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Effective solution to distinguish the new Kadjar from the "old" 2015? Place both models in the same location. Discreetly enlarged grille, redesigned fog enclosures and rear bumper, flanked by forged escape tubes Do not fret the soft lines of Kadjar restylé, who prefers to dedust his cockpit (we will come back) and above all replace all engines.

Essentially, the new 1.3 TCe 140 and 160 petrol engines drive the 1.2 TCe 130 and 1.6 TCe 165; For the diesel, the 1.5 Blue dCi 115 and the 1.7 Blue dCi 150 bury the 1.5 dCi 110 and the 1.6 dCi 130. Our Kadjar Blue dCi 115 test is the only one that blocks the same 1.5 holds, but the coverage of developments: performance and performance pair above (+ 5 hp and 10 Nm), the injection pressure increased to 2000 bar and the arrival of an SCR catalyst (which requires the implantation of a urea tank), which is essential for the filtration of NOx, the main pollutant of diesel. It remains to be seen if the benefits are as advanced as the tariff.

Renault Kadjar Award 2019

The "Phase 2" tariffs of Kadjar increased in gasoline by 600 €. Offered from 28 400 €, the 1.5 Blue dCi 115 costs even 900 euros ... to increase the inflation of 500 euros, which was already in the exchange of 1.5 dCi 110, a few weeks before the redesign. For diesel lovers, the "first price" of Kadjar increases by a total of € 1,400. Fortunately, however, a special launch series is the price / performance ratio.

At 30 900 € is the Kadjar Wave The Blue dCi 115 comes standard with GPS R Link 2 navigation (7-inch touch screen, connected apps, Android Car / Apple CarPlay), new fleece / leather upholstery, reverse radar, 18-inch wheels and speed alarms - and line crossings.

With the Pack City Plus for 800 € (reversing camera, parking radar front and side), this wave level is more interesting than that Kadjar Intens, charged 33 000 € with unnecessary equipment: the 19 & # 39; & # 39; - Rims deteriorate comfort at low speed, the 100% LED lights disappoint at night (short beam and inhomogeneous).

At the wheel of the Kadjar Blue dCi 115

Press the start button. Count two good seconds. Finally stop the 1.5 Blue dCi 115. Not early, this new diesel? It was a long one anyway, reminiscent of yesterday's diesel, which required three to four times higher warm-up times. Luckily, the comparison ends, the Blue dCi explodes quickly to a first important point: a remarkable discretionboth sound level and vibration.

A rare quality for a diesel in an urban environment that is not only isolated: the gentle direction facilitates maneuvering, the suspension effectively absorbs the speed thresholds, consumption does not exceed 7 liters in loaded traffic. And the engine has a nice answer to the first reports, rather short. It still has to be used at take-off to avoid stalling and to keep the engine running at 1,800 rpm: this is where the Blue dCi lacks nerves.

"Silent and sober, the new 1.5 Blue dCi 115 is not flexible at very low speeds"

On the road, the driver of the Kadjar Blue dCi 115 must follow exactly the same advice: Avoid low diets, Downshifting becomes critical to effectively catching the fast lane, securing overtaking, or even keeping up on a long highway ramp when the vehicle is loaded. A temper that forces the mechanics to whip, and finally works when required between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm.

We would have preferred a less "sharp" mission aboard a comfortable and peaceful Kadjar inviting to a Casting Cast. The solution may lie Waiting for the EDC robot box, which was launched in a matter of weeks and would erase the major flaws of this version: reduced clutch stroke, box control a little catchier, more frequent use of lower gear ratios to increase the increases.

Close the Behavior chapter by talking about the topic new extended grip system (adjustable traction control and M + S tires for 250 €). In this version, the four-wheel drive reserved for the 1.7 Blue dCi 150 compensates. It offers only one mode in addition to the PSA Grip Control system. Extra traction control (All-Way mode, expert mode is equivalent to breaking the anti-skid system below 50 km / h), which puts a slight load on the front wheels to get out of a bad situation ,

Better to be sure to use it frequently because M + S tires (Goodyear Vector 4 Seasons, theoretically more comfortable in mud and snow) Reduce adhesion to wet bitumen and visually shoot small 17-inch wheels in Kadjar's giant wheel arches.

Aboard the Renault Kadjar 2019

Illuminated storage compartment at the base of the console, satined chrome ventilation towers, circular ventilation controls, sliding central armrest: The changes affect details but increase the perceived quality.

As before, the digital display of the meters may vary.
The central part thus leaves the choice between four different presentations.
Kadjar could not benefit from the 8.7-inch touchscreen of another Renault. It stays at 7 ", but emphasizes a dull black border and sensory side buttons to visually enlarge it
Previously borrowed from the Nissan Qashqai cousin, the windows change and are backlit. The door drawers, enlarged, now take up large bottles.
The new thicker 3D effect padding increases the seating comfort. Despite reinforced rollers, the lateral support remains perfect.
Now with two USB ports on the back, the Kadjar remains inviting sub places. The system is firmer and is hampered by a tunnel on the ground.
The trunk is 472 l in five places (520 l in a Peugeot 3008). The collapsible right front seat and the folding handles are available secondarily.
The removable bottom of the case is divided into two parts and allows the space to be divided as desired. A tip from the Qashqai, whose chest is limited to 430 l.


Competition Renault Kadjar Blue dCi 115

In compact SUVs with diesel engine, the references for the market are rarely so low: At least 130 hp for Citroën C5 Aircross, Opel Grandland X and Peugeot 3008, at least 150 hp for Mazda CX-5 and Volkswagen Tiguan, no diesel proposal for the latest Honda CR -V and Toyota RAV4, whose hybrid gasoline make the 200 hp.

Citroën C5 Aircross and Peugeot 3008
Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca

The big budget riders have to meet the underdogs, each of whom is commendable in their genre: nice back seat and generous warranty for Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson CRDi 115 tight for the Ford Kuga TDCi 120 (from 23,100 € off official discount). Not to mention the Nissan Qashqai, cousin of Kadjar, who was also converted to the Blue dCi 115 ... as the name dCi 115 does not show "short".

Review of the test Kadjar 1.5 Blue dCi 115

The exterior of the Kadjar is discreetly enhanced, especially in terms of practicality, seating comfort and perceived quality. But the technological equipment stagnates (touchscreen remained at 7 ", no adaptive cruise control or active help to keep track) while The entry-level diesel blows hot and cold: The Blue dCi 115 is discreet, sober and relatively powerful on demand. At very low speeds it lacks flexibility to ensure a good everyday enjoyment. The Kadjar TCe 140 petrol engine had a cheap price of € 1,900 and had a better look.

We like

  • The discretion of diesel in the city, on the road or on the highway
  • Reasonable consumption for an SUV
  • The cabin is more comfortable to live and watch

We regret it

  • Lack of nerves at low speeds
  • Technological equipment that stagnates
  • The additional cost compared to the old Kadjar dCi 110 (up to 1.400 € more)

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