Redi Go vs Kwid Comparison Review

Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Comparison Review

Pricing & Features:
The Kwid’s top-end 'RxT O' variant, has become a super hit, amongst its prospective customers. It costs 4.00 lakh Rs. On road, Delhi. Redi Go’s range-topping 'S' variant costs 3.7 Lakh Rs. which is 30,000 Rs. cheaper, than the Kwid. Although the Redi Go misses out on the much-hyped, Touch-screen Infotainment System, of the Kwid, it does get the extra, LED Daytime Running Lights, over the Kwid.

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Common Features: Driver Airbag, AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 2 Speakers

Extra Features in Kwid (RxT O): 7” Touch-screen, Navigation
Extra Features in Redi Go (T O): LED DRLs

Performance & Drivability:
Both cars are powered by the exact same engine, Redi Go's lighter kerb weight gives it an academic advantage over the Kwid in terms of performance, but the difference is too small to be perceived. The shared powertrain has tall gearing which coupled to weak low-end torque, makes it hard work to pilot on city streets. Overall performance is decent for a car of its segment and refinement though lacking is acceptable for the price range.

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, Redi Go – 54@5678
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, Redi Go – 72@4386
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, Redi Go – 635

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, Redi Go – 85
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, Redi Go – 113

Fuel Efficiency:
The Redi Go has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl, which is identical to the Kwid. In our back-to-back tests, the Redi Go was just as efficient as the Kwid, as expected.

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Redi Go – 2.75, Kwid – 2.75

Space & Comfort:
The Redi Go is half a size smaller than the Kwid. The cabin space is almost similar in both cars, the Kwid having a small advantage, in rear leg-room and knee-room over the Redi Go. Kwid's longer length has given it a distinct advantage in boot capacity over the Redi Go. Kwid's 300 litre boot being crucially useful on longer journeys, compared to the 222 litre boot volume of the Redi Go. Both cars have cut-price, utilitarian interiors, but Kwid's lines are more subdued compared to the quirky design of the Redi Go, giving the Kwid a small advantage over the Redi Go in terms of perceived quality.

Length (mm): Kwid - 3679, Redi Go - 3429
Width (mm): Kwid - 1579, Redi Go - 1560
Height (mm): Kwid - 1478, Redi Go - 1541

Ride Quality & Handling:
Both cars have a remarkably pliant and comfortable ride quality and certainly feel like cars from a segment above in terms of dynamics. The Redi Go feels a bit more sprightly than the Kwid in terms of steering response, but both cars are surprisingly stable at cruising speeds and have decent stability under hard braking as well. However, both cars tend to get caught out by large bumps and the returnability of the feather-light steering could have been tuned better.

Ground Clearance (mm): Kwid - 180, Redi Go - 185

Tyre Size:
Kwid: 155/80R13
Redi Go: 155/80R13

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Both Renault & Nissan-Datsun are sister concerns, which are new to our country and yet to figure out how to micromanage their dealers effectively. So service support can be hit or miss depending on how professional your local dealer is. Product reliability itself is excellent, but it is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months just to be sure that excessive cost cutting hasn’t resulted in any serious teething troubles, especially given that the 800 cc engine powering both the cars is a brand new powertrain.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Kwid is bound to hold slightly better resale value than the Redi Go, thanks to the stronger lure of lozenge diamond logo, and micro-SUV looks of the Kwid.
Redi Go 'T O' – 1.95, Kwid 'RxT O' – 2.30

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Kwid makes up for its slightly higher price tag with better resale value resulting in identical cost of ownership compared to the Redi Go, over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years.
Redi Go 'T O' – 4.45, Kwid 'RxT O' – 4.45

Verdict:
The Kwid narrowly edges past the Redi Go to win this test. It costs the same as the Redi Go to own and run. It also comes fitted with the added touch-screen unit, making it better value-for-money than the Redi Go. It is a more practical car than the Redi Go too, thanks to better legroom and a larger boot. Otherwise both cars are more or less identical to each other. However much Renault-Nissan may wish, the Redi Go is not going to replicate the success of the Kwid.

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