Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 05 Feb 2016
In this modern day and age we are used to seeing many automobiles that cost about as much as your house or buying a small country! It is refreshing however when you find an automaker building a brand new automobile which is very affordable straight out of the box.
With an SA retail price starting at R119,900 (or below R2000,00 per month), the KWID is incredibly affordable, especially when you consider that you are getting a brand new modern automobile with new car reliability and a manufacturer warranty.
Having spent a week driving the range-topping 1.0-Litre Dynamique Edition which cost a mere R129,900, I wanted to find out if the KWID any good? To start off, the KWID looks rather imposing from the outside, Renault has cleverly designed the vehicle to remain bold and chunky in its appearance, despite being rather small.
Its 1.0-Litre engine develops only 50 kW and 91 Nm of torque. While this sounds like barely enough to power your electric pencil sharpener, it propels the KWID rather well, owing to its lightweight body. The engine feels rather coarse on take-off, however when you are motoring it delivers power well and Renault claim fuel economy figures of below 5.0-litres/100 Km. The engine is mated to a 5-Speed manual transmission which remains smooth and light to the shift.
Overall interior space of the KWID is surprisingly good, with the vehicle feeling far bigger on the inside than it looks form its exterior. When you consider the fact that the Renault costs such a small amount in the new car market, it is very impressive that it offers media and entertainment in the form of Renault’s R-Link Multimedia system which features a 7-inch touchscreen based display and delivers most forms of media including USB and Bluetooth.
Perhaps most impressive about the R-Link system is its standard inclusion of full GPS with built-in mapping. This really makes the KWID shine, especially when you consider its price point.
The Renault KWID features a large boot, measuring in with a claimed 300-litres of luggage capacity. The cabin is also filled with clever little storage bins and large door side pockets which can hold large water bottles with ease.
The Renault KWID offers a good old sense of affordable, practical and piece-of-mind motoring and does its all at an incredibly affordable price point. When you consider its thoroughly modern multimedia R-Link system, bold design and the fact that you can buy one brand new for below R120,000 it really is in a league of its own.
There are more refined vehicles on the market for this price, but they certainly form part of the used market and therefore don’t offer the same piece of mind that you get when buying a new car. This is why the Renault KWID is well worth considering when in the new car market without much “kwid” of your own at your disposal.
Warranty; Servicing & SA Pricing
The Renault Kwid comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. Optional service plans are available with services taking place at 15 000 km intervals.
1.0 Expression 1.0-litre SCe – R119 900
1.0 Dynamique 1.0-litre SCe – R129 900
Watch my short video review while driving the Renault KWID by clicking below: