- All Kadjars boast low running costs
- Less powerful diesel is the cheapest runner
- Manual petrol the priciest
Considering the practicality of this car, the Renault Kadjar’s running costs aren’t actually that high. The most efficient version is the Blue dCi 115 diesel engine, returning up to 65.7mpg in manual form and 67.2mpg in EDC dual-clutch auto form.
Even if you choose the most expensive to run – the TCe 160 petrol – it’s hardly going to break the bank: Renault quotes 134g/km of CO2 and 47.9mpg, while the less-powerful TCe 140 claims identical figures. The EDC-equipped TCe 140 returns up to 51.3mpg.
At the top of the range, the Blue dCi 150 should prove cheap to run too, with front-wheel drive models being more efficient than four-wheel drive, however figures are yet to be released at the time of writing.
Renault previously offered a four-year warranty that appealed here too, and it included the same amount of breakdown cover for a little extra peace of mind. Now, though, it’s a standard three-year warranty.
Considering the residual values Renault is claiming for this model, you should be able to pick up a fantastic lease deal too and depreciation won't hurt the outright cash buyer as much either.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£1,141 - £1,293 *|
|Diesel||131p||£805 - £1,063 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Every 12 months or 18,000 miles|
|Warranty||For Kadjars registered up to 01 February 2018: four years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs soonest For Kadjars registered after 01 February 2018: three years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs soonest|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £145
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How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
- Emissions as low as 111g/km of CO2
- Even the most-polluting diesel is relatively clean
- No hybrid or electric powertrains available, though
This is a simple one. For the best Renault Kadjar emissions – when it comes to CO2 at least – you’ll need the dCi 115 engine with the EDC automatic gearbox. This model pumps out just 111g/km of CO2, making it the cleanest in the range, but the manual isn’t far behind at 113g/km.
The opposite end of the Kadjar scale isn’t too far away, though. With manual transmission and riding on 19-inch alloy wheels, the petrol-engined TCe 160 posts a figure of 136g/km of CO2.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.7 dCi (150ps) Diesel||g/km (Min)||N/A|
|1.6 (165ps) Petrol||139 g/km (Max)||£145|
- Kadjar feels well-assembled with good quality plastics
- It also shares its hardware with the Nissan Qashqai
- Still the Renault’s suffered from three recalls already
Despite sharing much of its hardware with the Nissan Qashqai, the reliability of the Renault Kadjar has initially proven to be disappointing given that it’s already been subjected to three recalls by the vehicle inspectorate, the DVSA.
One recall revolved around an engine power issue, while the other two were safety-related: seatbelt anchorage points and airbag maladies.
More positively, the Kadjar does feel well screwed together, and most of the plastics feel resilient, so we’re not expecting a flurry of issues about trim working its way loose.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported|
|Other||No problems reported|