The Renault ZOE Z.E. R110 S-Edition

New Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 R110 S-Edition

The Renault ZOE Z.E. R110 S-Edition
The Renault ZOE Z.E. R110 S-Edition

Renault Ireland has announced the arrival of a new special edition of the all-electric ZOE. The Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 R110 S-Edition is available to order now from €28,990. Like other ZOE models, it offers up to 300 km in driving range from its 41kWh battery.

The new Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 R110 S-Edition comes exclusively in Aconite purple and is well-equipped with all of the features of the ZOE Dynamique Nav version, plus a rear parking camera, half leather seats and a BOSE audio system.

The Irish electric vehicle (EV) market is already up 270% compared to 2018, and more customers have already bought a Renault ZOE in 2019 than in the whole of 2018, according to Renault Ireland.

ZOE’s chameleon charger means that owners can get the best from the over 1,000 public AC charging points in Ireland because it’s the only electric car which can use these for 22kW rapid charging. According to Renault, that gives an 85 km range boost in just half an hour and is three times faster than most rivals, eliminating the need to queue for the far less common fast chargers.

Customers can now avail of 0% APR HP on all new ZOE models for 192, available until 31st July. ZOE range from €25,590.


The 2019 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

2019 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 Review

The 2019 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40
The 2019 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

Caroline drives the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 kWh!

The electric vehicle (EV) space is heating up with a host of new entrants to the market, as well as Government commitment in recent weeks of €20 million in the public charge point infrastructure.

But some brands like Renault are already quite established players in the EV market and keep improving their current product. Take for example the Renault ZOE I was driving recently. The Renault ZOE debuted in Ireland in 2014, but since then it has already been updated with a more powerful 40 kWh battery to give owners a real world range in excess of 200km.

What's new for the Renault ZOE in 2019?

Now in 2019, Renault Ireland has made a few more changes to the line-up to offer customers an even better EV experience. The Z.E. 40 battery is now standard across the ZOE range. They’ve also added a R110 version with more power and greater acceleration, with no detriment to range.

The improved range Z.E. 40 kWh battery is now standard across the ZOE range
The improved range Z.E. 40 kWh battery is now standard across the ZOE range

What are my options?

Let’s recap a little on pricing and specs. The Renault ZOE is an all-electric supermini with pricing starting from €24,990 in Ireland now for the Expression R90, after VRT relief and SEAI grant. The ZOE Expression R90 includes the 22kW Chameleon charger, heat pump climate control and R-Link navigation with 7” touch screen as standard.

A new, more powerful R110 motor is available
on both Dynamique Nav (from €27,790) and Signature Nav (from €30,290) versions
of the Renault ZOE, putting out 110hp. The Dynamique Nav version also offers
rear parking sensors, hands-free key card entry as well as automatic lights and
wipers, while Signature Nav trim includes leather seats, parking camera and
BOSE audio as standard.

The Renault ZOE is a cute and futuristic looking small car. It has seating for five but that might be wishful thinking. Two people will fit more comfortably across the narrow rear bench, though tall passengers will find it tight! The ZOE makes an absolutely epic car for a singleton or couple however, and the 338 litre boot is not bad either.

The Renault ZOE is available from €24,990 in Ireland
The Renault ZOE is available from €24,990 in Ireland

Inside the 2019 Renault ZOE

The interior of the ZOE is basic and
comfortable. There are quite a lot of hard plastics but the digital screen with
driver information looks really cool. Infotainment is controlled via the Renault
R-Link multimedia system and operated using a 7” touchscreen that includes
Bluetooth and navigation. The driver instrument display shows information
regarding speed, battery power and an econometer that shows you how efficient
your driving is - all useful when you are trying to get the most out of your
range!

On the road, the 2019 Renault ZOE feels agile and reasonably energetic, with light steering that’s great for a city car. It’s not the sharpest in terms of driving dynamics but it’s still fun to drive in its own little way. Out on bigger roads it offers decent refinement, comfort and stability for a small car.

The interior of the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40
The interior of the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40

How far will the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 get me?

