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First Drive: Renault Kadjar

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Due in Showrooms this September we went to Zaragoza to drive Renault’s new Kadjar  writes Suzanne Keane

What is it? The Kadjar is the bigger brother of the Captur and is built on the same platform as the Nissan Qashqai. Renault have designed the Kadjar to act as 3 cars in one – an SUV with 4×4, the storage space of an estate and the head and knee space of a saloon.

First impressions of the new Renault Kadjar? The front of the Kadjar is dominated by the Renault diamond and chrome lines across the grille emphasise the width along with sharp bonnet creases. Moving towards the rear robust lines lead towards sporty shoulders and 3D effect taillights set off the back end.

What about the interior? Inside the cabin it’s spacious, sporty and refined with high quality materials used throughout. The steering wheel is leather trimmed with a flat bottom design and the wide centre console has a grab handle for passengers which hints at the Kadjar’s off-roading ability. The boot can hold 527 litres and with the passenger seat down can take loads up to 2.6m in length.

And on the road? On the road the 1.2l petrol engine is more than adequate for everyday driving and on motorways it cruised along effortlessly. We took the 1.6l diesel 130bhp engine in 4×4 out in the Navarra Desert and this was where the Kadjar really showed off its ability. With 200mm ground clearance even at speed over gravel tracks it was extremely comfortable and despite the lack of grip it cornered quite well.

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How Much?
The Renault Kadjar starts at €24,990 and depending on engine choice emissions range from 99g/km to 126g/km. The 110bhp diesel engine will consume just 3.8l/100km while the 4×4 130bhp model will use 4.8l/100km.

How Safe? The Kadjar has yet to be Euro NCAP tested but they are aiming for the highest possible score with a rigid frame and excellent safety features – the second trim level will get you a lane departure warning system!

What about my options? There are 3 engines available – a 1.2 petrol 130bhp, 1.5 diesel 110bhp and 1.6 diesel 130bhp. The Kadjar is available as both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive and in 4 trim levels – Expression +, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav.

3 words to describe the Renault Kadjar: Smooth; Stylish; Suave

 

For more information check out Renault.ie , the Renault Ireland facebook page, or follow them on twitter

Suzanne Keane

25th June, 2015

 

 

Author: Suzanne Keane

A confirmed petrol head with a penchant for Retro VW’s, Suzanne has been taking apart (and sometimes putting back together) her own cars for years! You can follow Suzanne on Twitter at @_suzannekeane

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