Renault Kadjars are becoming a more common sight, although for now they’re outnumbered by Nissan Qashqais by a ratio of roughly loads to one. I was wondering which offered the better value, so I did a bit of nosing through configurators.
Trouble is, spec levels aren’t directly comparable. The cheapest 1.5 dCi Qashqai, in Visia trim, costs £20,375, while the cheapest 1.5 dCi Kadjar, in Expression+, is £20,395, for which you get two similarly equipped cars. However, to get the Nissan with an infotainment system similar to our Dynamique S Nav Kadjar’s R-Link 2 set-up, you’d need to spend £23,810 on an N-Connecta Qashqai, compared with £22,995 on a comparably manual gearbox-equipped Renault (or add £1200 for our car’s dual-clutch ’box).
Then again, that Nissan gets some extra safety kit that the Kadjar has only as cost options or in higher trim levels. About as clear as mud, then.
Meanwhile, the alarm has been fixed. Never mind the Queen’s birthday; my neighbours had a street party celebrating that news. It’s likely that the problem was over-sensitive pressure sensors, as suggested by a couple of readers. As the car heated up or cooled down, the air pressure change in the cabin could set the alarm off, which would explain why it sounded every day at the same time for a week: the Kadjar was at first in shadow, then direct sun as the sun moved out from behind the tree under which the car was parked.
The problem can be alleviated or exacerbated by the air vents. With them open, heated air can escape the cabin, preventing a build-up of pressure; conversely, if it’s the right kind of wind, air can be forced into the cabin via the vents, increasing pressure and setting off the alarm. Anyway, it’s sorted.
Last time I was a bit dismissive of flat boot floors, but the Kadjar’s has been useful again. The absence of a load lip meant it was easy to slide a dead fridge in and then, once at the tip, out again. We’ve also been to Ikea, which is nothing to be proud of. Still, the boot volume was barely dented by my new chairs.
I’m ambivalent about false/flat boot floors and can’t recall the last time I was glad a boot had a flat floor or was annoyed it didn’t.
But the other day I found the perfect use for what amounts to the Kadjar’s secure underfloor storage compartment: taking my daughter’s birthday cake (this year’s theme: ‘dinosaurs and butterflies’) to her farm park party.
Renault Kadjar dCi 110 Dynamique S Nav EDC
Price £23,595 Price as tested £24,220 Options Metallic paint £625 Economy 60.1mpg Faults Alarm going off (fixed) Expenses None Last seen 8.6.16