Renault made its debut in the world of crossover Koleos in 2008 and despite the tradition of Lozenge in the segment is not long-standing, with the new Kadjar there is every reason to become protagonists, going to compete with Asian brands and in particular Allies of Nissan. We spent a few days in the company of the compact sport utility presented in Geneva, the brand new sister Qashqai, which combines a versatile style, corny to say but true, currently single. The name, which means nothing but conjures up distant deserts and exotic adventures, invites you to travel and corresponds apt label a product “chic” is in the exterior design in top of the range Bose Energy test, in combination with engine dCi 130 hp: 29,500 euro, 9,000 more than the entry level Life with petrol engine.
It intrigues SEDUCE – If Qashqai, at first glance inspires strength sports, Renault Kadjar intrigues and invites you to sit down . And the interior does not disappoint: leather seats, steering wheel in nappa, satin console, 7-inch touch screen and a nice glass roof that gives the room brightness. You are comfortable, both front and rear and left room for a good number of luggage: 472 liters of load capacity can be almost 1500 broke down the rear bench. The passenger compartment, then, is which is flexible: the passenger seat leans forward allowing, for example, to load long objects also exploiting the whole length of the car. Or, other “found” intelligent, the curtain of the luggage compartment that can also be used to create a booth vertical. Appreciable finally some details such as the leather-wrapped handle positioned on the center console on the passenger side: maybe is not much, but it adds an adventurous touch to the overall context. Less understandable choices, cme to position the steering wheel buttons to control the cruise contrl but not the power button, located on the center tunnel.
TRAVELLING BUT NOT CLICK – It starts: the engine responds quickly at low engine speeds and city driving proves once agile and comfortable, despite some jerk too much on (many) holes of Rome, comlici also the monumental 19-inch wheels. The rear window also does not guarantee optimum visibility, as is the rest going on many new models for “sacrifices” related to the current canons of design, but even here the technology helps to facilitate maneuvers (and life). The layout Bose offers standard rear view camera and the mirrors reclosable electronically , in the case of tight box are a good combination, in addition to the semi-automatic parking system which gives a hand incaso of difficulty. Worthless, or nearly so, to emphasize that as a good model of the latest generation, Kadjar offers a wide range of security systems, from the automatic emergency braking, keep the wool assistant (which warns of scavallamento unintentional lane), traffic sign recognition and, as standard on all versions, ESC sensor and monitoring tire. Since the above construction has a great sound system eponymous brand, we turn on the stereo: great sound quality combined with good soundproofing exterior, the result is fascinating. We leave the city: the engine delivers an linear, but the 130 horses are not enough to give a feeling of sportsmanship and also by switching off the Eco function, the drive is not of those that leave their mark.
CONVINCE THE END – The motor is short his duty very well but gives great emotions: indeed you can not have everything (well, you can, but not in these numbers) and the feeling is that Kadjar is a good compromise for those who seeking a car suitable for urban life but ready to face long journeys in comfort and even small escapes on dirt. To all this we add the consumption declared by Renault: only 4.5 liters of diesel fuel in the combined cycle compared to 117 grams of CO2 per kilometer. To approach them, as declares the on-board computer, you must have one foot “enchanted” but 15 km per liter in the city are already a good result. Overall we can say “right first time” for Renault, which has created a new model attractive, comfortable and fashionable at this point look forward bend in the future SUV will be developed on the platform of the Nissan Navara.