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2019 Renault Kwid vs Maruti Suzuki S-Presso: Features comparison

2nd Oct 2019 7:00 am

While Maruti’s new ‘micro-SUV’ more or less matches the Renault Kwid on size and power, how do they compare on features and safety kit? We find out.

When it arrived back in 2015, the Renault Kwid wowed budget hatchback buyers with its SUV-inspired styling – high ground clearance, body cladding all around and an overall butch design are all elements that seem to be quite desirable to the Indian car buyer.

Maruti Suzuki’s now gotten in on the action too with its new S-Presso, which launched on September 30 priced at Rs 3.69-4.91 lakh.

Almost as if in answer, the French brand brought out an updated Kwid just a day after. Priced between Rs 2.83-4.84 lakh, the new Renault Kwid retains its SUV-esque design and is (objectively) a better looker now, thanks to its new split-headlight setup, new grille, and a fresh rear-end.

Although the Kwid and S-Presso are budget hatchbacks, both brands have added a significant degree of equipment to make them attractive buys. While they are almost equals in terms of power (we’re talking about the Kwid 1.0 here and not the 0.8-litre model) and size, how well do their respective top-spec variants compare on features? We put them together, on paper, to find out:

Safety kit

S-Presso vs Kwid: Safety kit
S-PressoKwid 1.0
Airbags21 (passenger airbag paid option)
ABS with EBDYesYes
Rear parking sensorsYesYes
Rear parking cameraNoYes
Keyless entry and remote central lockingYesYes
Front fog-lampsNoNo

Both cars here meet the safety norms that came into effect in July 2019 (which made one airbag, rear parking sensors, a seat-belt reminder for the driver and front passenger, and a speed warning mandatory), along with crash-test norms (that came into effect on October 1) and pedestrian safety norms (that will kick-in from October next year).

In terms of kit, the top-spec S-Presso gets two airbags as standard (lower variants have just one), while the Kwid 1.0 gets a passenger-side airbag as an optional extra. However, the Maruti does miss out on a reverse camera, which is available on the range-topping Kwid.

Exterior features

S-Presso vs Kwid: Exterior features
S-PressoKwid 1.0
Body-coloured bumpersYesYes
Body-coloured ORVMsYesYes
LED DRLsNoYes
Wheels14-inch steel wheels with covers14-inch steel wheels with covers
Rear spoilerYesYes
Roof railsNoYes (Climber only)

There is no getting away from the fact that both models here are budget hatchbacks that take inspiration from SUVs to look more muscular; but the Kwid facelift does a better job of it – especially the Kwid Climber variant, which features 14-inch wheels with black covers and faux skid plates at the front and rear. The standard Kwid and S-Presso get 14-inch steel wheels with silver wheel covers, though the former gets LED DRLs on all variants.

Interior features

S-Presso vs Kwid: Interior features
S-PressoKwid
Infotainment system7.0-inch8.0-inch
Android Auto/Apple CarPlayYes/YesYes/Yes
Bluetooth/USB/AuxYes/Yes/YesYes/Yes/Yes
NavigationPhone-basedPhone-based
Speakers22
Steering-mounted audio controlsYesNo
Power windowsFrontFront
Digital instrument clusterYesYes
Rear parcel trayYesYes
12V power socketFrontFront and rear

On the inside, the range-topping versions of the ‘micro-SUVs’ feature touchscreen infotainment systems, though Renault’s is a slightly larger unit. While the Maruti one-ups the Kwid by getting steering-mounted audio controls, the Renault is available with a charging socket for the rear passengers too. While it is an optional extra, the Kwid does come with rear power windows as well. Additionally, the Kwid Climber gets a rear-centre armrest.

Price

S-Presso vs Kwid: Prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)
S-PressoKwid 1.0
ManualRs 3.69-4.48 lakhRs 4.33-4.54 lakh
AMTRs 4.68-4.91 lakhRs 4.63-4.84 lakh

It seems like Maruti has prepared the S-Presso to match up well to the Renault Kwid, though the latter does edge-out the former on a number of metrics. Maruti Suzuki has maintained its penchant for aggressive pricing, but for now, the Kwid undercuts the S-Presso by a small margin – and still comes with more features.

Do note that Renault will introduce BS6-compliant versions of its 0.8-litre and 1.0-litre petrol engines before the April 2020 deadline, which will take the Kwid’s prices up by a decent amount; while the S-Presso was launched with a BS6 motor.

For now, the Renault Kwid facelift does seem like a better buy than the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, purely on the basis of its prices and features. Time (along with a proper on-road comparison) will tell if the difference in prices and features influences their standings on the Indian sales charts.

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