Renault Kadjar (2015) Review

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Renault Kadjar (2015) At A Glance

Renault styled alternative to Nissan Qashqai. 4WD steers and handles well for an SUV. Reasonably economical.

Ride of 2WD can feel unsettled on less than perfect road surfaces. Only one 1.2 turbo petrol engine.

New prices start from £19,790, brokers can source from £16,219
Contract hire deals from £195.68 per month
Insurance Groups are between 14–19
On average it achieves 74% of the official MPG figure

Stylish, good to drive and keenly priced, the Kadjar encompasses everything that’s good about Renault’s remarkable resurgence in family crossovers. Born out of the Nissan-Renault alliance, and built in Palencia, Spain, the Kadjar shares a lot of its technology with the impressive Qashqai, but outshines its British-built rival with better practicality and a longer four year 100,000 mile warranty.

Like the Qashqai, the Kadjar majors on everyday practicality and comfort, with a spacious and high quality interior plus lots of storage. However, owing to its clever use of space, the Renault boasts a larger boot than the Nissan, with 472 litres when the rear seats are in place.

It uses the same engines as the Nissan which means a 1.2-litre TCe turbo petrol with 130PS and two dCi diesels - one a 1.5-litre with 110PS and the other a 1.6-litre with 130PS. A six-speed manual is standard across the range, as is front-wheel drive, although you can specify a six-speed automatic and four-wheel drive.

The most efficient engine - and the best seller - is the 110PS 1.5 dCi with an official 74.3mpg with sub 100g/km of CO2. With a 0-62mph of around 12 seconds, the front-wheel drive diesel might not be the most exciting, but it has sufficient pace to cope with motorway driving and family life. Only those living in rural areas will want to sacrifice economy - 58.9mpg - for the 1.6 diesel with four-wheel drive.

The Kadjar is rewarding to drive with its soft but responsive steering providing lots of feedback through the corners. The ride is supple too, although models on 19-inch wheels will feel unsettled on rough roads. (17-inch wheels with 215/60 R17 are optional.)

Entry-level Expression+ models get a decent amount of kit as standard - Bluetooth, DAB, air conditioning and safety kit - but lack some important equipment, such as height adjustment for the driver's seat and alloy wheels. However, pick one of the higher trims and it's difficult to find many faults with the comfortable and capable Kadjar.

Affordable and stylish, the Kadjar represents a significant step up for Renault and has lots of family appeal, with keen pricing and low running costs. As a result the Kadjar is a compelling choice for those who want an alternative to the conservative Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga.

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Real MPG average for a Renault Kadjar (2015)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

74%

Real MPG

25–68 mpg

MPGs submitted

464

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Why does my DAB radio keep losing signal?
I have a one year old Renault Kadjar with dab radio and Bose speakers. The radio constantly loses the signal. The dealer says it is a problem with radio Newcastle but it happens on all stations. It also switches itself on when taking sharp right hand turns above about 10 mph. Is this a known fault and should the dealer be able to fix it? Thank you.
Try resetting the infotainment system to its factory settings (the owner's manual will tell you how to do this). If this doesn't fix the problem then it may be an internal wiring problem, which would explain the radio switching itself on. This will require further investigation by the dealer.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you suggest a family car for London and occasional longer drives?
We have a maximum budget of £14,000 for a reliable, used SUV or estate with good economy and lots of space. We were originally drawn to the Renault Kadjar having hired them a few times, liking the panoramic roof, the great sound system, driving comfort and huge boot. But living in London we really want to avoid diesel cars. The real MPG/economy of the petrol Kadjar engines raised concerns. Ok for driving around London but worried the much longer runs to we regularly do would cost more than other more economical cars. We're finding it difficult to find something that fits our needs. Thanks.
It's a tricky one, but don't write off a diesel Kadjar. It might make sense, as long as you take it for a good run every 300 miles or so for the diesel particulate filter (DPF) to regenerate. It'll be ULEZ compliant and more efficient than a petrol on your trips further afield. If you do want a petrol, you'll probably have to swallow worse fuel economy. An estate like the Skoda Octavia might be a good compromise. You could also look at a Volkswagen Golf estate if you'd prefer a slightly plusher interior. Also look at the Renault Megane.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What's the most reliable petrol auto crossover?
I currently own a 2017 Peugeot 2008 petrol 1.2 and have been very pleased with the car and auto box. In 2016, I was one of those unfortunate owners of a Nissan Qashqai auto that was replaced by Nissan. I will be looking to buy a new car in mid-2020 , re their Auto boxes. It needs to be a petrol auto and slightly bigger than my 2008. Any suggestions on which of these is the best option: Kia Sportage, Renault Kadjar, Suzuki Vitara, Peugeot 3008?
The CVT automatic gearbox used in the Qashqai was very problematic. The good news is that all the cars you've mentioned should be more reliable than that. The Peugeot 3008 would probably be our choice. The 3008 uses a reliable eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox. The Kia Sportage is another good choice with a dual-clutch transmission and the advantage of a seven-year warranty. The Vitara uses a torque-converter automatic gearbox but it won't be any bigger than your 2008.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Are Nissan's petrol engines reliable?
I'm looking at buying a Nissan Qashqai for my father. He wants petrol, as he only does short journeys now. Are Nissan's petrol engines reliable?
Just one report of teething problems with the new 1,332cc Renault petrol engine in a Kadjar. The engine is shared with Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and Dacia but I think that's all they were. Avoid the 1.2TCe in used examples because that has had a number of oil consumption problems. See: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/renault/kadjar-2015/good/ And see: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/nissan/qashqai-2014/good/ and
Answered by Honest John

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