Renault Kwid vs Alto 800 vs Eon: Can Kwid win the biggest battle of 800cc?
Is Renault’s latest kid (Kwid) strong enough to challenge the market leader?
The battle lines have been re-drawn: Renault Kwid vs Alto 800 vs Eon. The Renault’s new kid (Kwid) is the latest entrant into the 800cc fight-club. Does Renault Kwid have it to take on India’s largest selling car by volume Alto 800? We have compared the three cars on 43 points – Renault Kwid vs Maruti Alto 800 vs Hyundai Eon to find out if this Renault kid (Kwid) has it in him...!
Engine & Transmission:
All the three cars have a naturally aspirated 3-cylinder MPFi engine; which is BS-IV complaint. Kwid’s 799cc engine produces a decent 54 Ps power & 72 Nm torque, just marginally low than Hyundai Eon which makes 56 Ps and 76 Nm respectively. It is bit higher than the Maruti Alto 800 which makes only 48 Ps & 69 Nm.
However, with best-in-class ARAI mileage of 25.17 Km/L; Renault Kwid would cover far more distance than both Maruti Alto 800 (22.74 Km/L) and Eon (21.10 Km/L) with same amount of fuel. All the three cars provide a 5 speed manual transmission. So, overall, Renault Kwid gives better performance over the two.
Renault Kwid is bigger in the size than Alto 800 & Eon. Kwid’s length and width are higher than both the Alto 800 & Eon. Renault Kwid has a wheelbase of 2422 mm - the most among all, making it spacious internally. At 1478 mm the height of Kwid is also low; just as Alto 800’s 1475 mm and hence, Kwid will get an advantage while handling. Renault Kwid also has highest ground clearance of 180 mm, making it perfect for the Indian road conditions. Renault Kwid has about 300 litres boot space to carry luggage.
Steering, Suspension & Brakes:
Both Renault Kwid & Eon provide electric power steering (EPS); while Alto 800 has a normal power steering. However, with the lowest turning radius of 4.6 meters the Alto 800 will be able to turn easily in congested city areas. Neither the Kwid nor Eon has specified this data.
The front suspension of all the three cars includes McPherson Struts. In addition, the Alto 800 provides torsion roll control device, whereas the Kwid provides lower transverse link; both for stability. The rear suspension for the Renault Kwid has a Twist-Beam design with coil spring which is similar to Eon.