1,000 Miles Across India In A Renault Kwid Is One Heck Of An Adventure

The Renault Kwid was launched in India three years ago. It’s a more upscale alternative to other local-made cars, such as the Tata Nano, and has a starting price of nearly $4,000.

It’s a jacked-up A-segment hatchback with crossover styling that sits on the Renault-Nissan CMF-A architecture. The Kwid is just a little over 3.6m (142+in) long, but has a quite generous ground clearance of 180mm (7.1in).

The base models use a three-cylinder 0.8-liter petrol engine with only 54 PS (53 hp / 40 kW) and 72 Nm (53l b-ft) of torque. Renault also offers a three-cylinder 1.0-liter unit with 68PS (67hp / 50kW) and 91Nm (67lb-ft) of torque for $5,320. Both have a 5-speed manual transmission as standard.

Also Read: Renault Responds To Kwid’s 0 Star Rating With ABS, 4 Airbags In Brazil

The range-topping member of the family is the Kwid Climber, which brings a few extra goodies and it’s offered from $6,830 with a five-speed automatic gearbox.

This is the flavor selected by TheDrive for an interesting journey across India. Their adventure started in Chennai and ended two days and almost 1,000 miles (1,609 km) later in Mumbai, on the west coast.

It’s worth mentioning that their Kwid test car came with quite a few options, which bumped its price to some $8,500.

Now, we won’t spoil the following video, but we’ll give you an insight into what you should expect: chaotic driving, dangerous maneuvers and what they claimed was a Le Mans-like experience… with lots of cows.

  • Shahul Usman

    Thats where Im from (Chennai) where he started out.. driving is terrifying..

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yes, it certainly looked like it.

  • skinny

    Drive there for a while and you will be master driver in the western world. It’s not really terrifying at all. Driving in India keeps you alert when driving. Something that is sorely missing from the majority of Americans drivers. It’s amazing though how Indian drivers transplanted from India to the states become idiot drivers.

    • gshemant

      I wouldn’t say they’re idiots. They just get too lazy when they drive in the states. Dad used to be able to drive in India but now he’s too terrified to do so after he got used to American roads.

  • fabri99

    The Kwid looks to be a very impressive car and I believe Renault should consider bringing it to Europe, perhaps as a Dacia. Just update safety features and engines and there you have it. Most people that nowadays spend 12k on a citycar would definitely get this (or any other low cost car for emerging markets, adequately updated) for half the price.
    Make small cars cheap again.