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Renault Kwid Overview

Renault Kwid figures prominently whenever there is any discussion of small cars. Renault Kwid is not only an inexpensive hatchback, but also one that comes with impressive features. Consumers have a wide choice as they can opt for their favourite Renault Kwid car among 16 popular petrol-driven variants. Renault Kwid does not have any diesel variant.

The basic Renault Kwid model variant, Kwid 0.8L STD, is available at INR 2.72 lakh. In spite of its low pricing, it has exciting features that you might not find in its competitors. Four of Renault Kwid models have automatic transmission systems. Renault Kwid is the only small car model that provides airbags in all its variants irrespective of the price. Another critical aspect of Renault Kwid AMT features is that some of its Kwid top models come with a rearview camera as well. The SUV-inspired attractive design comes with a state-of-the-art touchscreen infotainment system. Renault Kwid competes with Maruti hatchbacks in terms of mileage with a couple of its variants delivering an excellent performance of 25.17 kmpl. Check for Renault Kwid price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Renault Kwid Design

As a small car, the Kwid stands out from the crowd, thanks to its flared wheel arches and a forward leaning stance giving it a muscular appearance. It is the first car in the Indian market to debut the French automaker’s honeycomb grille and new headlight design featuring a C-shaped chrome trim. It gets an aggressive front bumper design that extends outwards and in the top spec variants houses the fog lamps.

The side profile reveals the heavily flared wheel arches and a forward leaning stance. The windscreen sharply rakes towards the rear. There is plastic cladding at the base of the doors which are the colour of the wheel arches and basically serve the purpose of rub strips. At the rear, the glass section is small and slopes forward while there is a sharp lip on the middle of the boot door. The plastic cladding sits right below the boot door and houses the number plate.

Renault Kwid Cabin

Get inside the Renault Kwid and you realise that this isn’t a normal matchbox of a cabin which might demand you to take a quick gymming session or even get your head minus from the body. The spaciousness of the cabin is the first thing that one notices followed by the rich list of options and features.The front seats come with high quality fabrics and also offer effective lumbar support. The under thigh, though, misses on the essential cushioning but can be pardoned as the seats feel fairly comfortable. The legroom and headroom are impressive, however, the shoulder room is a tad tight, and perhaps we being on the healthier side felt it more. The rear occupants too enjoy as much comfort with decent amounts of legroom and kneeroom. It is just the flat bottom seats which will leave the occupants at a state of discomfort especially on longer routes. Importantly, it scores a lot more than its rivals as it has the longest wheelbase and is also taller and wider than the competition. To know more info on Renault Kwid check Byteintobigdata

The steering wheel is apt in size with sufficient amount of support for that sudden manoeuvre. It is the instrumental cluster of the Kwid wherein the gizmoness is felt for real. The digital layout displays primarily the speed in big block numbers followed by distance to empty, average fuel consumption, instantaneous mileage, average speed, tripmeter and also fuel left in the tank. If that’s not all and you need some more guidance while driving, there is a gear shift indicator too. Everything packed in that tiny cluster and then there is more.

Since we were nestled in the RxT variant, which is the top of the line option, it comes with a 7-inch touchscreen system with voice assist satellite navigation system, Bluetooth telephone connectivity and other host of entertainment options. Yes, you read that right, the Renault Kwid offers all of that. So the next time you plan to boast of the features in your premium hatch, think of the Kwid.

There are numerous smart storage options inside the cabin. On the dashboard, there is a triple zone storage option with the top zone offering 5L of space with a pocket for a litre class container in it. In fact, it came in handy to stow my DSLR camera. The exposed middle zone offers 3.4L of space while the bottom zone has 5.5L. The front central console too has pockets to keep mundane essentials. The door pockets can hold a litre class container each in addition to the space offered. What really makes a statement is the large and generous boot area, which is the best in class at 300L more than Alto 800, Alto K10, Eon, WagonR, Celerio and even the Swift and i20 Active.

The quality of trims and fit and finish plastics is very impressive especially as Renault had to run on a tight line to maintain its price. The dual tone interiors of ebony and grey look neat and paired with red inserts on fabrics look very fresh and young. The air-conditioner vents are unique in shape with solid blinds and chrome garnish. The piano black surround around the central unit looks upmarket. Leaving a great finish on all of these is nice as they are visible to the eye but more importantly run a deeper look on the console edges, door hinges, carpet area corners and you will realise that the Kwid is a well finished product made with serious levels of workmanship.

