The 2019 Renault Kadjar in Iron Blue

Renault Kadjar 1.5 Diesel Review

The 2019 Renault Kadjar in Iron Blue
The 2019 Renault Kadjar in Iron Blue

Caroline drives the new Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel.

Since the Renault Kadjar was launched as Renault’s new compact family
SUV in 2015, it has become a firm favourite and familiar sight on Irish roads.
The Renault Kadjar was a well-judged entrant to a burgeoning market with its
curvy good looks and competitive pricing.

Now in 2019, Renault has looked at their Kadjar range once again and made a few updates to styling, equipment and engines.

What's new for the 2019 Renault Kadjar?

The Renault Kadjar now has a new front-end design and C-shape light signature in line with Renault’s other SUVs, the Captur and the Koleos. Some new trim elements and LED lights have also been added to the rear of the car. There are new alloy wheel designs and new colours for the Kadjar range including Oural Green, Highland Grey and Iron Blue.

The Renault Kadjar is available from €26,995 in Ireland
The Renault Kadjar is available from €26,995 in Ireland

Inside, the Kadjar always had a
straightforward cabin that was easy to feel at home in and a comfortable place
on the move. New satin chrome trim has been added to the interior and the
touchscreen for the infotainment system is now flush with the centre console.
Some of the dials and switches have been changed also. Redesigned seats feature
length adjustment on some models, double density foam to enhance comfort, and
firmer side reinforcements for more support.

Standard equipment now includes climate
control, 7” touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®, alloy wheels,
parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers. Other additions include
bigger cup holders, bigger bins in the front doors and two rear USB sockets.

Interior space is good for this class of vehicle and the Kadjar will seat five. There is a 472 litre boot with a large square opening.

The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar
The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar

Engines and Equipment

In Ireland the Kadjar is available now in four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line. The range kicks off at €26,995. Iconic models start from €29,695 and add cruise control and speed limiter, parking camera, and keyless entry/start and privacy glass.

The new sporty S-Edition (from €31,395) adds a half leather interior, panoramic roof, and LED/Xenon lights. The top of the range GT-Line (from €33,995) adds 19” alloys, leather seats, full LED lights, auto park, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high/low beam. 

Rear legroom in the Renault Kadjar
Rear legroom in the Renault Kadjar

The Renault Kadjar range has also been refreshed with some new or updated engines. There’s a new 1.3 TCe turbo petrol engine with 140 or 160hp. The Kadjar also features an updated 1.5 Blue dCi 115 diesel engine. It’s the most efficient engine in the range. For customers requiring more performance, the new 1.7 Blue dCi engine is now available with 150hp and comes in 4×2 and 4×4. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available. My test car was a Renault Kadjar GT Line 1.5dCi 115 with a list price of €35,995.

Driving the 2019 Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel

On the road the Renault Kadjar 1.5 diesel is smooth and comfortable to drive. The updated Blue dCi 1.5 litre diesel engine is remarkably refined and economical, with my fuel consumption averaging at 5.1 litres per 100 km over a week of driving. It makes for a good combination, with the sort of pleasant driving character that is a must for a family car.

The Renault Kadjar is available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines
The Renault Kadjar is available with a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines

Renault has refined the Kadjar a little more to keep up with rivals. The Renault Kadjar with its redesigned nose is now arguably even more stylish than before, while the interior of the car has been given a better fit and finish also.

Underneath the Kadjar is still a practical and comfortable vehicle, with new engines meeting the latest emissions standards. Competition is of course fierce in the compact SUV segment but the Renault Kadjar brings some flair and passion with an utterly capable and enjoyable family vehicle.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Renault Kadjar GT Line Blue dCi 115
Price:
€35,995 (Range from €26,995)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
115 hp
Torque: 260 Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.7 seconds
Top speed: 188 km/h
Fuel Economy: 
4.9l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
117g/km
Motor tax: 
€200 per year


The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland

2019 Renault Kadjar Pricing For Ireland

The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland
The 2019 Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland priced from €26,995

Since it was first launched in late 2015, the Renault Kadjar has established a strong position in the popular compact SUV segment, with over 5,700 models sold to date in Ireland.

