ 4.13 lakh for the top-spec RXT. The 1-litre model is only available in RXT trim and starts at ₹ 4.33 lakh & continues to ₹ 4.70 lakh for the completely loaded AMT variant. The Climber trim gets in at ₹ 4.54 lakh, and you know its top-spec AMT version for ₹ 4.92 lakh. The Renault Kwid ever had to use on everything from the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Wagon R and Celerio to the Tata Tiago. Some changes in the opposition set include the addition of the Hyundai Santro, the upgrading of the Wagon R to a higher division, and the brand new Maruti-Suzuki S-Presso which makes become its most immediate head-on rival. More on that clash soon!
|Kwid STD 0.8||₹ 2.83 lakh|
|Kwid RXE 0.8||₹ 3.53 lakh|
|Kwid RXL 0.8||₹ 3.83 lakh|
|Kwid RXT 0.8||₹ 4.13 lakh|
|Kwid RXT 1.0||₹ 4.33 lakh|
|Kwid RXT 1.0 L (O)||₹ 4. 41lakh|
|Kwid RXT 1.0 AMT||₹ 4.63 lakh|
|Kwid RXT 1.0 (O) AMT||₹ 4.71 lakh|
|Kwid CLIMBER||₹ 4.54 lakh|
|Kwid CLIMBER (O)||₹ 4.62 lakh|
|Kwid CLIMBER AMT||₹ 4.84 lakh|
|Kwid CLIMBER (O) AMT||₹ 4.92 lakh|
The Renault Kwid has made enough to stay relevant, credible and capable. And yet it remains excellent value, offers a fair bit of kit at the entrance end of the market, & looks pretty cool while doing it. So yes this is a conventional facelift, one that warrants your attention if you are an approach buyer. But I would still be out on Renault scaling back with a good crash rating, and making more safety equipment as type or even optional from the base variant up, on the new Kwid.Renault Kwid Facelift Review