Renault’s new Kadjar moment


Hoping to build on the runway success of its Duster and Captur models, Renault South Africa has officially announced pricing and spec details of its much awaited Kadjar compact crossover SUV.

Slotting in above the former and replacing the Koleos as the French marque’s new flagship SUV, the Kadjar (pr. quad-jar) rides on the same Common Module Family (CMF) platform as the smash-hit Nissan Qashqai, and is claimed to combine the best of attributes of a dynamic hatch, capable SUV and versatile sportswagon in one package.

Borrowing heavily from the Captur and Clio, the Kadjar features the latest iteration of head designer Laurens van den Acker’s styling language based on the DeZire concept car from 2010, with Renault also claiming it to be first model of its kinds to use zero maintenance LED daytime running lights.

Using the same interior layout as the soon-to-be-launched Megane, the Kadjar is said to offer quality on first glance, with the biggest highlights being the fitment of a seven-inch touchscreen display on the facia and a similar sized TFT unit in the instrument cluster.

High-spec models also benefit from the addition of satellite navigation with so-called Birdview or 2.5D capability, as well as dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and dual USB ports. Optional items include 19-inch alloy wheels, panoramic roof and a self-parking system with side park distance control and reverse camera.

Model-wise, the Kadjar range consist of three models and two trim levels, with the option of a single turbo petrol or turbodiesel engine, both connected to a six-speed manual gearbox.

Available in both entry-level Expression and flagship Dynamique trims, the petrol powered Kadjar comes fitted with the same 1.2-litre TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) engine used in the Clio and Captur, with power remaining unchanged at 96 kW and 205 N.m of torque. Top speed is a rated at 189 km/h with Renault claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint of 10.4 secs, combined fuel consumption of 5.8 L/100 km, and emission of 131 g/km.

Completing the range, the diesel powered Kadjar uses the same 1.6 dCi unit as the Qashqai, with the amount of twist also remaining as is at 96 kW and 320 N.m of torque.

Unlike the petrol however, the dCi sends its power to all four wheels via the Nissan / Renault Alliance’s All-Mode 4x4-i system that offers a choice of three modes; 2WD, Auto and Lock - the latter providing a 50/50 power split on uneven surfaces. Top speed is 188 km/h with 0-100 km/h over in 10.8 secs. Renault claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 5.4 L/100 km and emission of 143 g/km.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



1.2 TCe Expression 96 kW / 205 N.m R359 900
1.2 TCe Dynamique 96 kW / 205 N.m R384 900
1.6 dCi Dynamique 4x4 96 kW / 320 N.m R449 900