Renault’s Kadjar finally arrived in Australia in 2019 after a long delay from its initial 2015 release in Europe.
Distinguished by its segment-straddling dimensions somewhere between a small and medium SUV, the Kadjar presents a more upmarket Euro-styled alternative to the Nissan Qashqai with which it shares a chassis. It slots into Renault’s lineup between the Captur small SUV and Koleos mid-sizer.
Renault says the name ‘Kadjar’ is meant to be a portmanteau of ‘kad’ – for quad and ‘jar’ – for agile. The name is meant to give the impression that the car is both sporty and capable.
In the Australian market, its primary mainstream competitors are the Nissan Qashqai and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but it will more likely be cross shopped against similarly sized and priced European alternatives like the Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Karoq.