Renault Kadjar 2018 review

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Renault has facelifted its answer to the Nissan Qashqai – the Kadjar. We drive the range-topping model in Sardinia

You might have a hard time actually noticing it, but this is actually a new Renault Kadjar. So far as facelifts go, it’s definitely one of the harder-to-spot ones. At least from what you can actually see by standing a metre or two away, anyway.But I don’t think Renault’s conservatism on this front should be battered too much. Next to the Nissan Qashqai, with which the Kadjar effectively shares everything, the Renault was always the more handsome of the two. The minor tweaks wrought upon its exterior – the new grille design, redone foglight housings, altered front and rear skid plates, for example – simply ensure this remains the case. At least they do in my eyes, anyway.Of more significance than those slight visual adjustments, though, is the reshuffling that’s occured within the Kadjar’s powertrain department, where there are now two engines to choose from. Well, two engines and a handful of tranmission and power output combinations, to be precise; but for simplicity’s sake, we’ll just go with two engines. The first of which is is a 1.3-litre four-cylinder petrol that – surprise, surprise – is also available in recently updated Nissan Qashqai. Here, it’ll make either 138bhp or 157bhp. And if that doesn’t float your boat, there’s  a 1.5-litre diesel with 114bhp or 148bhp, too. And just when you think you couldn’t get any more spoilt for choice, you can also have four-wheel drive – but only if you opt for the top-spec diesel model.Speaking of which, the Kadjar’s trim heirarchy has also been tweaked. As with the smaller Clio and Captur models, Play now represents the basic offering, Iconic the mid-grade and GT Line the flagship. Unlike those smaller models, there’s a fourth trim – S-Edition – which slots between Iconic and GT Line. And as for the cabin? Well that’s been treated to a much-needed overhaul as well, as the previous model was beginning to look especially tired on the inside. The main change is to the dash fascia, which now features three rotary dials for the HVAC system, each of which contain digital displays for thing like temperature and fan speed a la Jaguar I-Pace. Sort of. There’s a new 7in touchscreen, too. While not exactly changing the game for Kadjar, it’s a welcome remodelling.

Source: Autocar Online

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