It may be hard to keep up with the latest compact crossovers, as it feels like pretty much every automaker and their pet has launched one. Renault’s offering is called the Kadjar, was launched in 2015 and facelifted for the 2019MY.
Like the previous iteration, the latest Kadjar is based on the CMF platform shared with the Nissan Qashqai – aka America’s Rogue Sport. It does set itself apart, though, with different driving dynamics, exterior and interior visuals and a few other things that could make you believe that it has nothing in common with its Japanese sibling.
So, what’s new for the 2019MY? Well, the 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, for one, which is already found in other vehicles made by Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, as it was co-developed with Daimler. Its available in 138 HP (140 PS / 103 kW) and 158 HP (160 PS / 118 kW) guise and comes paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Choosing the base grade will still get you sufficient gear, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, semi-digital dials, 7-inch infotainment system and auto wipers and headlights are standard. The other two trim levels add keyless entry and push-button start, leather upholstery, LED interior lights and heated front seats.
At nearly 480 liters (17 cu-ft), the boot is decent for the segment, and so are rear leg- and headroom. Occupants will notice the comfortable ride setup on the go, whereas drivers will probably be disappointed by the lack of steering feedback at higher speeds.
All in all, is the facelifted Kadjar a good choice, or should you just stick to the Nissan Qashqai instead? CarsGuide drove one and their verdict is one mouse click away.