The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Regardless of which trim you go for, the driver’s seat in the Renault Kadjar is wide and fairly comfy, with adjustable height and lumbar support as standard. On top of that, there’s plenty of steering wheel adjustment and a cushioned centre armrest, allowing drivers of most shapes and sizes to get comfortable.
The dashboard lay-out is easy to figure out, and the physical rotary controls for the air-conditioning are particularly user-friendly. The cruise control buttons are hidden down in the centre console, though, which is a bit confusing the first time you want to use them.
Better news is that even the entry-level Equilibre trim comes with front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, to make slow speed manoeuvres and parking a doddle. The parking sensors are upgraded to 360-degree ones with the Techno trim.
Sat nav and infotainment
When it comes to infotainment, every Kadjar comes with a centrally-mounted 7.0in colour touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth, built-in TomTom live navigation, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. Audiophiles will be happy to know that a ‘3D sound’ speaker system with four 35W speakers is standard on both trim levels.
The touchscreen is relatively user-friendly, with most of the icons clearly defined and big enough on the display to hit precisely. Even so, it’s not as sharp as some entry-level infotainment systems, and can be tricky to use on the move because of the lack of physical buttons.