When I got into the car on a full battery, the available EV driving range was at 238km and I was getting the guts of 200km out of the car in real world driving. Renault say that in the summer months you can get up to 300km out of a single charge.

The wonderful thing about the ZOE – and what saved me a lot of stress – is the Chameleon charger. It means that you can get the best out of whatever charge point is available, even the more plentiful Type 2 chargers, because it’s always available to charge at maximum power. You can get a full charge in as little as 2 hours and 40 minutes from a 22kW charger or in 1 hour and 40 minutes from a 43kW.

The beauty of the ZOE is the Chameleon charger that means you can make the most out of whatever charger you encounter
The beauty of the ZOE is the Chameleon charger that means you can make the most out of whatever charger you encounter on your journey

So what's the verdict?

The ZOE is a stylish and quirky electric vehicle. The threat of range anxiety may still put off buyers with frequent long commutes, but in reality the Chameleon charger makes a difference when you are out and about trying to grab some extra range whenever you can on the public charging network.

The Renault ZOE is clearly expensive for what is still a small car. However, it makes a surprisingly pleasant companion and entry into electric motoring.

The ZOE is a stylish and surprisingly desirable small electric vehicle!
The ZOE is a stylish and surprisingly desirable small electric vehicle!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Renault ZOE Signature Nav R110 Z.E. 40 kWh
Price:
€30,290 (Range from €24,990)
Battery: 40 KW
Power: 
110 hp
Torque: 225 Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.4 seconds
Top speed: 135 km/h
Range: 
(WLTP) 300km summer, 200km winter
CO2 emissions: 
0g/km
Motor tax: 
€120 per year


The 2019 Renault Mégane Coupé

2019 Renault Mégane Grand Coupé Review

The 2019 Renault Mégane Coupé
The 2019 Renault Mégane Coupé

Caroline drives the new Renault Mégane Grand Coupé.

A Renault Mégane saloon has always done well in Ireland, with us being a nation of ‘big boot out the back’ lovers. Saloon sales are on a squeeze from SUVs, but Renault Ireland still believes in the value of the compact saloon in the Irish market. In 2017, the new Renault Mégane Grand Coupé (fancy name too!) arrived in Ireland to join the Mégane hatchback and Sport Tourer (estate).

Renault was right to defy market trends. The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé is now the bestselling model in the Mégane range in Ireland, outselling the hatchback and Sport Tourer.

The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé brings considerable style and space to the range
The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé brings considerable style and space to the range

What’s new for the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé in 2019?

Now in 2019, Renault Ireland has refreshed the Grand Coupé line-up. There are now three trim levels as opposed to four - Play, Iconic and Signature. And a petrol engine has joined the range for the first time. The new 1.3 TCe 140 engine is available in the Grand Coupé with a 6-speed manual or new 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox.

Renault’s 1.5 dCi engine has also been enhanced in 2019 with increased power at 115hp and is also available with 6-speed manual and 7-speed EDC gearboxes.

The Mégane Grand Coupé is available from €23,940 in Ireland
The Mégane Grand Coupé is available from €23,940 in Ireland

Style and space in the Mégane Grand Coupé

Renault has strapped the Grand Coupé moniker onto the Mégane saloon, which implies that this car has ‘notions’. But it’s not difficult to understand the popularity of the Mégane Grand Coupé. It’s a good looking car with design flair and elegant proportions giving it the presence of a larger and more expensive car.

The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé range starts from €23,940 in Ireland, which is an €1800 premium over the Mégane hatchback. But Grand Coupé buyers actually get a more spacious car because the wheelbase is longer than that of the hatchback. The rear legroom is more accommodating. The boot has a capacity of 503 litres, bigger than the hatchback, with reasonably good access for a saloon. Also since I last tested the car there is now a release button on the boot lid, which is great.

Rear legroom in the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé
Rear legroom in the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé

Equipment

The Play trim level (from €23,940)
replaces both the Expression and Dynamique Nav trims. Equipment includes Apple
CarPlay® and Android Auto®, 7” touch screen, climate control and parking
sensors.