Renault Kwid Performance

The Kwid is powered by an 799cc, 3 cylinder motor generating a respectable 54PS of power and 72Nm of torque. A five speed manual is on offer currently, the AMT version might be on the cards as well. The claimed mileage is at an impressive 25.17 km/l. While the power figures don’t seem like a whole lot, one really needs to factor in the weight of the car. At about 670 kgs, the Kwid is amongst the lightest cars out there. The Kwid can be brisk, if need be.One of the first things that you notice, once you turn the key, is the noise from the 3 pot motor. The noise isn’t pleasant by any definition and it only gets worse as the revvs rise. Renault could’ve definitely done more to ensure better NVH levels on the car.

Once on the move, the Kwid’s ride quality quickly overshadows the noise. As is the case with most Renaults, the ride quality is nothing short of phenomenal. The suspension travel is long and you can go over broken roads without a lot of hoo-hah. The 180mm of ground clearance plays it’s part here, you can treat it like an SUV and conveniently not see a pothole in the road. Even at triple digit speeds, the Kwid feels planted and does not feel as jittery as an Alto K10.

What gives the Kwid confidence on the highways? It has to be the steering, without a shade of doubt. The steering isn’t as light as you’d expect in a car from this segment. It is slightly heavy. This weight does seem to be a problem when you need to dive into a small opening in traffic or take a quick U-turn, but it is a boon on the highways. The weighted steering makes the Kwid feels sure footed when you are munching motorway miles.

Highway manners and straight line stability aren’t issues on the Kwid. However, show the little Renault some corners and the story changes quickly. The height of car lends the Kwid an inherent body roll that it just cannot negate. It simply pitches into corners; and it is all the more apparent when you have been stepping on the gas while doing so In all, the Kwid is an impressive package for the city as well as occasional touring. The engine is a decent performer – although the characteristic 3 cylinder clatter is ever so slightly annoying. Speaking of safety, the top spec Kwid gets an optional driver side airbag and we recommend you tick that option.

Renault Kwid Driving

Even though it is the largest in dimensions compared to its rivals, driving it in narrow lanes or manoeuvring through traffic is very easy. The light steering wheel makes all of that possible. It is only on highways where you feel the need of more feedback from the steering wheel. Supporting to the act are the 155 / 80 R13 tyres sourced from JK Tyre. Unless and until you are doing city speeds, going around shopping and more of the similar, these tyres do a decent job but the moment they are made to take a hard turn, there is a great level of discomfort with high levels of understeer.

But then crawling over uneven surfaces is not much of a challenge for this red boy as the Kwid gets a ground clearance of 180mm. This paired with MacPherson strut for front suspension and rear twist beam unit keep the body completely insulated from any uneven undulations on the road. They also do a fabulous jog of completely absorbing the disturbance. The NVH levels too are something to elaborate as no matter where we drove it, the ambience noise barely seeped inside the cabin and also there wasn’t any redundant noise felt.

It is a Renault at the end of the day and this is felt with the way the Kwid handles. There is a slight roll felt around corners at high speeds but the entire setup does a great job of maintaining its straight stance. Renault rightly claims that the Kwid mimics the Duster by offering similar level of driving dynamics, which has to be its salient feature. To make sure there isn’t much of drama when it comes to bringing the vehicle to a complete halt, it gets disc brakes in front and drum on the rear. Since there is no ABS offered for now, the tiny rubbers screech to glory during abrupt braking. We wish the brakes to be tad more effective. Overall, it leaves an amazing impression and is undoubtedly the best city car to drive in its segment.

Renault Kwid Safety

Renault Kwid comes with high-quality suspension for the front and back wheels. These suspensions allow you to have a comfortable ride on bumpy roads. Renault Kwid is a budget car. Hence, most of its models do not have ABS and EBD. However, its ventilated disc front brakes and rear drum brakes are good enough to control the vehicle. It also comes with a manual handbrake to ensure that your vehicle does not move forward or backwards when you park it on sloping terrain.

Renault Kwid comes with compact tyres having size 155/80R13. On the safety front, all Renault Kwid variants come with a minimum of one airbag for the driver. Other safety features include a central locking system, child safety locks, and timely alerts if you accidentally leave its doors open. Engine immobiliser and load limiters for the rear seats are other exciting safety features.

