All-New Renault KADJAR
All-New Renault's KADJAR crossover is the big brother to the Captur - and it looks to have both styling and image well accounted for.
The All-New Renault's KADJAR dives into the crossover market, firing a broadside at the likes of the Mazda CX5, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Hyundai ix35. It's a good-looking vehicle based on the same running gear as its alliance sibling, the Nissan Qashqai. Offered in either front or all-wheel drive, first impressions seem extremely promising.
The All-New Renault's KADJAR runs on the CMF-C/D platform - Renault and Nissan's largest shared modular chassis. This model uses much the same 1.5 and 1.6-litre turbodiesel engines seen in the Qashqai, the 1.5-litre unit developing 110bhp and offering the option of EDC twin clutch automatic transmission. And the 1.6-litre unit offering 130bhp and alone offering the option of 4WD. There's also a 1.2-litre 130bhp TCe petrol option for those wanting it.
The basic suspension setup features some Renault-specific tuning. It's manoeuvrable in town, with a tight 10.72m turning circle and the driving position has been designed to mirror that of a typical saloon, rather than a high-set 4x4.
As for connectivity, the easy-to-use R-Link 2 system is fitted to all models above 'Expression+'.
Standard safety features include ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, electronic stability control with traction and understeer control, cruise control, speed limiter, Hill Start Assist, six airbags, seat belts with load limiters and pretensioners at the front, side impact protection bars and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points on the two outer rear seats. All versions have gravel, dust and rain protection kits, while for comfort and convenience there is an accessory power point, a 12-volt front socket, a trip computer, two-way adjustable steering column and an exterior temperature indicator.
The All-New Renault's KADJAR looks for all the world like a scaled-up Captur, which in itself is no bad thing. There are the same deeply sculpted flanks and familiar Renault family face. It's much the same size as a Qashqai although it's bigger in its exterior dimensions at 4.45m long, 1.84m wide and is 1.6m high.
The fascia is neatly executed with excellent materials choices - there's nothing here that's going to put off those looking for a smart and presentable driving environment. The boot is a useful 42-litres bigger than a Qashqai's at 472-litres to the tonneau cover. You get handles that drop the rear seats in their 60/40 split, an organiser that prevents your shopping spilling all over the boot when you corner and a split level load floor. There's also 30-litres of oddments storage around the cabin and the front passenger seat can even be folded to use as an impromptu table.