Re­nault’s Kadjar adds to the choices

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

RE­NAULT has ex­panded its Kadjar range with diesel and a dual clutch to give buy­ers a wider choice of very ef­fi­cient small sport utes. The elec­tronic set­tings of the twin-plate dry clutch sys­tem in the 1.5 dCi turbo diesel en­gine are aimed at achiev­ing the best mileage, which will leave driv­ers used to Re­nault’s high­revving petrol en­gines won­der­ing when the kick down is go­ing to hap­pen.

The an­swer is, it ain’t, as the gears on each of the two shafts are se­lected by elec­tric ac­tu­a­tors, all aim­ing to be as fuel ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble. This is ex­cel­lent for city driv­ing, but un­pleas­ant when pass­ing trucks on a high­way.

Kadjar 4x2 prices:

1.5 (81 kW) Turbo dCi 6-speed man­ual R394 900 1.2 (96 kW) Turbo petrol EDC 7-speed auto R399 900 1.5 (81 kW) Turbo dCi EDC 6-speed auto R414 900.

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Kadjar now has Re­nault’s pop­u­lar 1,5 diesel and its mis­un­der­stood dual clutch.

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