Kwid vs i10 Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Hyundai i10 Comparison
Verdict: Kwid is better value for money than the i10

Pricing & Features: Customers on a tight budget of around 4 lakh rupees had the i10 Era variant as the only premium option in their radar. It costs a shade over four lakh, with a sticker price of 4.20 lakh, Ex showroom, Delhi. But with the launch of Renault Kwid, with its top-end RxT (O) variant priced at 3.53 lakh, Ex showroom Delhi, the same customers have gotten caught in quandary. With a view to addressing the same, we give you a comprehensive comparison between the two. In spite of being 70,000 rupees cheaper than the i10, the Kwid RxT (O) also has a lot more equipment than the i10 Era like Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Music System with a Touch-screen and GPS and not to forget an Airbag As well. These Features themselves are worth around 50,000 Rs. Making the Kwid a whopping 1.2 Lakh rupees cheaper than a similarly equipped i10. It really makes you wonder what Hyundai is charging all that extra money for.
Common Features: AC, Power Steering
Extra Features in i10: Tachometer, No Body Coloured Bumpers
Extra Features in Kwid: Airbag-1, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Front Power Windows, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 2 Speakers , 7” Touch-screen, Bluetooth, Navigation, Fog Lamps

Performance & Drivability (Petrol): The i10 is a much better car to drive than the Kwid. Hyundai’s 1.1 iRDE unit has excellent low-end torque making it a cinch to drive around city streets. The gearshift is butter smooth and the 4-cylinder engine is pleasingly refined as well. The Kwid also has decent drivability considering its 800cc displacement, aided no doubt by its feather light kerb weight. But the gearshift is a bit notchy and the 3-cylinder engine feels slightly coarse as the revs rise. Even the mid-range of the Kwid is not as potent as the i10’s and outright performance is also weak in comparison.
Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, i10 – 68@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, i10 – 90@3500s
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, i10 – 755
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, ii10 – 90
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, i10 – 111

Fuel Efficiency: The Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.1 kmpl which is 5.31 kmpl more than the i10 mileage of 19.81 kmpl. However in our back to back tests the Kwid was just 2 kmpl more efficient than i10. However, that means over the usage of 60,000 kms, the i10 will need around 65,000 Rs. worth of extra fuel compared to the Kwid. Which makes the i10 1.8 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the equivalent Kwid to buy and run.  

Space & Comfort: The i10 is a taller car than the Kwid, but the Kwid is longer than the i10. Due to this the i10 has a higher set seating position making it easier to get in and out of, providing better under thigh support and better visibility all round, albeit by a small margin. But the Kwid claws back its lost advantage by providing a much more cavernous (300 lit) boot as opposed to the i10’s 225 litres that is not even adequate for carrying 5 people’s weekend trip luggage. In spite of being an eight year old car, the i10 still impresses with the design, texture and quality of its interiors. Countless rivals have tried and failed to deliver the ambience of the i10’s cabin only to be finally bettered by Hyundai’s own Grand i10. The Kwid feels austere in comparison, the choice of colours, textures and design feels cheap in comparison to the i10.

Ride Quality & Handling: The i10, owing to its tall-boy design, suffers from a tendency to roll nervously around corners. To counter this tendency the engineers have stiffened the suspension making it skittish and uncomfortable over sharp bumps, especially for the rear seat passengers. However, the handling remains sub-par with the overly assisted steering rack spoiling its cornering manners even further. The Kwid on the other hand has been designed to have the lowest possible roofline without making any compromise on headroom. This has worked wonders for its dynamics. It corners remarkably flat and yet has the suppleness to absorb most of the bumps and ruts that the Indian roads can throw at it. Its 180 mm of ground clearance also makes it more soft-road friendly than the purely urban i10. Only grouse with the Kwid is its slow steering, which take 4 turns lock-to-lock making it a chore while negotiating hairpin bends and its overtly light nature and lack of self centring dulling down any ambitions of corner carving aficionados.

Reliability & After Sales Service: Hyundai certainly holds a significant advantage over Hyundai in terms of After Sales Support. Hyundai has worked hard over the past 15 years to build a stellar reputation for Service Support in our country. Renault on the other hand has been struggling to provide consistent service from the politico-mafia establishments who seem to own all the newest dealerships in the country. Renault has also struggled with reliability issues especially on the Romanian Dacia Sandero platform, namely Duster & Lodgy. Also given that the 800cc is a brand new engine developed especially for developing markets at very low cost means they might have cut corners and it is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months. However, given the enormous demand for the Kwid, we expect it to hold no lesser residual value than the i10 over the next 5 to 7 years.