When Renault initially launched the Kwid, it was not expected to be as successful as it was and continues to be. Renault sells an average of 770 Kwids a month making it the 4th most popular passenger car in South Africa. Just a head of it is the Toyota Fortuner, the Volkswagen Polo and of course, taking the number one spot, is the Polo Vivo. 60% of Kwid owners are first-time car buyers and most of them are women between the age of 25-35 years.
The popularity came as surprise to many of us due to the fact that it was deemed a rather unsafe car. But it was no surprise when one looked at the price and what you got for that price. But Renault has now launched its updated Kwid and I am glad to say they have corrected some of the issues many of us had with the Kwid. Not all of them, but it is a start.
The size has not changed in any way, but Renault claims the new rear axle and wheels improves road holding and therefore safety. I can’t say I felt much of a difference from the outgoing model, it is still a little wobbly on the road, but at least ABS, EBD and two airbags are standard across the range. There is also a seatbelt reminder for driver and passenger.
The engine is unchanged and remains the 1.0-litre Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine which claims a fuel consumption of 4.7l/100 km on the manual and 4.4l/100 km on the automatic.
It has a completely new design which is SUV-inspired and I have to say that I think it looks much better than the previous model. It even has a best-in-class ground clearance of 180 mm which makes ramping those pavements somewhat easier. It sports a new front facia which means a new bumper and a grille with chrome inserts. It boasts integrated headlamps as well as LED floating strips and LED taillights. The Kwid rides on 14-inch wheels.
Where the Kwid really shines is when it comes to all the features that are on offer. When looking at the list, it is easy to forget that this is, in fact, a budget car. The three trim levels available are Expression, Dynamique and Climber. I would opt for the Dynamique or Climber because standard spec is impressive on these models. Some of the highlights are all round electric windows, air conditioning, rear park sensors, a rear camera, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a fast-charge USB port.
But probably one of the most appealing things about the Renault Kwid is that it comes standard with a 1-year Comprehensive Insurance Cover, a 2-Year Service Plan, and a 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km intervals.
There is no denying this car is great value for money. If you’ve always had to rely on public transport, this car is a sure way to get in to the car-buying market without having to break the bank.
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