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Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

Introduction

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

Call it sibling rivalry, two sides of the same coin, or whatever else that signifies two of a kind. It might not seem like it on the outset with the Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid looking so drastically different. But underneath, these are essentially the same car: same engine and gearbox, same platform and even the same suspension and tyres.  The Kwid of course is better equipped but the Redigo is cheaper. So, if you wanted to spend less than Rs 5 lakh on the road for a reasonably well specced, citycentric car, which one should you go for?

First, the similarities

The similarities between the two cars are difficult to spot, and that’s the right way forward for cars based on identical platforms but sold under different brands. The Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid use the same 3 cylinder, 799cc petrol engine. These have identical outputs too: the max power is rated at 53bhp and the peak torque is measured at 72Nm for both. There’s also no difference in the mapping or the way the power and torque is delivered.

But, on the road, the Kwid proves to be slightly quicker. It dispatches the 0-100kmph in 17.93 seconds against 19.01s taken by the Redigo. The two have similar top speeds though. Even in terms of driveability, the Renault proves to be slightly better. It is nearly a second quicker in the 20-80kmph run in 3rd gear and almost 4 seconds faster in the 40-100kmph run carried out in 4th gear. Under braking however, the Redigo posted a shorter stopping distance.

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

The Kwid, the more expensive of the two cars here, has better insulation on its side too. Now, in terms of engine refinement, there’s no difference between the two cars, but because the Redigo has skimped on sound deadening material compared to the Kwid, you can hear more of the engine, road and wind noise inside the cabin.

There’s, however, hardly any difference in the ride and handling of the two cars. Slow speed ride, especially over larger potholes and squarish bumps, is well rounded. And not once did we experience the suspension running out of travel or sending a rude jolt into the cabin on either car. There is a hint of jiggle to the ride over mildly broken surfaces, but nothing that will put you off. In fact, both these cars ride with the maturity one would otherwise associate with larger, heavier cars.

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

But, light and small they most definitely are. This becomes obvious at three digits speeds on the highway. The light steering on the Kwid and Redigo fails to give you the confidence to drive faster. They don’t feel very planted in a straight line either. But, around a set of tight twisties, the quick turn-in, the lift-off oversteer and the lack of momentum on both the Redigo and the Kwid, allow you to indulge in higher cornering speeds and fun than one would deem necessary for this class of cars. The Datsun is a hint more fun thanks to its quicker turn-in courtesy its smaller wheelbase.

So, if we had to pick between the Datsun Redigo and the Renault Kwid solely based on how they drove, it would be a difficult ask. But, in the end we’d take the Renault for it is slightly quicker but more importantly, it is quieter inside the cabin.

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

Now, the differences

After the likes of the Micra and Pulse, the Sunny and the Scala, and the Duster and the Terrano, the Redigo and the Kwid come as a big relief. Not a single panel is shared between the cars. And to give the two a bigger differentiation, the two cars have different dimensions as well, down to the wheelbase.

The Kwid is longer and wider and it sits on a longer wheelbase, while the Redigo is taller and has higher ground clearance. The designs of the two cars follow different thought processes too. Renault has given the Kwid a mini-SUV stance and appeal, while Datsun or Nissan, has chosen to go for the ‘cross’ tag, even though the Redigo is definitely more of a modern-day, contemporary tall boy than an urban cross.

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

There’s another big difference: while the Kwid’s design has a more universal appeal, the Redigo with its over dramatic design is bound to polarise opinion. It might not be the best way forward given the lukewarm response to the Hyundai Eon, but at least, it has caught the Indian car buyer’s attention. And that to us, especially for a brand like Datsun, is half the battle won.

The two cars sport significantly different interiors as well. The newer Datsun has gone for lighter shades while the Kwid is a sea of black. Interestingly, the perceived quality between the cars remains identical. So, they don’t feel cheap but you know you are in a car with stiff cost targets. Between the Redigo and the Kwid, the Datsun is easier to get in and out of. It also has the better driving position. And the seats are nicer too in terms of design. But, the Redigo’s rear seat could have been firmer for better support.

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

The Kwid on the other hand is better loaded. It gets a touchscreen audio with Bluetooth telephony and satnav missing on the Redigo. It also gets central locking with keyless entry and two gloveboxes, again something the Datsun misses out on. What’s more, even though the Redigo and Kwid have equally comprehensive trip readouts including distance to empty, average fuel economy and gearshift indication, the Kwid setup looks chic while the Redigo’s borders at the boring. But then, the Redigo does get a tachometer missing on the Renault.

Now here’s the shocker: The Kwid might be bigger on the outside, but it’s the Redigo that offers more room! At the front, it’s close. The two have exactly the same head and kneeroom but the Redigo offers more shoulder and elbow room; meaning, it is wider on the inside compared to the Renault. At the rear too, the Datsun has more head and shoulder room, but thanks to the smaller wheelbase, it is short on kneeroom compared to the Kwid. The Kwid meanwhile also has a much bigger, usable boot.

