Renault Kadjar SUV - Practicality & boot space
Big boot and easy-to-fold seats mean the Renault Kadjar is definitely a practical car
SUVs such as the Kadjar should always perform well in this category. The larger size of the vehicles in this class generally means they offer more space inside than your average hatchback, as well as some more practical touches.
Even though the Kadjar shares its chassis with the last-generation Nissan Qashqai and is roughly the same size, the Renault actually has considerably more boot space than its counterpart, thanks to some clever engineering. The rear overhang (the area of bodywork that sticks out behind the rear wheels) is larger on the Kadjar than on the Qashqai. Headroom is a bit tight, but the SUV has plenty of storage spaces.
Renault Kadjar interior space & storage
Rear-seat passengers, although mostly well catered for, probably get the worst deal in the Kadjar. Tall adults suffer the brunt of it, because headroom isn’t exactly generous. The panoramic sunroof further reduces space, as its blind mechanism needs space to operate. Rear legroom is good, but back-seat passengers in a Mazda CX-5 have more space to stretch out.
The Kadjar is full of little nooks and crannies to store your items. There are no stand-out features or clever stowage spaces of note, but together the cubbies provide a combined 30 litres of capacity. However, the door bins are pretty narrow, so big bottles will have to be stored elsewhere.
The stretched rear of the Kadjar compared with that of its Qashqai sister car means its boot is 42 litres larger than the Nissan’s. That may not sound like a huge difference, but the 472 litres of space on offer is enough to cram in loads of your stuff. The Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson both offer more luggage room, at 503 and 620 litres respectively.
The Kadjar’s 60:40 split-folding rear seats fold completely flat (with the pull of just one lever on higher trim levels), expanding the total boot volume to 1,478 litres. The higher-spec trims also have a moveable boot floor, which can be placed so there’s no loading lip, making it easier to slide in awkward or heavy items.