There’s room for tall adults in the back seats its boot is easily big enough for a large weekly shop, but you don’t get folding rear armrests and an adjustable boot floor on basic Kadjars
With the exception of entry-level Expression Plus versions, all Renault Kadjars come with lumbar support – to help prevent back ache on long journeys – and the entire range gets driver’s seat height adjustment.
Mid-range Dynamique S Nav models come with a height-adjustable passenger seat, too. That means, you’ll have no trouble getting comfy, even if you’re more than six-foot tall, although the panoramic glass roof fitted as standard to Signature Nav models and above does cut into headroom slightly.
Not that your passengers in the back will have too much to complain about. The Renault Kadjar is noticeably more spacious than the Qashqai so even your six-foot friends will have enough head and legroom in the back to stretch out. Things get a little more cramped if you squeeze three in the back because there’s a large lump in the rear floor that leaves little room for your passengers’ feet – a problem you won’t have in a Peugeot 3008 or even a Ford Kuga.
Fitting a child seat is easy, though – the Isofix anchor points for the seat base are clearly marked and the rear doors open nice and wide. The only annoyance is that the plastic covers for the Isofix anchor points are removable and, therefore, are easy to lose.
The Renault Kadjar has a decent amount of room to squirrel away a few family bits and bobs, but the front door bins and glovebox aren’t quite big enough for a 1.5-litre bottle.
Unfortunately, the same can be said of the front cupholders – they’ll struggle to hold an extra-grande-venti-mochaccino and are positioned precariously close to both the gear lever and the button for the electronic handbrake. Lunge enthusiastically for first gear and you might just dowse your passenger with hot coffee.
More useful is the standard front centre armrest that folds up to reveal a handy storage bin. It’s perfect for an extra bottle of water or for hiding some valuables – such as a camera – safely out of sight.
Jump in the back and you’ll find the door pockets aren’t quite as generous as those in front, but there’s a pair of handy storage pockets – for maps or an iPad – behind the front seats. If you want to treat your rear passengers to an armrest, you’ll have to pick a Renault Kadjar Dynamique S Nav model or above. They come with a fold-out item in the centre-seat backrest that comes with two small built-in cupholders as standard.
The Kadjar’s weedy shopping hooks might struggle to hold heavy bags securely, but unless your weekly shop consists mostly of watermelons you’ll probably be fine…
With five seats and the load cover in place, the Renault Kadjar can carry slightly more luggage in its 472-litre boot than you’ll get in the Nissan Qashqai’s 430-litre boot. A baby buggy will fit easily along with a few large soft bags and the boot’s wide enough to slide in a set of golf clubs, too.
If you need to carry really large items, you can flip the rear seats down to open up a fairly roomy 1,478-litre load bay. They fold down in a two-way (60:40) split as standard so you can carry long luggage and a rear passenger at the same time.
Dynamique S Nav versions and above come with handy levers in the boot to flip the rear seats down, too. These mean you don’t have to reach forward to press the release buttons beside the seat headrests like in a Qashqai – handy if you’ve already got armfuls of heavy luggage.
It’s even easier to slide in heavy or bulky items if you pick a Renault Kadjar Dynamique S model or above – they come with an adjustable boot floor that all but eliminates the slight step behind the rear seats. There’s even some room underneath to hide a few small bags safely out of sight.
Flip the adjustable boot floor upside down in Dynamique S models, and you get a smooth, wipe-clean surface that’s ideal if you regularly carry a dog or two.
There are a few tether points to tie-down larger items but the two small curry hooks under the load cover will struggle to secure larger, heavier bags. Thankfully you get a retractable load cover and top-spec cars come with two underfloor storage areas with a handy divider to stop smaller items rolling around too much.