Revisiting a car can often be interesting. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, we can drive a car, jump out after having a brilliant time, and insist itís fantastic and amazing and we want one. Yet, when we revisit a car weíve driven previously, our opinion of it sometimes changes. Ok Jonny, but this is a Renault Kadjar long-term report, what are you trying to get at?
This month I bumped my head and gave myself a concussion, and this meant no driving for a bit. Frustratingly thereís no fix, you just have to wait for the brain to recover. While I was healing away, the Renault was suffering, too. We all know what happens when a car sits still for a bit, it gets a little stiff. Well, our Kadjar seemed to suffer a little bit more than most with the stiffness. A week to ten days had passed by the time I felt well enough to jump back into the driverís seat, and by then the front-left brake of the Kadjar had got very stiff indeed. So stiff in fact, that I had to force it out of the driveway to get it going, with brake dust no doubt welding the brake pad to the disc. I thought it might loosen up after a few minutes, but it actually took a good few miles to fully clear itself, with the brakes not behaving as they usually do. There was some grinding from that left-front, to the point where I actually thought it needed a visit to my local Renault dealer. Persistence paid off though, and the problem seems to have gone now ñ it seems the Kadjar hates being on the sidelines just as much as I do.
Aside from that, other flaws have come to the fore this month. The hill-hold technology doesnít seem to work all that well, with the Kadjar happy to roll back on any sort of gradient, which doesnít exactly make you feel all that secure when waiting in a queue. While Iíve been pretty pleased with the touchscreenís responsiveness and ease of use, navigation system has been a complete pain. It often gets confused, gives late direction changes, and sometimes loses the GPS signal altogether, leaving you constantly on edge when using it to guide you.
Oh well, at least the steering and handling still feels as good as it did before ñ itís still the responsive and fairly agile car I remember. I really like the 1.5-litre engine too, itís got all the power you need in a car like this, but it is just a little bit too noisy for my liking.
This month the Kadjar left me underwhelmed. Perhaps my short break away from the car has highlighted some of the carís foibles, or maybe Iím just a bear with a sore head.
Date arrived: 15th July 2016
Fuel economy: 74.3mpg (combined) 54.8mpg (on test)
The 1.5-litre dCi engine is perfect for this type of car.
The navigation system has been doing frequent impressions of your best mate who thinks he knows where he’s going, but you find out that he really doesn’t.