Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar review

Interior layout
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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Renault Kadjar hatchback driving position

The broad driver’s seat is fairly comfy and affords you a lofty view of the road ahead. We’d avoid entry-level cars because they don’t get seat height or adjustable lumbar support, although all models do at least get a cushioned centre armrest. There's plenty of steering wheel adjustment to allow drivers of most shapes and sizes to get comfortable in all versions.

The rest of the dashboard is easy to figure out, particularly the controls for the air-conditioning, which are very user-friendly.

Renault Kadjar hatchback visibility

Even entry-level Play models get rear parking sensors, which makes manoeuvring easy. But, if you’re a particularly nervous parker, you’ll want to step up to Iconic trim which comes with front and rear parking sensors plus a reversing camera.

Thankfully, forward visibility is good for an SUV; the chunky door mirrors rarely obscure your view out of junctions, and the high-set driving position and tall windows provide a good view down the road. Over-the-shoulder visibility isn't so impressive, with the car’s swooping roofline and chunky rear pillars creating a sizeable blindspot. On which note, blindspot monitoring is only fitted to range-topping GT Line trim.

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Renault Kadjar hatchback infotainment

Even entry-level Play trim comes with a 7.0in colour touchscreen which gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. We’d recommend upgrading to  to Iconic trim however, as you also get a Tom Tom live navigation system, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Meanwhile, range-topping Signature versions get a 360-degree parking camera.

The touchscreen is relatively user-friendly, with most of the icons clearly defined and big enough to hit precisely. However, it’s not as sharp as VW’s entry-level ‘Discover’ infotainment system and can be tricky to use on the move due to the absence of physical buttons.

That said, it's easy to pair up your phone via Bluetooth and, with it plugged in to the USB socket, searching your music is a doddle. A cubby ahead of the gearlever houses two USB sockets and is ideal for storing your phone when it’s plugged in.

Renault Kadjar hatchback build quality

Renault isn’t known for its top-quality interiors, but the Kadjar’s is actually pretty smart. The dense, soft-touch dashboard is nicely textured, most of the switches and buttons are well damped and the cabin generally feels well screwed together.

It does lag slightly behind the Qashqai, however, which has better quality plastics in some areas. For example, the Kadjar’s fascia has quite a drab-looking matt finish, and the edges of some of the panels are a little rougher.

 

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Dynamique Nav
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Dynamique S Nav
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Signature Nav
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Signature S Nav
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