Far behind its competitors – in 19th place – this Kadjar ends his career with a reduced range while waiting for a whole new generation in 2022.
Which version to choose?
1.3 TCe 140 EDC Intense (€ 34,800)
While waiting for the return, next September, of a new 1.5 dCi diesel engine (with EDC gearbox) meeting Euro6 D-Full standards, gasoline is essential. That’s good because this recent 1.3 liter turbo, jointly developed with Mercedes, is an excellent engine. Supple, torquey and very quiet, it offers the choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox and a robotic 7-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox.. The latter agreeing perfectly with him. Its performance is quite convincing, even if thewe can prefer it – for only 1000 € additional – its version 160 hp, only available with the EDC box. Finally, its consumption remains very reasonable, just like its penalty. This Intens finish notably incorporates emergency braking, blind spot detector, full LED headlights, parking assistance, with reversing camera, as well as 19 ” alloy wheels.
Kadjar is distinguished above all by its great homogeneity. Its very considerate damping, complemented by well-designed seats and careful soundproofing, in fact, with the Citroën C5 Aircross, one of the most comfortable family SUVs in its segment. On board, we enjoy a perceived quality significantly improved since its 2018 restyling, which is accompanied by small refinements such as the sliding central armrest or the folding passenger backrest (from the second trim level). The livability is in the good average of the category with welcoming rear seats and plenty of storage space, while modularity is ensured by folding backrests – bench seat and front passenger – freeing up a large flat load space. Its driving provides a typical Renault smoothness, with careful ergonomics, while its behavior is that of a balanced and reassuring front wheel drive.
Sharing its CMF platform with its Japanese cousin the Nissan Qashqai, the Kadjar is far from offering the driving dynamics of a Peugeot 3008 or an Opel Grandland X. Like its style, which will be greatly enhanced on the next generation model, its interior is logically less modern and less “technological” than those of its more recent competitors, like its dashboard, of which only the central part is digital, or its relatively lazy 7 ” multimedia screen. Without being ridiculous, the volume of the trunk is clearly below those of its main rivals. The range has just been severely reduced with the disappearance, at the end of 2020, of the only 1.5 dCi 115 hp diesel, on the altar of Euro6 D-Full standards. A new block, available with EDC transmission, will arrive next September. It is also a pity that the 4 × 4 transmission that fitted the most capped diesels is no longer offered.. Finally, the prices have just suffered a certain inflation with a base price of € 29,300, while a limited series of the small 1.5 dCi was offered, still recently, for much less. In addition to its many competitors including the Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan, the Kadjar will have to face, within the range itself, a certain Renault Arkana, otherwise more “sexy”!
This Kadjar is worth for its homogeneity and its comfort but has fewer and fewer arguments against its many competitors … While waiting for its replacement.
Engine : 4-cylinder turbo petrol 140 hp
Weight : 1 362
Long.xlarg.xhaut. (m) : 4,49×1,84×1,61
Max speed (km / h) : 203
CO2 (g)/bonus : 140 to 147/210 to € 360
Chest for 5/2 : 472/1 478
Manufacturing country : Spain
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