The Renault Kwid greets you with a meaty steering wheel and a handsome instrument cluster displaying a large digital speedometer. What also adds to the modern feeling is the large seven inch touchscreen that sits proudly on top of the centre console. The front seats have good back support but they feel a bit flat especially compared to the Eon’s. Shoulder room and ingress on the Kwid, though behind the Eon, are better than the Alto. The back seat features good space with best length and a well-angled backrest which makes it a nice place to be in, especially for the third passenger. Storage is taken care of by the twin gloveboxes and even the top compartment is big enough to hold a full size bottle. Adding to the convenience is the slot in between both gloveboxes for increased storage. The centre console can hold a decent amount of accessories in addition to the door pads which can hold a bottle too. Although overall quality is better than the Alto it is not as consistent as the Hyundai Eon’s. We particularly didn’t like the cheap plastics used for the door handles, door pads and even the dash graining felt off the mark. On the other hand, you will appreciate the Kwid’s boot which can swallow a massive 300litres of luggage.
Behind the wheel of the Alto, you simply feel that it is an outdated car. The centrally placed air-con vents are an eyesore and the grey colour used throughout the cabin looks bland. In comparison, the seats hardly have any contours and don’t offer much support. Legroom in the rear is almost as good as the Kwid and better than the Eon. However, the low backseat and poor seat width translate into a knees-up sitting position which definitely does not help when accommodating the third passenger. In addition to the glove box, there is a slot above the glovebox which comes handy to hold small things. There’s more storage space ahead of the gear shifter which can also accommodate a bottle but the front doorpads are slim enough to only hold papers. The boot can accommodate 177 litres and that means a few normal sized bags at the most.
Position yourself in the Eon and you’ll appreciate the sculpted dashboard and the well-built switches and knobs. Dual tone interiors that spread across the cabin adds a refreshing feel in comparison to the others. The Eon scores ahead of the pack with the most shoulder width in the front. This is coupled with front seats that offer the best support along with a snug fit. Rear legroom scores the lowest compared to the other cars and though space in the rear is wider than the Alto, it still lags behind the Kwid in terms of space and seat support. Ingress is also the easiest on the Eon. That said, there’s enough storage capacity for your requirements on the dashboard, centre console and door pads and we found the power window switches conveniently placed on the door. You can accommodate a decent amount of luggage in the Eon’s 215 litre boot.