- Stylish aesthetics
- Efficient engines
- Spacious and practical
- Interior quality not class-leading
- Entry-level trim sparsely equipped
- 4WD model doesn’t make much sense
Practical family SUV is one of the class-leaders
The Renault Kadjar is a compact SUV that is in direct competition with the Skoda Yeti, the Kia Sportage, and it’s sister car, the Nissan Qashqai. First introduced in 2015, the Kadjar shares exactly the same platform as the Qashqai, but is arguably a lot more stylish. It’s also slightly cheaper to buy, and has a bigger load space, so represents better value for money. The Kadjar is also pretty fun to drive for such a big car, and if you choose the right trim level, you’ll get lots of equipment as standard.
Stylish and spacious, but lacks the quality of some rivals
With so much competition in the compact SUV class, the Kadjar needs to excel in quite a few areas to be considered a class-leader. Thankfully, the inside of the Kadjar impresses. It’s spacious, practical, well-built, and comes with plenty of equipment.
Most buyers are going to compare the Kadjar directly with the Qashqai, as the Nissan is not only a very similar car to the Kadjar, it is also the best-selling car in the class. The Kadjar’s cabin is however, not quite as impressive as its sibling. The design is pretty attractive, and build quality is excellent, but the quality of materials used isn’t up there with the best. There’s plenty of soft-touch materials used, but if you look hard enough, corners have been cut, with harder cheap-feeling plastics featuring lower down the dash.
One area in which the Kadjar really impresses is the amount of space that it offers. There’s plenty of room in the cabin for front and rear passengers, whilst there’s a fair amount of storage cubbyholes. The 472 litre boot capacity is also significant, as it is 42 litres bigger than the Qashqai, and 54 litres bigger than the Skoda Yeti. That means there’s more room for luggage and shopping, and the seats fold completely flat for when you need to carry flatpack furniture back from Ikea.
Equipment levels in the Kadjar are generous, so long as you avoid the entry-level Expression+ trim. This setup still includes essentials such as aircon and electric windows, but misses out on basics such as alloy wheels. The Dynamique Nav trim offers the best value for money, as it adds luxuries such as dual-zone climate control, an excellent touchscreen infotainment system, sat-nav, and automatic lights and wipers- additions which will be of great use for family buyers.
Overall the interior of the Kadjar is a pretty impressive package. It’s well-built, stylish, and spacious, and if you choose your trim level carefully, you’ll also get plenty of equipment.
Solid handling and comfortable ride
The Renault Kadjar, like a lot of its compact SUV rivals, is a car that’s designed to be good on the road, rather than off. Nevertheless, a 4WD setup is available, but even that won’t cope with anything other than mild off-roading. The Kadjar’s on-road ability is thankfully pretty impressive. There’s plenty of grip through the corners, and body roll is kept to a minimum. The steering also offers plenty of feedback- all of these facets contribute towards making the Kadjar one of the best-driving family SUVs.
Suspension and Chassis
As the Kadjar shares the same platform as the Nissan Qashqai, it rides just as comfortably. The chassis and suspension iron out all but the worst of loose surfaces, potholes, and city centre bumps. Wind and road noise at speed are also reasonable for a car of this class, making the Kadjar an impressive long-distance motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Kadjar come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six speed manual transmission that performs reasonably well, though the gear change isn’t as slick and precise as in some rivals. There’s also an EDC automatic gearbox available with the 1.2 litre petrol, and 1.5 litre diesel engines, though there has been very little feedback from reviewers as to how well it performs.
Three smooth, efficient engines in the range
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Kadjar you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. As with most SUVs, diesel power makes more sense economically, though the 1.2 litre petrol engine is definitely worth a look as well.
If it’s power that you want from your Kadjar, you’re probably going to be disappointed with the engines on offer in its range. This shouldn’t be a problem for most buyers however, as few families need supercar-challenging speed. The most powerful, and fastest engine in the Kadjar range is the petrol-powered 1.2 litre TCE. Kadjars in this guise produce 130bhp, and will travel from 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds. Not awe-inspiring, but plenty quick enough for family motoring.
Eco-friendly buyers will be pleased with the Kadjar range, as its modern engines are cleaner than a lot of those on offer in rivals. The standout option is however the diesel-powered 1.5 dCi model, which produces just 99g/km of CO2 emissions. That’s not only great for the environment, it’s also great for the wallet, as this model is road tax exempt. Money-savers will want to seriously consider this model as well, as it can achieve up to an impressive 74.3mpg. So not only is it cheap to tax, it’ll also save you plenty of money at the fuel pumps each week.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Kadjar you’re going to get a modern, clean, and efficient engine, with enough power for your day-to-day family needs. There’s very little to complain about with any of the options, though the lower-powered diesel makes the most sense.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, and impressive safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Renault Kadjar easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 89% in adult safety, 81% in child safety, and 74% in pedestrian safety, the Kadjar performed pretty well, especially when you consider that in 2015 when the car was tested, tests were a lot tougher than they were in previous years. The Kadjar also comes with plenty of modern safety kit as standard. All models are equipped with electronic stability control, six airbags, and hill-start assist, whilst more expensive models come with lane departure warning, and traffic sign recognition.
Superb value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Renault Kadjar represents great value for money for family buyers. Not only is it slightly cheaper to buy than its Nissan Qashqai sibling, it’s also cheap to run. This varies from model to model, but relatively speaking fuel efficiency is impressive across the board (with no model achieving less than 50mpg), and CO2 levels are impressively low, particularly with the 1.5 dCi model, which won’t cost anything in road tax each year.
Insurance groups in the Kadjar again depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 14 for the entry-level 1.5 dCi Expression+, and climbs up towards group 18 if you’re tempted by the top of the range 1.6 dCi Signature S Nav. Whichever model you choose to go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Kadjar, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Renault Kadjar is an excellent addition to the ever-growing family SUV market. It’s stylish, practical, comfortable, and features some impressively efficient engines. There’s really very little wrong with the Kadjar, so if you’re searching for a used compact SUV, you should look no further than the class-leading Renault Kadjar.
Buying a used Renault Kadjar online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Renault Kadjar for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Kadjar. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Renault Kadjar online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.