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Should you buy a Renault Kadjar?

The Renault Kadjar is one of many crossovers trying to lure family buyers, but it’s a tempting package in the face of some seriously good competition, thanks to good looks, a spacious interior and generous list of standard kit. Boosting its appeal further is a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines and wide selection of trim levels.

Yes, it's a Nissan Qashqai underneath - but Renault's take on the popular family SUV has an immensely comfortable driving position, and an attractive interior, plus exterior styling that effectively disguises the bulk of the Kadjar. You could be forgiven for thinking it's a smaller car on first sight, but once on board it's apparent that there's plenty of room for the whole family.

The Peugeot 3008 might be more visually appealing, but the Kadjar is far more simple and straightforward to use when it comes to the on-board tech and driving position. The Volkswagen Tiguan is far more polished in terms of interior quality and the way it drives, but you'll have to pay more for it.

If you’re looking for a Kadjar with the lowest running costs, the one to go for is the 1.5-litre dCi 115. Its CO2 emissions are lowest of the lot and claimed fuel economy is north of 65mpg. Renault's slimmed-down trim levels mean it's straightforward to choose the ideal spec, too, rather than getting bogged down in options. Larger alloys do add a harsher edge to the otherwise impressive ride, so there are compromises to be made even if money is no object.

The same engine will be the most appealing for company car drivers with an eye on benefit-in-kind costs, however the practicalities of driving the cheapest Kadjar to run will also mean going for the slowest. If you’re up and down the motorway all day, one of the TCe petrols could be more appealing or, if the budget stretches, the Blue dCi 150 would be an excellent long-distance cruiser.

'Get past the fact that this isn’t a sports car and you’ll discover a crossover that handles well. We found the steering to be great too, it’s heavier on diesel models, which improves communication through the steering wheel, but in general it’s accurate and well-judged for its application'

Tom Goodlad, Parkers Continuity Editor

Performance junkies are unlikely to be excited by the Kadjar, but the punchiest version is the TCe 160 petrol. A 0-62mph time of 9.4 seconds still won’t thrill, but it’s the fastest option in the range, and also the thirstiest. Four-wheel drive is available, and it's a capable setup too; not many buyers go for it, and it's harder to find a used 4x4 Kadjar than you might expect.

The Kadjar worth seeking out is a TCe 140 (it’s an excellent all-rounder) in Iconic specification. While entry-level Play comes well-equipped, the Iconic adds desirable features like sat-nav, Bluetooth audio, front and rear sensors with reversing camera and folding mirrors for a bit of extra convenience.

As ever, it’s always worth thinking about resale value, and a car with more toys on it is likely to be more desirable as a second-hand buy, if the budget allows for it in the first place – the top-spec GT Line is particularly appealing in that regard.

You can no longer add options to models under Renault’s EasyLife range, meaning if you want more kit, you simply move up to the next model.

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