Renault, the French automaker, has introduced its first entry-level car – the Renault Kwid in the Indian car market on September 24, 2015. The Renault Kwid that comes with several segment-first features, is claimed to return the class-leading fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl. It doesn’t look like a typical small hatchback, instead it can be called a micro SUVish hatch. The small car takes on the likes of the Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai Eon, Datsun Go and the Maruti Celerio. The overall styling and price of the car directly put it against another Maruti’s top-selling tall-boy hatchback – the Wagon R.
Here is a brief comparison between the Renault Kwid and the Maruti Suzuki WagonR –
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Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Wagon R – Specs
Powering the Renault Kwid is a 0.8-litre (799cc) 3-cylinder petrol engine that is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is capable of producing a peak power of 53.2bhp along with a maximum torque of 72Nm. This engine is claimed to return a class-leading mileage of 25.17kmpl, thus making it the most fuel-efficient petrol car in the country.
On the other hand, the Maruti Wagon R is propelled by the K10B series engine. This 3-cylinder 998cc powertrain that puts out a maximum power of 67bhp at 6,200rpm along with 90Nm of peak torque at 3,500rpm. Paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, this hatchback offers a mileage of 18.91kmpl. The Wagon R is certainly more powerful than the Kwid hatchback, but the Kwid’s better power to weight ratio (due to less weight) makes it more fun to drive.
Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Wagon R- Design & Styling
The Renault Kwid is undoubtedly looks better than most of its competitors including the WagonR hatchback. Based on Renault-Nissan’s modular CMF-A platform, the vehicle features dual-slat grille flanked by sweptback headlamps and stylish fog lamps on the lower bumpers. On sides, the small car gets plastic cladding, rectangular shaped black wheel arches and manually operated ORVMs. At the rear end, the car looks like a crossover. It sports a black trim rear bumper and body-coloured tailgate spoiler. In terms of dimensions, the Kwid measures 3,680mm in length, 1,471mm in height and 1,580mm in width. It offers best-in-class ground clearance of 180mm that makes it very compatible for rough Indian roads.
Talking about the Wagon R, the hatchback carries a boxy design that doesn’t appeal many. It features large headlamps, front grille with chrome detailing, sporty fog lamps and large bumper with wide airdam. The well designed wheel-arches suit its tall stance, while the body coloured roof-rails look decent. At the back, the vehicle gets wider windscreen with larger rear lights. The hatchback is 3,599mm long, 1,475mm wide and 1,670mm tall. It has a ground clearance of 165mm.
Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Wagon R- Interiors
The interior of the Kwid looks premium, and comes equipped with various segment-first features. It gets the segment-first Media-NAV with a 7-inch touchscreen display and navigation system and a fully digital instrument cluster. The centre console is finished in piano black. Other features include chrome air-con vents, front power windows, leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome-finished instrument cluster, chrome elements on AC vents, central locking, optional driver side airbag, etc. The Kwid also offers a segment leading 300-litres of boot space.
The Maruti Wagon R, on the other hand, is a spacious car with large dashboard that looks plain if not sporty. The plastic quality too is an area of concern for the Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. The vehicle gets a rear parcel tray, 60:40 split rear seat, modern looking speedometer cluster, digital fuel readout for fuel level and the odometer, integrated audio kit with an AUX-in feature, etc. It has a boot capacity of 180-litres.
Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Wagon R Mileage
Renault Kwid- 25.17kmpl
Maruti WagonR- 20.5kmpl
Renault Kwid Vs Maruti Wagon R Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Renault Kwid – Rs. 2.57 lakh to Rs. 3.53 lakh
Maruti Wagon R- Rs. 3.71 lakh to Rs. 4.60 lakh