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Thami Masemola
Date published: 19/03/2020
Category: Reviews
Tags: Renault South Africa;Kwid;Renault;MediaNav;Apple Carplay;Android Auto
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New Renault Kwid

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 with LED 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.

Kwid
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 and ABS brakes with EBD. 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 usage. 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.