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Renault Kwid Facelift vs Maruti Suzuki S-Presso: Which Mini-Cross Hatch Should You Buy?


The S-Presso and Kwid have arrived right on time for the festive season. So let’s find out which one deserves your attention

 

Just a day after the launch of the much-anticipated Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Renault has officially debuted the Kwid facelift. The Kwid facelift comes with premium looks, bigger dimensions and packs more features as well. So does that make a strong case for the baby Renault? The only way to find out is by pitching both models against each other in an on-paper comparison. 

Dimensions:

 

Renault Kwid Facelift

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Length (mm)

3731

3565

Width (mm)

1579

1520

Height (mm)

1490*

1564~

Wheelbase (mm)

2422

2380

Boot Space (litres)

279

270

*With roof rails.
~With 14-inch wheels. 
 

Longest: Renault Kwid

Widest: Renault Kwid

Tallest: Maruti S-Presso

Wheelbase:  Renault Kwid

Boot Space:  Renault Kwid

In terms of size, it’s clear from the table above that the Kwid is a size bigger than the S-Presso. It is 166mm longer and 59mm wider than the S-Presso. Even the distance between both the axles are longer by 42mm. However, the Maruti is taller than the Renault by a staggering 74mm. In fact, the Kwid facelift is shorter than its predecessor by 22mm. In terms of boot space, the Kwid beats the S-Presso by a whisker. 

Features:

 

Renault Kwid Facelift

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Headlamps

LED DRLs with Halogen headlamps

Halogen headlamps

Tail lamps

LED elements 

Halogen tail lamps

Infotainment

8-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Manual HVAC

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Audio Control

No

Yes

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Tachometer

Yes

No

Power Windows

Front+Rear*

Front-Only

Remote locking

Yes

Yes

Rear Central Armrest

Yes

No

USB Charger

Yes

Yes

*optional.
 

Both models come loaded with features; common elements include a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, manual HVAC, digital multi-info display, front power windows, remote locking, rear central armrest as well as a USB charger. 

While the Kwid misses out on steering-mounted audio controls, it packs premium elements like LED DRLs and tail lamps. It also gets optional rear power windows as well. Meanwhile, the S-Presso misses out on a tachometer. 

Safety Features:

 

Renault Kwid Facelift

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Airbags

Driver + Passenger*

Dual Airbags

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Driver and Co-driver Seat Belt warning

Yes

Yes

High-speed Alert

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Camera

No

Yes

*Optional.
 
 

Safety features on both models include a driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, driver and co-driver seat belt warning as well a high-speed alert. The S-Presso also packs a passenger airbag in the top-spec VXi+ variant while it is an option in the Kwid. However, the Renault Kwid is the only car to come with a rearview camera. 

Engine Options:

 

Renault Kwid Facelift 1.0

Maruti S-Presso

Displacement

1.0-litre

1.0-litre

Cylinder

3

3

Power (PS)

68PS @ 5500rpm

68PS @5500rpm

Torque (Nm)

91Nm @ 4250rpm

90Nm @rpm

Transmission Options

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT

5-speed MT / 5-speed AMT 

Fuel Efficiency

NA

21.7kmpl

BS6-Compliancy

No

Yes

 

Both models displace power from a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol unit that develop similar power and torque figures. However, the Kwid’s engine produces its peak torque at a high 4250rpm while the S-Presso’s unit does it at a more relaxed 3500rpm. Both models come mated to a 5-speed manual or an AMT. Special credit must be given to the S-Presso though as it comes with a BS6-compliant engine. 

The Renault Kwid can also be had with an entry-level 0.8-litre engine. It develops 54PS of power and 72Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. 

In terms of fuel efficiency, the S-Presso has a claimed fuel efficiency of 21.7kmpl. Renault hasn’t revealed the official fuel efficiency of the Kwid yet. The  numbers will be updated once we get our hands on the facelifted model. 

Prices And Verdict:

 

Renault Kwid Facelift 1.0

Renault Kwid Facelift 0.8

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 4.33 lakh to Rs 4.84 lakh

Rs 2.83 lakh to Rs 4.13 lakh

Rs 3.69 lakh to Rs 4.91 lakh

 

Prices for the 1.0-litre Renault Kwid start from Rs 4.33 lakh, which makes it Rs 64,000 more expensive than the S-Presso. However, the 1.0-litre engine in the Kwid is only available in the higher-spec, and consequently pricier, RXT and Climber variants. Tilting things towards the Kwid is the top-spec Climber AMT that is cheaper than the S-Presso’s VXi+ AMT variant by Rs 7,000, making it a good value for money offering. That said, if it’s a lower-spec variant that you’re looking for, the S-Presso seems like a better option thanks to its bigger engine when compared to the base-spec Kwid.

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  • tax | 1 month ago So what do you suggest for City driving? Hyundai Santro Sportz or Renault Kwid Climber ? 0 Reply
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