What is it?
Renault's answer to the Qashqai. In the wake of the success of Nissan’s crossover, the Qashqai, Renault is, with the help of its Japanese partner, looking to cash in with this, its own C-segment SUV called the Kadjar.
If you think there’s more than a little similarity between the two crossovers, you’d be right. Not that Renault is keen to accept they look similar. It says 95% of the visible parts are different, but they're underpinned by the same platform, while the model has the same engine line-up as the Qashqai and shares around 60% of its components.
However, if not identical, they are at least very similar, while the Kadjar is usefully cheaper than the Qashqai.
We’ve driven the 1.2-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel, but this is the first time we’ve got our hands on the 1.5-litre diesel. It’s slower but more frugal than either of them and looks set to be the most popular engine in the line-up, despite the fact that, unlike the 1.6, it's not available with four-wheel drive.
The Qashqai has long been the class-leading crossover, but this entry-level diesel version of the Kadjar could be the one that lands the sucker punch and finally topples the Nissan from its perch.