0-62mph 10.1 seconds
Top speed 126mph
MPG up to 65.7
Eco score ★★★☆☆
“Who on earth is this car supposed to appeal to?” grumbles Jeremy as he eases himself into the passenger seat of Renault’s mid-market, mid-sized crossover. Jeremy, 52, is happily married with two teenage daughters. He’s a fan of good design, but he’s also a realist – he’ll always favour function over form. But his fatal flaw is that he doesn’t realise that. I don’t answer his question, but after a moment or two, Jeremy looks at me and laughs: “Ah, I see, this car is supposed to appeal to me! I am its target audience.” As usual, Jeremy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He has no reason to be snitty about this latest model from Renault. It packs quite a punch. Its combination of low-key looks, economy, practicality, comfort and usable space means it will be a loyal servant to every family that decides to take it into their service.
The Kadjar sits midway up Renault’s size pyramid: it’s bigger than the Captur and smaller than the Koleos. The first car I ever owned was a Renault. Cute and colourful, it sprouted rust and moss with exuberance. It cost £15 and a cup of coffee and lasted for six months before it collapsed outside a breaker’s yard. They bought it from me for £15 – so I had six months motoring for the price of a cappuccino. Anyway, the point of this little diversion is that it was a Renault 5. A simple and classy name compared with the fridge magnet roulette Renault’s branding team use now to create their model names.