The new Renault Kadjar – set to do battle with the Nissan Qashqai, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Hyundai Tucson – is the French firm’s first mid-size family SUV since the Koleos, which launched back in 2008.
It’s based on the Qashqai, and the first reviews suggest it’s a brilliant all-round car that’s well suited to everyday driving with the family in tow.
But before committing to buying a Kadjar, it’s worth looking at its dimensions to see whether it can quite literally fit into your life.
Kadjar exterior dimensions
Even though the Kadjar is based on the mechanical identical Nissan Qashqai, it’s larger, wider and taller than the Nissan. That’s by no means a bad thing; yes it maybe a little harder to manoeuvre around in tight spaces but the striking looks more than compensate for this. The Kadjar is also wider and longer than the VW Tiguan and Hyundai ix35 but it’s not as tall.
Kadjar interior dimensions
The interior of the Kadjar is a very nice place to spend time thanks to a mature but stylish design splashed with many high quality materials. It’s also a very comfortable car to travel in thanks to compliant suspension, and there’s lots of space for all occupants – although the car’s sleek shape does mean there isn’t loads of rear headroom for really tall passengers.
|Headroom (seat to roof lining)||910 mm|
Kadjar luggage capacity
With a maximum luggage capacity of 527 litres, the Kadjar’s boot is very roomy indeed. However, this is when the false floor is lowered. With the false floor put back into its normal position, luggage space lowers to 472 litres. This is still larger than what the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan can offer, but there’s more room in the boot of a Hyundai ix35.
If you fold the Kadjar’s seats down you’re left with a 1,478-litre, completely flat load bay – perfect for sliding objects in without them getting snagged on the boot floor. The Kadjar also boasts 30-litres of extra in-car storage thanks to helpful cubby holds dotted around the cabin.
|Boot space (false floor normal position)||472 litres|
|Boot space (false floor lowered)||572 litres|
Kadjar turning circle
Even though the Renault Kadjar is a bigger machine than the Nissan Qashqai on which it’s based, their turning circles are identical at 10.72 metres. This is very impressive for this size of car, and it makes for easier driving around city centres and car parks. It easily trumps the VW Tiguan which needs a road 12 metres wide to turn around in, but it cannot quite match the 10 metre mark set by the Hyundai ix35.
A vehicle’s weight is important because it affects fuel efficiency and how the car handles and accelerates. The lightest Kadjar (the 1.2 TCE Expression model) weighs 1,306kg, and the heaviest weighs 1,536kg – that’s the 1.6 dCi Signature Nav model with four-wheel drive.
Incidentally, this means the Kadjar weights slightly less than the smaller Qashqai at the bottom end of the range but roughly the same on the top spec models. The VW Tiguan weighs 200kg more for the lightest models and the Hyundai ix35 weighs approximately 100kg more.
The maximum towing capacity of the Kadjar is variable depending on what engine you choose and what gearbox you choose. With the 1.2-litre TCE petrol engine fitted you can tow a maximum of 1,500kg. With the 1.5-litre dCi diesel with a manual gearbox fitted, the max towing figure drops to 1,350kg and rises to 1,450kg with the EDC automatic gearbox fitted. With the 1.6-litre dCi diesel, the maximum towing weight is 1,800kg regardless of whether the vehicle is two or four wheel drive.
|Minimum towing weight (for 1.5-litre diesel model)||1,350kg|
|Maximum towing weight (for 1.6-litre diesel model)||1,800kg|