Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Alto 800 Vs Hyundai Eon – Here is a specifications based comparison between the three entry level hatchbacks.
September 23, 2016 – Despite cut throat competition in the entry-level hatchback segment, Renault India has been able to get the success that many other carmakers failed – all thanks to Renault Kwid. What worked in favour of the Renault Kwid is its sporty styling, most spacious cabin in its class, several segment-first features and of course aggressive pricing.
Since its launch in September 2015, the company has received close to 2 lakh pre-orders for the small car. Claimed to be highly fuel efficient and equipped with several class-leading features, the Kwid currently commands a waiting period of around 6 to 9 months. Renault’s budget hatchback competes against the Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon and Datsun redi-Go – all of which are doing fairly well for their respective makers.
If you are confused among the Kwid, Alto 800 and Eon, here’s our specs-comparison among Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Alto 800. We hope this helps you pick the right car out of the three.
|Model||Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Renault Kwid||Rs 2.64 lakh Rs 3.73 lakh|
|Maruti Alto 800||Rs 2.45 lakh to Rs 3.76 lakh|
|Hyundai Eon||Rs 3.27 lakh to Rs 4.30 lakh|
With a crossover like stance, the Renault Kwid is unquestionably the best looking car in its segment. The Kwid is the first Renault car to feature the new CMF-A platform, which will also be used for Datsun’s next upcoming car. The small car features a dual-slat grille, sweptback headlamps, black wing mirrors, stylish fog lamps on the lower bumper, manually-operated outside rear view mirrors, black plastic cladding on either sides and 13 inches wheels. Moreover, the segment-leading ground clearance of 180mm makes it more compatible for rough Indian terrains than both of its rivals.
The Hyundai Eon offers best-in-class interior and more features than most of its rivals. Though, the Kwid with lots of advanced connectivity features and fitments proves to be a tough competitor for the Eon. It comes equipped with advanced connectivity features such as first-in-segment 7-inches touch-screen, MediaNAV with navigation functions and radio and Bluetooth connectivity, a digital instrument cluster, chrome air vents and optional driver-side airbag. The Alto 800 offers a decent interior, though it still has the least number of features.
With a tall and wide stance, the Renault Kwid proves to be a clear winner in terms of spaciousness. With the class-leading wheelbase of 2422mm, the Kwid has the most spacious cabin in its class. It’s in fact bigger than several B-segment hatchbacks in the country today.
There is ample legroom and headroom for rear seat passengers. It’s well-packed, and offers a segment-leading boot space of 300-litres. Though the Eon and Alto 800 too can accommodate 5 passengers, but not with the ease the Kwid offers. Though when it comes to the interior quality, the Kwid is much behind both of its rivals.
|Details||Renault Kwid||Maruti Alto 800||Hyundai Eon|
Of the three cars we are comparing here, the Hyundai Eon, with its 814cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine, is the most powerful. Claimed to produce 55.2bhp, the Eon’s powertrain is about 8bhp more powerful than the Alto 800’s and 2bhp more than that of the Kwid.
Power for the Kwid comes from a 799cc, 3-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. This engine is capable to produce 53.2bhp of power and 72Nm of torque.
With this all-aluminum ‘super compact’ engine, the Kwid offers a class-leading fuel efficiency of 25.17km/l. This also makes it the most fuel efficient petrol car of the country. But the power output cannot just be the only deciding factor, and what better proof can there be than the fact that the Alto 800, despite being less powerful, drives a lot better than the Eon. On the other hand, the Kwid offers impressive ride quality on city roads. With lightweight body-built and high ground clearance, the Kwid drives well on rough roads too. It’s quick, and comfortable. The body control, too, is very impressive.
|Maruti Alto 800||24.7kmpl|