Kwid vs WagonR Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki WagonR Comparison
Overall, Kwid is far better value-for-money than WagonR, it is also a more practical car as well as technically superior than the WagonR.

Wagon R vs Kwid Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: The VXi is by far the most popular variant of the WagonR amongst its customers, which retails for 4.28 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi. For a whopping 84,000 Rs. less you can buy the RxT variant of the freshly launched Renault Kwid with a sticker price of 3.44 Lakh rupees, Ex-showroom, Delhi. With this fantastic pricing, Renault really has an opportunity to entice compact car buyers away from the WagonR. The WagonR does have a couple of more features than the Kwid, but to make up for some of it the Kwid offers top-of-the line Infotainment System, all said and done the WagonR is still around 75,000 Rs. more expensive than a Kwid with same feature content.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 2 Speakers, Tilt Steering, Fog Lamps
Extra Features in WagonR: Rear Power Windows, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Tacho
Extra Features in Kwid: 7” Touchscreen, Bluetooth, Navigation

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

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, WagonR – 68@6200
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, WagonR – 90@3500
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, WagonR – 875
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, WagonR – 78
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, WagonR – 103

Fuel Efficiency: The Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl which is 4.67 kmpl more than WagonR’s fuel efficiency of 20.5 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests, the Kwid was consistently 2 kmpl more efficient than the WagonR. This means additional savings of 50,000 Rs. over the WagonR given usage for 60,000 km.

Space & Comfort: Renault has managed to package the Kwid just right. It has a spacious and airy cabin with more than adequate knee-room, head-room and shoulder-room for four adults and if need be even a fifth one. The WagonR on the other hand has a narrow and tall cabin. This gives it 6 inches more headroom than what is necessary but does not leave room for a fifth passenger at the rear. Even the knee room is limited at the back. But that is not all, Renault Kwid has a cavernous-for-the-segment boot-space of 300 litres compared to the tiny little excuse of a 180 litre boot inside the WagonR.

Ride Quality & Handling: WagonR’s dynamics are fundamentally flawed. It’s excessively tall stance means that it rolls like a boat. To counter that it needs to have stiffer springs, which destroy any possibility of having a good ride quality. Its narrow track makes it under-steer at the first hint of enthusiastic cornering. Adding to its woes is the over-assisted and lifeless steering rack which gives absolutely no feel or feedback from terra firma to the driver. The Kwid on the other hand has been tuned fairly well for a car in its class. It really does have grown up road manners, which makes it feel like a car from a segment above. Handling is nothing to write home about, but still is immensely better than the WagonR. Ride quality over poor roads is quite pliant, and the 180mm of ground clearance gives immense peace-of-mind while riding on bad roads.

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. 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 WagonR will definitely depreciate around 40,000 Rs. less than the Kwid. But it still won’t be able able to match the sheer value for money that the Kwid is offering.

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