2019 Renault Kwid 1.0-litre vs Maruti Suzuki S-Presso: Spec comparison

By Divyank Kushagra Bansal | on October 7, 2019

The 2019 Renault Kwid arguably looks cooler & more modern than its predecessor. Plus, it gets more equipment too. However, has Renault done enough to fend off the fresh attack from Maruti Suzuki's latest 'Mini-SUV', the S-Presso?

The battle in the entry-level A2 hatchback segment is raging once again as Renault has recently launched the much-awaited facelift of its successful hatchback, the Kwid. Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki too has taken the opportunity to launch its all-new entry-level contender, the S-Presso 'Mini-SUV'. So, can the Kwid, with its new-age appeal, take on the new kid on the block? Or has Maruti Suzuki struck a chord with hatchback buyers in India once again? Here's an on-paper comparison to figure it out.

Dimensions

In terms of length & width, the Renault Kwid trumps the S-Presso & therefore leads to the conclusion that the former is likely to offer a roomier interior. This conclusion is further backed up the wheelbase figures, the Kwid having 42mm more of it. But the S-Presso does have an ace up its sleeve, and that's its height. The S-Presso is 75mm taller than the Kwid, thanks to its SUVesque stance. This also means that the S-Presso will be a more comfortable option for taller passengers, offering adequate headroom. In terms of urban usability, both cars are more or less matched with near-identical ground clearance. However, on paper, the Kwid offers 4mm more of it.    

  Renault Kwid 1.0-litre Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Length (mm) 3,731 3,565
Width (mm) 1,579 1,520
Height (mm) 1,474 1,549
Wheelbase (mm) 2,422 2,380
Ground Clearance (mm) 184 180

Drivetrain

Another point of comparison where the two hatchbacks are neck & neck. Both cars get a single-engine option - a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol motor. However, there's a significant difference. As Renault is yet to present BS-VI compliant engines, the updated Kwid continues to be powered by a BS-IV motor. Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki has been quick to respond to this conversion and it has already launched the Alto with a BS-VI compliant motor. As the S-Presso shares the same engine, it is available as a BS-VI compliant car from the day of its launch. Despite this though, both cars offer identical power figures. The Kwid's AMT derivatives deliver a slightly better fuel-efficiency figure of 22.5km/l.

  Renault Kwid 1.0-litre Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Engine 999cc 3-Cylinder SCe (BS-IV) 998cc 3-Cylinder K10B (BS-VI)
Power output 67bhp 67bhp
Torque 91Nm 90Nm
Transmission 5MT / AMT 5MT / AMT
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol
Fuel Efficiency (km/l) 21.7 (MT) / 22.5 (AMT) 21.7 (MT / AMT)

Features & Equipment

This is where things get a bit interesting. Before we get to the features comparison, it's worth mentioning that the Kwid's variant line-up starts from the 800cc variants. So, the Kwid 1.0-litre variants technically start from a higher price point. On the other hand, the S-Presso is only available with a 1.0-litre motor. With this knowledge in mind, the Kwid 1.0-litre definitely gets a few additional goodies over the S-Presso, like a rear parking camera, rear power windows, a bigger infotainment touchscreen & LED DRLs. The S-Presso, meanwhile, offers slightly better ergonomics, thanks to features like steering-mounted audio controls.

  Renault Kwid 1.0-litre Maruti Suzuki S-Presso
Parking Assist Rear Parking Sensors + Camera Rear Parking Sensors
Infotainment System 8-inch MediaNAV Evolution Touchscreen 7-inch SmartPlay Studio Touchscreen

Passenger Airbag

Standard Standard
Power Windows Front + Rear Front only
Remote Keyless Entry Yes, with central locking Yes, with central locking
Steering-mounted audio controls  No Yes
Alloy Wheels No No
Phone Connectivity Bluetooth / USB / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Bluetooth / USB / Apple CarPlay / Android Auto

Instrument Cluster

Digital (LED) Digital (LCD)
LED DRLs Yes No

Price Range

Considering the fact that both these cars are powered by 1.0-litre motors, the S-Presso is arguably a better, more lucrative option for budget-centric buyers or first-time car buyers who'd be interested in lower-spec variants. With a significantly lower starting price, the S-Presso is also a step ahead thanks to its BS-VI compliant motor. But those willing to shell out on top-spec variants are in for better value-for-money with the Kwid, as they'll be entitled to more features & equipment at virtually the same price as the S-Presso.

  Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
Renault Kwid 1.0-litre ₹ 4.33 lakh - ₹ 4.92 lakh
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso ₹ 3.69 lakh - ₹ 4.91 lakh

Read more:

Renault Kwid facelift launched at Rs 2.83 lakh

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso launched at Rs 3.69 lakh

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso Review

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