The Nepalese car market is comprised of big SUVs, small SUVs and hatchbacks, and that’s where the Kwid comes in. The 1.0 kwid has what was missing in the 0.8 liter kwid, more power, but we’ll talk about that in a bit. Budget-hatchbacks are stereotyped to be petite vehicles adorned by elementary design; Kwid on the other hand breaks this assumption.
The square-shaped SUV like stance can give hatchback based crossovers a run for their money. Dimensionally, Kwid is the largest of its rivals measuring 3,679 mm long and 1579 mm wide. Moreover, 180 mm of ground clearance vouches for a better performance while on the go. The aggressive front profile is highlighted by C-shaped signature head lamps and bold structured front grille.
Chunky fog lamp housings sit on the lower bumper. Body cladding on wheel arch and thick black side panels lend rugged look to the sides. Rear has been styled impressively featuring integrated roof spoiler and distinctively designed tail lights. The 1.0 litre version is largely same as the 800cc variant except for the chequered flag pattern on the side decals, slightly larger ORVMs with dual tone colour and SCe badge on the tailgate.
Space is the upmost concern while talking about cabins and Kwid offers a comfortable space to passengers sitting in front. There is enough space at rear too. The dashboard and instrument cluster has been carved contemporarily. Cabin gets dual glovebox and cup-holders along with other cubby holes for storage purpose. Plastic quality could have been better; but nothing unusual for a mini hatchback belonging to budget segment.
Now we talk about what’s under the hood, and this is where there is noticeable improvement, there’s a 1-liter petrol instead of a 0.8 liter and this new engine makes 67bhp and 91Nm torque and has improved NVH levels that in turn offer better ride quality. The 660 kg kerb weight is the lowest in the segment. The power to weight ratio stands at 80.75 bhp/ton which hints at adept performance. The 0 to 100 kmph speed is achieved within 16.80 second (approximate figure) which may not be imposing but is fairly good as compared to arch rival Hyundai Eon. Fuel economy is promising especially for a petrol powered vehicle; the claimed mileage figure for Kwid is 25.17 kms in a litre. The AMT equipped 1.0 litre variant delivers 24.04km/l.
The Kwid’s rivals are the Maruti Alto, Hyundai Eon and the Datsun RediGo and judging how macho the Kwid looks I say, it has got all itsi rivals on tight ropes. For more on the Kwid, stick with us.