Kwid vs Alto 800 Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Alto 800 Comparison
Overall, Kwid is better value-for-money than the Alto 800

Alto 800 vs Kwid Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: The LXi is by far the most popular variant of the Alto 800 amongst its customers, which retails for 3.11.Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For exactly the same price, you can buy the RxL variant of the freshly launched Renault Kwid with a sticker price of 3.12 Lakh rupees, Ex-showroom, Delhi. In fact you even get a factory fitted music system with Bluetooth in the Kwid RxL, which is not available in the Alto LXi. This makes the Kwid a jaw dropping 10,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Alto 800! With this fantastic pricing, Renault really has given an opportunity to compact car buyers to move away from the decades old Alto, which frankly has gotten too long in the tooth.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering
Extra Features in Alto 800: none
Extra Features in Kwid: Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 2 Speakers

Performance & Drivability: Both cars are powered by tiny little 800cc engines. However, the Kwid being a lighter car, it has a slight advantage over the Alto 800 in terms of overall performance. Both cars have decent drivability around town. But the Kwid has a slightly stronger mid-range than the Alto, which comes in handy when the roads open up. However the Alto 800 feels a bit more refined than the Kwid, clawing back the lost advantage.
Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, Alto 800 – 48@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, Alto 800 – 69@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, Alto 800 – 720
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, Alto 800 – 67
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, Alto 800 – 96

Fuel Efficiency: The Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl which is 2.43 kmpl more than Alto 800’s fuel efficiency of 22.74 kmpl. However in our fuel efficiency tests, both cars returned identical fuel efficiency.

Space & Comfort: One parameter where the Kwid has comprehensively outdone the Alto is in terms of the sheer expanse of space available inside the cabin. It has significantly better head-room, knee-room and shoulder room, be it in the front seat or rear. Especially the rear seat has more than adequate room to seat three full grown adults as opposed to the Alto where seating three passengers at the rear is no less than a punishment. But that is not all, the Kwid also has one of the biggest boot in the segment, which at 300 litres feels almost twice as big as Alto 800’s 177 litre joke. Both cars have typical low-cost Japanese interiors, which don’t feel premium, but are bolted together to last a lifetime.

Ride Quality & Handling: Kwid’s 180mm of ground clearance makes it much more suitable to Indian road conditions than the Alto 800. Both cars do have surprisingly pliant ride quality considering their tiny footprints though. Neither of the two cars is adept at cornering, but the Alto 800 has a slight advantage due to its lower CG, which is certainly not worth the immense compromise in space and comfort that having a smaller cabin has caused.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Maruti reigns supreme in offering by far the best service support in our country. Renault still has a long way to go to even come close to Maruti. Add to that the fact that the Kwid has a brand new powertrain and given Renault’s poor showing in Europe’s quality surveys like JDP. It is prudent to exercise caution and adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months before you put your money down for a Kwid. With its 200 odd dealers, Renault might not have the sheer reach that Maruti’s 2000+ dealers have, but Renault does have multiple dealers in all the major cities across India. There’s bound to be hardly any difference between the resale price of both the cars after an ownership period of 5 to 7 years, making them more or less similar in terms of Cost of Ownership.