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

Verdict

Rank 2: Datsun Redigo S

Final Score: 330/600

Price: Rs 4.22 lakh, On the road, Mumbai

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

A close finish. But, then you’d expect that given the two cars are essentially the same, then be it performance, ride and handling or even quality for that matter. But, the Redigo finishes second mainly on account of having lesser equipment, poorer NVH and being a little slower off the line. Not that it doesn’t merit a purchase; on the contrary if you are looking for a car that has easier ingress/egress and a nicer driving position, not to mention lesser price, the Redigo is the car.

Rank 1: Renault Kwid RXT (O)

Final Score: 332/600

Price: Rs 4.65 lakh, On the road, Mumbai

Datsun Redigo vs Renault Kwid

The Renault Kwid wins this test even though it costs Rs 40,000 more. But then you can’t argue with that given it has a fancier audio system, satnav and Bluetooth, and central locking with keyless entry, all of which is missing on the Datsun. Plus, the NVH is a hint better adding to the slightly plusher image of the Kwid. As you can tell, when it comes to tangibles, the Renault has this in the bag.

Pictures by Kapil Angane

Click here to read our road test of the Datsun Redigo

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Click here to read our comparison test of the Renault Kwid vs Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 vs Hyundai Eon

Specifications

CAR NAME Datsun RediGo
Renault Kwid
Variant S Petrol Manual
RXT Petrol Manual
ENGINE    
Fuel Petrol Petrol
Installation Front, transverse Front, transverse
Displacement 799cc, 3 cyls 799cc, 3 cyls
Power 53bhp at 5678rpm 53bhp at 5678rpm
Torque 72Nm at 4386rpm 72Nm at 4386rpm
Power to weight 79.10bhp per tonne  79.50bhp per tonne 
Torque to weight 107.46Nm per tonne 107.60Nm per tonne
Gearbox 5-speed manual 5-speed manual
     
CHASSIS & BODY    
Kerb weight 670kg 669kg
Tyres 155/80 R13 165/70 R14
Spare Full size Full size
STEERING    
Type Rack and pinion Rack and pinion
Type of assist Electric Electric
Turning circle 9.4m 9.4m
BRAKES    
Front Discs Discs
Rear Drums Drums
Anti-lock No No

Test Data

CAR NAME Datsun RediGo Renault Kwid 
Variant S Petrol manual RXT Petrol manual
PERFORMANCE & BRAKING    
0-20kmph 1.42s 1.25s
0-40kmph 3.72s 3.28s
0-60kmph 7.12s 6.78s
0-80kmph 12.26s 11.55s
0-100kmph 19.01s 17.93s
0-120kmph 33.51s 27.93s
     
20-80kmph in 3rd gear 17.98s 17.08s
40-100kmph in 4th gear 30.57s 26.38s
     
80-0kmph 32.2m 34.99m
FUEL ECONOMY    
City 14.08kmpl 14.03kmpl
Highway 18.18kmpl 18.0kmpl
Tank size 28 litres 28 litres
Range 388km 385km
INTERIOR MEASUREMENTS    
Front    
Legroom(Max/min) 740/570mm 810/650mm
Headroom 950mm 950mm
Shoulder room 1210mm 1150mm
Backrest height 540mm 510mm
Rear     
Legroom(Max/min) 830/630mm 810/620mm
Ideal legroom 600mm 640mm
Headroom 930mm 910mm
Shoulder room 1240mm 1180mm
Seat base length 490mm 490mm
Backrest height 500mm 500mm
Boot 289 litres 300 litres
Length/width/height 580/940/530mm 700/960/550mm
Loading lip height 820mm 730mm

Score Sheet

Parameters Max points

Datsun Redigo

Renault Kwid 

DRIVING FEEL      
Steering response 20 8 8
Directional stability 25 10 10
Engine characteristics 25 12 12
Gearbox 20 10 10
Visibility 10 6 6
Intermediate results 100 46 46
       
SPACE      
Front Space 25 8 7
Rear space 25 9 8
Feeling of space 20 11 11
Boot space/flexibility 20 10 12
Payload 10 6 6
Intermediate results 100 44 44
       
IN THE CABIN      
Comfort equipment 25 3 6
Operatibility 15 8 8
Feel of quality 20 11 11
Front seats/ingress 20 13 14
Rear seat/ingress 20 13 14
Intermediate results 100 50 51
       
PERFORMANCE      
Acceleration 25 11 11
Top speed 10 6 6
Driveability 30 13 14
Braking 25 17 17
Environment 10 7 7
Intermediate results 100 54 55
       
ROAD MANNERS      
Ride quality 30 20 20
Turning circle 15 14 14
Handling 20 9 9
Manoeuvrability 15 12 12
Safety 20 2 2
Intermediate results 100 57 57
       
PRICE      
Price 45 45 44
Resale 10 6 7
Warranty 10 6 6
Fuel efficiency 35 22 22
Intermediate results 100 79 79
Total 600 330 332

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