Long-term test announcement: Renault Kadjar 1.2T Dynamique EDC
Each year, the RPM TV long-term fleet tries to ensure that we have a selection of models that represents everyday motoring – and in this day and age, you can’t say “everyday motoring” without mentioning the increasingly popular crossover.
One of those is our Renault Kadjar. Finished in Dune Beige and riding on 19-inch wheels, it’s a particularly attractive iteration of a typically attractive Renault. Despite its larger size, the Kadjar still manages to look sleek and slippery, with a purposeful stance and well thought-out details. Our long-termer is the top Dynamique spec, which also includes LED headlights as standard.
The interior is impressively kitted: it starts with keyless entry, and extends all the way up to a panoramic glass roof. Dual-zone climate control, cruise control and an electric driver’s seat add elements of comfort to a very well designed space, with good ergonomics, finished in top quality materials.
There have been a few initial concerns about build quality – the centre console around the gearshift has a tendency to squeak, but we’re hoping that’s a just because of a need for things to bed down in what is a brand new car.
The Kadjar has a notable list of tech highlights: all the interior lighting is LED, and the instrument cluster is a configurable TFT screen. As well as being an ultra-modern feature, the lack of analogue dials lends a real air of sophistication.
A 7-inch touch screen in the centre stack is the interface for the R-Link infotainment system, which offers USB connectivity, satnav and access to a host of drive-related features like an eco-monitor (which basically judges how planet-friendly your driving is) and a tyre pressure monitor.
Powering our Kadjar is a modest 1,2-litre turbo petrol motor with a comparatively mighty output: 92kW and 205Nm. It’s a front-wheel drive setup, with power going through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
We’re looking forward to finding out how the bigger car does with a smaller motor, although initial impressions are good: there’s a small amount of lag on hasty pulloffs, but otherwise the engine and gearbox combination work well to deliver an enjoyable drive.
There will be plenty of opportunity to find out how well the Kadjar copes with daily life; we’ll certainly be testing out its load carrying abilities, and be subjecting it to a road trip or two. Check back regularly to see those updates! – SPIKE BALLANTINE (email@example.com)