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Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Kadjar -4th report

Date: 09 May 2016   |   Author: David Motton

I've been wondering what the Renault Kadjar does that the Nissan Qashqai doesn't. The two cars are mechanically very similar, so why would you choose one over the other?

Colleagues who have driven the two cars back to back report that the Qashqai is sharper to drive and a touch more refined. However, from my recollection of the Nissan, there's really not that much in it from the driver's seat.

The Kadjar does have one definite advantage over the Qashqai: more generous luggage space. The Renault is 7cm or so longer than the Nissan, largely thanks to a longer rear overhang.

Instead of the 430-litre capacity of the Qashqai's boot, the Kadjar has 472 litres with the rear seats upright. That's enough extra space to make a noticeable difference.

Folding the rear seats down is a quick and easy job, with levers either side of the tailgate, which increases the capacity to 1478 litres.

There are some neat touches, too. There's a false floor, with extra space underneath - handy for stashing some engine oil out of the way, for example. The floor is in two parts, and can be taken out and slid back in place vertically to act as a divider - clever thinking that helps make the most of the space.

Renault Kadjar dCi 110 Signature Nav

Mileage 2074
P11D price £24,140
Forecast/actual cost per mile 48.9p/50.5p
Our average consumption 54.8mpg
Official combined consumption 72.4mpg

Verdict


  • Good looks
  • Promising mpg, practical boot
  • Choppy town ride
  • Infotainment system lacks shortcut buttons

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