Renault Kwid vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Comparison

Kwid vs Swift Comparison
Verdict: Top-end Kwid is a far more practical car than the base Swift

Pricing & Features: The Kwid’s top-end RxT Opt variant, is bound to be a super hit amongst its prospective customers. It costs 3.53 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). Swift’s cheapest variant the ‘LXi’ retails for 4.65 Lakh, which is 1.1 Lakh Rs. more than the Kwid. The Kwid is not only cheaper but also has host of additional features like Driver’s Airbag, the MediaNav Infotainment System and front Fog Lamps etc. which are easily worth at least 40,000 Rs. This makes the Kwid around 1.5 Lakh Rs. cheaper than a Swift with similar feature content.

Common Features: AC, Power Steering
Extra Features in Kwid (RxT Opt): Airbag-1, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth, USB + 2 Speakers, Fog Lamps, Navigation, 7” Touch-screen
Extra Features in Swift: Tilt Steering

Performance & Drivability: Owing to a 400cc i.e. 50% larger engine, the Swift has better drivability and performance than the Kwid across the rev range. However, the Kwid itself is no slowcoach and has decent poke thanks to its ultra-light kerb weight, which translates into a good enough power to weight ratio, in spite of its 800cc engine displacement. Swift’s K10 engine is one of the best ones available in the market and delights the driver with its free-revving nature and outstanding refinement, however it is a bit low on drivability around town for a 1200 cc engine, and therefore the Kwid’s drivability feels just slightly worse than the Swift. Out on the highway the gap in performance widens, with the Swift having an immense advantage in overtaking performance over the Kwid. Kwid’s outright performance is no match for the Swift’s and although it is reasonably refined compared to other low-cost competitors, it is nowhere as smooth as the Swift.

Power (PS@rpm): Kwid – 54@5678, Swift – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Kwid - 72@4386, Swift – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Kwid – 660, Swift – 935
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Kwid – 82, Swift – 90
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Kwid – 109, Swift – 123

Fuel Efficiency: the Kwid has an ARAI certified mileage of 25.17 kmpl, which is 4.87 kmpl more than the Swift’s mileage of 20.4 kmpl. In our back to back tests, the Kwid was consistently more than 2 kmpl more efficient than the Swift. This equates to a saving of 60,000 Rs. over an assumed usage of 60,000 km at current fuel prices, which means that the Kwid is a whopping 2.1 Lakh rupees cheaper (adding in the 1.5 lakh rupee feature & pricing difference) than a Swift to buy and run.

Space & Comfort: Kwid has a remarkably spacious and comfortable cabin, while the Swift has a surprisingly cramped and claustrophobic cabin. Kwid has enough knee-room, headroom & elbow room for 3 adults at the rear, while the Swift has extremely tight rear knee-room and doesn’t have enough elbow room for 3 adults at all. Remarkably, in spite of being one the cheapest and lightest cars in the country, the Kwid has one of the biggest boots with 300 litres of usable capacity, which is almost 100 litres more than Swift’s tiny, little 204 litre excuse for a boot. Interiors of the Swift feel a tad bit premium and funkier than the Kwid’s, but given the huge price difference, the difference in interior ambience is not as much as you would expect.

Length (mm): Kwid - 3679, Swift - 3850
Width (mm): Kwid - 1579, Swift - 1695
Height (mm): Kwid - 1478, Swift - 1530

Ride Quality & Handling: Kwid is no match for the enthusiastic dynamics of the Swift. Swift remains one of the most fun-to-drive hatchbacks in the country. Its lighting quick responses and an enthusiastic chassis, which guarantees to put a grin on your face every time you take it to some winding roads. The Kwid feels much more subdued in comparison, stable safe and prone to understeer at its reasonably low grip threshold compared to the Swift. What makes the Kwid worse is its slow, lifeless and overtly light steering compared to which even the Swift’s mediocre steering feels quick, precise and even a bit feelsome. However, Swift’s taut suspension makes the ride quite harsh, especially for the rear passengers, while the Kwid feels surprisingly pliant and comfortable while soaking up bumps, ruts and potholes with aplomb.

Ground Clearance (mm): Kwid - 180, Swift - 170

Reliability and After Sales Service: Maruti remains the unchallenged leader of Service support in the country. Renault on the other hand has struggled to provide consistently good service to its customers so far. The basic reliability of Suzuki products itself has proven to be better than Renault products and the countless optimization, streamlining and improvement that Maruti’s service Stations have gone through over the past three decades cannot be matched by Renault anytime soon. Then there’s the immense spread of Maruti’s 2000+ touch points compared to Renault’s 280, however, Metros and top 100 cities are well covered by Renault as well.