In one of our recent feature stories, we pitted the Renault Kwid against the Maruti S-Presso and penned down 10 reasons why the Kwid is better than the S-Presso. But apparently, it’s not entirely a bed of roses with the baby Renault. While taking a look at the capabilities of the Kwid, we decided to flip the coin and check out the shortcomings of the car as well.
Listed down below are 10 most common problems with the Renault Kwid. Let’s see what all common problems the Indian owners reported about the Kwid in the five years it has been in the country.
Engine Noise (High NVH Levels)
The first most common issue faced by Kwid owners or anyone who has ever experienced the car is the engine noise. Such characteristics are expected from a bigger car with a diesel engine. But when it comes to a car of Kwid’s proportions, it is hard to make peace with.
The noise becomes more prominent as you begin to work that sizable engine intensively. Kwid’s motor has a lively enough punch for a car of its segment but the refinement levels aren’t setting any benchmarks for sure.
Vibration and Noises
Another aspect that the Kwid owners often complain about is the poor NVH levels of the car. Kwid’s cabin welcomes all kinds of vibrations and noises while it makes its way around the city. Customers have reported unusual noises while braking, vibrations from the engine and in some cases the entire car being rattled by a bad section of road. This is something that got to invite some negative feedback from the customers.
Poor Build Quality
It is hard to perceive the Kwid as a cheap built when it looks the way it does. The Kwid’s striking looks aren’t built upon such a strong foundation. The car’s low quality built means that it does handle collision well. We’ve read some owner reviews of the Kwid on the internet wherein they have mentioned their car incurring serious damage while colliding with a ‘battery rickshaw’.
A sturdy built quality is a must, be it a car of any segment. It’s necessary to withstand at least minor collision which is bound to happen once you’re out there.
Plastic Oil Chamber (Sump)
A yet another concern of Kwid owners which is related to materials used to build the car. The oil chamber located down below the engine in the Kwid is made of plastic. Considering the Indian roads which can be full of surprises, having an oil chamber made of plastic doesn’t land a lot of confidence.
Despite the Kwid having a good ground clearance, taking it over a rough section of road won’t be such a good idea. The plastic chamber would easily be prone to leakages which can lead to an unanticipated breakdown.
AMT Dial issues
The Easy-R dial switch AMT on the Renault Kwid sounds like a breeze to use. But some of the people who frequently use it have a different story to tell. The dial has only three options Drive, Reverse, and Neutral, but certain owners have reported that they need to try the switch multiple times in order to change the gear. It won’t go from N to D or R in one go or visa-versa. This kind of defeats the whole purpose of having an AMT which is being convenient to use.
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Faulty Accelerator Pedal
Now we’re not sure if this problem still persists with the new Facelift BS6 Renault Kwid, but we are certain that it was prevalent in models prior to the facelift. Once you let off the foot from the accelerator, the pedal refuses to return back to its original position. This can be very distracting while you are driving, which is not safe.
Sudden Loss of power
Another issue prevalent in the pre-facelift Kwid is that the car experiences an abrupt stall while it on the move, irrespective of the speed it is moving on. This can really catch you off guard while driving and leave you wondering as to what exactly happened.
Loss of Power (With the AC on)
This issue has been reported by a handful of Kwid owners. While driving in start/stop traffic with the AC on, as you come to a complete halt and try to get back up and running, there is almost zero response from the accelerator. Despite depressing the accelerator pedal more than halfway, the response from the input is very weak and it needs some time to get back to its senses.
This is something that can turn out to be very embarrassing while the traffic behind you on the road begins to honk right at you.
Single Wiper for the windshield
The Kwid also has a single wiper instead of the usual two for the front windshield. This means that a significant portion of the screen is left inaccessible. This can be very annoying especially during the monsoon season, affecting visibility. However, we realise that Renault has done so to keep the overall cost of the car down.
Rear Windows do not roll down completely
The rear wheel arch of the Kwid is designed as such that a proper square shape of the rear door is compromised. Hence, there isn’t much room in the doors for the windows to roll down completely. This hinders in making the cabin a bit airier.