Now Renault Ireland has announced that the new facelifted Renault Kadjar has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale from €26,995.

There are new, more efficient petrol and diesel engines available while standard equipment now includes climate control, 7” touchscreen with Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay®, alloy wheels, parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers.

Styling has been updated with a new grille and C-Shaped LED lights that now incorporate the front indicator There are also new 17- and 19-inch alloy wheel designs, along with three new colours - Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.

The interior has also been redesigned with new seats and the touchscreen is flush-mounted to the centre console. There is a new control panel for the automatic air conditioning and other additions include bigger cup holders, bigger bins in the front doors and two rear USB sockets.

Engine options include the new 1.3TCe GPF turbo petrol engine with 140 or 160hp. The TCe 140 is available with 6-speed manual or 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox options. The manual-only TCe 160 offers the highest power output ever for a Kadjar.

New Kadjar also features an upgraded 1.5 Blue dCi 115. It's the most efficient engine in the range. For customers requiring more performance, the new 1.7 Blue dCi engine is now available with 150hp and comes in 4x2 and 4x4.

The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar
The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar

There are four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line.

Play (from €26,995) features 17-inch alloy wheels, dual climate control, parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, 7-inch touchscreen and Android and Apple Car Play.

Iconic trim (€29,695) adds cruise control and speed limiter, parking camera, keyless entry/start, auto lights and wipers, navigation and privacy glass.

The new sporty S-Edition (from €31,395) adds a half leather interior, panoramic roof, and LED/Xenon lights.

The top of the range GT-Line adds leather seats, panoramic sunroof, full LED lights and auto park.

Customers can avail of savings of over €4,000 on Kadjar for 191 with a complete package of 1.91% APR PCP or HP finance, €1,000 cashback and three years’ servicing available until 31st January 2019.

Renault’s 26 dealerships  in Ireland will offer a 24-hour test drive programme for January and February.

Play Iconic S-Edition GT Line
TCe 140 GPF €26,995 €29,695 €31,395 €33,995
TCe 160 GPF €32,395 €34,995
TCe 140 GPF EDC €29,295 €31,995 €33,695 €36,295
Blue dCi 115 €28,995 €31,695 €33,395 €35,995
Blue dCi 115 EDC €31,295 €33,995 €35,695 €38,295
Blue dCi 150 €37,995
Blue dCi 150 4x4 €39,995
- 17” Alloy wheels

- 7” Screen with

Apple CarPlay®/

Android Auto®

- Tinted windows

- Climate Control

- Electronic

handbrake

- Parking Sensors

- Front Fog Lights

- LED DRLs

- Cruise Control

- Auto Lights/Wipers

- Synthetic Leather

Steering wheel

- Sliding armrest

- 17” Alloy Wheels

- Handsfree Key Card

- Passenger Rear

Vents

- Roof Bars

- Lane Departure

warning

- F/R Parking Sensors

- Rear Camera

- 7” Touchscreen Nav - Apple CarPlay®/

Android Auto®

- Shark Antenna

- Privacy glass

- Electric Folding

Mirrors

- Flat Folding Floor

- Synthetic Leather

Steering Wheel

gear lever

- 2 rear USB points

- 17” Alloy Wheels

- LED Headlamps

- Front LED Fogs

- Rear view mirror

antiglare

- Panoramic roof

- Passenger Seat

height adjustable

- Light Grey Front/

Rear Skid plates

- Part synthetic

leather/3D fabric/

blue stitching

- 19” Alloy wheels

- AEBS

- Full Leather Seats

- Heated Drivers Seat

- Electric seat adjust

- Cushion extender

- Blind Spot Warning

- Hands free parking

- 360 sensors

- Panoramic Roof

- Leather steering

wheel

- Puddle lamps

 


The updated Renault Kadjar coming to Ireland in January 2019

Renault Kadjar First Drive Review

The updated Renault Kadjar coming to Ireland in January 2019
The updated Renault Kadjar coming to Ireland in January 2019

An updated Renault Kadjar is due to arrive in Ireland in early 2019 with new petrol and diesel engines and some refinements to the styling and interior finish. Caroline travelled to Sardinia to put the new Renault Kadjar to the test on and off road!

