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Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Kadjar -2nd report

Date: 07 April 2016   |   Author: David Motton

Equipment: 6 airbags, satnav, DAB radio, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, hands-free key card, 19in alloys, front and rear parking sensors, part-leather upholstery
Options: Techno Pack Premium, which adds hands-free parking, rear parking camera, blind-spot warning and autonomous emergency braking (£800), Explore Pack, which adds a retractable tow ball and bike rack (£795), Flame Red metallic paint (£625),

Tow balls may not be the most fascinating subject, but bear with me - the Kadjar's tow ball is more interesting than you might think. Really, I promise.

This extra has been fitted to our test car as part of the Explore Pack. For £795, you get a tow ball-mounted double bike rack and a retractable tow ball, which is unusual on a crossover and more typically found on big, upmarket 4x4s. Instead of a fixed ball, which looks ugly and risks bruised shins, or a detachable one, which has to be stored somewhere when you don't need it, the retractable ball is tucked out of sight when it's not needed. So, the Kadjar's good looks are preserved until you need to tow something.

I have yet to do any towing, but I have made use of the second part of the Explore Pack; the tow ball-mounted double bike rack. This adds £205 to the cost of a tow ball on its own, but a quick online search suggests this high-quality Thule rack usually sells for around £250 on its own, even after discounting, so to get this rack for only a fraction more than £200 is a good deal.

The rack proved easy to fit, and it held my bike securely when I took it in for a service a few days ago.

Renault Kadjar dCi 110 Signature Nav

Mileage 1715
P11D price £23,540
Forecast/actual cost per mile 48.3p/49.1p
Our average consumption 54.8mpg

                                                                                                                            


Verdict


  • Good looks
  • Promising fuel economy and decent performance
  • Choppy town ride and sunroof retracts but doesn't open

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