The TCe 165, a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit producing 163bhp and 177lb ft, overtakes the existing TCe 130 as the most powerful engine available with Renault’s rival to the Honda HR-V and Nissan Qashqai.
The engine offers up to 47.1mpg combined, produces as little as 134g/km of CO2 and enables a claimed 0-62mph time of 9.2sec and top speed of 127mph. It is only available with Dynamique Nav spec and upwards, so TCe 165-equipped Kadjars start from £22,915.
Renault has also added the option of a CVT Auto X-Tronic gearbox to Kadjars with a dCi 130 diesel engine for the first time, providing what it says is a smoother drive. With the CVT, the 128bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-pot oil burner can eke out a claimed 58.9mpg combined while producing as little as 123g/km of CO2. It takes 11.1sec to hit 62mph and has a quoted top speed of 117mph.