Regular readers will know that weíve tested most variants of the popular Renault Kadjar range, putting the entry-level 109bhp 1.5-litre dCi engine through its paces, both in manual and automatic guises, while at the carís launch we also drove the most powerful, the 129bhp 1.6-litre dCi unit. But so far, one version has eluded us, and thatís the edition with four-wheel-drive. Visually itís identical to the rest of the line-up, apart from a small 4WD badge and a rotary dial on the centre console, with the choice of ë2WDí, ëAutoí and ëLock On and Offí. It transforms the Kadjar from urban worrier to jungle warrior all with a flick of the wrist. On steep inclines with loose gravel surfaces the difference in traction is impressive, as is the way it traverses wet, boggy grass with ease. Left in ëAutoí it does what it says on the tin, adjusting traction forward and aft as required. And the price of this additional peace of mind is a reasonable £1,400.
You can read the full report on this Renault Kadjar in the November 2017 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Great value, well-equipped. Looks good. Spacious. Lots of storage. Cabin is light and airy. Comfortable ride. Four-year warranty.
Mish-mash of different dashboard surfaces. Small infotainment screen. Steering lacks feel.