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Renault Kadjar SUV - Engines, drive & performance (2015-2022)

“The Renault Kadjar’s petrol engine is punchy and the car is better to drive than some other SUVs”

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.3 out of 5

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Engines, drive & performance Rating

3.5 out of 5

The engines that made up the Renault Kadjar’s range were borrowed from the Nissan Qashqai, which uses a lot of the same mechanical parts. A 148bhp diesel with four-wheel drive was available from 2018 onwards, but later versions weren’t offered with either a diesel engine or four-wheel drive.

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The Renault is, however, very good to drive on the road. The steering is precise and the Kadjar turns into corners well. There’s a lot of grip on offer and, for a tall-riding SUV, the Kadjar does a good job of keeping body lean at bay.

Petrol models

All engines are smooth, and the 138bhp TCe 140 1.3-litre petrol is quite punchy given its small size, but it's powerful enough to make quick progress around town and on motorways. The petrol unit is also fairly quiet at lower speeds, but can become more vocal if you work it hard to get up to speed. It can feel a little strained at times when overtaking, despite its 0-62mph time of 9.8 seconds looking quick on paper.

Model 

Power

0-62mph

Top speed

Kadjar Equilibre TCe 140

140bhp

9.8s

124mph

Kadjar Equilibre TCe 140 auto

140bhp

9.5s

124mph

Kadjar Techno TCe 140

140bhp

9.8s

124mph

Kadjar Techno TCe 140 auto

140bhp

9.5s

124mph

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