Long-term update: Renault Kadjar 1.2T Dynamique EDC
It’s been a pretty uneventful start to our long-term test of the Renault Kadjar – which is always a good thing with a new car! With around 1 000 km now showing on the odo, the crossover has been delivering a consistently enjoyable drive. The steady decline in fuel consumption is a normal part of running in a new engine, and our average is now sitting just below 10l/100km.
One thing experience has told us is that wheel choice is an important part of any new car purchase. The Kadjar 92kW Dynamique is fitted as standard with 17-inch wheels, but our test car has bigger (and very pretty) 19-inch alloys.
While they add to the look of the Kadjar, there is a definite concern that they’ve had an impact on ride quality; our drives in other models in the range have always been smooth and unfussed, and although our long-termer is generally very comfortable, it can occasionally transmit more pronounced road imperfections into the cabin. No doubt that’s a result of the bigger wheel and lower tyre profile.
That concern aside, the Kadjar remains a very competent compact SUV, and lives up to its classification very well. It’s a car that’s almost 4,5m long, and stands 1,6m high, but requires no more effort than something a lot smaller – light steering and good grip combine to deliver confidence behind the wheel.