Two very capable contenders in the hatchback segment of the Indian car market are the Renault Kwid and the Tata Tiago. Recently, both Renault and Tata Motors launched AMT versions of these cars to bring the convenience of driving an automatic within reach of the masses. In this article, we pit these cars against each other to see how they stack up.
Renault provides a 1.0 litre, 3 cylinder, petrol engine that produces a peak power output of 67 bhp and a maximum torque of 91 Nm for the AMT version of the Kwid. For the first time in a car in this segment, Renault has ditched the conventional gear lever setup and gone instead in favour of a rotary dial mounted on the centre console. The Tata Tiago, on the other hand, has a larger 1.2 litre engine under its bonnet. This 3 cylinder motor is from the new Revotron family of engines and generates 84 bhp and a torque of 114 Nm. Its AMT gearbox also comes with additional features such as a creep feature that is ideal for crowded city roads and even a Sport function, making it the only car in its class to offer multiple driving modes.
The Renault Kwid measures 3679mm in length, 1579mm in width and 1478mm in height. The car has a wheelbase of 2422mm, making it roomy on the inside, and a ground clearance of 180mm to enable it to negotiate the worst of our roads. Recently, Renault launched the Kwid Climber edition, which has a tough and outdoorsy look. The design of the Kwid has always been one of its biggest USPs. The Tiago is larger as it is 3746mm long, 1647mm wide and 1535mm tall. However, it has a wheelbase of 2400mm, which is slightly shorter than that of the Kwid. The ground clearance of the Tiago AMT is a touch shorter as well, measuring 170mm. The Kwid also has the larger boot among the two, at 300 litres, which outdoes the 242 litre boot of the Tiago.
Renault has left no stone unturned to make the Kwid as desirable as possible. The company has kitted out the car with features such as a 7 inch MediaNav touchscreen infotainment system with an inbuilt navigation module, power windows at the front, a manual AC, fog lamps, a digital instrument binnacle, a 12 volt power outlet, two glove boxes, aux-in and USB connectivity, Bluetooth support, an airbag for the driver and more.
The Tiago goes one step better in the features department. Tata Motors has equipped the car with an infotainment system by Harman, Bluetooth, iPod, aux-in and USB compatibility, Juke car app, 22 storage spaces, a driver information system that displays parameters such as distance-to-empty and average fuel economy, follow-me-home headlights, power adjustable mirrors, all 4 power windows, steering moutned controls, a cooled glove box, alloy wheels, reverse parking sensors, ABS with EBD, cornering stability control, dual front airbags, and so on.
The Kwid is the car to go for if you are on a strict budget. The car is better equipped than one would expect for its price bracket, it has extremely frugal engines and it is very spacious. But, the Tiago is the better equipped car between the two. The interiors are one of the best built seen in a Tata vehicle and it feels more premium as well. The decision comes down to the preferences of the buyer, but it must be stressed that both the Kwid and the Tiago are excellent cars in their own rights and both can gratify their customers very well. The Renault Kwid AMT can be purchased for INR 3.84 lakhs while the Tata Tiago AMT can be bought for INR 5.73 lakhs (both prices are ex-showroom figures).