When you are restrained by budget and dimensions, looks become a priority and Renault has chosen to go with the wildly popular SUV body style.
The Kwid’s styling has evolved with Renault global design philosophy and gone from square and sharp lines to curved edges and French funkiness that Renault is well known for. The face is entirely new with LED DRLs, a new grille and low set headlights to illuminate the road better. In profile, Renault has upped the wheel size from 13-inch to 14-inches with slightly bigger tyres too giving the Kwid a better stance than the outgoing model. The rear is a bit plain but the tail lamps have now got LED guide lights.
One of the selling points for the Kwid when it was launched was the inclusion of a touchscreen system. It was a first-in-segment feature at that time. Renault has updated the system on offer to its latest version. This updated version includes a new interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apart from the usual’s like Bluetooth connectivity, AUX-IN and reverse camera with static guides. We’ve highlighted the details of this system in a separate story and you can find a link in the description below.
The Kwid was the first car in the segment to bring in a full digital dashboard and what we have here is an updated version of the system.
The colour scheme has switched from green and orange to more futuristic blue dials over silver text. It’s actually quite a comprehensive display with multiple trip meters, RPM gauge, gear position indicator and even real time consumption.
Ease of City Driving
The Kwid might look like a mini-SUV but it is still a small car with a small footprint. This small footprint makes it a breeze to drive in the city. We have some quips with the steering but its light nature makes it easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces. This 1.0-litre engine version that we are driving has a majority of its torque available quite low down making driving at city speeds quite a breeze. The AMT, lacks a manual mode, but has a creep function and with the traffic on our roads not looking at dying down anytime soon the two pedal setup has its own advantages.
Low Speed Ride
Small dimensions, easy manoeuvrability and a cushy low speed ride are the trifecta when it comes to a city car and with the Kwid, Renault has managed to connect all the right dots.
Renault has boosted the tyre and wheel size but this has hardly affected the Kwid’s pliant ride quality that it has been known for. Most bumps and imperfections are done and dusted without much struggle and the 184mm SUV-like ground clearance means you get sufficient height to clear big obstacles without clenching too tightly.