Kwid vs KUV100 Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Mahindra KUV100 Comparison

Overall, The diesel KUV100 is the clear winner of this test. The way mainstream market thinks about diesel cars needs a thorough revamp in our country. Over an average ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the biggest outlay you are going to face is not going to be fuel cost. It is going to be loss in the market value of your car. This is where diesel cars beat the hell out of petrol cars. Whatever extra you might have to spend on EMI of a diesel car will be more than compensated by lower monthly expenditure on fuel and much more in the resale price you will get, when you finally decide to sell your car. Which is why a KUV100, which is car from a segment above the Kwid’s, works out to be just 70,000 Rs. more expensive than the Kwid. Other big advantage of a diesel is that a diesel engine’s performance is more accessible, for example the diesel KUV has 1.5 times more torque than the petrol Kwid, giving it better drivability around town as well as a potent mid-range. Petrol engines are inherently much weaker than diesels up to 4000 rpm and thus their peak power is more of an academic metric rather than a practical one. In addition to that, the KUV is also more practical and better suited to Indian road conditions, which makes it a much more accomplished alternative to the Kwid.

KUV100 vs Kwid Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The range-topping Kwid ‘RXT O' variant, retails for 3.95 Lakh (On road, Delhi). Car buyers having a budget of 4 to 5 Lakh are puzzled, whether to settle for the top-end Kwid or extend for the mid-range KUV100. KUV’s mid-range ‘K4+’ variant, retails for 5.60 Lakh, which is 1.6 Lakh rupees more than the equivalent Kwid. KUV ‘K4+’ has crucial extra safety features over the Kwid, namely ABS & Passenger Airbag, while the Kwid ‘RXT O’ offers the Touchscreen Infotainment System. (KUV100 diesel ‘K4+’ costs 6.58 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking

Extra Features in KUV100 (K4+): ABS, Passenger Airbag, Rear Power Windows

Extra Features Kwid (RXT O): Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + Front Speakers, 7” Touchscreen, On-board Navigation, Fog Lamps

Performance & Drivability:
In spite of having a 400cc smaller engine than the KUV, the Kwid has similar performance to the KUV! That is because it is 400 kg lighter than the KUV, giving it 8% better power to weight ratio than the KUV! Both cars have weak low-end torque making them a chore to drive in city traffic. However, the Kwid is much more refined than the rather hoarse sounding KUV100.

The diesel KUV is our underdog of this test. It has 51% better torque to weight ratio than the petrol Kwid! This makes it much easier to drive in city traffic by necessitating far lesser gear-shifting on daily commutes. It also has much better mid-range punch making life easier while overtaking heavy vehicles on the Highway. KUV’s new diesel powertrain is Mahindra’s best attempt so far and even its refinement is in line with global competitors.

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid (Petrol) – 54@5678, KUV100 (Petrol) – 82@500, KUV100 (Diesel) - 77@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid (Petrol) – 72@4386, KUV100 (Petrol) – 115@3500, KUV100 (Diesel) – 190@1750-2250
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid (Petrol) – 660, KUV100 (Petrol) –1075*­, KUV100 (Diesel) – 1175*

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid (Petrol) – 82, KUV100 - 76 (Petrol), KUV100 (Diesel) – 66
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid (Petrol) – 109, KUV100 – 107 (Petrol), KUV100 (Diesel) – 162

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the Kwid was consistently three kmpl more efficient then the petrol KUV. However, the diesel KUV was almost two kmpl more efficient than the Kwid.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Kwid (petrol manual) – 25.17, KUV100 (petrol, manual) – 18.15, KUV100 (diesel, manual) – 25.32

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Kwid (petrol, manual) – 2.89, KUV100 (petrol, manual) – 4.01, KUV100 (diesel, manual) - 2.37

Space & Comfort:
Contrary to general perception, the Kwid is actually slightly longer than the KUV, but the KUV is a much wider and taller car than the Kwid. The KUV has a higher hip point than the Kwid, resulting in better under-thigh support to the occupants than the Kwid. KUV also has excellent elbow room in the rear, which is more than adequate for three full size adults. The Kwid has good leg-room and knee room in the rear, but the seat is not as wide as the KUV’s. Surprisingly, the Kwid has significantly more boot-space of 300 litres compared to 243 litre capacity of the KUV.

Length (mm): Kwid – 3679, KUV100 – 3675
Width (mm): Kwid – 1579, KUV100 – 1715
Height (mm): Kwid – 1478, KUV100 – 1655

Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars have excellent ground clearance and well-tuned suspension for coping up with the harsh reality of Indian roads. However, the Kwid’s smaller tyres and compact footprint means it has to work hard to isolate occupants from the underlying terrain, while the KUV deals with bad roads quite effortlessly. But, then the KUV’s high center of gravity, gives it immense body roll, making it a nuisance to drive around corners. Whereas the Kwid is neutral and well balanced around the turns. Kwid would have been even better, if Renault hadn’t commonised the slow, 4.0 turns, lock-to-lock steering ratio for both manual and power steered variants.

Ground Clearance (mm): KUV100 – 170, Kwid – 180

Tyre Size: KUV100 – 185/65R14, Kwid - 155/80R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Mahindra has good presence in rural areas thanks to Mahindra Tractor’s service network, while Renault’s presence is limited to the cities. This gives Mahindra an advantage over Renault in terms of its service availability. But Mahindra’s products have a track record of teething trouble and so far their track record for Product Reliability has been quite inferior to that of Renault’s. Both brands are still working towards getting their dealership standards up-to-the mark in terms of the quality of service and repairs.


Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Kwid, being way more efficient and better quality product than the KUV, is bound to retain excellent resale value over a usage of 5 to 7 years.
Kwid RXT O (Petrol manual) – 2.13, KUV100 K4+ (Petrol, manual) – 2.85, KUV100 K4+ (Diesel, manual) - 3.55

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
The Kwid works out to be over two Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent KUV100! Not surprising, given its lower price tag, better fuel efficiency and superior value retention. Interestingly though, the diesel KUV works out to be just 70,000 Rs. more expensive then the Kwid in terms of overall cost of Ownership, because it makes up for its higher price tag by saving on fuel costs as well as depreciation.
Kwid RXT O (Petrol manual) – 4.70, KUV100 K4+ (Petrol manual) – 6.75, KUV100 K4+ (Diesel manual) - 5.40

Verdict:
The diesel KUV100 is the clear winner of this test. The way mainstream market thinks about diesel cars needs a thorough revamp in our country. Over an average ownership period of 5 to 7 years, the biggest outlay you are going to face is not going to be the fuel cost. It is going to be loss in the market value of your car. This is where diesel cars beat the hell out of petrol cars. Whatever extra you might have to spend on EMI of a diesel car, will be more than compensated, by lower monthly expenditure on fuel, and much more in the resale price you will get when you finally decide to sell your car.

Which is why a KUV100, which is car from a segment above the Kwid’s, works out to be just 70,000 Rs. more expensive than the Kwid. Other big advantage of a diesel is that a diesel engine’s performance is more accessible, for example the diesel KUV has 1.5 times more torque than the petrol Kwid, giving it better drivability around town as well as a potent mid-range. Petrol engines are inherently much weaker than diesels up to 4000 rpm and thus their peak power is more of an academic metric rather than a practical one. In addition to that, the KUV is also more practical and better suited to Indian road conditions, which makes it a much more accomplished alternative to the Kwid.

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