Renault Kwid Price in Hyderabad

Renault Kwid On Road Price is 3,24,192/- and Ex-showroom Price is 2,75,099/- in Hyderabad. Renault Kwid comes in 5 colours, namely Fiery Red,Moonlight Silver,Planet Grey,Electric blue,Ice Cool White. Renault Kwid comes with FWD with 799 CC Displacement and 3 Cylinders with Maximum Power 53 bhp@5678 rpm and Peak Torque 72 Nm@4400 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 16.8 seconds . Renault Kwid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Renault Kwid Bottomline

So, does the Kwid have what it takes? From initial impressions, we think it does. It looks like no other car on the road and the mini SUV-ish design and stance make it stand out even further. It’s also got more space and equipment and an engine that performs well in tight city conditions and claims to be extremely fuel efficient as well. Lastly, there are two things Renault needs to do – one, back it up with some good after sales support and two, give it a really competitive price tag!

Renault Captur Review & Test Drive

Renault Captur Overview

While Renault’s small cars were not able to impress the Indian customers their compact SUV has done the job perfectly. Their popular offering the compact SUV space came in the form of the Duster launched back in 2012. This is definitely counted as one of their most successful product in the Indian market. Now it seems like Renault is all set to add another Crossover to their lineup. Called the Kaptur, now this particular name will sound familiar to you all because Renault already sells the car in the markets of Europe but the Crossover is called Captur there.

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Now the Crossover which will be sold in the Indian market will although look identical to the ones sold in the European market but it will be based on a completely different platform here in India, while the European spec Captur underpins Clio’s platform but in India, it will be based on Duster’s platform. Now according to the reports, this has been done deliberately keeping the developing market in mind. Renault definitely has plans to keep the pricing in check and thus also will be looking to share many of its parts as well with some of their existing cars of the Indian market.View offers on Renault Cars from Renault dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Renault Captur Look

The Captur is a bona fide result of the evolving crossover design trend in recent years. The segment has become increasingly competitive and accordingly, the Captur has been imbued with a quirky sense of style. It looks eccentric and very French, thanks to certain design elements like the gaping grille (with the large Renault logo) that meets the edges of the headlights, the C-shaped daytime running lights and the large front bumper. The all LED headlights are superbly intricate as are the 17-inch alloy wheels with their textured inlays.

These design highlights matched to a long and wide profile with a high stance ensure that the Captur looks modern and edgy enough to gain stares in a segment that’s becoming more stylish each time a new product is released. The Captur also scores well on the customisation bit as Renault is offering several styling add-ons in the form of roof graphics, external chrome trim, metal side steps and a rear bumper guard. All in all, the Captur builds on Renault’s recent global crossovers and appears quite stylish but is it better looking than the rough and ready Duster? We will let you be the judge.

Renault Captur Comfort

Renault has introduced a new top-end variant known as the ‘Platine’ edition. This variant gets black and white leather seats and gold surrounds around the AC vents and Media-Nav. The leather seats not only look neat but also offer good cushioning and back support. However, under thigh support is lacking for tall passengers in both rows. The rear seat too has just about average headroom and kneeroom for tall passengers. This may come to you as a surprise since the Duster has tons of space but the truth is that the Captur has a smaller-sized cabin. Seating position is high too, which gives a commanding view of the road on the upside but this also eats away the headroom.

The upward sloping shoulder on the window line makes the rear glass smaller and this gives out a feeling of reduced spaciousness in the cabin. Renault has added some leather inserts on the door panel, which is a good thing but overall plastic quality could have been better since Renault is calling it a premium SUV. There are good number of features in the cabin. To start with, Renault is offering automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers. You get LED cabin lights, ambient lighting, new digital speedometer ISOFIX child seat mounts and a cooled glove box which has the depth to keep long items.

The Duster-inspired 7-inch touchscreen audio system houses the display of the reversing camera. The software has now been optimised to boot faster but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are surprisingly missing. Other standard features include keyless entry, push button start and automatic climate control with rear AC vents. The ARKAMYS-tuned sound system churns out some good quality sound. Boot space is at par with the Duster and the rear seat has an option of dropping down completely but there is no 60:40 split. For more info on Renault Captur check icadl2013.org.in

Renault Captur Gearbox

On the road, the Captur could be best described as ‘comfortable’. More on that later… Now we ought to make it clear that the India-spec Captur is quite different from the one sold in the Europe. The Captur that we will be getting is based on Renault’s MO platform for emerging markets, which is why the brand has stuck with the tried and tested 1.5-litre K9K diesel motor. That being said, there is a vast difference in the way the Captur and the Duster behave on the road.

