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With its new 1,000cc engine, Renault’s popular small car is a frugal yet fun machine

Renault India has had a great run with the Kwid so far. Its quirky looks and SUV-inspired styling won the market over and now, with the new 1.0 litre engine, it is expected to  take the market by storm. Here’s all you need to know about the hottest little car in town.

Power to the people
The three cylinder, 999cc engine that powers the Kwid 1.0 SCe delivers a solid 68 bhp of  power at 5,500 rpm and generates 91Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. Compared to the 799cc unit, power is up by a substantial 14 bhp and torque by 19 Nm. Better still, the Kwid 1.0 offers a power to weight ratio of a staggering 97 bhp/tonne. The ARAI tested mileage on the Kwid 1.0 SCe is 23.01 kmpl. Basically a frugal yet fun machine—the best of both worlds.

Compact & convenient
The Kwid boasts the best cabin space compared to any car in its category. Space has  been
wisely allocated to accommodate five adults plus 300 litres
of luggage. Fold the seats and it
can swallow up to
1,115 litres of luggage. Add to that, the
Kwid comes with a lot of in-cabin storage space, too.

Summing it up
Overall, the Kwid 1.0 SCe is a car that really wins you over. Not only is its design SUV-like, but also its performance—commendable attributes for a car at this price. Plus, Renault has done a fantastic job of refining and fine-tuning it for our market. It is a car that you really can’t go wrong with. Our verdict? A blockbuster in the making.

Feature rich
Remote keyless entry, front power windows, a powerful air conditioning unit, an upper glove box with a lid, a rear parcel tray and an onboard trip computer are all standard on the Kwid 1.0 SCe RXT version. However, the winner here is the integrated touchscreen infotainment system, which offers you superb connectivity options and navigation.

Style cues
In many ways, the Kwid looks like a scaled down Duster and its sporty stance adds to its appeal. The car has always been a head turner. Further, the 1.0 litre version gets a bold side strip and grey
outside rear view mirror covers to spice things up a bit.

Rs 3.82 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai).

Details: renault.co.in
—Vikram Gour@VikramGour

 

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