ON TEST WITH
Renault KADJAR Expression + TCe 130
Price (from): £19,790
I know I keep going on about this, but when you first start looking around for a new car, you will probably spend around 10-20 hours searching on the internet for all the reviews.
Well, I’m here to tell you to buy a car based on how you feel when you sit inside for the first time. Only then will you know if you have made the right decision.
Power and Efficiency: The KADJAR I currently have on test is powered by a 130HP, 1,197cc petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox and a respectable top speed of around 119mph. It also has a 0-62 time of 10.1 seconds, and with little fuss, I managed a combined figure of around 50.4 mpg.
Actually, having 130HP in a KADJAR, makes it move along at a really good pace but it did feel a little underpowered. Saying that, it was still OK. There is a diesel version and to be fair it’s just as good and it comes with more torque which makes overtaking a little easier.
On the road: First off, it has a good chassis along with a suspension setup that feels tight. The steering is also direct and the grip levels are good which gives a decent amount of confidence into the corners. Going back to the suspension, yes, it feels very controlled and tight but the ride was far too hard for my liking. But that’s just my own opinion and others may find it just about right.
Equipment, Safety and Technology: Renault has carefully crafted the KADJAR to give it a dynamic presence on the road while also introducing some neat touches like the front flowing grille and headlights which all help in giving it a great look. Then, there is the striking bold and almost stealth-looking body lines, which actually help finish off the look. All of this, of course, leads into giving the KADJAR a good roadside appeal.
When it comes to space on the inside, the KADJAR has plenty in that department. I managed to fit in my whole family and the weekly shopping with very little fuss. The rear seats have the bonus of splitting 60:40 and are upholstered in a dark carbon fabric which blended in with the rest of the interior.
Plus, it looks hard wearing, so its perfect if you have a family. I also liked the driver’s seat which had plenty of adjustment to help you get it just about right.
Inside, it’s all good with a quality interior and soft-touch surfaces all round which gives it a nice appeal. The KADJAR is also packed with lots of equipment such as; ABS with EBD, air bags, assisted parking brake, cruise control, ECO mode, ESP, insurance approved alarm, ISOFIX points on the outer rear seats, hill start assist, manual air conditioning, multi-function trip computer and LED daytime running lights.
It also has Bluetooth connectivity, FM/AM/DAB tuner, 4X20W speakers, audio streaming, hands-free calls and USB/AUX sockets.
To sum up: I’m going to give the KADJAR four stars in this test because I believe it’s a decent-sized car which ticks all the boxes for someone looking for a vehicle which will fulfil all their needs.