Renault Kadjar: New momentum on the wings of a premium engine

When it arrived four years ago, Kadjar was significantly excited by the already competitive segment of compact SUVs. Sales results say Renault has made a great move, but it can do even better. That’s why a mild refreshment and a brand new engine have arrived that make this SUV more attractive and desirable.
It’s no secret that the Kadjar base, to be exact some 60 percent of components, is shared by the megapopular and fraternal Nissan Qashqai, and it seeks its place in the sun with the distinctive design of Renault, a slightly better space offer and a relatively affordable price. However, looking at sales results, nearly 250,000 Qashqai have been sold in Europe in 2017, making it the second highest in the segment, while Kadjar reached nearly 112,000 units and held ninth place in the segment. A similar force ratio was observed in the first quarter of this year as well, justifying the additional effort Renault is making in Kadjar.

The slight refinement brought by the refreshed Kadjar is noticeable but performed really subtly. After all, Kadjar didn’t even have a design problem. The pronounced hips, oblique lines and attractive front look are still very fresh, and with the new Full LED lights, LED taillights and, you guessed it, Kadjar fog lights look noticeably more modern and fresher. With more use of chrome, new body colors and perfectly designed new rims, it looks like a brand new and fresh model.

However, the most important novelty brought by the refreshed Kadjar lies under the sheet metal. The all-new 1.3-liter turbocharged engine is a major and important novelty throughout the Renault Group and is equally important to the Kadjar range. With the current trend of high demand for gasoline, this engine has arrived at an ideal time, and now forms the basis of the Kadjar offer and is available in 140 and 160 hp versions.

Developed in conjunction with Daimler , this Renault-Nissan alliance engine is currently one of the most modern turbochargers of this size and power range. An excellent move was the decision to develop a four-cylinder engine, so with excellent performance, this engine boasts exceptional sleekness and quiet operation, even in cold starts.

Although it is now the engine of 140 hp , which we tried at the same time and input engine offered Kadjar, this does not mean that it represents an unwelcome option, just the opposite. Thanks to its highly efficient turbocharger, this engine boasts a compelling 240 Nm of torque available in very low operating range, at as low as 1,600 rpm.. These values ​​are very similar to modern tubodiesel engineers, and they are quite noticeable in driving, especially in urban areas. Kadjar with this engine and manual transmission accelerates very quickly and dynamically and has a linear power delivery. Of course, like any turbocharger, it has a very wide operating range and is very capable at high speeds as well. It achieves a maximum of 140 hp at 6,000 rpm, which, with a very long sixth gear, allows it to easily maintain high-speed averages on the highway.

With excellent engine performance, which in practice works even more convincingly than those on paper, and a declared acceleration of up to 100 km / h in 10 seconds, we have to admit to Renault that they have also been able to make an engine that has excellent sound, both on the suction and and on the exhaust. It is a true refresh in a time of almost inaudible engines, and certainly enhances the driving experience in Kadjar.

Indeed, one of the best new engines is this 1.3-liter TCe confirmed to us with very modest consumption, so at a more dynamic pace we were consuming just over 7 liters, while in a more relaxed ride, we managed to get the average consumption off and below 6 liters per 100 km. For a car of these proportions and power this is more than a good result. In addition, TCe also stands out for its environmental values, which can be attributed to the new GPF filter that destroys particulates in the exhaust by “trapping” them with a microporous honeycomb structure. It is clear that the time of gasoline was of simple construction, which was an advantage over complicated turbodiesel engineers.

However, Renault claims that they were particularly concerned with the reliability of this engine, so the new 1.3 TCe passed the 40,000 hours of test bench test, equivalent to 14 years of eight hours per day.

