Renault Kadjar review

Category: Family SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Renault Kadjar undercuts the Nissan Qashqai and Skoda Karoq on list price, and healthy discounts are available through our New Car Deals service. However, resale values aren’t great, and that hurts the monthly PCP cost for the Kadjar because future values are taken into consideration. As it stands, both those rivals cost less per month, while the much pricier VW Tiguan (if bought outright) is only slightly more on PCP.

At least when it comes to CO2 emissions and fuel economy, the Kadjar is competitive. The sole petrol engine has a combined figure of 44.8mpg, which is on a par with the majority of its equivalent petrol competitors. You’ll need to turn to the hybrid Toyota C-HR to do better. The C-HR is also better for company car buyers because of its lower emissions, but again, the Kadjar mixes well with fellow petrol rivals.

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Reliability

Despite sharing oily bits with the second-generation Qashqai, the Kadjar fared marginally better in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey. Renault came a lowly 30th out of 31 manufacturers, though, beating only Land Rover.

Fortunately, every new Renault carries a five-year warranty. There’s no mileage limit for the first two years, but a 100,000 limit applies after that. You also get three years (or 60,000 miles) of roadside assistance cover. 

That beats the three-year warranties of most rivals, but isn’t quite as generous as Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited mileage policy, Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile package or Toyota’s 10-year/100,000 mile warranty.

Overview

The Renault Kadjar is a great all-rounder that easily takes on the rest of the family SUV class. The Nissan Qashqai still pips it in a few areas, such as ride quality and interior finish, but the Kadjar fights back with cheaper running costs and much better reliability. We recommend sticking with the entry-level petrol, and going for Iconic trim for a good balance of power and tech at a reasonable price.

  • Spacious interior
  • Big discounts
  • Generous standard equipment
  • So-so perceived quality
  • PCP costs could be more competitive
  • Choppy ride on big alloys