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7 reasons to buy a Renault Kadjar

The Renault Kadjar is one of the best small SUVs in its class, with a practical interior and cheap running costs

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7 reasons to buy a Renault Kadjar

The Renault Kadjar is a small SUV based on the Nissan Qashqai, and it has plenty going for it.

There are so many cars to choose from in this hugely popular class, but even with lots of competition the Kadjar manages to stand out from the crowd with its stylish looks, practical interior and competitive list prist.

If you’re after a good value, roomy SUV, here are seven reasons why the Renault Kadjar could be the car you’re looking for.

7. Good ride

By small SUV standards, the Kadjar is a comfortable cruiser that’s more supple than a Kia Sportage and a Skoda Yeti. We'd avoid the 19in wheels as an option, though, because they make the ride pretty choppy.

6. Plenty of space

The Kadjar is likely to meet most of your practical requirements as a family. With class-leading boot space and plenty of room in the interior, long-distance schleps with passengers and luggage will be easily managed.

5. Cheaper to buy than a Qashqai

The Renault Kadjar is based on the Qashqai’s platform, but it undercuts it on purchase price and PCP finance costs. Depending on the engine and spec you go for, it can be up to Β£2000 cheaper than an equivalent Qashqai, and even greater discounts are available if you stick to our Target Price suggestions.

4. Cheap to run

It’s not just cheap to buy, either. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are impressive across the range and undercut many of its rivals, so you can be sure that running costs will be kept down.

3. Stylish design

The Kadjar sits above the good-looking Renault Captur in the range, and the stylish similarities between the two are obvious. It’s an all-new model, too, so they’re still a fairly rare sight on the road.

2. Four-year warranty

Buyers get added peace of mind with a Kadjar purchase because it comes with a four-year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard, plus four years of roadside assistance. Renault doesn't have the best reputation for reliability, so this is a great addition to the Kadjar package.

1. Good diesel option

Every engine in the Kadjar line-up is good, but if you plump for the 1.5 dCi 110 engine you’ll get smooth and gutsy performance in return. It’s fairly quiet and efficient, too. Our favourite engine comes with a six-speed gearbox, but can also be had with an automatic.

There are some areas where the Kadjar lags behind its Qashqai rival. The Nissan has marginally better perceived interior quality and is slightly more refined as well. It’s also a shame that parking sensors are an expensive option below Dynamique S Nav versions of the Kadjar, but the fact that it is cheaper than the Qashqai goes a long way to broadening the appeal of Renault's SUV.

What about buying used?

The Kadjar is an all-new model and it hasn't been on sale for long, so used examples are few and far between. If you do look around there are some low-mileage used examples that could save you some money over a new buy. That said, the Kadjar is predicted to have very competitive resale values, which is good news for new car buyers, but not so for those in the used market.

What next?

Click here to find out more about the Renault Kadjar, or click here to see the used cars for sale through What Car? Classifieds.

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