Renault recently held the second launch for the Kadjar, so clearly something important had changed. This was indeed the case, and the aforementioned importance was the addition of the EDC (Efficient Double Clutch) gearbox to the Kadjar range. Wooooow.
Touted as offering the efficiency and responsiveness of a manual gearbox, yet the convenience and comfort of an automatic, the EDC gearbox is Renault’s foray into the world of the double clutch and has now been dropped into the Kadjar. Mated with an array of either petrol or diesel engines, the Kadjar EDC is the value for money proposition that the Kadjar has always been, but now with added appeal for those who dislike shifting the cogs themselves. Impressive build quality, striking looks (especially in Flame Red) and economical engines across the range make for an enticing package.
The range starts at R364 000 for the 96kW TCe Expression with the cheapest EDC model being the 93kW TCe Dynamique Auto at R399 900. If it’s a frugal frenchie you’re after, the 81kW dCi Auto is the Kadjar for you, priced at R414 900.
In conclusion, the Kadjar brings French flair to the ever-growing Crossover segment which its twin, the Nissan Qashqai invented back in the noughties. With a slightly more desirable name than Nissan’s Kumquat (only just) and added pizaz, the Kadjar is a pleasant and welcomed glimpse into the future of Renault, now with an auto, and we like it!