Kwid vs Nano GenX Comparison

Renault Kwid vs Tata Nano GenX Comparison
Verdict: Kwid is better than Nano GenX

Pricing & Features: The Kwid’s RxL variant, which is equivalent to the Alto LXi variant, is the cheapest AC & Power Steering equipped variant in the Kwid’s range and is bound to be the most popular amongst its prospective customers. It costs 3.12 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). However, many families looking for a second car today are going to end up using it entirely in city traffic and is more often than not going to be used by learners and increasingly by female drivers. For that kind of usage an automatic transmission equipped Nano can be an equally compelling option. The top-end XTA variant of the Nano is 23,000 Rs. cheaper than the Kwid RxL, with an ex-showroom Delhi price tag of 2.89 Lakh.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 2 Speakers 
Extra Features in Kwid: none
Extra Features in Nano: Automatic Gearbox, Rear Speakers, Fuel Computer,

Performance & Drivability: Nano AMT is significantly more drivable than the Kwid Manual, which is quite obvious given the fact that you don’t have to row through the gearbox and depress or release the clutch manually. This makes for effortless driving around town, which coupled to the miniscule dimensions of the Nano make it the most commute friendly car in the market. Metaphorically, it can be described as the four wheeled variant of India’s favorite automatic scooter, the Activa. That being said, the Kwid has an equally big advantage over the manual geared Nano, thanks to spot on gearing, a light clutch and ergonomic pedal placement all of which is in short supply in the Nano. The quid trumps the Nano on the highways as well, thanks to the 150 extra cubes, a quintal less of kerb weight and a fifth cog. Even the refinement is a quantum leap over the Nano, due to an extra cylinder and far better sound deadening.

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, Nano – 38@5500
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, Nano – 51@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, Nano – 735
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, Nano – 52
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, Nano – 69

Fuel Efficiency: the Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl, which is 1.57 kmpl more than the Nano GenX’s mileage of 23.6 kmpl. In our back to back tests, both cars returned identical fuel efficiency. The automatic geared Nano AMT has an ARAI certified mileage of 21.9 kmpl, but in our real world tests it returned the same fuel efficiency as the manual geared variant as well as the Renault Kwid. The Kwid does not offer an automatic geared variant as of yet.

Space & Comfort: The Kwid is a far more spacious and comfortable car than the GenX Nano. Occupant space is more or less equal in both cars, in fact the Nano is slightly more comfortable than the Kwid, thanks to higher seating and better under thigh support. There is adequate space for three occupants at the rear in both the cars. But the interiors of the Kwid certainly feels three segments more premium than the Nano, with simpler, more conventional layout and design and durable plastics with uniform panel gaps and clearances. And then there’s boot-space, which is sorely limited in the Nano at just 110 litres and positively cavernous inside the Kwid with 300 litres, which is almost thrice as much as the Nano.

Ride Quality & Handling: Both cars have an Indian road friendly 180mm of ground clearance, but that is where the similarities end. Kwid is a thousand times better than the Nano when it comes to dynamics. Firstly, the Kwid is far more pliant and comfortable while riding over the bumps. The Nano, in stark contrast is downright painful while riding over any type of undulation at any given speed. Thanks to the Kwid’s low roof height, body roll is not as much an issue as it is in the overtly tall Nano and thus the spring rate and damping can be kept soft enough to ensure excellent occupant comfort over Indian roads. Secondly, the Kwid has a wider track, longer wheelbase, wider tyres and a lower CG than the Nano giving it far better handling characteristics than the Nano. Kwid corners fairly flat and grips fairly well around corners given its low cost nature, but the steering feel and feedback could have been much better. Another irritant is the Kwid’s slow steering ratio of around 4 turns lock-to-lock, which is common to the non-power steered variants of the Kwid requiring excessive hand shuffling while negotiating hairpin bends and the lack of much steering returnability adding to the nuisance. The Nano with its narrow track, lofty CG, tiny wheels and ultra compact wheelbase makes it as unsuitable to cornering as the Maruti Omni. Taking corners at high speed is a truly hair raising experience thanks to the ferry boat rivaling body roll. Kwid is also far more stable and confidence inspiring at high speed as well as under hard braking.

Reliability and After Sales Service: Neither Tata Motors nor Renault have a good reputation of providing reliable after sales service in India. However, the Kwid being based on the Nissan Micra Active/Dastsun Go platform is expected to be  as reliable as at least the Datsun Go, however it is best to adopt a wait and watch policy for the first six months given that the engine is all new and has been developed for a developing market. The Nano is now essentially seven years old and most of the teething troubles have been duly addressed. But it is still far from being niggle free. Given Renault’s tall claims of being 19% less expensive to maintain than rivals, expect the Kwid’s servicing costs to be pretty low, but definitely not lower than the Nano. Over an ownership period of five to seven years the Kwid is bound to depreciate far lesser than the Nano as well.