RENAULT

RENAULT KADJAR HATCHBACK 1.3 TCE S Edition 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2143 g/km

Renault's Kadjar is a family-shaped mid-sized SUV model that's smart, sensible and, in its way, quite aspirational. As before, this lightly revised version has been developed from much of the same technology that brought us the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai. It's certainly a more interesting family choice than that Focus-class hatch you might have been considering.

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Renault's Kadjar mid-sized SUV is the big brother to the company's Captur model and has been usefully improved in this revised form. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

Renault's Kadjar is a family-shaped mid-sized SUV model that's smart, sensible and, in its way, quite aspirational. As before, this lightly revised version has been developed from much of the same technology that brought us the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai. It's certainly a more interesting family choice than that Focus-class hatch you might have been considering.

Background

That name first. That had us all guessing. North African tribe? Middle Eastern trade wind? Wrong and wrong. Apparently it's one of those portmanteau French words where 'Kad' is inspired by the world 'quad' (the casual term for a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle) and 'Jar' is a reference to the French words 'agile' and 'jaillir,' which means to 'emerge quickly'. Still, this is the crew who brought us Kangoos and Twizys, so perhaps it's best not to linger. It's pretty easy to position just what this car is though. Big brother to the smaller Captur crossover, it's spun off the same platform as alliance partner Nissan's huge-selling Qashqai. Renault reckons there's enough room in the market to go poaching sales from the likes of Volkswagen, Kia and Toyota rather than merely cannibalise Qashqai sales. Let's take a look and see if they're still onto something with this revised model.

Driving Experience

There are now just two engines on offer. The first unit is the one you might be primarily drawn to given the current zeitgeist, a 1.3-litre four cylinder Tce petrol unit putting out 140hp. This powerplant is a decent improvement on its 1.2-litre predecessor and develops its pulling power from low down, which should make town driving easier. Rest to 62mph in a Tce 140 derivative takes 10.4s en route to 126mph - or 9.6s if you opt for the extra-cost EDC automatic version. If you fancy a diesel, you'll be directed towards a 1.5-litre Blue dCi unit offering either 115hp. Again, there's an EDC automatic option. A manual 1.5 dCi 115 variant manages 62mph from rest in 11.7s en route to 117mph. As before, the basic suspension set-up (like virtually all the engineering) is carried over from this model's cousin, the Nissan Qashqai, albeit with some Renault-specific tuning. It makes a Kadjar manoeuvrable in town, with a tight 10.72m turning circle, and the driving position has been designed to mirror that of a typical saloon, rather than a high-set 4x4. This model is now front-wheel drive only, but all versions are fitted with an 'Extended Grip' system, which is claimed to enhance grip on low-traction surfaces. A reasonably high 19cm ground clearance is loftier than some rivals, while the 'GT Line' model's front and rear skid plates will help if the 18 degree approach and 25 degree departure angles prove insufficient.

Design and Build

Unlike you happen to be a Renault sales person or an owner of the original version of this car, you'll struggle to notice any changes made to the exterior. So, as before, the Kadjar looks like a scaled-up version of Renault's smaller Captur SUV - which is no bad thing. Of more importance is the news that the interior of this car has been treated to a much-needed re-fettling. The fascia has been given a new 7.0-inch centre-dash touchscreen that's a big improvement on what was offered before. There are smarter instrument cluster displays too. Otherwise, things are much as before, with an underlying structure shared with this model's Renault Alliance cousin, the Nissan Qashqai. It's slightly more spacious in the back than that car mind you. And the boot is a useful 42-litres bigger than a Qashqai's at 472-litres to the tonneau cover. You get handles that drop the rear seats in their 60/40 split, an organiser that prevents your shopping spilling all over the boot when you corner and a split level load floor. There's also 30-litres of oddments storage around the cabin and the front passenger seat can even be folded to use as an impromptu table.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at just over £25,000 and runs up to £30,000, so conforms to the class norm. There's the choice of three trim levels - 'Iconic', 'S Edition' and 'GT Line'. All variants get alloy wheels, tinted windows, front fog lights, auto headlamps and wipers and rear parking sensors. Inside, all models get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone-mirroring marshalled by a 7-inch centre-dash screen. There's also cruise control, automatic climate control and a synthetic leather steering wheel, plus an electronic parking brake, large cupholders, a sliding armrest and ambient lighting. The 'Iconic' model offers 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, a reversing camera, roof bars and navigation. The 'S Edition' versions get full-LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear skid plates and special seat stitching. And the top 'GT Line' derivatives come with full-leather upholstery, heated front seats and a 360-degree surround view camera system.

