Shootout: Maruti S-Presso vs Renault Kwid
Shootout No. 223
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 4.35 – 5.74 lakhs (Maruti S-Presso), Rs. 3.48 – 5.88 lakhs (Renault Kwid)
With its spacious interiors and peppy petrol engine, the S-Presso offers a tough fight to Renault’s funky & handsome Kwid
The entry-level hatchback segment in India has a variety of options to choose from, with most contenders coming from Maruti’s stable. However, that didn’t stop the automaker from launching another small car, the quirky S-Presso. After Maruti launched the S-Presso, Renault launched the Kwid facelift on the next day itself. Now, when Renault launched the Kwid for the first time, it gave a lot of sleepless nights to the Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon and now this rivalry continues. While the S-Presso is a brand new car based on a tried and tested platform, the Kwid has got some really significant updates. Two small cars, both priced similarly. Which one to buy after all?
Exteriors – These small cars have nothing in common when it comes to styling. While the S-Presso looks very unconventional with its quirky looks, the Kwid comes across as a far more mature and handsome car. The facelifted Kwid gets a redesigned fascia with a headlamp cluster housing in chunky surrounds along with tweaks to the bumpers and grille. The Climber variant that we have here gets orange accents on the roof rails, along with grey coloured wheel covers.
In comparison, Maruti’s new S-Presso looks quirky and might I say disproportionate from some angles. While the fascia does have some styling elements, the side and rear look rather bland in comparison, coupled with the silver-coloured wheel caps. However, the S-Presso does get black body cladding but it seriously looks under tyred with a lot of empty space in the wheel wells. The Kwid is the more stylish car out of the two without a doubt but the S-Presso also attracts a fair bit of attention from curious on-lookers.