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Renault Kadjar review

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Renault Kadjar
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21 Dec 2015 15:40 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:25

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Renault Kadjar hatchback running costs

The Kadjar undercuts its chief rival, the Nissan Qashqai, on price and many versions also emit less CO2, which means company car tax bills are some of the cheapest in the small SUV class. The 1.5 diesel is particularly attractive to business users.

Fuel economy also impresses, especially if you go for the 1.5-litre diesel. The Kadjar will lose value a little faster than the rival Qashqai, but not at such a rate that will worry most buyers.

Some seriously attractive PCP finance deals are available, thanks in part to generous deposit contributions that are routinely offered. As a result, the Kadjar offers lower monthly repayments than the rival Qashqai in most cases.

Renault Kadjar hatchback equipment

Even entry-level Expression+ models get essentials such as air-con, cruise control and LED daytime running lights. However, we reckon Dynamique Nav trim is the best value; it adds the touchscreen sat-nav system mentioned in the Infotainment section, dual-zone climate control, and automatic lights and wipers.

The one thinng missing is parking sensors, which are a fairly pricey options. To get them as standard you have to upgrade to the Dynamique S Nav versions, which also get 19in wheels and part-leather seats.

Range-topping Signature models add a panoramic glass roof, full-LED headlights and a Bose sound system, but they're rather pricey.

Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar hatchback reliability

This is tricky to judge. The Kadjar's oily bits are shared with the Nissan Qashqai, which has a good reputation for reliability, but then the Kadjar is built in a different factory. Meanwhile, as a brand, Renault has a worse reliability record than Nissan – the French manufacturer came 21st out of 37 manufacturers in our most recent reliability survey, whereas Nissan finished ninth. Still, that survey only covers cars more than three years old in 2015, so doesn't include many of Renault's current models.

Renault provides a four-year, 100,000-mile warranty as standard, which is better than the three-year, 60,000-mile cover provided by most rivals, including the Nissan Qashqai. You also get four years of roadside assistance, with European cover for the first three but only UK cover in the final year.

Renault Kadjar hatchback safety and security

Every Kadjar come with six airbags, tyre pressure monitoring and a full suite of stability and traction aids as standard. All but entry-level models come with a lane departure warning system and traffic sign recognition, too. However, blindspot monitoring is available only on the range-topping (and pricey) Signature trims, and automatic emergency braking doesn't come as standard on any Kadjar. You can choose to add it as an option but, again, only on Signature trims.

Euro NCAP awarded the Kadjar five stars (out of five) for safety, which is the same score as the rival Nissan Qashqai achieved (albeit under an older, less stringent set of criteria).

A space-saver spare wheel is optional across the range (a tyre inflation kit is standard). An alarm and engine immobiliser are fitted to every version, and they clearly do their job because Thatcham awarded the Kadjar five stars (out of five) for guarding against being stolen and four stars for resisting being broken in to.

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Verdict

A great all-rounder that matches the class leaders on most fronts

  • Spacious interior
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Four-year warranty
  • So-so perceived quality
  • Grabby brakes
  • Choppy ride on big alloys
There are 5 trims available for the Kadjar hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
Expression+
This entry-level trim is reasonably well equipped with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, cruise control and alloy wheels all fitted as standard. It's worth stepping up to Dynamique Nav if y...View trim
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Dynamique Nav
Gets a 7.0in colour touchscreen and sat-nav system as standard, as well as dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition. The only thin...View trim
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Dynamique S Nav
Worth considering if you want a more upmarket feel. Includes parking sensors, part-synthetic leather upholstery, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, easy-folding rear seats and 19in alloy...View trim
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Signature Nav
This trim gets you a panoramic glass roof, leather seats, LED headlights and a powerful Bose sound system. You can also add blind-spot monitoring as an option, a safety feature that isn’t available...View trim
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Signature S Nav
This range-topping gets everything that comes as standard on the Signature model, but also adds a reversing camera, blind-spot monitoring, heated leather seats and even a self-parking system. It's...View trim
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