The Iconic (from €26,140) replaces
the Dynamique S Nav and has built-in navigation (7” screen), Multi-sense
driving modes and the Visio Active safety system.

The sporty GT Line is preserved for the hatch, while the Grand Coupé gets the ‘grander’ Signature trim (from €28,440). This model has leather interior, 18” diamond cut wheels, 8.7” navigation screen and full LED lights.

The interior of the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé
The interior of the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé

The interior of the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé

The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé has a
lot of rasmatazz on the outside but it’s a bit plainer on the inside. The most
striking feature is probably the portrait style touchscreen which is quite
unique in the segment. The interior is hardly the last word in sophistication with
quite a few hard, scratchy plastics, but it’s perfectly acceptable.

The new petrol engine is a great addition to the Mégane Grand Coupé range. It’s a 1.3-litre turbo petrol unit that’s popping up in other Renault models too like the Kadjar. It’s got lots of power at 140hp and over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.3 l/100km, with motor tax of €270 per year. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 110hp, which is the best for economy.

Boot space in the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé
Boot space in the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé

Driving the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé

On the road the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé 1.3 TCe is nippy and refined. The car moves well through corners with precision and good cruising ability on the motorway too. The gear change feels a bit slack but other than that I really enjoyed my time with this car. The ride comfort seemed more cosseting this time round too.

The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé is very impressive with this new petrol engine. This is a stylish saloon and while competition is fierce in the compact segment, the Grand Coupé has really hit its stride in terms of spec, comfort and refinement. The figures don’t lie. It’s Ireland’s favourite iteration of the Mégane and the addition of this smart little petrol engine should enhance its prospects even more.

The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé is available for the first time in Ireland with a petrol engine in 2019
The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé is available for the first time in Ireland with a petrol engine in 2019

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Renault Megane Grand Coupé Signature
TCe 140 GPF
Price:
€28,440 (Range from €23,940)
Engine: 1.3-litre turbo petrol
Power: 
140 hp
Torque: 240 Nm
0-100km/h:  
9.7 seconds
Top speed: 203 km/h
Fuel Economy: 
5.7l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
130g/km
Motor tax: 
€270 per year


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


2018 Renault ZOE

2019 Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 Range From €24,990

2018 Renault ZOE
The Renault ZOE is available from €24,990

Renault was Europe’s number one electric vehicle (EV) brand in 2018 with almost 50,000 units sold. The Renault ZOE is the brand’s best-selling electric model, and Renault Ireland has announced some changes to the ZOE range for 2019.

The Z.E. 40 long-range battery is now standard across the range. The entry-level trim for ZOE, Expression R90, includes the 22kW Chameleon charger and R-Link navigation with 7” touch screen. The Expression also offers heat pump climate control as standard.

A new, more powerful R110 motor is available on both Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav versions of the Renault ZOE, putting out 110hp. The Dynamique Nav version also offers rear parking sensors, hands-free key card entry as well as automatic lights and wipers, while Signature Nav trim includes leather seats, parking camera and BOSE audio as standard.

Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav trim levels are also available with the Q90 motor. At fast AC charging points (43kW), Q90 versions charge almost twice as fast as ZOE versions with the standard motor.

Renault ZOE pricing starts from €24,990 after VRT relief and SEAI grant, including full battery purchase. ZOE is available with 0% finance through Renault Bank, and available for a 24-hour test drive in all 26 Renault dealerships across Ireland.

Renault's Commerical EV, the Kangoo Z.E. 33 is also available priced from €28,190 after the SEAI grant of €3,800 for businesses. The van’s 7kW AC charger can take its 33kWh battery to a full charge in just six hours, with the ability to ‘top-up’ the vehicle by up to 33km in just one hour.

2018 Renault Kangoo ZE
The Renault Kangoo ZE is available from €28,190

Companies buying both ZOE and Kangoo can avail of accelerated capital allowances, enabling them to write down the value of their vehicles in a single year, while employees can benefit from 0% BIK.  In addition, Renault offers Renault Mobility, an in-house, app-controlled car-sharing solution which simplifies the management of pool cars. Unlike a petrol or diesel pool car, a Renault Mobility ZOE pool car allows employees overnight use with no tax implications thanks to the 0% BIK rating.

