There isn’t a bad engine in the Kadjar range; even the 1.2 petrol is strong enough, providing you work it quite hard. However, it does feel a little strained in faster-flowing traffic, so, unless you mainly drive in town and your mileage is low, we’d recommend going for one of the diesels.
Our favourite engine is the 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel. It isn’t particularly quick, but it delivers its power smoothly and is gutsy enough from low revs, meaning you rarely have to rev it hard. However, the 129bhp 1.6 diesel engine is stronger, so is worth considering if you regularly haul around three passengers and a bootful of luggage.
All engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although the 1.2 petrol and 1.5 diesel are also available as automatics.