Under the ‘HorizoNext’ strategy, Tata Motors introduced two all-new products in the country – the Zest and the Bolt. While the former initially received an overwhelming response, the latter one failed to pull-in decent sales for the home-grown automaker. The Tata Zest, too, failed to maintain its sales figure for a longer time. Now, the company has decided to enter the entry-level hatchback segment with the Tata Zica that will face competition from the newly-launched Renault Kwid.
Launched in September 2015, the Renault Kwid has revolutionized the industry with its aggressive pricing, fuel efficient engine and contemporary styling. The hatchback has managed to garner 70,000 bookings in November 2015. So, it will certainly be a tough fight for the Tata Zica to crack the entry-level hatchback segment.
Here’s a brief comparison between the Renault Kwid and Tata’s all-new Zica hatchback.
Compared to other Tata products, the Tata Zica looks sportier and more contemporary. Though, it shares few design elements with the Zest and the Bolt. Since the Zica is based on a slightly updated XO platform, it will be more robust, efficient and dynamic than its replacement – the Indica eV2. The vehicle gets a new radiator grille with the ‘humanity line’, body-coloured door handles, wrap around headlights, 10-spoke, 14-inch alloy wheels, new taillight cluster, integrated rear spoiler and a sloping rear windshield.
The Renault Kwid, on the other hand, features a crossover-ish design with high ground clearance. Built on the modular CMF-A platform, the Kwid looks more stylish than most of its competitors. The front fascia of the car features a dual-slat grille, sweptback headlights and fog lamps on the lower bumpers. The black plastic cladding alongside rectangular wheel arches, black trim rear bumper and body-colored tailgate spoiler add more to its sporty appeal. The hatchback offers the best-in-class wheelbase (2,422mm) and ground clearance (180mm).
Tata Zica Vs Renault Kwid – Interior & Features
The Tata’s all-new Zica seems to have taken its interior design inspiration from the Bolt and the Zest. The hatchback comes loaded with plenty of comfort and connectivity features such as next-generation Connectnext Infotainment system by Harman, turn indicators on wing mirrors, individual rear headrests, 60:40 split folding rear seats, steering mounted controls, front and rear power windows, electronically adjustable ORVMs, etc. It also comes equipped with advanced 9th generation ABS with BED, dual front airbags, corner stability control, rear parking sensors with display on infotainment system and energy absorbing body structure.
With a class-leading wheelbase, the Renault Kwid offers the most spacious cabin in its league with ample legroom, headroom and shoulder room. Besides this, the car also comes with various segment first features such as a fully digital instrument cluster and a 7-inch touchscreen display integrated on centre console in piano black finish with navigation system. While the grey upholstery, single-tone dashboard, manual steering and digital instrument cluster with gear-shift indicator come as standard feature. The top-end model exclusively offered with leather-wrapped steering, media navigation pack, chromed AV vents, central locking and optional driver airbag. The Kwid also offers the best-in-class boot space of 300-liters.
In this department, the Tata Zica comes out as a clear winner.
Tata Zica Vs Renault Kwid – Engine & Transmission
Tata’s all-new hatchback will be made available with a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder Revotron petrol and a new 1.05-litre, three-cylinder Revotroq diesel engines. The former puts out a maximum power of 83.8bhp and 114Nm of torque, while the latter one offers 69.04bhp and 140Nm of torque. Both the powertrains are offered with Multi-drive modes (first-in-segment), and a 5-speed manual transmission.
On the other side, the Renault Kwid is available with an all-new 799cc, three-cylinder DOHC petrol engine that is paired to a new optimized 5-speed manual gearbox. This engine is capable to deliver 53.2bhp of power and 72Nm of torque. With lightweight body-built and less oil levels in gearbox and engine, the Kwid is claimed to return the best-in-class fuel efficiency of 25.17kmpl.
Tata Zica Vs Renault Kwid – Mileage
Tata Zica (estimated)
Petrol Model – 20kmpl
Diesel Model – 25kmpl
Tata Zica Vs Renault Kwid – Prices
Tata Zica (estimated)
Rs. 3.5 lakh – Rs. 5 lakh
Rs. 2.57 lakh – Rs. 3.53 lakh