Currently reading: Renault Kadjar long-term test review: eco driving issues
Eco-minded driver takes the dual-clutch automatic’s shifting into his own hands

When our Renault Kadjar first arrived, I said I was at odds with the EDC dual-clutch automatic gearbox’s idea of economical driving and that I’d go into more detail at a later date. That time has come.

What irks me is that the EDC ’box holds on to its revs for too long in each gear, at least for my liking. And what I like is to drive, on the whole, in a fuel-efficient and money-saving way. It’s so ingrained that if you get stuck behind me away from a set of lights, I can only apologise, because a key part of my eco-driving arsenal includes not accelerating away very quickly at all, using minimal throttle inputs and changing up very early.

Trouble is, if you’re pressing only lightly on the Kadjar’s accelerator, the gearbox assumes you don’t want to build speed and therefore don’t want to change up a gear. But I do. If left to its own devices, on a light throttle the ’box won’t change from first to second until 15mph, at which point the engine is spinning noisily at 2200rpm. But if you intervene manually, you can shift up at just 8mph – around 1200rpm – so that’s what I do, and ditto with the subsequent shifts.

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Press the ‘Eco’ button and the EDC upshifts earlier, but the speed difference is only 2-3mph. It also makes the throttle response horribly woolly. The finer throttle response of the non-Eco mode is preferable and just as economical, provided you’re disciplined with the accelerator.

Not that all this bothers me much. In fact, I enjoy the added interaction that my manual shifts give me. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles would be nice, though. My tendency towards economical driving borders on the extreme at times and I’d guess that to nearly every buyer of an EDC-equipped Kadjar, none of the above would be an issue. But there you go.


Price £23,595 Price as tested £24,220 Economy 58.9mpg Faults Alarm going off (fixed) Expenses None Last seen 7.9.16


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centenary 23 October 2016

The author's driving style

The author's driving style sounds ridiculous in the extreme. Im surprised more auto's arent fitted with paddle shift nowadays.
LP in Brighton 17 October 2016

59mpg really?

If this car really is delivering 59mpg (as opposed to indicating this on a trip computer), then there really isn't much to complain about despite the transmission discouraging low revs. I'm still certain that "downrevving" is the way to go for economy, but threre might be another consideration: very low revs might be a bad idea if this car has a dual mass flywheel. If this fails, then any extra fuel saving becomes quite academic!
centenary 23 October 2016

If its an auto it wont have a

If its an auto it wont have a dmf.
gazza5 17 October 2016

I was taught not to labour

I was taught not to labour the engine - and I don't do that in the diesel astra I currently have and still get 42 mpg and that involves a lot of town stop start driving.

I find weather makes a bigger impact than how I am driving. I am not reving the nuts off the engine I change between 2000 and 2300 rpm generally, when I change gear the revs drop to about 1500 rpm tourque for the astra starts at about 1400 I believe.

Not sure the dpf will enjoy low engine speeds either!