The Captur and the Duster share the same 1.5-litre 110bhp/240Nm diesel motor, however, the refinement levels are world apart. The Captur is significantly quieter on the move thanks to better insulation and a less noisy motor – one can hardly hear the diesel clatter once the windows are up. What’s more, the Captur also accelerates in a more linear manner than the Duster when the motor is on boost. For those who are wondering, there is still some turbo lag under 2,000rpm, post which the Captur pulls strongly till 4,500rpm or thereabout. The motor’s got enough torque lower down the rev range to propel the Captur through traffic without ever feeling like it needs to be worked too hard. To our surprise, even the clutch feel is different compared to the Duster – it’s more precise and not as heavy either.

Renault Captur Driving

The Captur is dynamically very sound and it was bound to be since it shares it underpinnings with the Duster. Handling characteristics are very similar to the Duster. The steering offers good feedback, sometimes more than you would like. It still has the mid-turn kickback but can be irritating at times. Nevertheless, this is the best steering in the segment as far as enthusiastic driving is concerned. The Captur is not unnerved in changing direction and while doing so there isn’t much body roll.

The Captur offers a very settled ride. It is barely moved by rough and bad roads. At slow speeds, almost every undulation is filtered before it reaches the cabin. At high speeds, the rear passengers did feel a few jolts over very rough roads but overall, the passengers would find no reason to complain as far as ride is concerned. Braking performance is progressive with the pedal offering good bite.

Renault Captur Safety

The Renault Captur will get dual front airbags along with ABS and EBD. The SUV also gets Brake Assist. Renault’s sales and service network in India is limited in reach and the company still has a long way to go when compared to some of its immediate rivals. However, the French automaker is progressively increasing its dealership reach in the country.

Renault Captur Price in Hyderabad

Renault Captur On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 11,58,386 to 16,75,120 for variants Captur RXE Petrol and Captur Platine Diesel respectively. Renault Captur is available in 10 variants and 5 colours. Below are details of Renault Captur variants price in Hyderabad. check for Captur price in Hyderabad at Carzprice,

Renault Captur Bottomline

Put simply, the Captur is an interesting car. At first, it looks like a generic crossover but as you get closer its European design elements stand out and you realise that there is nothing quite like it in this segment – both the Creta and the Compass carry traditional crossover design cues.

The real question here, though, is whether the Captur advances the crossover game forward for Renault. It’s certainly improved over the Duster in many key areas including engine refinement, gearshift quality, cabin ergonomics and ride quality. However, it trails behind its rivals when it comes to interior quality and drivetrain options. Renault, then, have got to play their pricing card right to regain some momentum in the crossover segment. We expect the top-spec Kaptur to come in at a premium of around Rs 1 lakh over the Duster 110PS RxZ.

Renault Duster Review & First Drive

Renault Duster Overview

Renault originally entered the Indian market in a joint venture with Mahindra in the year 2007 with the Logan (Now the Mahindra Verito). Even with all the experience from the joint venture and data from its sister company Nissan, it failed to create traction with its initial portfolio which included the Fluence, Koleos and Pulse. Renault entered India as a standalone in the year 2011, but continued to see dismal sales figures. The Duster debuted in mid 2012 and turned things around for Renault in India almost overnight. Banking on its success, Renault also added an All-Wheel Drive variant to the lineup. View offers on Renault Cars from Renault dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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The Duster captured the mini SUV market with its SUV form and compact size. A segment that everyone, right from Hyundai, Ford and even Maruti, now have their eye on.The market has had an onslaught of cross-over SUVs since the Duster broke cover, but the Renault has managed to hold its own. What makes the Duster so desirable as opposed to a full-size SUV’s which boast better off-road capability and could seat 2 more than the mini SUVs? We find out!

Renault Duster Look

The Duster’s basic design will not change much. The robust looks will beth same. The front and rear end will get an all-new treatment. The front will be sleek and look more modern as well. A diamond finish grille continues end to end between the headlamps. The headlamps are wider and look meaner than the current one.LED daytime running lights will also be embedded into them.Scuff plates on the bumper will add a tough look to this SUV. The bonnet is also muscular and endorses the SUV DNA of the Duster. The wing mirrors are all-new and much more sleek now. The wheels arches are flared up in a much better fashion now. Prominent roof rails are seen here and look purposeful. New 16-inch alloy wheels increase the ground clearance as well

The side remain quite similar to look at. There is body cladding that extends to the front fender. The door handles are still not the grab type ones, which is disappointing. This means keyless entry is still not on the cards. The rear of the Renault Duster 2019 loss trendier now. It gets new taillamps similar to the Jeep Renegade. Overall, the New Duster 2019 is more stylish and sleeker.