Renault is demonstrating its commitment to electric vehicles by appointing a dedicated Z.E. Champion in each of its Irish dealerships, an electric vehicle expert who will be on hand to answer all customer queries about EVs using real-life experience. Renault has also introduced Z.E. Pass which operates in several European countries, including Ireland, allowing customers to charge their EVs on a wide variety of networks, using a single account via a smartphone app.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland: “The electric vehicle market is growing in Ireland and we are proud to have the only long-range electric vehicle in Ireland under €25,000, the ZOE Z.E. 40, now available with more powerful motors and added extras as standard. EVs are forecast to double annually in the coming years, potentially reaching as much as 6% of the new car market in 2020. Our electric range’s rapid-charging capabilities and 0% APR finance make it a perfect choice for Irish motorists and 0% B.I.K offers added benefits for fleet customers. We encourage those considering the switch to electric to drop into any Renault dealership and experience our EVs for 24 hours!”


Details announced of new 2019 Renault Scénic range

2019 Renault Scénic Pricing For Ireland Announced

Details announced of new 2019 Renault Scénic range
Details announced of new 2019 Renault Scénic range

The 2019 Renault Scénic range, which includes the five-seater Scénic and seven-seater Grand Scénic, has been updated with new trim levels and a new range of WLTP compliant petrol and diesel engines.

Renault's new 1.3-litre TCe 140 petrol engine has been added with both a six-speed manual gearbox and a new seven-speed EDC gearbox, priced from €27,790.

The new 1.7-litre dCi 120 diesel engine is available with both a six-speed manual gearbox and new seven-speed EDC on the Scénic and Grand Scénic, priced from €30,710.

The 2019 Renault Scénic range also takes on the new 'Easy Life' trim levels, with three simplified trims of Play, Iconic and Signature available.

Play models include 7” touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors and two rows of flat-folding seats in Grand Scénic providing extra space and flexibility.

Iconic adds more key comfort features such as keyless entry, front parking sensors and built-in navigation.

The Signature trim adds features including rear parking camera, MULTI-SENSE ambient lighting and driving modes, and an 8.7” touchscreen.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland: “The Scénic was unrivalled in Ireland when first launched, and now, even in the face of great customer choice, Scénic is once again unique in the market. A car you buy with your head and your heart, the Scénic is a real head-turner which offers much-needed space, flexibility and practicality. We’re excited to introduce two new engines for 2019 as well as new trim levels across the range offering more features as standard for customers.”


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


Renault Captur

2018 Renault Captur 1.5dCi Review

Renault Captur
The 2018 Renault Captur

Caroline reviews the 2018 Renault Captur.

The Renault Captur is one of Ireland’s favourite compact crossovers and since launch in Ireland in 2013, it’s established itself as a good value small car with mini-SUV appeal.

The Captur is Renault’s smallest SUV, with the Kadjar and Koleos completing Renault’s SUV range.

For 2018, Renault has given the Captur a mid-life refresh with the front-end getting some cosmetic treatment in the shape of a new lighting signature and revised grille. The 2018 Renault Captur is still ‘a good-looking bus’ with a colourful, fun presence and lots of style. The two-tone colour scheme is still a big selling point and new colours have been added for 2018.

The interior design has not changed much but Renault says it’s enhanced the material feel and quality. Hard plastics still prevail and some of the switchgear is starting to feel a bit dated against newer rivals. Still buyers will love the elevated driving position and large feel to the cabin upfront.

Interior of the Renault Captur
Interior of the Renault Captur

There is rear seating for three with reasonably well-sized footwells though like many of the rivals, it will be a tight squeeze for three widthways in the back. The boot is spacious for the class at 377 litres and is practical for easy loading.

Engines for Ireland include the 0.9-litre Tce turbo petrol (90hp) and 1.5-litre dCi diesel with 90hp or 110hp. Manual and automatic gearboxes are available.

