In the competitive family SUV market, it's all too simple for a newer model to sweep in and grab your customers, just like in the fashion industry. Even a fashionably delayed entry like the Renault Kadjar
might swiftly rank among the market's oldest vehicles. That's undoubtedly the reason Nissan quickly updated the Qashqai
, on which the Kadjar is based when a new generation was announced.
Thinking of leasing a Renault Kadjar?
The Kadjar must contend with more than just the Nissan Qashqai in order to remain competitive in the congested market for family SUVs. The Kia Sportage, Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Hyundai Tucson, and Volvo XC40 all have unique advantages and merit your attention as well. So, how precisely does the Kadjar differentiate itself from the competition, especially when you take into account the fact that you can't get a hybrid or electric version like you can with some competitors?
Renault Kadjar Drive
The 1.3-litre petrol engine is the only one available for the Renault Kadjar (TCe 140). With 138 horsepower, it seems punchy enough in a city, but on open roads, the Kadjar's lack of speed becomes apparent. 9.8 seconds from 0 to 62 mph is not that impressive. The Kadjar comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but for a little extra money, you can upgrade to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. However, we would continue to drive the manual because the automatic sometimes hesitates to decide which gear to be in when you push it and is less dependable than an automatic Seat Ateca or Karoq.
Despite being based on the Nissan Qashqai, the Kadjar's ride quality isn't quite as good. On a road, it settles more effortlessly, whereas along typical urban backstreets, it feels more choppy. On the other hand, Kadjar's handling is adequate for a family SUV. Despite the fact that the automobile has a high side, there is sufficient grip for cornering and minimal body lean. It won't topple over when you drive it confidently down a winding route.
Renault Kadjar Interior
The driver's seat in the Renault Kadjar is broad and somewhat comfortable, with adjustable height and lumbar support as standard, whatever of the grade you choose. Drivers of various sizes and shapes may get comfortable thanks to the ample steering wheel adjustability and the padded centre armrest. The actual rotary controls for the air conditioning are extremely user-friendly, and the dashboard layout is simple to understand. However, it can be a little difficult the first time you want to utilise the cruise control controls because they are tucked down in the centre console.
Every Kadjar has a built-in TomTom live navigation system, Bluetooth, a 7.0-inch colour touchscreen located in the centre, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Audiophiles will be pleased to learn that both trim levels come standard with a "3D sound" speaker system with four 35W speakers. The majority of the symbols on the touchscreen are well-defined and large enough on the display to be precisely struck. Even so, it lacks some of the entry-level infotainment systems' sharpness and can be challenging to operate while moving due to the absence of physical buttons.
Renault Kadjar Space
One of the standout features of the Renault Kadjar is its spacious and comfortable cabin. The car has plenty of head and legroom for both front and rear passengers, making it a great option for families or anyone who values a spacious and comfortable driving experience. The Kadjar's 527 litres make it competitive in the family SUV sector, where there are some huge boots. This makes it bigger than the trunks of the Nissan Qashqai, Seat Ateca, and Karoq, but smaller than the trunks of the Hyundai Tucson and Sportage.
Although the Renault Kadjar is reasonably priced and has a strong reliability track record, it is beginning to seem a little dated now that competitors like the Kia Sportage and Skoda Karoq offer better performance, handling, more useful interiors, and higher residuals.
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