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    Renault Kwid RXT Vs Maruti SPresso VXI - Which Car Should You Buy?

    by V3Cars Team Dates: 14 Oct 2019

    The new 2019 Renault Kwid facelift arrived on the heels of fresh competition from Maruti in the form of Maruti Espresso. It went on sale just as the auspicious season of car buying started. Let’s see why these two cars are the most important for their makers.

     


    Renault Kwid Vs Maruti SPresso

     

    The French created the segment of compact SUV with the Renault Duster, which the Americans perfected with the Ford EcoSport, and Maruti dominated with the Vitara Brezza. 

    While Renault lost ground to competition in the sub-10 lakh SUV market, they’re not in the mood to let history repeat itself with their most popular offering. The Renault Kwid also created a sub-segment in the entry-level hatchback. It offers a spacious cabin, upmarket features and a butch styling that punches well above its price tag has any right to. 

    Now that Maruti Suzuki SPresso is here to make the Kwid uncomfortable, Renault had to reinvent the Kwid and it seems they’ve done it successfully. The Kwid’s visual appeal, features and a mouth-watering price tag were its biggest draws - exterior design, more so than the rest. So, it’s no wonder Renault took this ‘facelift’ attempt very seriously. With more competition, we have more choices in the segment and at attractive prices too.

     

    If you would like to take a deeper look into either of the two cars, check out the following stories:

     

     

     

    Renault Kwid vs Maruti SPresso Price Comparison

     

    First, let’s start with the price tags. Since the Maruti SPresso is only available with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, it’d be unfair to compare it with the Kwid’s 800cc variants. So, we’re looking at only the 1.0-litre variants of the Renault Kwid.

     

    PRICE COMPARISON

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI

    MARUTI SUZUKI S-PRESSO

    1.0 L PETROL MT

     

    2019 RENAULT KWID

    1.0 L PETROL MT

    VARIANTS

    PRICE

    DIFFERENCE (₹)

    VARIANTS

    PRICE

    STD

    ₹ 3,69,000

         

    STD(O)

    ₹ 3,75,000

         

    LXI

    ₹ 4,05,000

         

    LXI(O)

    ₹ 4,11,000

         

    VXI

    ₹ 4,24,500

    ₹ 8,790

    RXT

    4,33,290

    VXI(O)

    ₹ 4,30,500

    ₹ 10,490

    RXT(O)

    ₹ 4,40,990

    VXI+

    ₹ 4,48,000

    ₹ 6,490

    Climber

    ₹ 4,54,490

         

    Climber(O)

    ₹ 4,62,190

     

    So, if you’re more interested in a powerful engine and less in the features, then the Maruti SPresso will provide more power at less price. But if you want some features as well, then the Maruti SPresso’s VXI variant compares quite well with Renault Kwid RXT as there’s only Rs. 8,790 of difference between the two cars.

     

    Renault Kwid vs Maruti SPresso Dimension Comparison

     

     

    S-Presso

    Difference

    2019 Kwid

    Length

    3565mm

    166mm

    3731mm

    Width

    1520mm

    59mm

    1579mm

    Height

    1564mm

    74mm

    1490mm

    Wheelbase

    2380mm

    42mm

    2422mm

    Ground Clearance

    180mm

    4mm

    184mm

    Boot Space

    240 litre

    39 litre

    279 litre

    Fuel Tank

    27 litre

    1 litre

    28 litre

     

    If you think bigger is better, then the new Renault Kwid facelift will not disappoint. Except for the height, it easily beats Maruti S-Presso in every department. The Kwid also has longer wheelbase, which helps in liberating extra knee room. It also has slightly better ground clearance, a criterion you might associate with SUVs. It can also hold more luggage as it has a bigger, 279-litre boot space.

    In this area, the new Renault Kwid is the clear winner.

     

    Renault Kwid vs Maruti SPresso Engine Comparison

     

     

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso

    2019 Renault Kwid

    Engine displacement

    1.0-litre

    1.0-litre

    Fuel type

    Petrol

    Petrol

    Max Power

    68PS @ 5500RPM

    68PS @ 5500RPM

    Max Torque

    90Nm @ 3500RPM

    91Nm @ 4250RPM

    Transmission

    5-Speed MT/ 5-Speed AMT

    5-Speed MT/ 5-Speed AMT

    Fuel Efficiency

    21.4kmpl (STD, LXI) / 21.7kmpl (VXI, VXI+)

    21.7kmpl (MT) / 22.5kmpl (AMT)

    Emission standard

    BS6

    BS4

     

    With respect to the engines, both seem to make about the same power at the same 5500RPM. But they differ in the way they make this power. The Maruti’s K10 engine has good bottom-end torque and the numbers don’t lie. 90Nm at 3500RPM will make it easier to drive in the traffic without revving the engine. The Renault’s engine has a good mid-range as its peak torque comes at 4250RPM. So, it’s not lacking, it just doesn’t have the torquey bottom end like the S-Presso.

