Budget car comparison: Kwid takes on the Alto
The low-budget car segment is pretty hot and presently, Kwid, the new entrant from Renault is heavily contending against the well-known veteran Maruti’s Alto. The main elements that differentiate the two cars are fuel efficiency, comfort, design and a few more areas. Check out a detailed comparison between the two low-budget family hatchbacks, which are almost identically priced.
Renault’s Kwid has come in as the hugely successful Maruti Suzuki’s Alto challenger. Can it better India’s favourite small car?
With its kind of ammo, the Kwid seems poised to take the Alto head on. On paper at least.
The Kwid is easily the best looking micro-hatch with its SUV-like design, and I don’t need to tell that’s a form of the automobile Indians love. The Alto in comparison tries to look cute with its typically Japanese design but its styling is getting long in the tooth.
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Renault announced plans to launch a car in the Alto’s territory, especially since the French manufacturer is far from being recognised as a volumes player in India.
With the Kwid Renault has added some much needed panache to the micro-hatch category, which is a segment where affordability and efficiency rule the roost, while design isn’t much of an ask.
Head on, the Kwid is easily the best looking micro-hatch with its large grille, rectangular headlights and muscular hood that give it the appearance of an SUV.
The black cladding on the Kwid's wheel arches enhances it's SUV-like appearance.
The Kwid's tail lights look simple but elegant.
With a simple, clean rear, the Kwid is easily the best looking car.
A tiny spoiler at the back tries to give the Kwid's rear a sporty look.
The Renault logo and name are the only two things at the rear, thanks to which the Kwid's backside looks clean.
The Kwid's grille is easily the most striking feature of its front end.
The front three-quarter is a nice angle to absorb the Kwid's design.
Head on the Alto looks more cute than stylish.
On the whole the Alto 800 looks typically Japanese, but styling is getting long in the tooth.
Despite a refresh not very long ago the Alto's design is beginning to show its age.
The Alto uses 12-inch wheels as opposed to the Kwid's 13-inchers.
A larger spoiler at the back lends the Alto a sportier stance from the back as compared to the Kwid.
The tail light design is simple but looks old now.
The rear three-quarter is a better angle to look at the Alto than the front.
A two-tone finish gives the Kwid's dash a better look than the Alto's.
The Kwid’s trump card is its touchscreen infotainment system that has Bluetooth connectivity and navigation. These are features unheard of in the micro-hatch segment.
The Kwid's rear gear can be engaged only by lifting the locking ring under the head of the gear lever.
The Kwid gets two glove boxes and an open storage space between the two. Lots of space overall.
The Kwid uses an all-digital display for speedometer, and even gets a full-fledged trip computer, something that's unheard of in this segment.
Red accents with black and grey give the Kwid's seats a sporty look.
Rear legroom in the Kwid is generous.
The Kwid's three-cylinder engine was developed specifically for it.
The Alto's all-grey dash looks rather boring when compared to the Kwid's.
The Alto's gearbox offers slicker shifts than the Kwid.
Just one bottle holder for the Alto, and that too in front of the gear lever.
The Alto only gets one glovebox.
Large speedometer dominates the Alto's fascia.
The Alto's front seats lack under thigh support.
The Alto lacks rear legroom when compared to the Kwid.
Despite slightly lesser outputs the Alto's engine is smoother and peppier than the Kwid's.
A shallow boot in the Alto means lesser luggage space.
The Kwid easily beats the Alto in terms of boot volume.
Side profile offers a better view of the Alto.
Thanks to its slightly stiffer suspension the Alto is more confident around corners.
Its side profile is the Kwid's most unappealing one when compared to other profiles.
Taller suspension on the Kwid means better ride but slightly less confidence around corners.
The Alto is heavier than the Kwid, weighing 725kg as compared to the Kwid's 660kg.
The Alto is quicker off the line as compared to the Kwid.
On the go the Kwid is the more comfortable car of the two.
With its slightly lower, stiffer suspension the Alto is the sportier of the two to drive.