Renault South Africa has finally given its popular Kwid budget car ABS as standard.
The safety upgrade comes at a small premium, adding R2 400 to the price of the base Expression derivative, which takes the range’s entry point to R134 900. Each of the other three variants (including the limited-edition Climber) in the line-up, meanwhile, increases by R1 400.
From what we understand, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added for Dynamique models upwards.
In our original road test of the Kwid back in early 2017, we criticised the local arm of the French brand for not offering an anti-lock braking system (after the Kwid scored a resounding "poor" rating in our punishing braking test). The firm replied it “acknowledged” the lack of ABS and was “pressuring the factories and engineers to rectify this as soon as possible”.
Interestingly, a facelifted version of the Kwid is due in South Africa towards the end of 2019, complete with styling updates, added features and perhaps further improved safety credentials.
The (single-airbag) Kwid is sold in South Africa with a five-year/150 000 km warranty, with the prices listed below furthermore including one year of insurance.
Renault Kwid 1,0 Expression: R134 900
Renault Kwid 1,0 Dynamique: R144 900
Renault Kwid 1,0 Dynamique AMT: R154 900
Renault Kwid 1,0 Climber: R154 900