We were expecting the Kadjar to be a respectable effort – and it is. About time, too. Renault’s partnership with Nissan is not new, yet the fruits of their combined labours haven’t always spread equally between the brands; the first generation Koleos was evidence enough of how not to do it.

This time, with the groundwork completed more thoroughly, Renault’s mid-sized crossover is poised for success. The style and usability introduced with the Captur are built on here, and the competence of the running gear is irrefutable. As it was meant to, the saving over an equivalent Qashqai makes the Kadjar more enticing, yet the gap is not without rationale.

A wholly respectable crossover contender with few vices. Good value, too

While the Renault is certainly not subordinate to the Nissan in the same way a Skoda is to a Volkswagen, there is a sense that the Qashqai remains faintly superior. The difference is easily quantified by a half-star subtraction at our end; for buyers, a four-figure saving might seem just as appropriate.

However, in our road test top five’s for these crossovers, the Renault Kadjar finds itself ahead of the Peugeot 3008, but still trailing the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga and Mazda CX-5.