Re­nault Kwid Climber 1.0 AMT

The Kwid Climber 1.0 L with the AMT gear­box is the Kwid taken to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion. The sporti­est, most pow­er­ful, and most ex­pen­sive it­er­a­tion of the com­pact hatch, we see what it brings to the ta­ble

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The most ex­pen­sive com­pact hatch from Re­nault served with an AMT

The Re­nault Kwid has been a pop­u­lar lit­tle hatch ever since it ar­rived in the mar­ket a few years back. Its eye-catch­ing styling has been a hit with the masses and its sorted dy­nam­ics have re­ceived the crit­ics’ seal of ap­proval. The vari­ant I’m test­ing is the new top-of-the-line evo­lu­tion of this model. It gets the big­ger one-litre en­gine and the AMT gear­box in this guise and a few ex­tra bits and bobs be­sides. It gets a spe­cial moniker, too. This one is called the Kwid Climber and the chaps at Re­nault de­sign aren’t hold­ing back in let­ting you know that this is, in fact, its name.

You can see the word “Climber” etched on the car’s fend­ers and rear wind­screen in bold let­ters be­cause a lit­tle badg­ing round the back would be too sub­tle and the Climber is any­thing but sub­tle. The loud orange mir­rors, eye-catch­ing Elec­tric Blue paint job, and chunky new wheel de­sign all scream “look at me” and while that’s not for ev­ery­one, I for one quite en­joyed the at­ten­tion. The Climber also gets roof-rails with a splash of orange on them, pro­tec­tive cladding on the sides, a blacked-out grille, and what Re­nault call a “front ter­rain pro­tec­tor” also flecked in orange — all be­spoke ad­di­tions ex­clu­sive to this vari­ant.

The in­te­rior also gets some ex­clu­siv­ity, with a new seat-cover de­sign and gen­er­ous splashes of orange adorn­ing the in­side. The front row head­rests get Climber in­signia and orange pip­ing, there’s an orange band run­ning along the car’s shoul­der, and even the air-con vents and dash get a few orange sur­rounds. The steer­ing car­ries the “Climber” moniker (in orange, of course). Even the floor mats are piped in orange, be­cause why not? It isn’t all just “orangi­fi­ca­tion” in the Climber, though, be­cause it also gets a few ad­di­tional fea­tures that only the RX(O) vari­ant gets. Namely, a re­v­erse cam­era, a driver’s side airbag, and a 12V socket in the rear over and above the one in the front. Me­chan­i­cally, the Climber is iden­ti­cal to the 1.0 AMT. It gets the same 999-cc three-cylin­der pro­duc­ing 68 PS at 5,500 rpm and 91 Nm at 4,250 rpm. It is mated to a five-speed AMT and the same sus­pen­sion set-up, and an iden­ti­cal disc/ drum brake con­fig­u­ra­tion. While the power on tap is ad­e­quate, it isn’t by any means spec­tac­u­lar, with the Climber get­ting from 0 to 100 km/h in 18.48 sec­onds as per our test re­sults. The Kwid has al­ways been sound dy­nam­i­cally, though, and it han­dles just as well as

be­fore, demon­strat­ing com­po­sure and a cer­tain level of sure-foot­ed­ness even at high speeds and around cor­ners. In the city the light steer­ing al­lows you to nip around the turns eas­ily and the sorted sus­pen­sion does a good job of ab­sorb­ing the bumps and breaks. When it comes to shed­ding speed, the Kwid im­presses with its im­per­turba­bil­ity. The num­bers for brak­ing are not above or­di­nary, though — 100-0 km/h takes 3.8 sec­onds and re­quires 52.49 m.

We also con­ducted a fuel ef­fi­ciency run as part of the test pro­ceed­ings and, un­sur­pris­ingly, the Kwid Climber did fairly well in the econ­omy stakes. We man­aged to eke out 14 km/l in the city and 20 km/l on the high­way, which is quite im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing we had an AMT to con­tend with as well. With a 28-litre fuel-tank and an over­all fuel ef­fi­ciency fig­ure of 15.5 km/l, you won’t need to make those fre­quent trips to fill up.

As a pack­age, the Climber is at­trac­tive, if a lit­tle flam­boy­ant, and builds on an al­ready im­pres­sive plat­form from Re­nault. We had taken the stan­dard onelitre AMT to mighty Khardung La a cou­ple of years ago and with­out any hitches, so we can at­test to the ro­bust­ness of this lit­tle hatch and, priced at Rs 4.63 lakh, it isn’t too heavy on the pocket either. If bling is your thing and bud­getary con­cerns are prom­i­nent in your life, but you still need a ca­pa­ble set of wheels for ev­ery­day city com­mutes and the oc­ca­sional long haul, the Climber should def­i­nitely be a con­tender in your short­list.

As a pack­age, the Climber is at­trac­tive, if a lit­tle flam­boy­ant, and builds on an al­ready im­pres­sive plat­form from Re­nault

Gear select dial is quin­tes­sen­tial to the Kwid

The Climber gets a re­v­erse cam­era, help­ful in tight park­ing sit­u­a­tions

An arm­rest for the rear pas­sen­gers makes things more comfy

Power socket in the se­cond row means ev­ery­one can charge their smart­phones

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