Renault has been slow to launch its first mid-size SUV, but the Kadjar is well worth the wait. This was our Crossover of the Year at launch, and this is backed up by an impressive Driver Power score. When we ran a Kadjar dCi for 10 months and 22,000 miles, we quickly fell in love with its 52mpg economy, refinement, comfort and spacious cabin, but with the all-new Renault Austral. goes on sale next year, the gloss has worn off a bit compared to its predecessor. It’s natural that Kadjar is seven years old, but running costs should still be low and comfort levels high. Just make sure to check that everything works before you buy it – especially all the electronics.
RenaultThe first foray into SUV production didn’t end well. Its Koleos of 2008 did not attract buyers, but when it was super small Captur Launched in 2013, it has become the most popular model of the French company.
With this new momentum, Renault then introduced Kadjar a few years later, a larger size from the Captur and another car made headlines with its attractive design, spacious cabin and low running costs. It helped Kadjar base a car that has proven to be a huge success, Nissan qashqai, but we think Renault is really better than Japanese cars. Seven years after its launch, there’s still a lot to like about Kadjar.
The Kadjar appeared in September 2015, with either 128bhp 1.2 TCe and 109bhp 1.5 dCi or 128bhp 1.6 dCi petrol engines, with the latter option (dCi 130) offered as front- or all-wheel drive. In September 2017, a 163 hp turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol engine (TCe 165) joined the range.
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Then in February 2019, an upgraded Kadjar hit the showrooms, with refreshed styling and new petrol engines, as well as upgraded diesels. The lineup then included the 1.3-litre TCe 140 and 158bhp TCe 160 petrol engines, along with the 114bhp 1.5-litre Blue dCi 115 diesel and the 148bhp 1.7-litre Blue dCi 150 diesel. Again, the latter comes with front- or all-wheel drive options.
From February 2022, the Kadjar range is reduced to only the TCe 140 engine and two trim levels: Equilibre and Techno.
Which one should I buy?
We will not steer you away from any motive; none offer blistering performance but all are frugal enough. However, if you want an automatic, the EDC dual-clutch box is much nicer than the X-Tronic CVT.
The Expression + trim entry level is quite spacious but has cruise control, power windows, air conditioning, hill start assist and Bluetooth. The Dynamique Nav adds 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, and additional driver assistance.
The Dynamique S Nav gets front and rear parking sensors, 19-inch wheels, synthetic leather trim and power door mirrors, while the Signature Nav adds LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and a hi-system. fi upgrade. The flagship Signature S Nav has a rear parking camera, leather trim and blind spot warning.
Alternatives to Renault Kadjar
Midsize crossovers are so popular that there’s a lot to choose from. Nissan Qashqai shares a lot with Kadjar and is very rich, while Hyundai Tucson and its cousin, Kia SportageWell equipped, good value and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Also related are SEAT Ateca, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan; they’re solidly built, easy to use, and come with some impressive engines, while Mazda CX-5 Great to drive, stylish and has an impressive cabin.
The Ford Kuga dynamic and well-equipped, while Peugeot 3008 is another great car with an impressive interior. The Toyota RAV4 It’s also worth considering for its reliability, bold design and efficient hybrid powertrain.
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The alarm will beep if the battery loses charge; vehicle needs to be driven or battery replaced. A faulty tilt sensor also causes this.
1.2 TCe can use oil, so you need to check it regularly – every 1,000-2,000 miles. Some owners had to have replacement engines.
All Kadjars come with a tire repair kit. You can buy a space-saving spare wheel for £150, but it won’t fit if the optional Bose stereo system is specified.
Button cell batteries in key cards don’t tend to last more than two years. Don’t forget to change the one in your spare key card at the same time.
Some Kadjar owners have complained about electronic glitches. Many of these involve the infotainment system, which can suffer from Bluetooth and sat-nav issues. Check them out in action on any of the used examples you review.
The fit and finish are generally very good, but up until the 2019 facelift, some switchgear placements are a bit messy; later cars were much better in this respect.
What’s always good is the amount of cabin space, with plenty of room for three adults unless they’re taller than average. Luggage space is also quite good, at 472 liters with the row of seats, which puts the Kadjar pretty much in the middle of the segment.
The 2019 upgrade to Kadjar brought a better integrated infotainment system, but removed the main physical volume controls. However, the buttons on the steering wheel are still in place.
All Kadjars need servicing every 12 months or 18,000 miles. There are two levels of service: A and B, which typically cost £120 (can vary between dealers) and £195. While the former only includes a fresh pollen filter and various checks, the latter add a filter and change the oil. High-mileage drivers are encouraged to combine the two services for around £250.
Only the 1.5 dCi engine has a tether, which needs to be changed every five years or 60,000 miles for around £400. The coolant needs to be replaced every five years or 90,000 miles (£89), the brake fluid every three years, then every 24 months (£65) and the air conditioner has to be serviced every two years at a cost of £ 150.
All Kadjars come with a four-year/100,000-mile, unlimited mileage warranty for the first two years.
Renault has recalled the Kadjar six times so far, the first time in January 2016 for possible servo brake failure, but not total brake failure.
Two campaigns were launched in April 2016, one due to the side airbags not deploying properly in the event of a collision, and the other due to possible seat belt failure in a collision.
Version number four was released in September 2017, again due to side airbag failure. A faulty catalytic converter was the reason behind the fifth recall in July 2020. However, only two vehicles were affected, having been built in October 2019.
The most recent Kadjar recall, issued in August 2020, affects more than 45,000 vehicles manufactured as of July 2018, to fix child door locks.
Driver Power Owner Satisfaction
When Kadjar made Driver Power debuted in the 2016 new car poll, it went straight into third place (out of 100). Its last appearance was in the 2020 survey, where it ranked 65th out of 75 samples. It placed 55th in 2019, when it also reached 59th in our used car poll (out of 100 cars). Low running costs and cabin space/utility are the highlights, but owners are less impressed with the overall driving experience and quality.