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    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift - Variants Explained: RXE, RXL, RXT, or Climber, Which Variant Gives Most Value?

    by V3Cars Team on Friday, Oct 11 2019

    The 2019 Renault Kwid facelift has some serious competition in the micro-SUV sub-segment it created. But if you find the new Kwid worthy of your attention, we’re here to explain which variant you should consider if you’re also a value-hunter just like us.

    2019 Renault Kwid

    New 2019 Renault Kwid Dimensions

    Before we dive into the variants game, let’s take a look at its dimensions to see how it compares with its immediate rivals.

     

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift

    Maruti SPresso

    Maruti Alto K10

    Maruti Alto 800

    Length

    3731mm

    3565mm

    3545mm

    3445mm

    Width

    1579mm

    1520mm

    1515mm

    1490mm

    Height

    1474mm

    1549mm

    1475mm

    1475mm

    Wheelbase

    2422mm

    2380mm

    2360mm

    2360mm

    Ground Clearance

    184mm

    180mm

    160mm

    160mm

    Boot Space

    279 litre

    240 litre

    117 litre

    177 litre


    In sheer size, it dominates pretty much everything in its class of entry-level hatchbacks. The Maruti SPresso is taller but that’s where its praise ends. The 2019 new Renault Kwid is:

    • longer
    • wider
    • higher off the ground (184mm ground clearance)
    • with axles spaced out farther than its competition (longer wheelbase means more legroom)
    • and has the biggest boot too by a healthy margin

    This comparison proves that it is indeed as big as it looks.

    New 2019 Renault Kwid Facelift Specs

    The New Renault Kwid retains the same 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre engines, both of which are available with a 5-speed manual transmission. The 1.0-litre powertrain is also available with a 5-speed AMT automatic. But it doesn’t let you select the gears as per your choice unlike any other AMT in the business.

    Renault Kwid Engine

    The smaller engine makes 54PS of power, 72Nm of torque and delivers 22.3kmpl. The bigger one makes 68PS of power, 91Nm of torque and has a fuel efficiency figure of 22.5kmpl with the AMT automatic and 21.7kmpl with the manual transmission. The engine is still BS4 only and will get a powertrain update later to maintain compliance.

    Powertrain Options

    Petrol

    Drivetrain

    FWD

    Transmission

    5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT automatic

    Displacement

    799cc and 999cc petrol

    Maximum Power

    54PS / 68PS

    Maximum Torque

    72Nm / 91Nm

    Fuel Efficiency

    22.3kmpl (799cc), 21.7kmpl (999cc MT), 22.5kmpl (999cc AMT)

     


    New Renault Kwid Facelift Variants

    Now let’s look at what variants are available with the new Renault Kwid facelift.

    Renault Kwid 

    The car is available in 5 trim options, namely:

    • STD (Standard)
    • RXE
    • RXL
    • RXT and
    • Climber

    The lower 4 variants are available with the smaller, 800cc engine. The top 2 variants are available with the bigger more powerful, 1.0-litre engine. Those top 2 trims also come with the optional AMT automatic transmission.

    Renault Kwid Variants

     

    STD

    RXE

    RXL

    RXT

    Climber

    800cc

    X

    1.0-litre

    X

    X

    X

    Automatic

    X

    X

    X

     


    New Renault Kwid Facelift STD - Fantastic value that sets a new benchmark for base variants

    Priced at Rs. 2.83 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi)

    The new Renault Kwid base variant comes with 3 features that add to the visual glamour.

    • Body-coloured bumpers
    • Daytime running lights (DRLs)
    • Wheel arch cladding

    Unlike the old Renault Kwid, the new one comes with body-coloured bumpers as standard. Since looks are very important to buyers, this decision makes a lot of sense. Black bumpers not only ruin the looks of the vehicle for the owners, but it also doesn’t impress potential buyers.

    Not just that! The updated Renault Kwid facelift also has those fancy daytime running lights with indicators in the background. That should be a big draw in the Renault Kwid’s favour as the Maruti Spresso doesn’t have DRLs in any variant. They’re available as an accessory for an atrocious sum of Rs. 10,000.

    Renault Kwid

    The third visual treat is the wheel arch cladding, which not only looks good but also protects the fenders from minor scratches. The wheel arches also now wrap around larger and wider 14-inch wheels of size 165/70 R14 even on the base variant.

    On the safety front, the mandated features are also available on the updated Renault Kwid. These include the driver airbag, ABS, reverse parking sensors, over-speed alert and a seatbelt reminder.

    Other notable features include a new digital instrument cluster with multi-info display, lane change indicator, heater with 3-speed blower control, and retractable 3-point rear seatbelts. Those who value form over function and are on a shoe-string budget will not be disappointed.

    Here’s a list of all the features:

    • Body-coloured bumpers
    • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
    • Wheel arch cladding
    • LED inserts in the tail lamp
    • Reverse parking sensors
    • Driver airbag
    • ABS
    • Seatbelt reminder
    • Overspeed alert
    • Retracting rear seatbelts
    • Digital instrument cluster
    • Multi info display
    • Heater with 3-speed blower control
    • Lane change indicator
    • Bottle holders and door pocket in front doors

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift RXE Features - Gets the most basic comfort features

    The RXE variant is available for Rs. 3.53 lakh (ex-showroom) and adds a substantial Rs. 70,000 to the price tag. For that price, you get the air conditioning along with some features to add to the feel-good factor. Unlike the base variant, this one is priced a tad bit high for what it offers. But, if you live in warmer regions, then this is the most affordable variant you can live with.

