What is it?
Fast forward to 2019 and there are fresher-faced challengers on sale from Citroën, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volkswagen, to name just a few. This class is now where the family hatchback class was a decade ago: if you aren't selling one, you can't be considered a competitive mainstream brand.
Given how much has changed since 2015, the facelifted Kadjar’s exterior look is so subtly tweaked, you’d have to be a serious Renault enthusiast to spot it. But then it’s still among the more elegant shapes in a sector hardly chock-full of design classics.
More important changes are found inside and, in particular, under the bonnet. The dash fascia gets new smart-looking and surprisingly premium-feeling rotary controls for the climate system, alongside a new touchscreen and some fresh materials. The car’s trim hierarchy has also been revised to make more sense to buyers.
Beating the new Clio to market, the Kadjar is also the first Renault on sale sporting the new, Mercedes-shared 1.3-litre petrol engine in two states of tune. There’s a revised 1.5-litre diesel too, but it’s the former Renault has put forward for us to test here.