Read this comparison of Maruti Suzuki Alto and Renault Kwid. Find out the key differences and know which one is good for you.
Maruti has always had a monopoly when it comes to entry-level hatchbacks. With the launch of Alto, the Indian buyer had an upgraded choice when compared to the Maruti 800 in the early 2000s. A few years later, first-time buyers still prefer Alto because of the practicality and value for money quotient it offers.
Renault on the other hand, have had their share of success with the Kwid along with the ups and downs. The Kwid is now a complete and refined package altogether and is ready to take on its top-selling rival, the Alto. If you are planning to buy your first car, you should definitely check out both of these cars.
Without any further ado, let’s put these together head-on.
The Alto has a minimalistic design that exudes practicality and purpose. It has compact dimensions and one can say it rather looks cute. It is a very basic car that looks conventional on the outside. The Kwid on the other hand has an exciting design with some elements which make it look a bit more premium and sporty. The LED DRLs make it look modern and the flared wheel arches give it an SUV-like stance. The Kwid has a greater road presence than the Alto and is sure to make heads turn. From the sides, the Alto is again very basic and conventional with a prominent shoulder line running to the rear. As for the Kwid, it looks pretty simple from the sides with no cuts and creases portraying a simplistic design.
Coming to the rear, the Kwid looks much better than the Alto. The body cladding at the rear gives the Kwid an SUV-like look and the modern taillights add some character to the overall visual presentation of the car. On the other hand, the Alto again looks very basic and conventional at the rear with no exciting elements with a basic set of tail lights. The wheels on the Kwid are more modern and increase the appeal of the car when compared to the puny wheels on the Alto. Keeping modern-day standards in mind, the Alto is just too bland and the Kwid simply trumps the Alto in this department with ease.
|Aspects||Maruti Alto||Renault Kwid|
|Length (mm)||3445 mm||3731 mm|
|Width (mm)||1515 mm||1579 mm|
|Height (mm)||1475 mm||1474 mm|
|Wheelbase (mm)||2360 mm||2422 mm|
|Ground clearance (mm)||160 mm||184 mm|
|Kerb weight (kg)||730 Kg||756 Kg|
|Boot Space (litres)||177 L||279 L|
The two cars have different characters when it comes to the interior department. The Alto has a very basic interior that lacks modern elements and the plastic quality is not very good either but is solidly put together.
The Kwid, on the other hand, has a much more modern-looking interior which gives the car a sporty appeal but the plastic quality inside the Kwid isn’t very good either and the car doesn’t feel as solidly put together as the Alto.
Engine and Specifications
The Alto and the Kwid, both come with 800 cc engine options which produce almost identical power and torque numbers. However, there is a difference in the way these cars behave on the road. The Alto is more economical in real-world conditions when compared to the Kwid, however, Kwid has the added convenience of an automatic transmission.
|Maruti Alto||Renault Kwid|
|Engine||0.8 litre petrol||0.8 litre petrol|
|Power||47 bhp||53 bhp|
|Torque||69 Nm||72 Nm|
|Transmission||5-Speed Manual||5-Speed Manual/AMT|
|Fuel Economy||22 kmpl||25 kmpl|
Ride and Handling
Despite having almost similar engine specifications and kerb weight, there is a noticeable difference between the driving dynamics of the two cars. The Alto is very nimble and peppy to drive. The gears are slick-shifting which helps in heavy traffic conditions. The ride is a mix of supple and stiff and it rides like a typical small hatchback. The Alto is very nippy and easy to park and is a proper city car.
When it comes to the Kwid, it is not as peppy to drive as the Alto but will get the job done. The NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) levels are also higher inside the cabin and the gearbox is a step lower than that of the Alto. However, with its SUV-like stance, it rides like a bigger car and feels good behind the wheel. It is as easy to park as the Alto and is a boon to drive in the city.
The features list on both of these cars isn’t very extensive. Both of them get necessary features with the Kwid edging ahead with the added premiumness of a touchscreen but without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The Kwid also offers a digital instrumentation cluster which looks much more exciting than the one on the Alto.
Safety features on both these cars are the bare minimum with both of them offering a driver-side airbag with ABS and parking sensors.
The Kwid offers a warranty of 2 years or 50,000 km and the Alto offers a warranty of 2 years or 40,000 km. Although, both companies offer provisions to their customers to opt for an extended warranty.
|Maruti Alto||Renault Kwid|
|STD – Rs 3 Lakhs||STD – Rs 3.31 Lakhs|
|STD (O) – Rs 3.05 Lakhs||RXE – Rs 4.01 Lakhs|
|LXI – Rs 3.76 Lakhs||RXL – Rs 4.31 Lakhs|
|LXI (O) – Rs 3.81 Lakhs||Neotech RXL – Rs 4.37 Lakhs|
|VXI – Rs 4.02 Lakhs||RXT – Rs 4.61 Lakhs|
|VXI Plus – Rs 4.16 Lakhs|
|LXI CNG – Rs 4.56 Lakhs|
|LXI (O) CNG – Rs 4.61 Lakhs|
Both of these cars are closely matched in every aspect and their prices are also similar. The Alto has been around for a long time and has proved its reliability but the design now is old, the Kwid on the other hand is a fresh entrant and is a promising option as well. With the prices being this attractive, a prospective customer should take a look at both cars before making a buying decision.