Styling

The Renault Kadjar has a new nose inspired by Renault’s other SUVs, the Captur and the Koleos, with a new C-shape light signature. The updates make a good-looking SUV even better. Some new trim elements and LED lights have also been added to the rear of the car. There are two new types of 17" and 19” alloy wheels and also new colours for the Kadjar range including Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.

Interior

There have also been a few tweaks to the interior of the Renault Kadjar as part of this update. Redesigned seats now feature length adjustment on some models, double density foam to enhance comfort, and firmer side reinforcements for more support. New satin chrome trim has been added to the interior and the touchscreen for the infotainment system is now flush with the centre console. Some of the dials and switches have been changed too. The Kadjar’s interior is neat and inoffensive, with reasonably good material quality. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Practicality

The Renault Kadjar is a five seat SUV with good accommodation for this class of vehicle. Rear footwells are reasonably sized and there is a 472 litre boot, one of the largest in the segment.

The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar
The interior of the 2019 Renault Kadjar

Engines

For 2019, the Renault Kadjar now offers new engines that meet the latest emissions standards along with offering enhanced performance and lower fuel consumption. There’s a new four cylinder 1.3-litre petrol engine developed in collaboration with Daimler that comes with 140hp or 160hp (TCe 140 and TCe 160). Manual and automatic transmissions are available.

There’s also the 1.5-litre diesel (Blue dCi 115) engine that increases power by 5 hp and torque by 10 Nm compared with the previous-generation engine. Available with a manual transmission, this engine will be available at a later date with the dual-clutch EDC transmission. The will also be a higher powered Blue dCi 150 with a manual transmission. It will be available in 4x2 and 4x4 versions.

On the road

The Renault Kadjar offers a stoic drive for the segment - nothing remarkable but it’s comfortable and agile. Renault gave us a good variety of roads to test the new Kadjar, including some quite extensive off road tracks. The Kadjar coped admirably. I sampled the new TCe 140 manual and TCe petrol automatic, while I briefly drove the Blue dCi 150 through a short purpose-built off road course. The petrol engines perform well for the segment, with the TCe 40 particularly nice for low speed driving. The TCe 60 felt like a more mature and refined unit owing to that power boost, but the TCe 40 is likely to meet the needs of most Irish buyers.

The Renault Kadjar has a new engine range for 2019
The Renault Kadjar has a new engine range for 2019

Equipment

In Ireland there will be four trim levels: Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line. Standard features will include 17-inch alloy wheels, seven-inch colour touchscreen with smartphone replication, automatic climate control, automatic wipers and lights, tinted windows, ambient lighting, front fog lights, LED daytime running lights, cruise control and automatic parking brake.

The Iconic model will add satellite navigation, handsfree keycard, rear parking camera, electric folding mirrors, lane departure warning, roof bars and synthetic leather steering wheel.

The S-Edition adds front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, LED front fog lights, panoramic sunroof, unique interior cloth with blue stitching, and light grey front and rear skid plates.

GT Line features will include 19-inch alloy wheels, AEBS braking system, full leather seats, blind spot warning, hands-free parking, heated driver’s seat, driver’s seat cushion extender and puddle lights.

Pricing

Renault Ireland will confirm pricing closer to launch but we expect a small price increase on the current range that starts from €25,490.

Rivals

The Renault Kadjar has many rivals including the Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Renault chose Sardinia for the launch of the new Kadjar
Renault chose Sardinia for the launch of the new Kadjar

Verdict

Renault have refined the Kadjar a little more to keep up with rivals. The Renault Kadjar with its redesigned nose is now arguably even more stylish than before, while the interior of the car has been given a better fit and finish also. Underneath the Kadjar is still a practical and comfortable vehicle, with new engines meeting the latest emissions standards. Competition is of course fierce in the compact SUV segment but the Renault Kadjar brings some flair and passion with an utterly capable and enjoyable family vehicle.

Caroline Kidd


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The omens are good for the new Kadjar. The world just cannot get enough of crossovers. Yet when I saw the first pictures of the Kadjar I couldn’t help but feel a slight melancholy.  Take the Renault lozenge off the grille and what’s left is all very Qashqai. Could there not be a little bit more individuality?
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