    The fuel efficiency trophy goes to the Renault Kwid as its BS4 engine delivers the same fuel efficiency as the SPresso with the manual transmission and gains a 0.8kmpl edge with its automatic. 

    It’s Maruti SPresso that emerges victorious in this battle as its 1.0-litre engine is a proven workhorse that has been around in India for a decade. We can, therefore, expect it to be more refined and reliable than Kwid’s fairly new engine.

     

    Renault Kwid vs Maruti S-Presso Feature Comparison

     

    First, let's get the common features out of the way.

    • Driver Airbag
    • ABS with EBD
    • Reverse Parking Sensors
    • Seatbelt Reminder (Driver + Passenger)
    • Speed Alert System
    • Remote Center Locking
    • Body-coloured Bumpers
    • 14-Inch Wheels
    • Roof Antenna
    • Bluetooth Connectivity
    • Front Power Windows
    • Air Conditioner with Heater
    • Power Steering
    • Front Power Outlet with USB Charger
    • Gear Shift Indicator
    • Non-Adjustable Headrest

     

    When we look at the unique features of each of the two cars, then it’s apparent that the Kwid gets more stuff.

     

    UNIQUE FEATURES

    Maruti Suzuki S-Presso VXIi

    Renault Kwid RXT

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    Reversing Camera

    2-DIN Music System with Aux, FM, and Bluetooth

    LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

     -

    2-Tone Outside Mirrors

     -

    Tachometer

     -

    8-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

     -

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

     -

    Rear Power Outlet

    Rear Parcel Tray

     -

    Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

    Integrated Rear Spoiler

     -

    Wheel Arch Cladding

     

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift in RXT trim is, once again, the better-equipped car compared to the Maruti S-Presso VXI and the winner of features comparison.

     

    Renault Kwid vs Maruti S-Presso Other Options Comparison

     

    If you add another Rs 6,000, you can get the VXI (O) variant. It’ll add a passenger-side airbag and front seatbelt pre-tensioners and force limiters for added safety.

    SPend another Rs, 7,000 on top of the Renault Kwid RXT (O) and you’ll get a passenger-side airbag and rear power windows. A unique mix of safety and functional features but a little more than Maruti SPresso.

     

    Maruti S-Presso VXI (O) Price EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    MARUTI SUZUKI S-PRESSO VXI

    DIFFERENCE

    MARUTI SUZUKI S-PRESSO VXI (O)

    4.24 lakh

    ₹ 6000

    4.30 lakh

     

    Renault Kwid RXT (O) Price EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    RENAULT KWID RXT 1.0

    DIFFERENCE

    2019 RENAULT KWID RXT (O)

    4.33 lakh

    ₹ 7000

    4.40 lakh

     

    Once you add the 5-speed AMT automatic to the wishlist, the price tags flip in favour of Renault Kwid. The Maruti S-Presso VXI AMT is Rs. 43,000 more expensive than the VXI with a 5-speed manual transmission. The Renault Kwid automatic is only Rs. 30,000 more expensive than manual transmission with the RXT variant. So, the Kwid ends up becoming Rs. 4,000 cheaper. Once again, making it easier for us to safely say that this is the better value option if you want an automatic transmission.

     

    SPresso VXI Automatic vs Kwid RXT Automatic Price EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    MARUTI SUZUKI S-PRESSO VXI AMT

    DIFFERENCE

    RENAULT KWID RXT AMT

    4.67 lakh

    ₹ 4,000

    4.63 lakh

     

    Renault Kwid vs Maruti SPresso Comparison - Overall Winner: Renault Kwid

     

    Renault made this comparison very easy for us. If you value a proven, refined and more driveable car, then the Spresso should be your pick. Also, if you don’t have a Renault dealership and service center nearby, then buying, and later, servicing, could be a hassle. Maruti’s wide sale and service network makes it easy to get parts and service pretty much anywhere in the country.

    But, like us, if you give importance to features and want the car that offers better value, then the Renault Kwid is an easy choice.


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