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Renault Kadjar Review 2021

The Renault Kadjar caused quite a stir when it first launched in 2015. In its third generation, Kadjar's winning blend of desirability, practicality, and low running costs make it a family favourite in the competitive SUV market, taking on rivals such as SEAT Ateca, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and Peugeot 3008

Our Renault Kadjar review covers:

Renault Kadjar Key Features

  • Striking exterior style with big, bold nose and swept-back headlights
  • Practical interior with a functional layout and numerous storage spaces
  • 472-litre boot with 60/40 split rear seats
  • 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with 138bhp
  • Four trim levels, including the Play, Iconic, S Edition and GT Line

Design and Practicality

Based on the same platform as the Nissan Qashqai, the Kadjar's recent style changes make it more striking to look at. A big, bold nose, swept-back headlights, large alloy wheels and contrasting black bumpers help the Kadjar stand out on the road. Its curvaceous bodywork and panel creases also help give this tall vehicle a stylish swooping stance. 


The Kadjar offers plenty of leg and headroom and space enough in the back for three adults in terms of practicality. There are also numerous storage spaces throughout, including large door bins, a decent-sized glovebox, USB ports for rear passengers and central cupholders. 

At 472 litres, the Kadjar's boot surpasses the practical Nissan Qashqai by 42 litres but doesn't quite beat the SEAT Ateca (at 510-litres) and the Peugeot 3008 (at 520 litres). On the plus side, 60/40 split rear seats fold down virtually flat, expanding the load volume to 1,478 litres which will be more than enough for most people. Top-spec models also get a flexible boot floor, which can be divided or raised to create more space when required. 

Interior and Trims

Inside, the Kadjar's interior isn't quite as eye-catching as others in its class, but the layout is functional with plenty of soft plastics, nicely textured materials and a few brushed metal trims. Updates saw improvements to the car's fiddly air conditioning controls, which are replaced by big, simple rotating dials. The infotainment screen is also now integrated into the dashboard more neatly. 

Four trim levels are available, including the entry-level Play, which gets rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. The mid-spec Iconic adds sat-nav and 19-inch wheels, while the S-Edition includes a leather steering wheel, 360° parking sensors and Synthetic Leather and Cloth upholstery. The top-spec GT Line features front and rear parking sensors, an enhanced exterior style, and 18" diamond-cut alloy wheels. 

Power and Performance

Under the bonnet, the Kadjar is available with a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine. At 138bhp, the engine is strong enough around town and on the motorway, delivering its power in a smooth, predictable manner. The engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox or optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. 


Out on the road, the Kadjar's isn't as exciting to drive as some of its rivals but still feels secure and composed. The steering is light and precise, making the Kadjar easy to drive around town, but the Qashqai, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson offer a more relaxing drive.  

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Renault Kadjar start from £25,310.00 OTR* or to lease from £272.49 per month.

Interested in the new Kadjar? Car leasing offers many benefits over buying, including fixed monthly rentals, a low initial outlay and flexible mileage and contract terms. 

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts works directly with Renault's franchised dealer network, meaning we can not only offer you a great lease price on the new Kadjar but the trust and reliability that comes from a main dealership.

All of our lease deals include the full manufacturer's warranty (from date of registration), road tax for the duration of the contract, 60 months breakdown cover (from date of registration) and free mainland GB delivery, direct to your door (exclusions apply). 

*'On the road' price correct at time of publication and typically includes one year’s road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Always check with the manufacturer. 

Customer Reviews

Renault Kadjar
Average Rating Based on 119 reviews
4.2 out of 5

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Brian Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

Just a good standard modern car, nothing exceptional but suits my needs at a price which I find acceptable. The only issue I have but it is the same on most cars is that there is no spare wheel. The last car I had from you the Kia Sportage did have a spare and that proved very handy on two occasions during the lease.

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3.7 out of 5
Alexander Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

Comfortable and good looking motor, lacks a bit of power for size of car though, when pulling away from lights etc. but does run well when travelling decent journey. Had to get used to no hand brake and no key, but well used to that now. Might go for the smaller one next time, Captur, or see whats on offer when that time comes.

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Donna Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

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Ricky Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

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4.7 out of 5
Andrew Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

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4.7 out of 5
Judith Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

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4.6 out of 5
Leanne Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

Great all car. Visibility good for both front and back passengers and the panoramic glass roof provides good interior lighting on full days. Great drive surprising for an SUV. This is my second lease on this make and model and would highly recommend it as a family car. Great boot space which is extendable with the addition of the removable boot floor. Easy to get into and out of and for children in car seats ease of access great. A very good all rounder and looks nice too. Brilliant value for money.

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4.9 out of 5
Malcolm Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

COMFORTABLE, GOOD ALL ROUND VEHICLE. FUEL EFFICIENCY COULD BE BETTER BUT OVERALL REALLY PLEASED.

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4.7 out of 5
Margaret Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

Lovely car comfortable and excellent to drive. Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus my driving has been severely restricted to less than 2000 miles in the first year. Which as you appreciate makes it very expensive driving.

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4.3 out of 5
James Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

The kadjar is spacious,lovely to drive, and meets all my requirements perfectly.

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4.3 out of 5
Mark Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

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Andrew Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

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4.1 out of 5
Stuart Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

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1.6 out of 5
Stephen Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 Iconic

Orders 2nd vechicle 6 weeks ago stayed with u out of loyalty could have gone elsewhere will do in future

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4.6 out of 5
Roger Renault Kadjar 1.3 TCE 140 GT Line MY19

comfortable and quiet

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