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.
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.