Renault Kadjar review - Reliability and Safety
Sharing a number of parts with the reliable Nissan Qashqai should stand the Renault Kadjar in good stead
The Renault Kadjar shares many of its parts with the Nissan Qashqai, but it finished behind the Nissan in our 2018 Driver Power survey – despite an impressive third-place finish in 2016. The Kadjar came 52nd in 2018 – 30 places behind the Qashqai, but a slight improvement on the previous year's 58th-place finish. Owners love its low running costs and big boot, but marked it down for infotainment and build quality.
Renault slipped in the manufacturer rankings, too, dropping to a disappointing 24the place out of 26th manufacturers (and one of those placed lower was sister brand Dacia). Nissan, however, achieved an impressive 4th place finish, while Skoda (6th), Mazda (9th), and Hyundai (15th) all finished much higher than Renault, too. The Kadjar's four-year, 100,000-mile warranty offers superior cover, though.
The Kadjar earned a five-star rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015, just like the Nissan Qashqai. All but the entry-level model has lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition as standard. Autonomous emergency braking, which will automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent, is available on higher spec derivatives, and Blind Spot Warning is offered from Iconic models upwards. A reversing camera is standard on all but the most basic model, which reduces the change of low-speed dings.
All Renault Kadjars get a four-year warranty as standard. That may beat rival warranties from VW, Mazda and Ford (all three years) but be aware that only the first two years are unlimited mileage – with the final couple restricted to 100,000 miles. That means in the highly unlikely event that you cover more than 100k in years one and two, your Kadjar will not be under warranty for the final two years.
The Renault Kadjar is, of course, available with all the same servicing plans and offers as the rest of the product range. Scheduled servicing is every 12 months or 12,500 miles, and owners can purchase a package that covers this for a set period of time.
In this review
- 1Renault Kadjar reviewThe Renault Kadjar takes the Nissan Qashqai’s talents and wraps them in a more stylish package
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Kadjar gets a range of powerful yet efficient turbocharged engines, but some rivals are more fun to drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe most efficient Renault Kadjar emits just 111g/km of CO2
- 4Interior, design and technologyFunky styling outside, though interior design looks a little bland compared to some rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceDespite being based on the Nissan Qashqai, the Renault Kadjar is actually bigger inside
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingSharing a number of parts with the reliable Nissan Qashqai should stand the Renault Kadjar in good stead