Renault Kadjar 2016 Review
The Renault Kadjar falls into the mid-size crossover category and competes with the likes of the Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Skoda Yeti and of course the model it shares 60% of its part with- the Nissan Qashqai. Having said that, it undercuts all of these with its low emissions and cost with prices starting at £18,795.
When stepping into the Kadjar, it gives a real feeling of Déjà vu. The new model still retains the plastic-y, low budget feel of its smaller sibling, the Captur. However, it would benefit from a slightly higher quality finish to set itself apart from anything its competitors are offering. The Kadjar features a good range of equipment from dual-zone climate control to Renault’s R-LINK infotainment system, all easily accessible from its high-riding driving position.
As far as space goes, the Kadjar feels slightly cramped with only enough space for small children in the back seats. The boot is slightly more impressive and edges out most of the competition only being beaten by the Honda HR-V by a few litres. Shallow space gets filled easily with shopping and could fall short when tasked with heavier use.
Where the Kadjar really stands out from its competitors is its fuel economy with the 1.5L model coming in at 72.4mpg, making it the most economical choice. This is combined with free road tax as its emissions achieve just 99g/km.
The ride is incredibly comfortable with minimal noise and precise steering making for a smooth drive. The Kadjar really shines on tarmac and the 4×4 capabilities of the more expensive 1.6L model are slightly poor, so you might be hard-pressed to find a reason to pay the extra cost.
The exterior is accented by Renault’s superior styling and looks much better than the Qashqai with a more striking design. The Kadjar benefits from a much more curvaceous body making it less generic looking than other vehicles in its class. It also looks more aggressive with its larger front grill and bolder headlights. The 17in alloy wheels are the perfect finish to its looks although you might opt for the slightly bigger 19in alloys to really add some oomph to the appearance.