It’s been a rather quiet month in the Edge household. Iíd love to tell you that Iíve been meandering up and down the country on various missions to attend events and new car launches, but most of this month has been spent time writing e-mails, stories and filing reports. Not as glamorous as Iíd like of course, and it has meant that the Kadjar has been restricted to short journeys of no more than a few miles at a time.
Despite its journeys being fairly short, it has been out consistently and with quite a variety of jobs here and there. Itís done the shopping, itís been to a recycling plant, taken family members to the doctors, itís moved old furniture to charity shops, and most importantly, it has played a vital role in transporting me to my favourite coffee shop. Shopping trips have been a breeze with the large boot, the real challenge laying with transporting the furniture and recycling. Thankfully the wide openings on the doors and the low lip and flat floor of the boot have proved incredibly helpful when loading cumbersome items. Admittedly this a new experience for me, and you donít realise how useful these things are until you suddenly have to shift a lot of heavy and/or awkward stuff from A-to-B.
Speaking of awkward, I started a new hobby this month ñ Iíve commenced learning about coffee. Armed with my special coffee passport, Iíve made a lot of trips to the local coffee shop and therefore made frequent use of the Kadjarís cupholders. Except, the Kadjarís cupholders arenít actually very good at holding drinks securely. They are far too shallow, and if you donít drive carefully, you can spill your blonde-roasted filter all over the place. That is, if you donít knock it over with your arm first, because they are positioned right next to where your forearm rests ñ far from ideal positioning.
The location of the cup holders got me thinking about the siting of other controls in the Kadjar. Why is the cruise control and speed limiter activation switch in the middle of the car, near the cup holders, when the speed adjustment is on the steering wheel? Why are the volume controls for the audio system on what seems like an afterthought, stuck behind the right hand side of the steering wheel? Itís all a bit strange and quite frustrating, even after some months with the car.
While I can complain about the frustrating layout of the interior, I canít fault how easy to drive it is. Renault has made this relatively large car very easy to manouevre in tight car parks and at low speeds. I may not have fallen in love with it, but I canít deny that itís very good at its core jobs. Itís spacious, keeps occupants comfortable, doesnít drink too much fuel, and easily carries large loads. And thatís what most families want from a car.
Date arrived 15th July 2016
Fuel economy 74.3mpg (combined) 54.5mpg (on test)
Easy to load with large items. Wide and well shaped openings on doors and boot.
Frustrating positioning of some interior features, and my spilt coffee, which was ironically very hot indeed.