Like its exteriors, the interiors of the Kwid, too, have received considerable updates. It gets a new steering wheel, a redesigned dash and a fully-digital instrument cluster. It also features the new MEDIANAV Evolution infotainment system, replete with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands. There’s a piano black surround for the touchscreen with subtle chrome accents, which feels premium for the segment.
The air-con controls are now placed on the lower part of the central dashboard area, while the lock/unlock button, front window controls and the hazard light switches have been moved up. The placement of the window switches is unusual, and it takes some time get habituated to it. The passenger-side upper glove-box on the old car, which was quite handy to store documents and knick-knacks, has been done away with. However, the new model gets a co-driver airbag, so the trade-off is fair in our opinion.
The front seats are placed a bit low, so, you sit in them rather that on them. However, they offer good support and the view out is good too. The steering, in itself, is good to hold and being a compact car, everything falls within an arm’s reach. That said, although the rotary gear-shift knob has now been repositioned onto the centre console, we still feel that a regular gear-stick would have made things easier for the driver.
The Kwid has compact dimensions and boasts of a rear shoulder room of 1170mm, which makes it a bit of a squeeze for three passengers to comfortably sit abreast. And the all-black cabin doesn’t make things any better, as it feels a tad bit claustrophobic at the rear. That said, the new checkered seat upholstery and red accents help elevate the cabin ambience to some extent. What also works in its favour is that the Kwid gets a boot space capacity of 279 litres, which is more than the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and the Datsun redi-GO.
As a part of the standard safety kit, the Kwid gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, speed alert system and front seat-belt reminder. However, it misses out on a day/night IRVM, tilt-adjustable steering and any sort of internal adjustability for the ORVMS which, if offered, would’ve given a formidable advantage to the Kwid against its rivals.