Renault has also refined the Kadjar inside, and although subtle details have been praised, the center console has been redesigned with a new multimedia system with a 7-inch screen and brand-new air conditioning controls that have brought a touch of prestige to their aluminum rings. We will ignore the fact that the same climate controls are in Duster and the new Cly as they really look great and are well crafted. However, the best detail in the interior is the excellent front seats, which are ideally sized, with very solid and good lateral support, a large seating area that can be extended further, while being soft and comfortable enough for long runs.

However, we would still like to see some softer and better quality plastic liners in Kadjar, which is especially noticeable compared to the competition, which is a shade better. Quite simply, matted plastic surfaces can look nothing but cheap. That impression is mitigated a bit by the new ventilation trim, door handles and satin chrome central ridge, but we think it can still be better.

Kadjar is comfortable with the ride, so we’d rather choose smaller rims than these 19-inch ones. As good as it looks to them is the fact that they impair comfort, and because of the low profile of the Kadjar on sharp bumps with wheels like this, it’s a bit rougher than we’d like. An additional argument for smaller wheels is the fact that the driving characteristics are not overly better with larger wheels, so the power-assisted steering is still very insensitive, and Kadjaru is definitely more comfortable with a more relaxed ride than a dynamic one.

Even in dynamic features, Kadjar benefits from a new engine that is very lightweight, and thanks to that, the Kadjar does not have too much weight in the front, and does not suffer from understeer in sharp turns. When you look under the bonnet, you will notice that Renault has really struggled with the placement of the engine itself, which, thanks to its compact proportions, could be “pushed” as far as possible to the windshield, for a better weight distribution.

Overall, Renault with Kadyar does a good job though. This makes it even better with such a great new engine that, with good performance, also brings a variety of choices in the price list itself, and most importantly, lets you buy a Kadjar with a basic engine, without worrying about great performance. In a segment where there is really no choice and gj competition is fierce Kadjar still has its place in the sun, and at a reasonable price and very rich equipment that contains many assistance systems are definitely among SUVs that should be seriously considered.

Test car basic information: Renault Kadjar Bose TCe 140 FAP
Base Model Price – Kadjar Life TCe 140: 37,300 KM
Price of Basic Diesel Model – Kadjar Limited Blue dCi 115: 45,900 KM
Test Price with Options: 48,450 KM

Engine: 4-cylinder, 4 stroke, turbocharged, transverse forward. 1.332 cc, direct injection of fuel into the cylinders, four valves per cylinder. Maximum power 103 kW – 140 hp at 5,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 240 Nm at 1,600 rpm.

Power transmission: Front axle drive, 6-speed manual transmission, 225/45 R19 tires (Bridgestone Blizzak, M + S).

Fuel Performance and Consumption:Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 10.4 s. Top speed – 203 km / h. Test fuel consumption: 7.5 l / 100 km. Factory declared fuel consumption: 7.4 l / 100 km in the city, 5 l / 100 km on the open road, 5.9 l / 100 km combined. Average CO2 emissions: 134 g / km.

Dimensions: Length – 4.489 mm, width – 1.836 mm, height – 1.613 mm. Wheelbase – 2.646 mm. Luggage compartment volume from 472 to 1,478 liters. Curb weight – 1,442 kg. Maximum permissible mass – 1.889 kg. Fuel Tank Capacity – 55 liters.

Test Vehicle Standard Equipment:ESP anti-lock brake system, central locking, ASR anti-lock brake system, ABS anti-lock brake system, automatic parking brake, tire air pressure control system, electric windows front and rear (impulse driver), adjustable airbag driver and passenger, electr. adjustable and heated exterior mirrors in body color, front passenger airbag deactivation, heated rear window, side airbags in the front, center armrest in the front with storage, side air curtains front and rear, driver’s seat adjustable front, rear , by tilt and height, three-point seat belt in the middle seat back, front passenger seat adjustable forward, back and tilt,

Optional equipment on test car: Metallic paint 1.100 KM, Active Emergency Braking System – AEBS 650 KM

Guarantees: Additional charge 5 years or 100.000 km.

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