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RENAULT KADJAR HATCHBACK

1.3 TCE S Edition 5dr

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Key Information

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Mileage
Mileage 47.10mpg
Co2
Co2 143.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Manual
Top Speed
Top Speed 124mph

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RENAULT KADJAR 1.3 TCE S Edition 5dr

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    8
  • Space
    8
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    5
  • Value
    8
  • Equipment
    8
  • Economy
    8
  • Depreciation
    7
  • Insurance
    8

Renault's Kadjar mid-sized SUV is the big brother to the company's Captur model and has been usefully improved in this revised form. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Background

It took Renault a long time to get on board with a properly class-competitive mid-sized family SUV. This Kadjar model, the brand's first such contender, has only been around since 2016, when it was launched as the family hatch-based big brother to the French maker's popular supermini-based Captur crossover. Prior to that, the French maker's attempts to make real inroads in the family section of the SUV segment had proved notably unsuccessful. We had various off road-orientated versions of the Scenic MPV, plus there was the unloved first generation Koleos SUV, launched in 2007, but soon withdrawn from sale. That year, 2007, was when Renault were shown what that Koleos model ought to have been. Their Alliance partner Nissan launched a Crossover called the Qashqai that quickly came to define family SUV motoring and when that car was re-designed in 2014, Renault had another go at creating their own version of it: the Kadjar was the result. This time, the Gallic maker managed to deliver a contender much closer to what the market wanted and as a result, over 450,000 Kadjars were sold in over 50 countries in this model's first four years on sale. Hence the effort then put into creating the updated version we look at here.

Driving Experience

Once, not long ago, the Kadjar offered a wide range of different engines but now, as this first generation version reachers the end of its production run, there's just one unit on offer, a 1.3-litre four cylinder TCe petrol powerplant putting out 140hp. Rest to 62mph in a TCe 140 derivative takes 10.4s en route to 126mph - or 9.6s if you opt for the extra-cost EDC automatic version. As before, the basic suspension set-up (like virtually all the engineering) is carried over from the earlier version of this model's cousin, the Nissan Qashqai, albeit with some Renault-specific tuning. It makes a Kadjar manoeuvrable in town, with a tight 10.72m turning circle, and the driving position has been designed to mirror that of a typical saloon, rather than a high-set 4x4. This model is now front-wheel drive only, but all versions are fitted with an 'Extended Grip' system, which is claimed to enhance grip on low-traction surfaces. A reasonably high 19cm ground clearance is loftier than some rivals. This TCe 140 Kadjar lacks the sophisticated independent rear suspension that used to be fitted on the now-deleted more powerful versions, but even the more conventional set-up still in place is very adept and cushioning away poorly tarmacked surfaces. So yes, you'll like this car on the school run. Which of course, for all the 'urban adventurer' marketing, is actually its preferred habitat.

Design and Build

This car was updated for the 2019 model year but unless you happen to be a Renault sales person or an owner of the original version of this car, you'll struggle to notice many of the changes that were made to the exterior. As before, the Kadjar looks like a scaled-up version of Renault's smaller Captur SUV - which is no bad thing. Of more importance is the news that the interior of this car was treated to a much-needed re-fettling as part of the update. The fascia was given a smarter 7.0-inch centre-dash touchscreen that proved to be a big improvement on what was offered before. And smarter instrument cluster displays were added too. Otherwise, things are much as they've always been with a Kadjar, with an underlying structure shared with the older version of this model's Renault Alliance cousin, the Nissan Qashqai. It's slightly more spacious in the back than the older version of that car mind you. And the boot is a useful size, rated at 472-litres to the tonneau cover. You get handles that drop the rear seats in their 60/40 split, an organiser that prevents your shopping spilling all over the boot when you corner and a split level load floor. There's also 30-litres of oddments storage around the cabin and the front passenger seat can even be folded to use as an impromptu table.

