Renault Kwid vs Hyundai Grand i10 Comparison

Kwid vs Grand i10 Comparison
Overall the Kwid offers far more features & boot-space than the Grand i10 diesel for identical Total Cost of Ownership, but loses out on drivability, quality and after sales service, giving the diesel powered Grand i10 a slight edge over the Kwid. Compared to the petrol powered Grand i10, Kwid works out to be a whopping 1.4 Lakh rupees cheaper in terms of Total Cost of Ownership and yet has way more features, bigger boot, equally good dynamics and only slightly worse performance than the Grand i10, giving it an edge over the petrol powered Grand i10.

Pricing & Features: Kwid’s top-of-the-line RxT (O) variant retails for 3.53 Lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, which seems like a attractive alternative for customers intending to buy the base variant of the Grand i10. The Kwid RxT (O) is still an eye-watering 1.16 lakh cheaper than the Grand i10 Era Petrol, which retails for 4.69 Lakh (Grand i10 Era Diesel – 5.55 Lakh). In spite of being cheaper, the Kwid also has way more features than the Grand i10 which are worth at least 40,000 Rs.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows
Extra Features in Grand i10 (Era): none
Extra Features in Kwid (RxT O): Airbag – 1, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 2 Speakers, 7” Touchscreen, Navigation, Fog Lamps

Performance & Drivability: The Kwid is marginally down on drivability, performance, refinement and rev-happy nature compared to the Kappa 2 powered Grand i10 petrol. However, thanks to Kwid’s ultra-light kerb weight, most of its performance disadvantage is effectively neutralized. Compared to the diesel Grand i10, it falls significantly short on drivability. The Grand i10’s diesel unit has very little turbo-lag making it much easier to drive than the Kwid in city traffic. However, the Kwid definitely feels far more refined than the Grand i10 diesel and also has better outright performance.

Petrol: Power (PS@rpm): Grand i10 (P) – 83@6000, Grand i10 (D) – 71@4000, Kwid – 54@5678
Torque (Nm@rpm): Grand i10 (P) - 114@4000, Grand i10 (D) - 160@1500-2750, Kwid - 72@4386
Kerb Weight (kg): Grand i10 (P) – 935, Grand i10 (D) – 1025, Kwid – 660
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Grand i10 (P) – 89, Grand i10 (D) – 69, Kwid – 82
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Grand i10 (P) – 122, Grand i10 (D) – 156, Kwid – 109

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests the Kwid was consistently 3 kmpl more efficient than the Grand i10 petrol. However, the diesel Grand i10 was over 1 kmpl more efficient than the Kwid.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Kwid – 25.17, Grand i10 – 18.9 (petrol, manual), Grand i10 – 24 (diesel, manual), 16.95 (petrol, automatic)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Kwid – 2.95, Grand i10 – 3.90 (petrol, manual), Grand i10 – 2.35 Lakh (diesel, manual), Grand i10 - 4.35 (petrol, automatic)

Space & Comfort: In spite of being smaller on the outside, the Kwid has better space than the Grand i10 on the inside. Both cars are meant for carrying 4 people only, but it is easier to squeeze in a fifth passenger in the Kwid than the Grand i10. Kwid also has more space in the boot than the Grand i10, with 300 litres of room compared to Grand i10 256 litres. Grand i10 retaliates with a more luxurious and cheerful cabin compared to Kwid’s dull grey expanse of interior plastics.

Length (mm): Grand i10 - 3765, Kwid - 3679
Width (mm): Grand i10 – 1660, Kwid - 1579
Height (mm): Grand i10 – 1520, Kwid - 1478

Ride Quality & Handling: Neither cars are enthusiastic corner carvers. But surprisingly it’s the Kwid that trumps the Grand i10 in terms of ride quality over bumps and ruts and also has a crucial advantage over the Grand i10 in terms of ground clearance. However both cars suffer from overtly light steering setups making them boring to drive around bends.

Ground Clearance (mm): Grand i10 – 165, Kwid - 180
Tyre Size: Grand i10 - 165/65R14, Kwid – 155/80R13

Reliability and After Sales Service: Hyundai has a proven track record of providing trouble-free After Sales Service in our country whereas Renault is still trying hard to train and control the service quality of its dealers. Product reliability of both Hyundai cars and Renault cars based on Nissan platforms (Pulse & Scala, not Duster & Lodgy) has been satisfactory. Therefore Grand i10 is bound to hold slightly better resale value than Kwid.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Kwid – 1.95, Grand i10 (Petrol manual) – 2.70, Grand i10 (Diesel) – 3.35
Total Cost of Ownership (Lakh): Kwid – 4.53, Grand i10 (Petrol manual) – 5.90, Grand i10 (Diesel) – 4.55

Verdict: Overall the Kwid offers far more features & boot-space than the Grand i10 diesel for identical Total Cost of Ownership, but loses out on drivability, quality and after sales service, giving the diesel powered Grand i10 a slight edge over the Kwid. Compared to the petrol powered Grand i10, Kwid works out to be a whopping 1.4 Lakh rupees cheaper in terms of Total Cost of Ownership and yet has way more features, bigger boot, equally good dynamics and only slightly worse performance than the Grand i10, giving it an edge over the Hyundai.

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