A day after Maruti Suzuki launched the S-Presso at Rs.3.69 lakh in India, Renault brought in Kwid facelift starting at Rs.2.83 lacs (ex-showroom). Both cars fall in crosshairs as prime rivals. While the S-Presso undercuts the Alto K10 by the Rs.3000, Maruti Suzuki confirmed that it wouldn't hinder the future of latter. The Kwid facelift, on the other hand, was launched with a new design that is much more like its electric sibling that was recently revealed in China.
Both models S-Presso and New Kwid are budget hatchbacks with a commanding SUV presence in terms of design, and it turns out these two new kids on the block are perfect for rivaling with each other in terms of performance as well. Let’s take a look at what each has to offer on all necessary aspects of a car.
The infotainment system on the S-Presso comes with speedometer integrated into one unit. It is derived from the WagonR and has Maruti’s SmartPlay 2.0 that is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The model comes with steering mounted controls and power windows at the rear as standard features across all variants.
As compared to the outgoing model, the new Kwid gets a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that it shares with the Triber MPV. The instrument cluster, too, is derived from the Triber featuring an all-digital unit that includes a tachometer.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso is supported by the same K10 petrol engine that powers the Alto K10. The engine comes with the BS-VI compliance and produces 64HP and 90Nm of torque with a five-speed manual transmission.
Kwid facelift remains the same in terms of mechanicals with the 800cc unit that delivers 72Nm and 54HP of torque.
Maruti has tried to make S-Presso fancier on the inside as well, replicating the Mini Cooper layout on its central console. With the layout looking quite smart, the all-black color theme takes away the sense of space in an otherwise spacious cabin. That said, touches like orange trims around the central console and air-con vents look striking. Overall, the cabin looks quite practical, with separate pockets for personal stuff like your phone and wallet in the central console and on the passenger side of dash. There are also pockets in the front doors, which is good enough to accommodate a one-litre bottle.
The interiors of Kwid RXT gets all black interiors and crossway fabric upholstery with a red outline. The Renault KWID climber also gets all-black treatment along with the orange highlights on the seats, dash, and door pads, which make it look funky. The new peppy car also provides best in class boot space of 279 litres, which is expandable upto 620 litres.
Both cars have a couple of similarities here in terms of interior features. However, internally adjustable ORVMs and audio functions on the steering wheel are available only on the S-Presso top variant. At the same time, Kwid RXT offers rear power windows, leather wrapped steering wheel, rear armrest and charging socket as superior features over S-Presso top variant.
Both models are quite distinctive in terms of looks and exterior features. S-Presso and Kwid both feature body coloured bumpers and ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirrors), 14-inch steel wheels and rear spoilers. However, there are quite a few that differentiates one from the other.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso gets twin chamber headlamps, signature c-shaped tail lamps, square wheel arches, and a bold front profile that depicts a boxy image of an SUV.
Catching up with the new trend, the headlamps on new Kwid have moved down to the bumper while the sleek daytime running lamps appear on top, closer to the hood. The new design gives the front portion look more butch like an SUV. The new grille design is now in line with some other Renault models.
The Renault Kwid measures more in terms of dimensions compared to the S-Presso. However, the latter appears to have a taller stance than the former. Boot space is more on the Kwid by 9 litres, while the ground clearance too appears to be more on the Kwid itself by 4mm.
In terms of elements on the higher spec Kwid RXT, chrome enhancements, wheel arch claddings, dual-tone wing mirrors, graphite grille with chrome inserts, roof antenna and LED DRLs are seen more premium compared to the higher spec variant on S-Presso.
S-Presso provides safety features such as the rear parking sensors, dual airbags, and speed sensing door locks on top spec variant, while a driver-side airbag is offered as standard on the base models. Passenger-side airbags may be included if needed as they are provided as optional by the brand.
New Kwid gets driver side airbag with an option of the passenger side Airbag as standard. This tiny car also gets a rear parking camera unlike S-Presso.
ABS (Anti-lock braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), rear parking sensors, keyless entry and remote central locking are offered on both models, in compliance with latest safety norms in India.
Maruti Suzuki S-Presso and Renault Kwid Facelift are both prepared to fight for their space in the competitive market. Kwid offers more features at a lesser price compared to the S-Presso, while the latter claims to be an all new model unlike the former which is a reiteration of an existing model. S-Presso could justify their pricing factor with the BS-VI engine on offer unlike the Kwid which is yet to introduce the same.
Maruti Suzuki has always been a brand with the highest number of service centres nationwide, and that is yet another reason to choose S-Presso over Kwid. However, if low price with more features is what you are looking for, then Kwid is your choice. On the other hand, if you are ready to overlook the price and feature factor, considering the brand name, then S-Presso has what it takes to be at the top.