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Renault Kadjar Review 2021

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  • Launched in 2015
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel
  • Launch year
    2015
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel

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Spacious and affordable family SUV

Best bits

  • Shapely styling is more attractive than many rival SUVs
  • Both diesel and petrol engines are economical
  • Standard equipment is good (apart from base models)

Not so great

  • Rear visibility is poor without the reversing camera 
  • Interior quality could be better
  • Not a rewarding car to drive

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Overall verdict on the Renault Kadjar

"The rapid rise of the SUV is obvious to even the most casual observer, with seemingly every other car on the road now a high-riding machine made for families. But with practical benefits and affordable pricing, it’s easy to see why they hold appeal."

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With a growing pool of competitors, the Renault Kadjar aims to take a slice of the SUV pie by offering distinctive styling, combined with an interior that’s as useful as it is spacious. Being related to the popular Nissan Qashqai is a strong starting point, but Renault adds its own Gallic twist to the recipe. Here's our Renault Kadjar review.


Central to the allure of the Renault Kadjar is its exterior styling. With a bold grille, shapely flanks and plenty of chrome detailing, it certainly stands out in a sea of SUVs. The brightest paint colours will liven up dull days, even if the interior is more monochromatic.


Unlike the outside, the Renault Kadjar’s cabin is a sensible affair. Expect plenty of black and grey plastic, with a smattering of chrome details. Features like a digital speedometer with changeable colours help, but the Kadjar is very much ‘party on the outside, business on the inside’. Some of the trim plastics also feel a little flimsy, and rattles from the dashboard are not unheard of. 


Where the Renault Kadjar certainly does deliver the goods is space for those in the rear. The back bench can accommodate three children with ease, or be perfectly acceptable for two adults. There should be no complaints about headroom or legroom, and the rear seats are surprisingly well padded. 


The Renault’s boot also manages to outdo the Nissan Qashqai for space and usability. A 472-litre boot capacity is 42 litres larger than the Nissan, and places the Kadjar closer to class-leading rivals like the SEAT Ateca and Peugeot 3008. Clever storage solutions include a split-level boot on fancier versions, and rear seats that fold at the pull of a boot lever. 


Standard equipment in the Renault Kadjar is generous, with all models gaining air conditioning, cruise control, a DAB radio and Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity. More expensive models have features like leather seats and a powerful Bose sound system. 


Renault offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, with a focus on fuel economy rather than outright performance. You won’t be setting land-speed records in the Renault Kadjar, but you should avoid regular trips to the petrol station. Handling is acceptable for a family SUV, but the ride quality can border on stiff for models fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels. 


The Renault Kadjar is available with an optional four-wheel-drive system, allowing it to venture further off the beaten track. However, the reality is that the Kadjar makes more sense on tarmac, acting as a faithful part of a family.


This isn’t the most exciting SUV to buy or drive, but the Renault Kadjar will deliver on all the domestic chores you throw at it. 

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1.2 TCE Dynamique SE Nav 5dr

  • 2018
  • 19,790 miles
  • CARZ Glasgow
  • Lanarkshire, G524XA
Price:£15,800
PCP: £304.08/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £304.08, Customer Deposit: £2,370.00, Total Deposit: £2,370.00, Optional Final Payment: £5,526.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,738.80, Total Amount Payable: £18,538.80, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.45%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.2 TCE Dynamique S Nav 5dr

  • 2018
  • 34,555 miles
  • Usedirect Belfast
  • Antrim, BT126LR
Price:£13,799
PCP: £256.49/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £256.49, Customer Deposit: £2,069.00, Total Deposit: £2,069.85, Optional Final Payment: £5,193.50, Total Charge For Credit: £2,441.50, Total Amount Payable: £16,240.50, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.94%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the 2021 Renault Kadjar right for you?

If you need an affordable and spacious SUV for a burgeoning family, the Renault Kadjar could be a perfect fit.


While the Nissan Qashqai has become the default choice in this sector, not everyone wants to follow the herd. The Kadjar takes some of the best bits of the Nissan, and adds extra space and practicality to the package. Standard equipment levels for the Renault are generous, too.


Throw in the benefits of economical engines and interesting exterior styling, and it should hold appeal for those who need versatile transportation. 


Ultimately what the Renault Kadjar offers is a family-friendly SUV, making it well suited to daily life. It will not be the most exciting or engaging vehicle to park on your driveway, but that isn’t what it was made for.

What’s the best Renault Kadjar model/engine to choose?

One of the core strengths of the Renault Kadjar range is that almost all trim levels are generously equipped. The main proviso is to avoid the entry-level models: Expression+ on pre-facelift cars, and Play on post-update models. It is also worth giving the largest 19-inch alloy wheels the swerve, as these can spoil ride comfort.   


As such, the pre-facelift Renault Kadjar Dynamique Nav offers features like satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control, and additional safety equipment. After the 2018 update, the Iconic model brings plenty of equipment, but does feature 19-inch wheels. 


Around town, the 140PS 1.3-litre TCe engine delivers more than enough power, while still retaining reasonable economy. Of the popular diesel engines, the 1.5-litre dCi will be sufficient for longer commutes, and delivers the best fuel economy. 


Avoid paying extra for a model with four-wheel drive unless you are certain you need it. 

What other cars are similar to the Renault Kadjar?

The family SUV market continues to snowball, meaning there are numerous competitors to the Kadjar.  Nissan’s Qashqai, which shares a platform and engines with the Renault, is the most obvious rival. It has a higher-quality cabin, but less interior space.


Other affordable options include the SEAT Ateca and Peugeot 3008, both of which have bigger boots than the Kadjar. The Ford Kuga, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan add to the growing cluster of rivals. Alternatively, the Renault Megane Sport Tourer offers a bigger boot than the Kadjar, but in an estate car package.

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Renault Kadjar Review 2021 Interior

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Driving

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Renault Kadjar any good?

The Renault Kadjar is a stylish, good to drive and keenly priced SUV. In some ways, it's better than the Nissan Qashqai on which it's based. It's not fun to drive, though, while newer alternatives have better interiors.

Georgia Petrie

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Georgia Petrie

What does Kadjar mean?

Like many car names, Kadjar is a made-up word. Kad is inspired by 'quad' - the go-anywhere four-wheeled vehicles, while Jar supposedly recalls the French word 'agile'. Yeah, we're not convinced either.

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Is the Renault Kadjar a seven-seater?

The Kadjar is a five-seater - there is no seven-seat option. If you need seven seats, you'd be better looking at bigger SUVs like the Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq.

Dan Powell

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Is the Renault Kadjar a 4x4?

The Renault Kadjar is an SUV that's available with two- or four-wheel drive.

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