Renault’s entry segment contender, the SUV-inspired Kwid hatchback has taken the local car market by storm with monthly sales exceeding expectations. An overwhelming 20 000 plus vehicles have been sold since its debut in November 2016. The ever-popular Renault Kwid took fourth position amongst South Africa’s 10 best-selling passenger cars of March 2019, with 1081 units sold.
April sees a further development to the Renault Kwid range with the introduction of ABS across all the Kwid derivatives, i.e. the Kwid Expression and Dynamique manual, Dynamique AMT, and Climber models. Together with the integration of smartphone mirroring i.e. Apple Car Play & Android Auto from the Dynamique models upwards, which will no doubt increase the Kwid’s appeal.
The Kwid offers an interior which includes a user-friendly multimedia system, complete with a first-in-class large 7” (18cm) touchscreen colour display, encased in its piano black centre console with chrome surround (Dynamique only). The Multimedia system comes with a range of functions such as Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free telephony, USB & AUX-input ports, speed sensing volume control, and has now been upgraded to incorporate smartphone mirroring with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.
The Renault Kwid now also offers seatbelt warning functionality, alerting consumers to buckle up through a consistent flashing light and an escalating alert tone, as a safety precaution.
The Kwid can still carry five passengers comfortably and the front seats are height adjustable, while the electric power steering and one-touch lane change indicator add to the drive. The driver’s seat is four-way adjustable. Electric front windows add to driver and front passenger convenience, boot space is a generous 300L.
The compact 1.0-litre three-cylinder Smart Control efficiency (SCe) engine powering the Kwid models has been optimised and pushes out peak power of 50kW and maximum torque of 91Nm @ 4250rpm. Paired to a five-speed manual gearbox, Renault says the Kwid will deliver a fuel return of 4.7 L/100 km and 4.4 L/100km with the AMT transmission.
As is standard across Renault’s entire product range, the Renault Kwid range comes standard with a five-year/150 000km mechanical warranty and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty, plus a two-year service plan, with services scheduled at 15 000km intervals. The Kwid model range still offers the value-add of one year’s Comprehensive Insurance Cover, to further promote peace-of-mind driving.
- Renault Kwid Expression 1.0-litre SCe – R134 900
- Renault Kwid Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe – R144 900
- Renault Kwid Dynamique AMT 1.0-litre SCe – R154 900
- Renault Kwid Climber 1.0-litre SCe – R154 900
Metallic paint is optionally available at R2522.