The curiously named Renault Kadjar has arrived at Holden Renault
- Renault’s new entry into the C-segment crossover market
- SUV, estate and saloon attributes packed into one model
- Compact dimensions with big-car space and versatility
- CO2 emissions equaling the best-in-class – as low as 99g/km
- Economy as high as 74.3mpg
- Available with the latest active safety and connectivity systems
The long awaited and somewhat curiously name Renault Kadjar has arrived at Holden Renault. So, what does Kadjar mean? It’s the combination of two ‘words’. “Kad is inspired by ‘quad’ representing a go anywhere four-wheeled vehicle”, says Renault, while ‘jar’ “recalls the French words ‘agile’ and ‘jaillir’ representing agility and suddenly emerging from somewhere.”
Kadjar delivers the best of what SUVs, estate cars and saloons have to offer in one stylish, compact package, it’s only 4.45 metres long, 1.84 metres wide and 1.6 metres high.
Available with a 1.2 petrol, or for diesel drivers 1.5 or 1.6 (the 1.6 diesel is also available as a 4WD) fuel economy figures are quoted as high as 74.3mpg and as low as 99g/km, equalling the best-in-class.
Up-to-the-minute active safety features help the driver to avoid low-speed accidents, stay in lane on highways, park, see in the dark and remain within speed limits, while the R-Link 2 multimedia system ensures the car is always fully connected to the outside world. It’s a car equally at home in the Country or the city, or in our case Barnham Broom (thanks guys)
The exterior exudes the dynamism and strength of a car built to go off the beaten track, but with more fluid, elegant lines than more boxy SUVs. It features muscular front wings, pronounced rear shoulders, slightly sculpted sides and doors which finish flush with the sills. Sculpted 17- and 19-inch alloy wheels are further evidence of its robust character.
A chrome strip runs across the headlights to emphasise the car’s width. The new lighting signature first seen on the latest Espace (not available in the UK) has been carried across to Kadjar and there are C-shaped LED daytime running lights. A structured grille, front and rear skid plates, lower door protective mouldings, black wheel arch extensions and anodised aluminium roof bars emphasise Kadjar’s off-road capabilities, but the car’s elegance is also to the fore in the chromed window surround, sill guard and daytime running light surrounds, and the body-colour door handles and mirror housings.
This is maintained inside the car. The horizontal dashboard stretching into the doors is a pointer to the car’s width and spaciousness. It contains two trim strips, while the instrument panel and air vents are outlined in chrome. Grab handles on each front door and the centre console and a bold gear lever attest to Kadjar’s sportiness and all-roads character.
This combination of sportiness and comfort is also evident in the seats, which have patterned cushions, vertical forms on the backrests and graphic patches on the side of the headrests. The seats are backed with dual-density foam for maximum comfort and support.
Kadjar is super roomy, courtesy handles in the boot release the ‘Easy Break’ 60:40 split rear seats, and the front passenger seat tips forward to form a small table or make space for longer items to be carried.
Two boot configurations are possible, giving either a flat floor or a capacity of 472 litres (seats upright), and the boot can be divided into three areas to prevent items from moving during transit. There is also 30 litres of storage space within the cabin, which provides passenger space on a par with anything in the class.
Renault’s newest edition has been given an extra boost with the announcement of best-in-class residual values from independent valuation experts CAP + it comes with Renaults four year warranty and roadside assistance pack.
If you’re looking for a well-priced (from £17,995) spacious and good looking car this could be the model for you, so come take a look.
It’s available to test drive today, and Holden Renault will bring the car to you at home or work to test drive if you can’t make a showroom visit during the day.