Buying a car in recent times has been an easy task. As soon as a person starts earning, the banks are behind him to offer a loan to buy a car.
So, in the entry level segment, the Maruti Alto has been on the top of the list as India's best selling car for a very long time, only to be beaten by its sibling, the Swift Dzire. But it has regained its position on the top of the list.
Another car that is a potential threat to the Alto's reign is the Renault Kwid. The Kwid promises a big package for a very affordable price.
So, is the Renault Kwid worth your quid? Let's find out comparing both the cars' pricing, features, design, engine specification and safety:
The soon to be launched Renault Kwid will be priced from INR 2.56 lakh onwards, while the Alto retails in the Indian market starting from INR 2.53 lakh while the top-end version costs 3.69 lakh.
The Renault Kwid has a bold, high stance. That is what a customer will notice first. The Kwid has a short front and rear overhang with a high ground clearance. The Kwid looks like a baby SUV with its bold headlight the front grille design.
The Alto's design has been around for a while now. It features a unique petal shaped headlight design and features Maruti Suzuki's wave front design, with its sloping window lines and swaying roof design.
The Renault Kwid comes loaded with features such as 2-DIN audio system with bluetooth, power windows Media-Nav navigation, seven-inch touchscreen display, 13-inch wheels and 180 mm ground clearance.
The Alto 800 is offered with very limited features and only the top of the line variant features audio system with USB and AUX connectivity, fabric seats and power steering.
The Kwid is powered by a 800cc, 3-cylinder petrol engine that produces 53 bhp and is mated to a five speed manual transmission.
The Alto 800 is powered by a 796cc, three cylinder petrol engine as well that produces 47 bhp. The 800 too is mated to a five speed manual transmission.
The Kwid's delivers 25 kpl, which the best fuel efficiency in its class. The Alto 800 claims a fuel efficiency of 21.38 kpl.
Being entry level cars, one cannot expect top end safety features. The Kwid and the Alto 800 will have an optional airbag on the driver's side.
The Renault Kwid looks better, has more features, packs a powerful engine and returns very good fuel efficiency. The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 will face tough competition against the Kwid, however, Maruti's wide spread service network could make a difference since it will make owning and servicing the car a hassle free job. So to pick the best of the two—my quid will be spent on the Kwid!