Renault Kadjar Shockingly Beats Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga

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Renault Kadjar Shockingly Beats Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga
Usually, the more expensive car is better - Porsche Panamera vs. Mercedes E-Class, Audi A3 vs. VW Golf and so on. But this comparison review first the Renault Kadjar as its winner, even though the model is way cheaper than the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga.
We've tested all these cars separately over the years. The Kuga felt nice but was hard to recommend, the Nissan was a great all-rounder, and the Renault Kadjar felt cheap. And it still does, because it is cheap by a long way.

Underneath the skin, the French crossover is underpinned by the same platform as the Nissan and comes with a similar range of engines. But while the Kadjar cuts corners on quality, it offers more space.

Styling is another big part of why this cheap Renault won. Mat Watson from Carwow describes it as having concept car looks. Some people will prefer the rugged appearance of the Ford Kuga, but there is a price to pay for that. The most expensive car here, it's also the least practical regarding trunk space.

All three are let-downs when it comes to the dashboard design or quality. However, the Kadjar makes up for this by comfortably seating three people in the back and offering more headroom as well.

When it comes to the engines, the Renault and Nissan offer the same ones. This review would lead us to believe there is no noticeably feeling of speed between the 1.5 and 1.6-liter diesel, so you should buy the smaller one and save a lot of money. In terms of ride, both are pretty good, but the Kadjar has a horrible manual gearbox, something we also noticed during our test drive.

The Kuga is equipped with a manly 2-liter diesel, all-wheel-drive, and an automatic gearbox. This level of overkill is not what buyers are looking for. What's more, the model lets Ford down by not offering the sweet handling everybody expects from them.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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