2017 RENAULT KWID 1.0 DYNAMIQUE
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.