The Kadjar fits tidily into the five trim levels already understood by Renault’s UK customers. None is poorly equipped, with even the entry-level Expression+ receiving a DAB tuner, Bluetooth, air-con, front foglights and tinted windows.
However, as it misses out on the R-Link 2 multimedia system (and the sat-nav installed on it), most buyers will opt for at least the Dynamique Nav, which also adds dual-zone climate control and 17in wheels. The Dynamique S Nav we tested included front and rear parking sensors and the one-touch easy-fold rear bench – both near-essential items – but the 19in diamond-cut alloys do come with an efficiency penalty by thrusting the CO2 up to 103g/km and dropping the combined economy claim to 72.4mpg. Unsurprisingly, swapping back to 17s is a no-cost option, and one duly taken up on our press fleet example.
There’s no disadvantage (save the £1200 price) in opting for the automatic, as its figures are unchanged from the manual. There is for choosing the 1.6 dCi, though. As well as also being £1200 pricier, it increases CO2 emissions to at least 113g/km and returns around 10mpg less. All of which is roughly comparable to the Qashqai, and yet measurably cheaper.
Buying Nissan’s equivalent N-Connecta trim will set you back £960 more than the Renault. It’s inevitably closer at the entry level, but by the time you’ve got to range-topping AWD versions, the gap is nearer to £5500.