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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

Clearly the interior’s moorings are shared with the latest Qashqai, but that doesn’t mean both companies are pulling fascia components from the same parts bin. Like the exterior, the cabin’s aesthetic has been heavily altered, with seemingly only the air conditioning controls surviving the cut.

That said, the keen impression of spaciousness carries over from Nissan’s first-rate job of packaging the latest Qashqai.

Specify automatic headlights and you also get auto high beam function, which is often too slow to react

The implied SUV-ness of the cabin is generally subtle. The centre console is lofty enough to make it a natural resting place for your elbow and sprouts a grab handle on the passenger side, but otherwise the Kadjar is studiously unfussy. Its switchgear is broad, usable and generally well thought out. There’s space for your phone, coffee cups and smaller bottles and, ergonomically, it heeds Nissan’s first-rate example.

Several Renaultisms do slip through the basic good sense – the pointless positioning of the cruise control master switch on the centre console, the old-fashioned column stalk stereo controls, a bizarrely prominent array of slots for spare coins – but otherwise the Qashqai’s foundations are well expanded on.

Those in steerage clearly benefit, too. The Kadjar has the same 2646mm wheelbase as the Qashqai, and while it doesn’t offer an extravagant amount of rear seat space, teenagers with genuine reason to complain about the leg or head room on offer will most likely be much taller than average.

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The comfort provided by the 60/40 split rear bench is more than adequate, even if access occasionally seems hindered by the B-pillar at foot level. Renault claims class-leading elbow room, too, and while that probably involves it taking a rather narrow view of what counts as a classmate, we’ve got no particular reason to complain about the car’s width in the rear (so long as you’re not expecting it to accommodate three adults for any great length of time).

With the seats up and the two-tier boot floor lowered, the Kadjar offers a clutter capacity of 472 litres, which, in accordance with crossover custom, makes it larger than an average hatchback but inferior to the small estate variant that most hatchbacks spawn. Seats down, there’s 1478 litres of load space – but if you want a flat surface, you’ll deny yourself a couple of inches of empty volume beneath that moveable floor. 

As for standard equipment, there are five trims to choose from - Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav and Signature S Nav. The entry-level model comes with cruise control, front foglights, 16in steel wheels air conditioning, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

Upgrade to the Dynamique Nav trims and you find 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and Renault's R-Link2 infotainment set-up with a 7.0in touchscreen and sat nav. Choosing Dynamique S Nav gets you parking sensors, 19in alloy wheels, a part leather upholstery, and one touch folding rear seats.

The range-topping Signature Nav trims include LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a Nappa leather steering wheel and a Bose sound system, while the Signature S Nav includes a reversing camera, blind spot monitoring system and heated front seats.