Cost of Ownership

As we've said, the 1.3-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines that feature in the Kadjar are the same as those used by the similar Qashqai - and of course get much the same excellent efficiency figures. The 1.5-litre dCi diesel unit is the engine to choose if you feel that fuel station pasties and chocolate bars are sabotaging your fitness regime. This gets 65.7 miles per gallon and 134g/km of CO2. Go for the petrol 1.3-litre Tce 140 variant and you'll manage 134g/km of CO2 and 47.9mpg on the combined cycle. All versions provide the peace of mind of Renault's 4+ warranty and assistance package. The car is protected against defects recognised by Renault for four years or 100,000 miles (first two years have no mileage limit). In the event of a breakdown, Renault provides emergency roadside repairs or towing to the nearest dealer 24/7 every day of the year, plus three years' European cover. There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years' cover against corrosion. Servicing is required once a year or every 18,000 miles.

Summary

There are advantages to turning up late to any party and the Kadjar has made the very most of them, especially in this improved form. Building on the market credibility the brand has already earned with its smaller Captur Crossover model, it takes pretty much everything that's good about the segment-leading Nissan Qashqai and clothes those elements in a sleek, slightly more spacious package that's a little more affordably priced. Other competitors aren't as easy on the eye and nearly all struggle to match this Renault when it comes to issues like running costs and practicality. This Renault may not be the 'ultimate urban adventurer' the ads claim, but it's the kind of car that really could add a more appealing dimension to family travel.

  • Rear wiper
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Extra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgate
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with variable speed adjustment

  • ESP with ASR and UCL (understeer control logical)
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Emergency brake assist

  • Front/rear floor mats

  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Eco mode
  • Front and rear parking sensors with rear parking camera
  • Blind spot warning

  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Digital speedometer with 7 TFT screen
  • R-Link 2 Multimedia system + 7" touchscreen, TomTom + West European Map, DAB/FM/AM radio, bluetooth + hands free, USB/AUX, voice control
  • Gear change indicator
  • Speed alert
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Oil level gauge
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Door/boot open warning light

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors

  • Gasoline particulate filter

  • Two rear USB sockets
  • 4x35W speakers with 3D sound

  • Shark fin antenna
  • Flank protection
  • Chrome inserts on front grille
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Integrated fuel filler cap
  • Chrome window surround
  • Chrome fog light surround
  • Bodyside mouldings with chrome inserts
  • Body colour door handles
  • Longitudinal roof bars

  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Full LED headlights
  • Puddle lamps
  • Integrated C shape indicators with side repeaters
  • LED rear fog light
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • Automatic high/low beam

  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Pollen filter
  • Air recirculation system

  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Centre rear armrest with cup holder
  • Sliding front centre armrest
  • Synthetic leather/cloth upholstery
  • Illuminated centre console
  • Storage glovebox
  • Multi positional boot floor

  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Illuminated boot

  • Side impact protection
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
  • Front seat belts warning
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with double pretensioners
  • Three point rear center seatbelt

  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Easy life quick folding rear seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Driver's seat with lumbar adjustment
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • Height adjustable front headrests

  • Remote central locking
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Deadlocks
  • Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm system
  • Insurance Approved Immobiliser
  • Key card hands free with walk away lock function

  • Front and rear towing rings

  • Driver sunblind with illuminated mirror and ticket holder

  • 18" diamond cut alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 133
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 143

  • Engine Code: HR13
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.4
  • CC: 1333
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 37.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 140
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 22E
  • Coin Series: S Edition
  • Coin Description: TCE
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 140
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.8
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 103
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 192
  • Engine Torque - NM: 260
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 26.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: DIAMOND CUT
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4489
  • Width: 1836
  • Wheelbase: 2646
  • Width (including mirrors): 2058
  • Height: 1607
  • Height (including roof rails): 1613

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 472
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 700
  • Max. Loading Weight: 556
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1333
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1889
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Max. Roof Load: 72
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1478
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.7

  • Metallic paint: £590
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Fixed panoramic glass sunroof: £1,000
  • Renault ID paint: £660

  • Metallic - Titanium grey: £590
  • Metallic - Cosmos blue: £590
  • Metallic - Diamond black: £590
  • Metallic - Highland Grey: £590

  • Solid - Glacier white: £0

  • Renault ID - Arctic white: £660
  • Renault ID - Flame red: £660
  • Renault ID - Iron blue: £660

  • Synthetic leather/cloth - Black: £0

  • Emergency spare wheel: £200
  • Tyre inflation kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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