Renault has finally added some safety features to its entry-level Kwid hatchback. Here are the specifications and pricing details for the 2019 Renault Kwid.
Since its launch back in November 2016, the Renault Kwid has received criticism for offering derivates fitted with only 1 airbag and no ABS. Budget-minded new-car buyers do prioritise affordability over safety, but given the French car's erstwhile standard specification, it would not be considered for nomination in the Budget Car category of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank, for example. However, the Datsun Go was recently updated with the introduction of an anti-lock braking system and now it's the Renault Kwid's turn to receive improved stopping power.
The Kwid has enjoyed a fair degree of sales success (more than 20 000 vehicles have been sold in South Africa) and the Renault continues to sell strongly (around 1 000 units a month). For 2019, the model has received some updates, with the critical one being the introduction of ABS across the entire range. Smartphone mirroring in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is now available from the Dynamique derivative and up.
The engine and transmission are carried over and for the record, the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine produces 50 kW and 91 Nm. There's an option of a 5-speed manual gearbox and an automated manual transmission (AMT). Fuel efficiency is pegged at 4.7 litres/100 km and 4.4 litres/100km for the AMT
Renault Kwid Price in South Africa (April 2019)
The vehicle comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty, plus a 2-year service plan, with services scheduled at15 000 km intervals. 1-year’s Comprehensive Insurance Cover is also included. Metallic paint is available for R2 522.
Renault KWID Expression R 134 900
Renault KWID Dynamique R 144 900
Renault KWID Dynamique AMT R 154 900
Renault KWID Climber R 154 900