The Renault Kadjar five-seat family SUV has been a real hit for the French brand. It’s hoping a mid-life facelift will give it an added boost for 2019. Ordering opens on 3 January 2019 with prices from £20,595.
Visually, changes are minimal. It’s a good-looking machine so didn’t need much more than a revised grille plus extra lashings of chrome and body-colour trim.
Inside, upgrades address customer grumbles of the original. There are new heater controls (replacing the old Nissan-derived ones), illuminated switches for the electric windows and door mirrors, and bigger door bins that now hold 1.5-litre bottles.
Seats are more supportive, the cupholders are bigger, the front centre armrest has a greater range of adjustment and Renault’s illuminated the front cubby as well. Oh, and there’s more satin finish chrome for the door handles, centre console and air vent surrounds.
Perhaps the most welcome change is its upgraded infotainment system, which now has capacitive touchscreen technology so will be more sensitive and responsive than the old system.
2019 Renault Kadjar specs
The new 2019 Renault Kadjar becomes part of the firm’s ‘EasyLife’ line-up. This aims to simplify the buying process by cutting the number of variants to four: called Play, Iconic, GT Line and S-Edition, every version gets LED running lights, rear parking sensors, front fog lights plus automatic headlights and wipers.
Climate control, electronic parking brake, ambient lighting, 17-inch alloys and cruise control with a speed limiter are also standard on the Play.
The Kadjar Iconic builds upon this with sat nav, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, folding door mirrors, lane departure warning and 19-inch alloys. The rear glass is tinted, the DAB radio has a cooler-looking shark fin aerial (which sits between standard roof bars) and rear passengers get air vents and USB sockets.
Next up is S-Edition, which builds upon Iconic with special blue-stitched interior trim and a panoramic glass roof. Full LED headlights are included, and Renault adds chrome accents to the exterior trim.
The range-topping Kadjar GT gets full leather seats, heated on the front, a 360 parking camera, blind spot warning system and puddle lamps. The driver’s seat gets a cushion extender, for even more comfort.
Four new engines are offered. 1.3-litre TCe 140 and TCe 160 turbo petrol motors are offered alongside Blue dCi 115 and Blue dCi 150. There’s a choice of manual or EDC automatic gearboxes and, on the dCi 150, four-wheel drive alongside regular front-wheel drive.
2019 Renault Kadjar prices
- 1.3 TCe 140: £20,595 (EDC auto: £22,095)
- 1.5 Blue dCi 115: £22,495 (EDC auto: £23,995)
- 1.3 TCe 140: £22,095 (EDC auto: £23,595)
- 1.3 TCe 160: £22,895
- 1.5 Blue dCi 115: £23,995 (EDC auto: £25,495)
- 1.3 TCe 140: £23,595 (EDC auto: £25,095)
- 1.3 TCe 160: £22,895
- 1.5 Blue dCi 115: £25,495 (EDC auto: £26,995)
- 1.3 TCe 140: £25,095 (EDC auto: £25,895)
- 1.3 TCe 160: £26,595
- 1.5 Blue dCi 115: £26,995 (EDC auto: £28,495)
- 2.0 dCi 150 4×2: £27,995
- 2.0 dCi 150 4×4: £29,995