2020 Renault Kadjar Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2020 Renault Kadjar Review

2020 renault kadjar

Renault Kadjar brings signature French styling to an affordable SUV. The French always have a unique way of designing cars and the latest medium-sized SUV from Renault is no different.

Since its local debut late last year, the 2020 Renault Kadjar has been riding the wave of popularity of the SUV segment amongst positive sales figures in Australia.

Success is not just down to luck though. The Renault Kadjar offers some serious features against its larger-bodied competition and one of its defining strengths is a price that is more geared towards a compact SUV.

The body meanwhile offers space more like larger SUVs, a move which leads to the simple formula of what buyers want: more practicality for less money.

Technical Details

Before we get into the model specifics between the top-spec Kadjar Intens and the mid-spec Zen, there are some key technical aspects to highlight.

Renault’s close relationship with Japanese carmaker Nissan means that it shares the same proven chassis as the Qashqai.

That’s about where the similarities end though with the Kadjar being more stylish both on the exterior and interior.

Under the bonnet there is no Renault engine but instead a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine from Mercedes-Benz which delivers a punchy 117kW of power and 260Nm of torque to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in both the Zen and Intens models.

Since the Kadjar is front-wheel-drive only, it affords an impressive fuel consumption rating of just 6.3L/100km. In other words, the car is perfect for urban driving and casual road trips with the family that won’t cost owners at the pump.

For what it is worth, Renault also claims the Kadjar can reach 0-100km/h in 9.6 seconds which is quite respectable amongst its group.

Interior Space

What defines the success of most modern SUVs is its ability to offer both interior space and practicality. The Kadjar succeeds in providing ample luggage space thanks to intelligent Renault design.

The standard boot space is 462L but can expand to a very usable 1,478-L with the rear seats folded down. The extra boot space is helped by a space-saver spare wheel.

The logical layout of the cabin design also means there is plenty of room for five passengers in the front and the back. Rear seats also receive armrests and two cup holders for longer drives.

Safety Features

The French manufacturer has taken their safety seriously. As a result, all safety options in the Kadjar Inten and Zen models are matched.

This means driver and passenger adaptive front airbags, lateral pelvis and chest-level airbags for driver and front passenger and front and rear curtain airbags.

There’s also auto-door lock when driving, auto ‘walk away’ door locking, ISOFIX child seat points, tyre pressure monitor and seat belt warning for the driver and front passenger.

Stopping power is looked after with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Emergency warning lights activated under heavy braking, Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and Hill Start Assist (HSA).

Renault Kadjar Intens

Renault has done a good job at making most features across the Kadjar model range standard. The Intens is the top of the range model and features a host of upgrades over the mid-spec Zen.

On the outside, the range-topping model receives LED headlights, automatic hands-free parking assist, larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof and plenty of chrome finishing around the front grille and side of the car for an extra touch of class.

On the inside the Intens receives heated leather seats with extending seat cushions, leather steering wheel, a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear LED cabin lighting and plenty of satin chrome trim finishings.

It’s also equipped with two front and two rear USB charging ports to keep occupants happy on their devices.

Renault Kadjar Zen

Given that Renault have done such an impressive job of standardising the most important features across the Kadjar range, there isn’t much to complain about in the lower-spec Zen model besides a few interior bits and cosmetic features.

On the outside, it comes equipped with automatic headlights, LED running lights, rain-sensing wipers, and parking sensors but misses out on chrome detailing and larger alloy wheels.

On the inside, there’s also plenty to boast about including cruise control with speed limiter, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, dual-zone climate control and parking sensors. It only misses out on the Bose audio system and plush heated leather seats of the Inten.

The 7-speaker Arkamys system with a 7.0-inch infotainment screen still supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto alongside the four aforementioned USB ports. The seats are cloth and leather instead of full leather.

Warranty

Renault offers a very generous warranty program as standard for all Kadjar models. This includes 5 years unlimited km warranty, up to 5 years roadside assist and 5 capped price services.

Pricing

The Renault Kadjar Zen will be priced from $32,990 before on-road costs and the premium Intens model is priced at $37,990 before on-road costs.