The entry-level cross-hatch segment has become hotly contested in a matter of just two days with the back to back launches of the Maruti S-Presso and Renault Kwid facelift. Both cars appeal to the same demographic and offer similar features. The S-Presso is priced from Rs 3.69 lakh to Rs 4.91 lakh while the facelifted Kwid’s price tag ranges between Rs 2.83 lakh to Rs 4.85 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
But which of these two mini-SUVs offers the most value for money? Let’s take a look:
We will be comparing similarly priced variants with similar engine options of both the S-Presso and facelifted Kwid (a price difference of upto Rs 50,000).
Note: We’ve only listed the prices of ‘Optional’ variants of the Maruti models above as they are equipped with more safety features and would be the ones we’d recommend.
Maruti S-Presso Vxi(O) vs Renault Kwid RXT 1.0
Safety: Dual front airbags (optional for Kwid), rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, remote keyless entry, front seatbelts reminder, speed alert.
Exterior: Full wheel covers, halogen headlamps and taillamps.
Interior: Fabric upholstery
Comfort and convenience: Front power windows, manual AC, digital instrument cluster, 12V front power socket.
Audio: Front speakers, USB and Aux-in, Bluetooth compatibility.
What S-Presso Vxi(O) offers over Kwid RXT 1.0: Nothing.
What Kwid RXT 1.0 offers over S-Presso Vxi(O): Dual-barrel headlamps, Rear power windows(optional), leather wrapped steering wheel, rear power socket, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, reverse parking camera, chrome garnish, LED DRLs, body coloured bumpers, rear armrest and rear parcel tray.
Verdict: The Kwid RXT, with its optional package that closes the price gap to the more expensive S-Presso VXI (O) is the more value-for-money package here.
Maruti S-Presso Vxi+ vs Renault Kwid Climber
Common Features (over previous variants)
Interior: Rear parcel tray, orange inserts around the dashboard.
Audio: Touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
What S-Presso Vxi(O) offers over Kwid RXT 1.0: Internally adjustable ORVMs, steering mounted audio controls.
What Kwid RXT 1.0 offers over S-Presso Vxi(O): Dual-barrel headlamps, Rear power windows(optional), leather wrapped steering wheel, rear power socket, touchscreen infotainment system, reverse parking camera, chrome garnish, body coloured bumpers, rear armrest, LED DRLs.
Verdict: While the S-Presso is better equipped in its top-spec variant, the Kwid has more to offer in terms of comforts, features and visual presence. The Renault is our pick yet again at this price.