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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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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

It's disappointing that parking sensors cost extra, unless you choose pricey Dynamique S Nav or one of the Signature Nav trims. Front and rear parking sensors are a fairly expensive option on our preferred Dynamique Nav model, but most rivals have rear parking sensors as standard at this price.

Still, forward visibility is good; 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 Signature S Nav trim.

Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar hatchback infotainment

Entry-level Expression+ is best avoided since it’s the only trim that doesn’t come with a 7.0in colour touchscreen and sat-nav, although you do get Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a USB socket to plug your phone into. Upgrade to Dynamique Nav trim and, as well as the aforementioned colour touchscreen, you also get an upgraded sound system. Meanwhile, range-topping Signature versions have an even more powerful Bose sound system.

The touchscreen is user-friendly, with most of the icons clearly defined and big enough to hit precisely. There are more intuitive infotainment systems, but the Kadjar’s is easy enough to get your head around. 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 the USB input 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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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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