Renault Kadjar 2019: prices, specification and release date
New 2019 Renault Kadjar SUV gets new engines and more equipment; on sale in January priced from £20,595
This is the new 2019 Renault Kadjar, a refreshed and facelifted version of Renault’s large family SUV. It competes against rivals including the Peugeot 5008, Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail – the latter of which shares its mechanical underpinnings with the Renault. The new Renault Kadjar will be available to order from 3 January 2019, with prices starting at £20,595. First deliveries begin in February.
Renault has given the Kadjar a new look, with a wider front grille, restyled bumpers and new front and rear lights. The car gets LED daytime running lights and square LED foglights, while the rear lights, indicators, reversing lights and rear fogs are all LEDs, too. New 17-inch and 19-inch wheels feature, as do three new paint finishes: Oural Green, Iron Blue and Highland Grey.
Inside, the design remains similar to that of the outgoing model, with the biggest change being the integration of Renault’s latest R-LINK 2 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, plus a smartphone mirroring function. Renault has also added a new set of air-conditioning and ventilation controls, along with a choice of new, higher-quality trim options, which includes Alcantara for the first time. Improved seats, remodelled door cards and improved air vents all aim to improve passenger comfort.
A range of modernised petrol and diesel engines are offered, including the 1.3-litre petrol engine from the Renault Scenic, Captur and Megane, which uses a gasoline particulate filter to reduce emissions.
2019 Renault Kadjar engines, trim levels and prices
The new Renault Kadjar is available with a choice of four engines across four trim levels called Play, Iconic, S-Edition and GT Line.
The new four-cylinder petrol engines – badged TCe 140 and TCe 160 – produce 138bhp and 158bhp respectively. The lower-powered petrol engine can be had with a manual or automatic gearbox, while the higher-powered version is manual only. Both engines are available across all trim levels except the entry-level Play model, which is limited to the TCe 140 engine. Prices start at £20,595 for the Kadjar Play TCe 140 with a manual gearbox. Regardless of trim, this engine and gearbox combination produces 134g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed 47.9mpg.
The higher-powered TCe 160 petrol engine provides the best performance and is the most economical petrol choice; it manages 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds, but also returns a claimed 65.7mpg with emissions of 134g/km. The cheapest Kadjar with this engine starts at £22,895.
There are two diesel options to choose from, badged Blue dCi 115 and and Blue dCi 150. The 113bhp dci 115 engine is the only option for all but the top-spec GT Line model. GT Line customers have the choice of the 148bhp dCi 150 engine in conjunction with optional four-wheel drive. All other models are front-wheel drive only.
The entry-level diesel model is the Kadjar Play dCi 115, priced from £22,495. With a manual gearbox it returns 62.8mpg, gets from 0-62mph in 11.7 seconds and emits 113g/km of CO2.
Performance, economy and emissions figures are yet to be announced for the Kadjar in dCi 150 form.
Trim levels and equipment
Play is the entry-level trim for the new Renault Kadjar and brings with it a good level of standard equipment. Privacy glass, 17-inch wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights and wipers, rear parking sensors and a seven-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality all come as standard, along with cruise control, a speed limiter and automatic climate control.
A step up to Iconic spec adds TomTom Live sat-nav and DAB radio to the infotainment system, along with Bluetooth functionality and voice control. Front and rear parking sensors are joined by a reversing camera, plus folding door mirrors, keyless entry and a lane-departure warning system. New 19-inch wheels feature on the outside, along with additional privacy glass and a set of roof bars. Rear-seat air vents and USB slots are also added.
S-Edition is a new trim level that adds yet more equipment, including LED headlights, unique interior and exterior styling, and a panoramic sunroof.
GT Line is the traditional top-of-the-line trim and brings a more luxurious feel thanks to leather upholstery, a leather steering wheel, heated front seats, a 360-degree parking camera system and a blind-spot warning system. If you want four-wheel drive, a Renault Kadjar GT Line Blue dCi 150 is your only choice, priced at £29,995 (or £27,995 with no four-wheel drive).