Our Fleet Test Drive: Renault Kadjar - 17th report
20 December 2016
Author: David Motton
It's been a quieter couple of weeks for the Kadjar as short-term test cars have taken most of my attention. When I have been back behind the wheel, it's been for short local hops, so the mileage hasn't changed hugely since the last report.
I'm optimistic that the car's fuel economy is beginning to improve, or at least that a tankful spent largely on the motorway is going to nudge fuel economy towards the mid-50s mpg. Certainly that's what the trip computer suggests, and so far it has proven pretty accurate as trip computers go.
This tank has lasted over 500 miles and the trip suggests there's another 100 miles or so left if I run the tank down until it's almost empty.0
While the Renault hasn't covered any long journeys lately, it has been given a thorough clean. Maybe it's because the Renault is a good looking car, but it really niggles at me if the Kadjar gets too dirty. The red hides the dirt reasonably well, but it still looks a lot better after 20 minutes or so with a bucket and sponge. On bright days the sun really catches the paint, and the colour suits the car.
Of course, tax bills and whole-life costs are more important than styling when it comes to choosing a car for business use, but it's not irrelevant. The curvy and distinctive looks contribute to the Kadjar's desirability, which in turn must help with resale values. According to Kwikcarcost, the Kadjar comfortably beats the Nissan Qashqai in terms of retained value over three years, and narrowly has the edge on the highly rated new Seat Ateca. The Kadjar doesn't hold its value quite as well as the Hyundai Tucson or Kia Sportage, but there's very little in it.
So good looks might not be everything, but they certainly don't hurt.
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