What is it?
‘'Blimey, that’s a massive Renault badge, and what the heck is the name all about?'’ are likely to be the first things to cross your mind when you see the new Renault Kadjar. According to the French car maker, the name is a messy chopping and merging of the words quad and jaillir, which means ‘to emerge quickly’ in French.
Nope, we’re none the wiser, either, but once you’ve got over the weird name (and everybody got over Qashqai eventually), the Kadjar has lots of promise.
The Kadjar is based on the same platform as the Qashqai and is available with a 129bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine or a choice of 109bhp 1.5-litre or 128bhp 1.6-litre diesels, the latter of which can be had with four-wheel drive.
It’s priced to undercut key competition, particularly given the generous spec that includes sat-nav and a colour touchscreen, so it’s primed to take on the big-selling family crossovers such as the Nissan, the Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Tiguan.
In fact, going by the list price you’ll pay more than £2000 less for a Kadjar with sat-nav than you will for a similarly equipped Nissan Qashqai.