THE GAMECHANGER

2017 RE­NAULT KWID 1.0 DY­NAMIQUE

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GUIDE -

Re­nault South Africa has been sell­ing up a storm with its Kwid this year, and if you look at the ve­hi­cle’s price, you can un­der­stand why. For R134 900, much less than any other ve­hi­cle on this list, you can buy a brand-new Kwid that has some fash­ion­able cross­over styling, a trendy in­te­rior and great fuel con­sump­tion. The cross­over styling con­sists of some black cladding, as well as a raised ride height (180mm), while the main at­trac­tion in the cabin is a snazzy in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with Blue­tooth and nav­i­ga­tion. The engine is a three-cylin­der 1.0-litre petrol pow­er­plant that de­vel­ops 50kW of power and 91Nm of torque. That doesn’t seem like much, but the Kwid is small and light, so the engine does an ad­mirable job of shoving the car along. In typ­i­cal day-to-day driv­ing, the Re­nault rarely feels un­der­pow­ered. Now, much has been made of the (lack of) safety of the Kwid, and in­deed, it doesn’t have ABS or ex­cel­lent brakes. How­ever, if price and econ­omy are you pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion, it’s im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore the Kwid.

THE GOOD: You get a lot of style and tech for your money.

THE BAD: NVH lev­els could be bet­ter. Lack of ABS brakes.

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