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Renault Kadjar SUV - Reliability & safety

The safety equipment available on the Renault Kadjar is very good, but questions loom over reliability

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Reliability & safety Rating

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The Kadjar’s reliability is best described as patchy, going by what owners have reported, with almost a quarter reporting a problem in the first year. However, the safety kit on offer should also mean it’s tough enough to survive the worst.

Renault Kadjar reliability

The Renault Kadjar didn’t rank in our 2021 poll, but it was rated 65th out of the top 75 cars on sale for reliability in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Of the owners who responded, 15.7 per cent reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once in the first year.

The most common culprits were the transmissions and electrics, and while the Kadjar’s running costs have seriously impressed owners, its build quality has been less well received.

Safety

The Renault Kadjar was awarded the maximum five-star crash safety score by Euro NCAP when tested in 2015. Its adult and child-occupant protection were rated at 89 and 81 per cent respectively, while it received a 71 per cent safety-assist score.

Alongside the usual anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, hill-start assistance, six airbags and two ISOFIX child-seat mounting points are standard across the Kadjar range.

Some models come with Renault’s Visio safety system, which features lane-departure warning, traffic-sign recognition and automatic headlight-beam adjustment. As with the Qashqai, some of the Kadjar’s safety systems can be a little annoying and intrusive, but they’re easy to switch off temporarily if you feel they’re a little unnecessary.

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