Kwid vs Celerio Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Celerio Comparison
Overall, the Kwid is far better value-for-money than the Celerio (manual), but the Celerio AMT automatic is more practical and technically superior.

Kwid vs Celerio Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: Celerio’s base variant, the LXi retails for 3.97 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For a whopping 44,000 Rs. less you can buy the top-end RxT (O) variant of the freshly launched Renault Kwid with a sticker price of just 3.53 Lakh rupees, Ex-showroom, Delhi. With this fantastic pricing, Renault really has an opportunity to entice compact car buyers away from the competition. Not only is the Kwid RxT (O) cheaper than the Celerio, but it also has way more features than the Celerio LXi like Driver Airbag, Front Power Windows, Central Locking with Remote, a top-of-the-line infotainment system with Bluetooth, 7” Touchscreen and Navigation etc. which are worth around 75,000 Rs. This makes the Kwid 1.25 Lahk rupees cheaper than a Celerio having similar features.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering
Extra Features in Celerio: none
Extra Features in Kwid: Airbag-1, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 2 Speakers, 7” Touchscreen, Bluetooth, Navigation, Fog Lamps

Performance & Drivability: Celerio’s K10 engine is certainly a shade superior to the Kwid. The refinement is significantly better than the Kwid’s and it is also a remarkably free revving unit than the Kwid’s. Surprisingly Renault has managed to control the Kwid’s bulk like a professional weight watcher. It weighs a mere 660 kg, which is lighter than the Alto & even the Nano. This has resulted in excellent power-to-weight ratio and therefore decent performance too, considering its tiny 800 cubic centimeters of displacement. It matches the Celerio for drivability around town and even in terms of overtaking ability on the highways. Outright acceleration of the Celerio is also a tad bit better than the Kwid’s.

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, Celerio – 68@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, Celerio – 90@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, Celerio – 820
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, Celerio – 83
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, Celerio – 110

Fuel Efficiency: The Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl which is 2.07 kmpl more than Celerio’s fuel efficiency of 23.1 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Kwid was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the Celerio. This means additional savings of 25,000 Rs. over the WagonR given usage for 60,000 km. This means that the Kwid costs 1.5 lakh rupees less than the Celerio to own and run.
Space & Comfort: Both Kwid and Celerio are remarkably well packaged vehicles with well judged space adequate for seating two full-size adults in the front and two more in the rear with space left over to occasionally accommodate a third passenger as well. Both front as well as rear seats are reasonably supportive as well as have decent under thigh support. Kwid has an advantage in terms of boot-space with a fantastic 300 litres of room, compared to Celerio’s 232 litres. But the Celerio claws back the advantage by providing a more up-market and premium feel of the interiors.

Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars do an excellent job of handling the abuse thrown at them by Indian road conditions especially considering their tiny footprint and bantam weight structures. Both cars tackle bumps and ruts with aplomb with the Celerio having a miniscule advantage over the Kwid in terms of silent operation of its suspension. The Kwid fights back with a higher ground clearance ensuring better peace of mind while hammering over broken roads. Celerio also corners better than the Kwid with a tad bit sharper steering and slightly better precision, but the Kwid itself is a decent corner carver considering its tiny wheels and tyres.

Reliability & After Sales Service: One parameter where Renault still has a long, long way to go before it catches up with Maruti is Reliability & After Sales Service. Given that Kwid has been majorly developed in India, it has a brand new, unproven powertrain and given Renault poor track record at quality surveys like JDP in Europe, it is only fair to adopt a wait and watch policy for six months before putting your money down for the Kwid. Renault’s claim of having 19% lower maintenance cost than competitors is more of a necessity then than an advantage in this case. Then there’s the problem of service availability, which Renault is never going to be able to match, with its 200 dealers compared to Maruti’s 2000. Over an ownership period of 5 to 7 years the Celerio will definitely depreciate around 50,000 Rs. less than the Kwid. But Kwid’s overall Cost of Ownership will still be 1 Lakh rupees less than the Celerio.

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