Turn the Eco button off and point it down the A272 and you'll feel some raw driving pleasure. At no point will you be endangering your licence but, thanks to a good chassis, nimble steering, and surprisingly firm-when-it's-needed suspension, the Kadjar feels like it is. All cars, good ones that is, enjoy being pushed, and the big Renault is no exception: pitch it into a corner and the weight will transfer, but the chassis will accept that and help you deal with it. The steering is nicely weighted for a smooth transition and at times we're absolutely sure it has cocked a cheeky inside rear wheel.
The biggest pleasures in motoring sometimes come from the unexpected, and can there be any better delight than leaving an M5 for dead down some country lanes in a diesel-powered crossover? I think not.
Photography by Tom Shaxson.