My test car was a 1.5-litre dCi 110 in Signature X Nav trim. While the Captur range starts at €20,290 in Ireland, my test car retails at €25,490.

In Ireland there are four trim levels: Expression+, Dynamique Nav, Signature X Nav and a new trim, Signature S Nav. Standard equipment includes 16" alloy wheels with black inserts, auto lights and wipers, cruise control and speed limiter, Bluetooth® audio streaming and hands free calls, handsfree keycard with push button start/stop and manual air conditioning.

What's special about the Renault Captur Signature X Nav?

My Signature X Nav model has a particularly nice spec with the two tone look coming as standard (black roof with contrasting body colour - mine was Desert Orange if you're interested!).

There's also 17" alloy wheels with black inserts, automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, Renault R-LINK Multimedia system with 7" touchscreen, TomTom LIVE Satellite Navigation system and Android Auto™ compatible, reverse parking camera, automatic folding door mirrors, leather steering wheel, full LED front headlamps, and rear privacy glass.

Renault Captur
The Renault Captur range starts from €20,290 in Ireland

This model also includes Grip Xtend advanced traction control system and Mud & Snow tyres for extra peace of mind over challenging road surfaces.

Renault Captur 1.5dCi on the road

On the road, the 1.5-litre dCi is a trusty companion in the Renault Captur offering excellent power and economy. It’s reasonably refined and not too noisy. The controls are light making the Captur easy and effortless to drive - perfect for nifty manoeuvring in urban environments. It’s compact and agile, and though the steering is a bit woolly, the car holds itself well though corners.

The Renault Captur has been a real success story for Renault, especially in Ireland. The Captur is a reliable compact crossover recipe – high ride height buyers lover, compact, and good value. It’s not the sharpest or most fun to drive small SUV among its competitors but the Captur’s pricing, good looks and recognition among the Irish public keep it a strong competitor in its segment.

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Renault Captur 1.5dCi Signature X Nav
Price: 
€25,490 (Range from €20,290)
Engine: 1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
110hp
Torque: 260Nm
0-100km/h:  
11.4 seconds
Top speed: 180km/h
Claimed Economy: 
3.9/100km
CO2 emissions:  
101g/km
Motor tax: 
€190 per year


2018 Renault ZOE

Renault Ireland At The SEAI Energy Show 2018

In continuing its commitment to electric vehicles, Renault Ireland will showcase the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 van, the ZOE Z.E. 40 and electric Twizy at stand EV13 during the SEAI Energy Show 2018 at the RDS on 18th and 19th April.

Each vehicle will also be available for test drives over the two days of the show.

The SEAI Energy Show is Ireland's leading business to business sustainable energy event, with over 100 exhibitors showcasing energy efficient and renewable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director Renault Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be returning to the SEAI Energy Show once again, having launched our new Kangoo Z.E. 33 van and ZOE Z.E. 40 in the past year. We believe Irish businesses are ready to embrace electric, and with the longest range of any electric LCV, the new Kangoo Z.E. is the ideal way to do this. These additions to our EV range demonstrate Renault’s commitment and proactive policy as Europe’s electric vehicle pioneer and number one electric vehicle brand.”

Renault has been Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand since 2010. The new Kangoo Z.E. 33 has the longest driving range of any electric light commercial vehicle currently on the market. In NEDC tests, Kangoo Z.E. 33 recorded a 270km range, which equates to a real-world range of 200km in summer or 120km in colder winter weather. This extended range has been achieved with an increase in battery capacity from 22 kWh to 33 kWh. The new Kangoo Z.E. 33 is available from €28,190 in Ireland after the SEAI grant of €3,800 (battery included).

At 400km, the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 has the longest NEDC range of any mainstream electric car. The Z.E. 40 battery provides real-world range of 300km in summer and 200km in cold winter. ZOE is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle and prices start from €23,490 including battery and SEAI grant (€27,490 with the Z.E. 40 battery).

The two-seat Renault Twizy is suitable for urban driving and starts from €9,995, offering battery hire based on distance travelled.

Test drives at the SEAI Energy Show are now available to book online HERE.