Datsun India is ready to launch the new Redi-Go 1.0 L variant of its renowned entry-level hatchback car. The car will go on sale in India on July 26, 2017 and one of the cars that it will be competing with is the Renault Kwid 1.0. Interestingly, under the hood, both the models are very much same as they are made on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF- A platform and have the same powertrain. Here we are comparing these two models.
Design and dimensions
Both the Datsun Redi-Go and the Renault Kwid 1.0 are sane like their standard models. The Kwid 1.0 comes with a more SUV/crossover-like design with bold styling elements like the underbody plastic cladding, wider stance and flared wheel arches. The Redi-Go 1.0 looks more like a tallboy hatch with muscular lines and a quirky design that makes it stand out. The Redo-Go will come with LED daytime running lights mounted to the front bumper, but Kwid doesn’t have any such feature. At the same time, the Kwid 1.0 comes with sporty checkered pattern side decals with 1.0 printed on them to make it look different that the regular Kwid. But, the Redi-Go 1.0 doesn’t have any such styling and the only distinguishing element is the 1.0 badge at the rear.
As far as dimensions of the two are concerned, the Renault Kwid 1.0 is both taller and wider at 3679 mm and 1579 mm respectively as compared to the Datsun Redi-Go 1.0 which is, 3429 mm long and 1560 mm wide. At the same time, the Redi Go’s tallboy design makes it taller than the Kwid at 1541 mm compared to the latter’s 1478 mm height. The Kwid 1.0 even gets a longer wheelbase of 2422 mm compared to the Redi-GO 1.0’s 2348 mm wheelbase. The Redi-Go, gets the best-in-class ground clearance of 185 mm while the Kwid has ground clearance of 180 mm.
Features and Equipment:
As far as the features are concerned, the new Redi-Go 1.0 L model is very much similar to the regular Redi-Go except for some minor updates like the all-black cabin with red accents for the seats, new upholstery and silver finish on the steering wheel and AC vents. It doesn’t have a touchscreen infotainment system, but gets a regular CD player, USB, AUX-In and no Bluetooth. Driver bags are available only in the top-end S variant.
The Renault Kwid 1.0, on the other hand, is a better equipped in terms of equipment and features. The cabin gets a dual tone black and grey dashboard, touchscreen MediaNAV system with AUX-IN, Bluetooth and telephony connectivity, along with nice contoured seats with red accents and more storage compartments and cubby holes. It has keyless entry feature and central locking and optional driver side airbag among other features like seat belts and engine immobilizer.
Engine and Transmission:
As mentioned before, both the Kwid 1.0 and the Redi Go 1.0 come with the same 999 cc three-cylinder petrol engine developed by Renault. Power figures are also same at 67 bhp and 91 Nm of peak torque and both models come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Kwid 1.0, however, also has an AMT unit as an option, but the redi-GO 1.0 offer slightly better fuel efficiency at 22.5 kmpl, compared to the Kwid 1.0L which returns 22.04 kmpl.
As already said that the two models are very much similar to each other, the Redi-Go is a better package with a more proportionate design, better headroom, bolder styling, more ground clearance and a slightly more mileage.
The Kwid though provides more in terms of features, space and drivability. So, it all comes down to the price of the Redi Go 1.0 which we are expecting to be considerably less than the Kwid 1.0.