Oh good, another pair of me-too crossover SUVs?
Yup, it’s finally Renault’s turn to have a go at the family crossover. But this big-badged contender, the Kadjar is more than a Qashqai rival. Because Renault and Nissan are alliance bedfellows, the Kadjar is, in fact, heavily based on Nissan’s genre-defining tall hatch. Same engines, similar cabin, but bigger and cheaper. In this value-for-money rules segment, this stuff puts the Kadjar into the lead.
Speaking of ‘cheaper’, the Kadjar is certainly spec-for-spec a lot less dear than the Honda HR-V, but Hondas do have a habit of clawing that back with a greater depth of engineering. The HR-V’s actually based on, and shares many bits with, the Jazz mini-MPV. So if you like, the HR-V is a Jazz for people who wouldn’t be seen dead in a Jazz.
Photography by Mark Riccioni