Renault South Africa
launched the first-generation entry-level Kwid
in November 2016. Three years later a new Kwid
has been launched and it seems the company has made it better than the original. That vehicle by the way, sold over 27 700 units, averaging about 770 units per month over the three year period. That makes it one of the most successful cars in Mzansi.
In fact, according to Renault
, it is the best-selling imported passenger car in the country.
So what about the new model? There are obviously styling improvements which include LED daytime running lights
for some models, a new face on the front grille
, a more muscular look
, robust design
, and a tough stance
. New 14-inch wheels
and rear lights
guides complete the look. The new Kwid
definitely looks better than its predecessor in more ways than one.
The 18cm ground clearance
gives it an advantage in terms of climbing over obstacles, although this does not include serious off-road situations. Renault
has installed a new rear axle
in order to improve the car’s road holding, one of the predecessor’s weaknesses. On the short drive along scenic Gauteng
roads we did not feel much of a difference. We will of course be paying closer attention to this aspect once we receive the car for a longer test period.
interior has seen a number of improvements, not least of all the higher-quality build materials used on the dashboard, doors, seats and so on. The new seat upholstery
is tougher but sportier
, giving a more attractive look and feel.
Standard equipment includes air conditioning
, electric front
and rear windows
(previously only the front windows were electric), as well as a new MediaNav infotainment system
with a 20.32cm touch screen
. This system has its own features that include Bluetooth connectivity
and the two connectivity apps currently in play; Apple Carplay
and Android Auto
Reverse parking sensors
are standard across the range, while higher models also get a reversing camera
. Side mirrors
are also adjustable
from inside the car this time around. More safety features include two front airbags
. According to its maker, the new Kwid has class-leading boot space by the size of 279 litres. Renault
has used the 1.0-litre
, 3-cylinder naturally aspirated engine
in order to power the new Kwid
range. The engine produces 50kW at 5 500rpm
, as well as 91Nm of torque at 4 250rpm
. Not the largest figures out there, so performance is hampered, especially when the car is loaded. Renault
claims 4.7 litres per 100km in average fuel usag
e. A 5-speed manual
is standard, while the AMT semi-auto gearbox
can be ordered optionally. The AMT
is certainly not the smoothest semi-automatic
option out there in the market and can thus be avoided if possible.