Renault Duster Comfort

The Duster is nicely spacious and comes with comfortable seats. Visibility all around is also pretty good. The dashboard has always had a pretty simple layout and the number of features was also limited earlier. The 2016 Duster comes with a reworked dashboard that gets a shiny piano black finish on the centre console. You also get new controls for the AC along with automatic climate control. We found the AC to be a not-so-good performer, especially in the afternoons. The Duster gets a new MediaNAV touchscreen infotainment system that is also mated to a rearview camera. The touch feels satisfactorily responsive but the screen itself isn’t that crisp and under bright sunlight, it gets a bit difficult to read. The steering continues to come with similar controls for phone and music but this time around, the centre console gets a bunch of additional switches thanks to the addition of cruise control.

On the door pads, you get the usual silver trims just like the AC vent surrounds while Renault also offers red trims as optional. The red trims do nothing but make the interiors look absolutely gaudy. The front doors come with useful door pockets but the rear doors have no bottle holders. The driver now gets an armrest while there is also another silver trim near the handbrake area. The front has enough cubbyholes for your belongings and the rear seat too gets an armrest with dual cupholders. There is a 12V power socket behind the rear seat on the left side too. The area above the glovebox comes with DUSTER engraved on it while the entire colour scheme of the interiors has been changed to a combination of greyish brown and beige, though we think the older colour scheme looked better.

Renault Duster Gearbox

The new Renault Duster 2019 will get a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine. The current 1.5-litre diesel engine will continue to do duty. A six-speed manual transmission and AMT will continue to be offered as well. The petrol version will be priced aggressively and Will try and compete with other petrol counterparts. The small capacity engine will attract excise benefits as well. The diesel engine will get some tweaks. An AWD version will also be offered in the Duster 2019. The new petrol engine is expected to get a six-speed manual and AMT as well.

The new Duster will be built on a new platform, but for India, it will continue to use the B0 platform that underpins the current Duster. This platform is a robust one and well-suited for our country. The Renault Captur is also built on the same platform, hence it will save costs for the company. It will also help in pricing the new Duster competitively. The new Duster will get an upgraded diesel engine and also a new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, most likely. Fuel efficiency is expected to improve this time, both in petrol and diesel versions.The diesel will be the 1.5-litre version that will churn about 108 bhp of power and will be more fuel efficient. The petrol is likely to return about 13km/l overall and the diesel will return 19 km/l in real driving conditions.

Renault Duster Rideing

Ride quality on the Renault Duster is fantastic and the SUV has no qualms in tackling bad roads. It can counter whatever is thrown at it and with much ease. The AMT trim comes with MRF tyres while the AWD variant gets much better Apollo rubber. We found the ride quality on the Duster AWD much better because it comes with independent suspension. Handling is also fun and the steering provides good feedback too. The Duster feels very chuckable and is properly fun to drive. Brakes are pretty good too and they don’t disappoint at all. The AWD system itself is quite capable and the Duster can surely take you places!

Renault Duster Safety

Talking about safety, the 2016 Renault Duster comes with dual front airbags and ABS. The AMT transmission also gets features like Hill Hold and ESP. There is also a traction control system on offer which does its job pretty well should you decide to have some fun around the twisties. In terms of after-sales service, Renault does have a not-so-good network and it just doesn’t match the quality levels of Hyundai for that matter.

Renault Duster Price in Hyderabad

Renault Duster Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,49,299/- (Duster RxE Petrol) to 13,66,968/- (Duster RxZ Diesel 110PS 4×2 MT). Get best offers for Renault Duster from Renault Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Duster price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Renault Duster Bottomline

The Duster stands as our favorite as it ticks two boxes. One, it’s a capable highway vehicle. Two, it’s a capable off-roader. Obviously, it won’t climb rocks like the Thar, but soft off-roading is fun in the AWD Duster. While the Creta is a looker it lacks out on the 4×4 option.If you want the best of both worlds, the Duster AWD is your best bet!

Bottom line, pick up the Thar if you want a pure off-roader. A Creta if you want the comfort of a premium hatch but the feel of an SUV. If you want the best of both worlds, the Duster AWD is your best bet! You could also get your hands on the regular/Explore editions of the Duster to skip the waiting time of the Creta and get a good deal before the revamped version make their way to the showroom.For all we know, the updated Duster could shake this space up even further! We’ll keep you updated as soon as it gets here.