1. Death trap or best bargain?
It a tight inside and the safety is like a City Golf’s, but SIBONELO MYENI rates the Kwid’s value
WITH repayments touted from R1 900 per month and free insurance, we had many people asking us if the Kwid is really worth considering as a buy, so we got one and tested it.
Interestingly, people initially found the looks of the Kwid not to their taste until I mentioned the price after which they said they wouldn’t mind owning it at all. Generally though, comments were favourable but we found that the maroon coloured Kwids on the road looked more attractive. The raised ride height with tiny 13’ wheels give that outdoor lifestyle look to it but the wheels are 3 studs thus making it impossible to fit the much needed bigger, wider wheels for that pimped look. Inside, the Kwid offers just enough space for 4 adults with a spacious, deep boot. Access to the rear is good, something that bugs many of its compact competitors. Cabin quality is as can be expected at this price range and in Dynamique spec it offers electric front windows, air condition, Navigation (yes… Navigation), USB/Bluetooth/Radio as standard. The coloured cloth seats look durable but are hard. There is no rev counter and the digital speedo tends to be difficult to view in daylight.
Powering the Kwid is a 1.0litre 3-cylinder engine credited with 50kW/91Nm driving the front wheels via a 5-speed manual (only) gearbox. These figures might seem minute but take into account the 1100kg weight of the whole car and it pulls quite well even with a load.
Top speed is claimed at 152km/ h and I felt it pulls strongly towards the speed, that’s if you can manage cross winds.
The on board computer (yep, I said it right) listed our fuel figures at 5.3l/100km which was excellent even with the puny 28L tank.
The long suspension travel doesn’t instill confidence in corners which is more a safety point taking into account the Kwid has no ABS. Pedal feel is good though and stopping distances good…if you avoid lock up. It rides bumps well however it is very sensitive to cross winds, often being unstable but that’s more noticeable at high speeds. Drive sedately and it’s a boon. Much has been mentioned about the Kwid’s safety or lack of it however it does come with an airbag and importantly keeps many South Africans away from the death trap taxis.
At least in the Kwid you have control of your safety rather than praying for dear life every time you start a journey in a Quantum with 20 other passengers.
Honestly if you look at the price of R134 900 thus equating to the R1 900 promotion price, its worth it especially if you consider your ability to take your kids to school (and save them being packed like sardines in school vans), you can wake up like normal human beings instead of 3 am to get to work at normal times.
Add to that the freedom to go anywhere at your own time… and there’s more … (nope, we not selling Verimark items) … insurance for the first 12 months is free. We are sold.
The Renault Kwid comes standard with a 5-year or 150 000 km mechanical warranty and a sixyear anti-corrosion warranty. Services take place at 15 000km intervals. — Imotoonline.co.za. Catch Sibonelo Myeni on Ukhozi FM’s Vuka show, Thursday mornings from 7.
Much has been mentioned about the Kwid’s safety. At least in the Kwid you have control of your safety rather than praying for dear life every time you start a journey in a Quantum with 20 people.
For the price of a months taxi fees, the Renault Kwid offers freedom from the tyranny of public transport.