Would Renault be angry with compact SUVs? The question arises, as the course is characterized by pitfalls. In 2008, the manufacturer on tiptoes from Samsung enters a Samsung. Miss, the Renault Koleos is wrong. 2015 is here Qajar, corresponds to market expectations. Only that in the meantime the cousin Nissan Qashqai and many other competitors have not waited, and the Renault can be found in late 2016 with a big pebble in the shoe at Peugeot 3008 II.
Since then, the Renault Kadjar speaks the language. In the first ten months of 2018, there were 23,725 applications against 22,066 for the older Nissan Qahsqai. Far ahead of the Peugeot 3008 seems to run with 72,557 copies on the water.
The redesign of Kadjar is not a luxuryEspecially that a new big competitor rolls on its flower beds: the Citroën C5 Aircross. The redesigned Kadjar is developing shyly, but enough to bring a little more legal side thanks to the enlarged radiator grille, redesigned shields and new rims.
Under the hood, however, the Kadjar is full of novelties in terms of gasoline engine, so far his Achilles heel. with the Block 1.3 TCe shared with the Mercedes Class A. Recently arrived on Scénic and Megane, he offers 140 (here in the test) or 160 hp. There is also the new diesel side for this Kadjar, which has been redesigned with the last 1.5 hp Blue Blue dCi of 115 hp, which will be supported in early 2019 by the new 1.7 Blue DCi 150 hp.
Price of the Renault Kadjar TCe 140
The tariffs of Kadjar restylé TCe 140 are between 26,200 € and 34,600 €. Depending on the model, additional investments of around € 1,300 or € 1,400 are required compared to the previous 1.2 TCe of 130 hp. The EDC dual clutch box contains the penalty of 2019 at a price of 253 euros. The traditional manual control puts it at 353 €.
Our intensive version heals its style: 19-inch alloy wheels and lower parts of specific shields. It also contains enough driving aids in the series (reversing camera, blind spot detection and active emergency braking) or comfort equipment (rear aerator and seat length adjustment). Posted 31 100 €, but is not given. For 2,100 € less, the SL Wave core equipment already provides the essentials.
Driving the Kadjar 1.3 TCe 140
Compared to the previous 1.2 TCe, the 1.3 TCe achieves a torque of 10 hp and above all 35 Nm, which is available at a lower speed. This true tonus of 1,500 revolutions per day prefers driving and stores many reports in the city. The engine is virtually inaudible and can be forgotten by the smooth operation. A good point.
This flexibility and efficiency from low speeds are also on the road. Suddenly, the 140 hp are largely sufficient to liven up the Kadjar worthy, even if the box must be staged long enough to achieve a strong downgrade. On the highway, the surprising calm at a constant pace makes it relax on a long journey: Only a few aerodynamic noises disturb the tranquility of the travelers. Everything, without consuming too much, as we found values lower than 7.0 l / 100 km on a street course at a normal pace.
With the exception of a damping that has been subtly retouched to fit the good twenty kilos of extra engine, the chassis remains unchanged. Flexible typing still provides comfort, even though the 19-inch wheels produce light percussion at low speeds. The behavior remains unshakable and the light steering contributes to smoothness. On the other hand, the Kadjar is still awkward on a twisty track and is not as enjoyable as a reference like the 3008, both agile and dynamic.
In the cockpit of Kadjar TCe Intens
Competition Renault Kadjar TCe 140
In a particularly rich category The worst nightmare of Kadjar is called Peugeot 3008. The PureTech petrol version with 130 hp is offered at comparable prices (from 27,000 to 33,950 €) and is also efficient and impunity. More dynamic on the road, more modern and pleasant to live, keeps the 3008 one step ahead.
The newcomer Citroën C5 Aircross 1.2 Pure Tech can count on lower prices: from 24 700 to 32 250 €. It is also more flexible with its three independent rear seats. The chassis stands for comfort and dynamics.
The cousin Nissan Qashqai tightened his prices (24 650 to 33 100 €). Their general advantages are therefore directly comparable, although the presentation is less licked and the automatic transmission is missing.
The Volkswagen Tiguan 1.5 TSI 150 is positioned at the top. It is comfortable and a bit homelike, but it does charge its qualities at a high price: from € 30,610 to € 41,760. The compact SUV category also includes other players: Seat Ateca, Skoda Karoq, Opel Grandland X, Ford Kuga etc. The Kadjar has a lot to do!
Review Renault Kadjar TCe 140
In connection with the less favorable diesel fuel, Kadjar had a handicap of 1.2 TCe, which was not efficient enough. The 1.3 TCe comes at the right time to breathe new life into the Renault SUV. Too bad the Kadjar did not take advantage of restyling to further modify its dashboard and multimedia interface. The whole thing lags behind the references and the Kadjar can not rid themselves of a somewhat outdated aspect of his cabin compared to his three-color competitors.
- The smoothness of the engine
- The right comfort
We regret it
- The central backseat
- The outdated interface
- The boot volume