Renault Kadjar

Signature Nav dCi

130

Renault Kadjar, front
Renault Kadjar, front
Renault Kadjar, front
Renault Kadjar, side
Renault Kadjar, rear
Renault Kadjar, interior
Renault Kadjar, interior
Renault Kadjar, interior

BIG brother has his eyes on the prize and is ready to snatch sales from a whole host of rivals.

The sibling in question is the new Renault Kadjar, which hit UK streets during the autumn, and is a larger version of the French brand's compact crossover the Captur.

It enters an area of the market that has expanded out of all recognition in recent years and already features popular models from most of the leading manufacturers.

Interestingly, Kadjar shares the same platform as the SUV scene's most lauded model, the Nissan Qashqai - and has the qualities to stand shoulder to shoulder with it too.

Choice is varied with an 18-version line-up of 4x2 and four-wheel drive models based on four familiar trim lines - Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav.

All provide a solid standard spec and, bar entry grade, hook up to the stratosphere via Renault's R-Link 2 multimedia system.

First impressions are always important and the Kadjar looks the business from the moment you clamp eyes on it - a mixture of swoopy elegance and low-slung style.

Hop inside and the cabin is modern, upmarket and gives the impression that its upholstery and fittings will withstand years of heavy duty family onslaught without becoming frayed at the edges.

On that note standard safety features include ABS, traction and understeer control, cruise control, speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats.

Head and elbow room in the rear is as good as you will find in any vehicle of this size and you also get 30 litres of stowage space in the cabin.

And two different boot configurations mean owners can choose between a high position with a flat floor for loading large items, or a reservoir-like low position for carrying to the max.

Of the three engines up for grabs - a 1.2-litre turbocharged TCe 130bhp petrol unit, a 1.5-litre ENERGY dCi 110bhp diesel and the brand's 1.6-litre ENERGY dCi 130bhp diesel - the lower powered diesel is the most frugal.

The Kadjar dCi 130 with six-speed manual transmission, though, still boasts a combined 62.8mpg and though we didn't quite match that figure, thoughtful driving can get you pretty close.

It's no better than moderate away from the lights, otherwise this is a top notch car to drive with excellent composure, a well balanced ride quality and plenty of feedback from the steering.

Most versions are front-wheel drive but if you're looking for 4WD it's available in the upper trim levels for an extra £1,500.

There are also several option packs, the best value being Parking Pack Premium with hands-free parking, a rearview camera and blind spot warning for £500.

FAST FACTS

Renault Kadjar Signature Nav dCi 130

Price: £24,795

Mechanical: 130bhp, 1,598cc diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 118mph

0-62mph: 9.9 seconds

Combined MPG: 62.8

Insurance Group: 18

C02 emissions: 117g/km

Bik rating: 21%

Warranty: 4yrs/100,000 miles

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