MFC buying guide - Renault Kwid
Renault entered into India in very challenging times. The first offering from the brand, the Logan, met with moderate success before hitting a major roadblock. However, Renault handed this over to Mahindra which became the Verito. It launched the Fluence, Scala, Koleos and lately the Kwid which has been doing amazingly in the Indian market along with the Duster compact SUV. What about the Pulse? It has not set sales charts on fire for sure but certainly seems quite a value proposition.
The Stylish Renault Pulse
The Pulse is a restyled Nissan Micra though with a little more aggression. There is a big and rugged grille which gives the car a more purposeful stance. The rear bumper has a specially blacked out zone which imitates a diffuser and the pair of neat creases symmetrically running all over the car are also quite enticing. The Renault logo is also big. Design wise, the car does stand out and is one of the best lookers in the segment today. The Pulse comes with 1.2 litre and 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engine options. The initial engine responses are pretty good with minimal turbo lag. Half throttle responses are also quite impressive and low speed driving is pleasurable enough. However, the lack of power on tap is felt on the highway and this is a sore point for sure. There is the need for continual gear shifting to keep the motor performing well.
The car, in fact, takes 16.2 seconds to hit 100 kilometres per hour. The engine, however, is quite refined and there is minimal noise only when it is pushed hard. Ride quality is also very impressive with the car taking on bumps and rough roads nicely with its tyres and pliant suspension setup. There is minimal bobbing and the suspension silently keeps the ride comfortable overall. Stability is also top notch though body roll cannot be completely avoided thanks to the soft suspension. However, overall handling is very impressive with the light steering and decent feedback on highways.
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Boot space is also decent and the seats can be folded down as well. The top end model comes with several features but there is no passenger airbag which is a dampener. There is a starter button and smart fob. Climate control and electrically folding mirrors are offered for higher variants. The exterior design is pretty good and so are the interiors along with the engine and overall ride and handling. This could actually be a value buy at this price point