Renault Kwid 1.0 vs Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 vs Hyundai Eon: Specifications Comparison

22nd Aug 2016 2:09 pm

The New Renault Kwid 1.0 launched in India starting @ Rs 3.82 lakh. Here's a comparison between the Renault Kwid 1.0 against the Maruti Alto K10 and Hyundai Eon.

Budget hatchbacks are very popular in our market. They are easy to manoeuvre, affordable and have fuel-sipping engines. However, if you’re looking for a something sprightlier, and don’t want to shell out a big sum, there are a few options you could consider – the Maruti Alto K10, the Hyundai Eon 1.0, and now, the Renault Kwid 1.0.

The exteriors of the Kwid and the Eon are almost identical to their less powerful versions. While the Kwid gets sporty decals and a few new stylistic touches like the silver shroud for the ORVMs that the 0.8-litre car doesn’t, the Eon 1.0 is a barely noticeable 20mm longer and 10mm taller than its smaller hearted variants (the added height is thanks to bigger wheels).
Meanwhile, the Alto K10 sports a slightly different body than the 800 which does set it apart from the smaller engine car.
Between the three, the Kwid has a clear advantage in terms of length, width and wheelbase, which points to a more spacious interior than the competition. The Eon is second to the Kwid in width and wheelbase, but is the tallest car here. While the Alto is midway between the Kwid and the Eon in length, it’s the smallest among the trio when it comes to wheelbase and width. As a result, cabin space is identical to the lesser powered model.
Even in terms of practicality, the Kwid holds an upper hand thanks to its class-leading 300 litres of luggage space. The Eon and Alto K10 follow with 215-litre and 177-litre boots.

Renault Kwid 1.0Maruti Alto K10Hyundai Eon 1.0

Engine and Gearbox
All three hatchbacks come with three-cylinder engines with near-identical displacements – the Kwid gets a 999cc unit and the Alto K10 and Eon 1.0 come with 998cc motors. They make just under 70hp, which is significantly higher than what their 0.8-litre versions produce. This increase in power without a sizeable bump in their weight (and hence the healthy power-to-weight ratio) is what makes these hatchbacks fun to drive. They all use five-speed manual transmissions that send power to the front wheels, but it’s only the Alto K10 that currently offers the option of an AMT gearbox.
In terms of outright numbers, the Eon has the most powerful engine. It makes 69hp and 94Nm of torque; max power, however, comes at a peaky 6,200rpm. The Kwid and the Alto K10 meanwhile, have an identical 68hp; the Alto produces peak power at 6,000rpm while the Kwid’s 68hp is made at a more accessible 5,500rpm. At 91Nm, the Kwid has just 1Nm of torque more than the Alto K10.

Engine and gearbox
Renault Kwid 1.0Maruti Alto K10Hyundai Eon 1.0
Engine999cc, three cyls998cc, three cyls998cc, three cyls
Power 68hp at 5500rpm68hp at 6000rpm69hp at 6200rpm
Torque91Nm at 4250rpm90Nm at 3500rpm94Nm at 3500rpm
GearboxFive-speed manualFive-speed manualFive-speed manual

Renault has launched the Kwid 1.0 in two variants – RxT and RxT(O)(with driver-side airbag) at Rs 3.82 lakh and Rs 3.95 lakh respectively. This makes the 1.0-litre-powered Kwid about Rs 22,000 costlier than the similar specced 0.8-litre variants. Also, the more powerful Kwid falls midway between the Maruti Alto K10 and the Hyundai Eon 1.0 in terms of pricing. 

Here's a look the ex-showroom, Delhi prices of all three cars.

Renault Kwid 1.0Maruti Alto K10Hyundai Eon 1.0
RxT – Rs 3.82 lakhLX – Rs 3.25 lakhMagna+ - Rs 4.41 lakh
RxT(O) – Rs 3.95 lakhLX(O) – Rs 3.31 lakh Magna+(O) – Rs 4.51 lakh
LXI – Rs 3.41 lakh
LXI(O) – Rs 3.47 lakh
VXI – Rs 3.58 lakh
VXI(O) – Rs 3.78 lakh

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