The Datsun Redi Go, launched in June 2016, is a new model from Nissan-Datsun that has been positioned in the A-segment of Indian car market. Priced ultra competitively at INR 2.39 lakhs for the base model, the Redi Go rivals low-cost cars like the Maruti Alto and the WagonR. However, another direct rival of the Redi Go is its own cousin, the Renault Kwid. With the Datsun Redi Go launch having taken place, the Kwid might have a reason to worry. The two cars might share the same platform, engine and specifications, but there is still a lot that sets them apart. We have already driven the Redi Go and you can check out the Redi Go Test Drive Review HERE. And in this story, we compare the two cousins in our Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid comparison post. Check it out –
The Renault Kwid was launched here in mid-2015 and has been performing really well on the sales charts since. The Kwid’s selling point is its SUV-inspired design that lends it a rugged look. This makes Kwid an attractive proposition for SUV-hungry car buying lot of India. However, with the launch of the Redi Go, the Kwid might have a reason to worry. No? Read on for our Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid comparison to know why we feel so.
Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Price
Renault Kwid vs Datsun Redi Go Price Comparison
|Renault Kwid||Price*||Datsun Redi Go||Price*|
|Base||INR 2.57 lacs||Datson Redi Go D||INR 2.39 Lakhs|
|RxE||INR 2.89 lacs||Datson Redi Go A||INR 2.82 Lakhs|
|RxE(O)||INR 2.95 lacs||Datson Redi Go T||INR 3.09 Lakhs|
|RxL||INR 3.11 lacs||Datson Redi Go T(O)||INR 3.19 Lakhs|
|RxT||INR 3.44 lacs||Datson Redi Go S||INR 3.34 Lakhs|
|RxT(O)||INR 3.53 lacs|
*Ex-Showroom, New Delhi prices
The shock pricing of the Renault Kwid has been further undercut by the Redi Go! At a starting price of INR 2.39 Lakhs, the Redi Go seems to be an irresistible proposition. Something that will be very hard to beat. Nissan, Datsun’s parent company, and Renault’s partner company was also surprised by the low starting prices of the Kwid. However, thanks to heavy localisation, Datsun has been able to keep prices ultra low. However, spec-for-spec, the two are almost evenly matched and there whatever little difference is there right now will go away eventually as the prices of the redi-GO listed here are introductory.
Datsun Redi Go Video Review
Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Specifications
Both cars are powered by the same 799 cc motor that was first introduced on the Kwid. Therefore, power and torque figures are identical, and even the mileage figures are the same. Transmission duties are being handled by the same 5-speed unit that is found on the Kwid. Renault showcased the Kwid with a 1.0 L petrol engine at the Auto Expo and it is also expected to find its way to the Redi GO’s lineup in India eventually.
Datsun Redi GoRenault Kwid
|Engine capacity||799 cc||799cc|
|Configuration||3 cylinders, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder||3 cylinders, DOHC 4 valves per cylinder|
|Power||54 PS||54 PS|
|Torque||72 Nm||72 Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT||5-speed MT|
|Boot volume||222 litres||300 litres / 1115 litres when rear seats folded|
|Fuel tank volume||28 litres||28 litres|
Datsun Redi GO vs Renault Kwid Mileage Comparison
|New Datsun Redi-GO||Renault Kwid|
|25.17 kpl||25.17 kpl|
The claimed mileage figures of both these cars are identical. However, we will have to wait and see if there is any difference in the real world figures. A sigificant difference in real world mileage is unlikely since both cars share the same engine, transmission and power and torque outputs. However, factors such as kerb weight, gearing and riving style could result in a difference in real world fuel efficiency numbers.
Kwid vs Redi Go Dimensions
|Renault Kwid||Datsun Redi Go|
|Length||3,679 mm||3,429 mm|
|Width||1,579 mm||1,560 mm|
|Height||1,478 mm||1,541 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,422 mm||2348 mm|
|Ground Clearance||180 mm||185 mm|
As evident from the table above, the Datsun redi-GO is marginally shorter and narrower than the Kwid. However, it is taller and sits higher thanks to its class-leading ground clearance of 185 mm. Both care ride on 13 inch wheels.
Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Features Comparison
The base variants of the Kwid lack many essential features in order to keep the cost in check. Basics like power steering, AC, sun visors, etc. However, the top-spec trims have all that and much more. It even boasts of a touchscreen infotainment system that supports navigation. Renault recently added alloy wheels to the options list of the Kwid. The Redi GO follows in the footsteps of the Kwid and misses out on certain features to keep the starting price very low. The higher end variants get the basics- AC, audio system, 2-speakers, power steering. However, Datsun does not offer an optional touchscreen system or alloys with the redi-GO.
Exterior and Interior Design
While the Kwid gets mini-Duster looks, the Redi Go looks a lot different. Make no mistake, for both the cars have crossover-like appearances. However, while the Kwid gets a slightly rugged edge to its design, the Redi Go is sleeker and sharper.
The Kwid gets a decent-looking dashboard and a very sporty instrument console. Space on offer is decent and it suffices for a small family of four adults. The Redi Go, however, is slightly disappointing in this aspect. Its interior, unlike the exterior, is really plain-jane. The dashboard design stands out but the redi-GO misses out on a covered glove compartment and a fancy speedo console. You do get a lot of space which is comparable to what the Kwid offers. It is easily more spacious than the likes of Maruti Alto 800. Even the boot is a lot more spacious than the Alto’s pint-sized boot. Usage of light shades for the cabin makes the interior feel even roomier.
The new Datsun Redi Go goes on sale in five colours – White, Lime Green Ruby Red, Gray, Silver.
The Renault Kwid is also available in five colours – Ice Cool White, Fiery Red, Outback Bronze, Moonlight Silver, Planet Grey
Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid Comparison Verdict
It will be very interesting to see how the launch of the Redi GO affects the sales of the sister company Renault’s entry-level hatchback. Although both these cars share the same CMF-A platform, they are very different in terms of looks and probably driving characteristics. Pricing will play a key role, as always. So good chances that the Redi Go will dent Kwid’s sales. Here’s a round up of our Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid comparison.
- Design – The Kwid and Redi Go follow different approaches. However, compared to the Redi-GO the design of the Kwid looks a little conservative.
- Features – Top end variants of the Redi-GO are decently equipped as well equipped. Kwid gets optional touchscreen infotainment system and alloys.
- Specifications – Both cars share the 800 cc unit that made its debut on the Kwid. Power and Torque figures are identical and so is the claimed mileage.
- Price – Beating the Renault Kwid in terms of pricing was not easy but the Redi Go seems to have done the unthinkable!
2016 Datsun Redi Go Photos
We will, as always, keep you updated regarding the Datsun Redi Go price and images. Also, we will update the Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid comparison as we get our hands on more info. Do let us know what you think of our Datsun Redi Go vs Renault Kwid comparison via the comments section below.