Market and Model

Pricing starts at just under £25,000 and runs up to just under £28,000, so conforms to the class norm. There's the choice of two trim levels - 'Equilibre' and 'Techno'. Each offers the £1,600 option of EDC auto transmission. All variants get alloy wheels, tinted windows, front fog lights, auto headlamps and wipers and rear parking sensors. Inside, all models get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone-mirroring marshalled by a 7-inch centre-dash screen. There's also cruise control, automatic climate control and a synthetic leather steering wheel, plus an electronic parking brake, large cupholders, a sliding armrest and ambient lighting. The 'Equilibre' model offers 17-inch wheels, front parking sensors, a reversing camera, roof bars and navigation. The top 'Techno' versions get 19-inch wheels, full-LED headlights, roof bars, front and rear skid plates and special synthetic leather seat upholstery. Standard safety kit includes Lane Departure Warning and an automatic high and low beam system for the headlamps. Otherwise, safety provision is limited to pretty standard stuff. All models get twin front, side and curtain airbags (though no driver's knee 'bag), plus the usual electronic aids for braking, traction and stability control. ISOFIX child seat fastenings, tyre pressure monitoring and Hill start assist to stop you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions are all additional features that make the team sheet.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.3-litre TCe 140 variant's petrol 1.3-litre unit isn't the most efficient in the segment but the figures delivered remain respectable, aided by this Renault's relatively light weight. In a manual varaint, you'll manage 145g/km of CO2 and 44.1mpg on the combined cycle. Choose either the EDC auto or the 'Techno' variant with its bigger wheels and fortunately, the figures don't change much. All versions provide the peace of mind of Renault's 5 year/100,000 mile warranty and assistance package. In the event of a breakdown, Renault provides emergency roadside repairs or towing to the nearest dealer 24/7 every day of the year, plus three years' European cover. There is also a three-year paint warranty and 12 years' cover against corrosion. Servicing is required once a year or every 18,000 miles. As usual, pre-paid servicing plans are available. It'll certainly help that the ecological oil filter needs replacing only every 18,000 miles and the timing chain is maintenance-free. The timing belt requires changing only every 100,000 miles and the close-coupled diesel particulate filter has been designed to last the lifetime of the car.

Summary

The one thing we haven't talked about is that name. North African tribe? Middle Eastern trade wind? Wrong - and wrong. Apparently, it's one of those portmanteau French words where 'Kad' is inspired by the word 'quad' (the casual term for a four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle) and 'Jar' is a reference to the French words 'agile' and 'jaillir,' which means to 'emerge quickly'. A touch ironic that, given that this French brand took so long to establish itself in this profitable family Crossover segment. In summary? Well you could say that it would have been difficult for Renault to fail with this SUV, given the proven underpinnings it's based upon. For a decade though, this French brand had the right ingredients for a model like this but failed to blend them together into an appropriate car for the Crossover crowd. The Kadjar did that at its launch in 2016 and the brand was never going to risk spoiling things by making too many far-reaching changes when the time came for an update three years later. As it turned out, the updates made were timely and well-judged. This Kadjar may not be the 'ultimate urban adventurer' the ads claim, but it's the kind of car that really could add a more appealing dimension to family travel.

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Digital speedometer with 7 TFT screen
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Eco mode
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Front and rear parking sensors with rear parking camera
  • Gear change indicator
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Multi function trip computer
  • Oil level gauge
  • PAS
  • R-Link 2 Multimedia system + 7" touchscreen, TomTom + West European Map, DAB/FM/AM radio, bluetooth + hands free, USB/AUX, voice control
  • Rev counter
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto

Entertainment

  • 4x35W speakers with 3D sound
  • Fingertip controls for audio system
  • Two rear USB sockets

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic high/low beam
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with variable speed adjustment
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Body coloured door mirrors
  • Bodyside mouldings with chrome inserts
  • Chrome fog light surround
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome window surround
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Extra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgate
  • Fixed panoramic glass sunroof
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front and rear towing rings
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Integrated C shape indicators with side repeaters
  • Integrated fuel filler cap
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • LED high and low beam headlights with LED turn indicators
  • LED rear fog light
  • Rear wiper
  • Satin grey front and rear skid plates
  • Shark fin antenna

Interior Features

  • 12v socket in front
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • 3D TEP fabric with synthetic leather upholstery with blue top stitching
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Accessory power point
  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Air recirculation system
  • Centre rear armrest with cup holder
  • Driver sunblind with illuminated mirror and ticket holder
  • Driver's seat with lumbar adjustment
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Easy life quick folding rear seat
  • Faux leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Front footwell illumination
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated boot
  • Illuminated centre console
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Multi positional boot floor
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Sliding front centre armrest
  • Storage glovebox

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Emergency brake assist
  • ESP with ASR and UCL (understeer control logical)
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front seat belts warning
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with double pretensioners
  • Hill start assist
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Protective rear disc brake
  • Rear seatbelt warning indicator
  • Side impact protection
  • Three point rear center seatbelt
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Deadlocks
  • Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm system
  • Insurance Approved Immobiliser
  • Key card hands free with walk away lock function
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Gasoline particulate filter

Wheels

  • 19'' Zeus diamond cut alloy wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    133
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    143

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1333
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Engine Code
    HR13
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    47.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    54.3
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    37.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    42.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    45.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    140
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TCE
  • Coin Series
    S Edition
  • Generation Mark
    1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    100000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    140
  • Engine Power - KW
    103
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    192
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    26.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    260
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    124

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    DIAMOND CUT
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1607
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1613
  • Length
    4489
  • Wheelbase
    2646
  • Width
    1836
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2058

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1889
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1478
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    472
  • Max. Loading Weight
    556
  • Max. Roof Load
    72
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    700
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1333
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.7

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