    • Air conditioner
    • Rear seat with foldable backrest
    • Front speakers
    • Antenna
    • Sun-visor for front passenger

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift RXL Features - The BEST option with manual transmission

    The RXL variant costs Rs. 3.83 lakh and adds Rs. 30,000 to the cost. For the extra sum, you get, front power windows, remote central locking, Bluetooth music system, and the all-important, power steering. For the extra sum, the upgrades seem to be priced appropriately.

    Here’s the list of additional features:

    • Silver outside mirrors
    • Silver wheel covers
    • White stitched metal grey fabric upholstery
    • Power steering
    • Front power windows
    • 12V power socket for front-seat occupants
    • Central locking with remote
    • Bluetooth Music system

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift RXT 800cc Features - Good value for the tech-savvy

    Priced at Rs. 4.13 lakh, the RXT variant is pricier by Rs. 30,000. For that sum, you get an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, reverse camera, intermittent front wipers, leather-wrapped steering wheel and rear parcel tray, among other features. It seems just a little expensive for the kit on offer but if you want a touchscreen infotainment system, then it’s a good buy. Here’s the list of features for the variant:

    • Chrome insert on the grille
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with chrome inserts
    • Black gear knob with red stitching
    • Chrome parking brake lever button
    • Chrome inner door handle
    • Central and side air vents with chrome knobs
    • Rear parcel tray
    • 12V power socket for rear-seat passengers
    • Fast USB charger
    • Reverse parking camera
    • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto

    Renault Kwid Interior 

    2019 Renault Kwid RXT 1.0-litre Features - The BEST option with automatic transmission

    For an additional Rs. 20,000, you can upgrade to the 1.0-litre engine. Given the modest increase in price, this upgrade is a no brainer. A peppier engine is more enjoyable to drive and you’ll appreciate the extra power when closing gaps in traffic or when carrying a cabin-full of friends and family.  Along with more displacement, power and torque, it also gets dark, 2-tone outside mirrors, graphic package, dark wheel covers and such.

    • Dark 2-tone outside mirrors
    • Graphics package
    • Dark wheel covers
    • B-pillar black applique

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift Climber Features - Eye candy

    The top-of-the-line Renault Kwid Climber variant costs Rs. 4.54 lakh at the showroom. Adding Rs. 21,000 to the RXT 1.0 will give you: 

    • Rear seat armrest
    • Roof rails with orange inserts
    • Grey wheels
    • Faux front and rear skid plates with orange inserts
    • Contrast orange coloured ORVMs
    • Climber decals on front doors
    • Orange accents around headlamps
    • Orange and white fabric upholstery
    • Orange Climber insignia on the steering
    • Black gear knob with orange accents

    Also Read - Maruti S-Presso Variants Explaind

    As you can see, barring the rear seat armrest, the Climber variant is ONLY adding cosmetic features. So, we’re not convinced if this variant deserves your attention. However, if you’re moved by the design and would’ve anyways spent on accessorizing your Kwid, then this seems like the easier and cheaper route.

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift Optional Features (RXT / Climber) - This is a go

    The optional features are available on top of RXT 1.0-litre and Climber variants. For about Rs. 8,000, it adds a passenger airbag and rear power windows. Safety and a functional feature, packed into one? Sign. Me. Up. 

    • Rear power windows
    • Passenger airbag

    2019 Renault Kwid Facelift AMT Automatic (RXT / Climber) - Don’t panic in traffic

    The AMT automatic option is available with the RXT 1.0-litre and Climber variants. For Rs. 30,000, you get the convenience of an automatic. If you’re expecting to drive a lot in traffic conditions, then these thirty grand will be well spent. Your left arm and leg will thank you later.

    In comparison, the Maruti SPresso AMT adds Rs. 43,000 on top of the price of a comparable variant. Suddenly, the Kwid AMT starts to come across as a bargain. It also comes with automatic crawl which gets you moving slowly without any accelerator input if you lift off the brake pedal. A blessing in bumper to bumper traffic as you only have to use only one pedal.

    Do note, that unlike most AMT automatics, the Kwid AMT doesn’t offer any manual control over the selection of gears. So, you have to completely rely on computer ji to do what you expect it to do at the moment. Go for the Kwid AMT automatic only if you’re expecting to encounter a lot of traffic.

     Renault Kwid

    Renault Kwid Facelift - Best Variant (Manual)

    The RXL with the 800cc engine gives all that we need for everyday use. Features like remote central locking, front power windows, power steering, AC and heater, a Bluetooth music system, a folding rear seat and basic safety are part of the package. This should meet the needs of most value-conscious buyers.

    Renault Kwid RXL 800cc Price - Rs. 3.83 lakh

    Renault Kwid Facelift - Best Variant (Automatic)

    However, if you have a deeper pocket, and want an automatic transmission, then the RXT 1.0-litre with the optional features is the one to get. It’s also reasonably priced for the manual transmission. But we figured, if you’ve come this far, you may as well get the AMT and insure yourself against the traffic woes.

    Renault Kwid RXT (O) 1.0-litre AMT Price - Rs. 4.71 lakh


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