French car maker, Renault created a huge wave and a mini revolution in the entry-level hatchback segment of India by launching its SUV-style Kwid small hatch. Ever since its launch back in late 2015, the Kwid has been a massive success, garnering huge volumes of sales. Renault’s bold move in the entry-level mini car segment in India, giving a tough fight to the country’s top car makers Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai is really commendable. At present, the Renault Kwid is one of the bestselling car models in India. The Kwid is also giving a tough fight to the country’s top selling car, Maruti Suzuki Alto, although it is nowhere close to the Alto’s incredible monthly sales figures.
In order to be braced better to fight with India’s most loved Maruti Suzuki Alto, the French car maker launched the more powerful 1.0-liter engine version of the Kwid in 2016 and then came the Kwid Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). The new Renault Kwid AMT is named as the Kwid Easy-R and rivals with the Maruti Alto K10 AGS (Auto Gear Shift) model. Here we take a look at them side by side to decide which one is braced better to impress the buyers.
Renault Kwid Easy-R Vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 AGS
Although we will look more into the specifications and features to compare these two entry-level hatchback models to figure out which one is, it is undeniable that looks really matter. Styling-wise, of course the Kwid is a better looking car with its sporty SUV-ish design, high ground clearance and eye-catching styling. On the other hand, the Maruti Alto K10 is also a smart looking car but much more conventional looking as compared to the Kwid. Both the Kwid’s and the Alto’s AMT versions are identical to their respective stock versions.
In terms of dimensions also the Kwid is superior to the Alto K10. The Kwid is 3,679 mm long, 1,579 mm wide and 1,478 mm high. Its wheelbase measures 2,422 mm and has a class best ground clearance of 180 mm. It offers a boot capacity of a magnanimous 300 liters.
The Maruti Alto K10 is 3,545 mm long, 1,490 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall. It rides on a wheelbase measuring 2,360 mm, while offers a ground clearance of 160 mm and cargo space of 177 liters.
Thus, it is clear that the Kwid is offers a more interior space, having better dimensions and a longer wheelbase than the Alto K10. It also offers much better ground clearance and much larger cargo space which even puts to shame some other very popular Maruti hatchbacks from higher segments like the Wagon R, Celerio and Swift.
The only downside of the Kwid is its smaller fuel tank capacity of 28 liters as against the fuel tank capacity of 35 liters in the Alto K10.
Engine & Transmission
The Kwid AMT gets powered by 999 cc 3-cylinder petrol engine that generates 68 Ps of power and 91 Nm of torque. It gets equipped with a smooth 5 speed AMT gearbox.
On the other hand, the Alto K10 gets a 998 cc petrol mill that delivers 68 Ps and 90 Nm, and is paired with a refined 5 speed AGS unit.
Thus, in terms of mechanical specs, both the cars are almost identical. The Kwid AMT offers the ARAI fuel economy of 24.04kmpl, while the Alto K10 AGS offers 24.07kmpl, which is also almost the same. Both offer good handling and reliable performance.
The Kwid AMT is offered only in the top of the range model trim, RXT (O), so it gets all the goodies of the regular top-end trim. Exterior features of this model include front fog lamps, wheel arch cladding, attractive checkered flag decals on its doors and blackened B-pillars to make its sporty visual appeal even sportier. The cabin of the Kwid AMT is also packed with many impressive features that were not previously expected in the entry-level mini cars in India. Interior features list includes two-tone dashboard design, digital instrument cluster, electric power steering, a stylish steering wheel with piano black highlights, front power windows, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth and telephony, two glove boxes, and driver side airbag.
The Alto K10 AGS comes in the top two variants – VXi and VXi (O) trim models. The AGS VXi (O) model comes with exterior features such as chrome finished front grille, front fog lamps, side body molding, full sized wheel covers and blackened B-pillars. The Alto K10 cabin is decked pleasantly with classy silver highlights on the dashboard, steering wheel as well as on the inside door panels. It also has good features list that include piano black finished centre console, audio system with CD, MP3, USB, Radio playback, front power windows, central locking system, key-less entry and driver’s side airbag.
Pricing & Warranty
The Renault Kwid AMT RXT (O) variant is priced at Rs. 4.25 lakhs. The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Vxi AGS and Vxi AGS (O) variants are priced at Rs. 4.05 lakhs and Rs. 4.15 lakhs, respectively (all prices ex-showroom, New Delhi)
The Kwid AMT is available in only one top trim, while the Alto K10 AGS is offered in two top trim models and both of them are also available with metallic and non-metallic paint options to offer better choice. The top-end Alto K10 AGS is also a good Rs. 10,000 more affordable than the top-end Kwid AMT.
The Kwid AMT comes with a standard 2 year or 50,000 km (whichever is earlier) warranty, while the Alto AGS is offered with 2 years or 40,000 km. So, the Kwid offers with an additional standard 10,000 km warranty than the Alto.
When it comes to buying decisions, it certainly depends on personal choices. While Renault is an emerging name in India, Maruti Suzuki has been the undisputed ruler of the Indian car market for over three decades now. The Renault Kwid AMT is certainly a more alluring choice with its great looks, spacious cabin, large boot area and class leading features. However, when it comes to brand power, superb after sales services, product reliability and admirable resale value, the French car is just not a match for the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.