This month we bid a very warm welcome to Goodwood Road and Racing’s first ever long-termer, in the form of the Renault Kadjar. What, you might be thinking, is GRR doing with a mid-range crossover? The answer is simple, we lug quite a bit of kit around, so a large, but dependable and of course comfortable car is pretty important.
It’s been quite a first month for the bright red Kadjar (that’s Kadj-ar to you and me). It arrived at the Motor Circuit at the beginning of February and, while it will spend large amounts of its time in my hands, it was almost immediately whisked off to Paris of all places, in the reliable company of our own anorak Gary Axon.
The trip to Retromobile proved to be the perfect first taster for a crossover, hauling camera and video equipment over hundreds of miles with four fully-grown adults inside. It passed the test with flying colours, with all occupants remarking afterwards on its surprising comfort and the impressive lineup of tech it presents.
With heated leather seats, climate control, auto-dipping headlights, digital radio and an impressive (and frugal) 120hp diesel engine in the front, it’s safe to say we were surprised with how much we’ve already grown to like ‘our’ Kadjar, and we’ll be keeping you updated on its progress every month until Renault turn up and force us to give it back.
It’s odd really, the Kadar is not a car you expect the staff at GRR to be interested in, but we’re pretty sure it’s going to be a tough one to give up.
Average fuel consumption this week: 43.6mpg
Price of our car (Signature Nav dCi 130 2WD) £23,570 plus £800 optional extras