Sudden diminution of daylight suggested this month of Kadjar ownership might entail more time groping in the dark for that elusive, key rack-hating remote fob. But having read my endless carping about this chink in the car’s practical armour, Renault’s press office had a whip-round and sent me the nifty accessory of a faux-leather pouch-cover thing, so I can now hang the key alongside the sets for our old Mini, any short-term press car loan and the Ferrari. The latter, I hasten to add, is false, simply positioned there to confuse visitors and drive burglars insane. And speaking of bogus, the fact that the cover is faux leather and vegan friendly shows even greater consideration above and beyond base-level UK standard public relations.
Is Renault the best car brand ever? I do feel tempted to enthusiastically explore this question in the hope that some more Kadjar-related accessories might wing my way. I have searched their website though and most things you can order there seem so irrelevant to my needs (a coat hanger on a head-rest for £33, or perhaps an Isofix child seat for £290?) that it would be pointless to go overboard on praise. They do, however, offer a rather nifty boot liner (at £75), which would probably come in handy considering a recent day-trip to the beach, with my children being intent on bringing back extensive geological samples.
The Kadjar is well below the 18,000 miles when it should be first serviced, but because of the previous run-in time since it arrived here “new”, I am now getting a dashboard message for the annual overhaul to be made. By the next issue, it will either have been serviced by me (panic not, I mean a local dealer) or reeled back to Renault HQ. Six months, as we’ve got to here, marks the point at which many of our cars are finally repatriated, but an offer from Renault and the Ed for me to carry on for a while is one I happily accept. So why?
I guess this is a Goldilocks-zone SUV. If you have a family of up to five; if you want robust with no compromise to comfort and calm; if you want a bit of girth and heft to ride out in against all that over-assertion on our roads; if you can’t accept that mid-size SUVing somehow has to spell being fleeced at the diesel pump, the Kadjar sits bang in the middle of the options I’d recommend. Not too hot, not too cold, just right. Oh, and it’s also a nice-looking beast, in a you-can-keep-your-VW-Group-crisp-edges kind of way. The curvaceous bodywork imparts a femininity of design which some Alpha males might find jars with their weekends away coasteering, but my insurance policy for my typing fingers tragically precludes such obvious delights. So, this come-to-mama allure of the Kadjar is no disincentive for me, free key cases or not.
Date arrived 10th June 2019
Fuel economy 55.4-60.1mpg (WLTP combined) 53.4mpg (on test)
My hang-ups about the pebble-like remote key are now history thanks to this hook-friendly cover.
Blue metallic bodywork and winter roads ensure the Kadjar looks dirty within yards of the car wash.