1100 hrs local time , our test drive of the new Renault Kadjar SUV kicks off from Renault Kenya Mombasa road office. Its a first ride on this French machine and I cant wait to have an experience of a lifetime of course in one of the classy vehicles of 2017. On the Back left is Renault Brand Manager Jonathan Dos Santos.I am on his right as the front seats are occupied by the twins; Naeomis
Positioned to offer the best driving experience for car enthusiasts in Kenya, the first thing I notice when I rest my derriere ,is the topstiching on its enveloping seats aimed at giving you comfort. The softouch dashboard and a chrome bordered gauges and gear knobs all convey a refined finish.
” This car machine can definitely make a good family car ” so I whisper to myself. Well before am done with my thoughts ,Dos Santos disrupts me and asks , What do you think is the engine size of this car? I quickly guess 2500 cc. He jiggles and asks me to try again. would you guess?
Yes I got it wrong again. Intentional to make a point sink, the easy going Santos gives us the answer. The size is 1200 cc turbocharged.its absolutely Eco-friendly. The installed Eco-driving system accessed via the 7 inch screen reduces CO2 emissions by up to 25% depending on driving conditions and the motorist’s usual driving style.
We are past Kikuyu and so far I have had a test of what riding in a 4×2 automatic Renault Kadjar feels like ( note that there is a 4×4 manual version of the Kadjar). some of the outstanding Characteristics include;
- LED daytime running lights
- A 7 inch touch screen with a pre installed map for ease of navigation.Its graphic interface is similar to that of a tablet. With this screen, you can;
- Access your mobile phone messages,
- Make a telephone call,
- Navigate your direction
- Play multimedia and Access to other apps
- Has a voice assistant among other character
*It allows Bluetooth streaming of music
4.Has a blind spot system located on the side mirrors (blinks orange) to indicate that there is an overtaking vehicle.
5.Has two USB ports for Charging ( right port ) and multi media ( left port )
6. More exciting is its auto smart key which Unless you are within a distance of 1 meter, it will not open the doors. Despite this it allows keyless entry. er
At just a press of a button you can restore your own personal navigation and multimedia setting, your driving assistance function and the ambience of your dashboard.
“This car defines innovation, on the technology front, “the Kadjar boasts of easy park assist, dual zone climate control, electronic parking brake, keyless entry and voice activated controls, amongst many more” Said Jonathan
Following us closely in the drive test is Renal Duster compact SUV measuring 4.45 metres long, 1.84 metres wide and 1.6 metres tall. Some semblance of off-road ability is assured thanks to its 190mm ground clearance, front and rear skid plates , approach and departure angles of 18 and 25 degrees respectively. The Kadjar sits above the duster.
The New Duster model has a new face lift and is now available in 4×4 manual and in 4×2 automatic by end of 3rd quarter.” It has an upgraded exterior and interior design that makes it a head-turner.
Dos Santos notes that the new enhancements perfectly complement the New Duster, while it retains its iconic crossover style body shape.In line with the advancements in technology in the industry, the new Duster is equipped with new rear view camera with guidelines, new automatic air conditioning, new window with anti-pinch and new multimedia 7” touch screen just like the one in Renault Kadjar.
In a bid to enhance the safety of its users, the New Duster has a host of active and passive safety features including ABS, EBD with Brake Assist, Dual Airbags, ESP & Hill start assist. It is also equipped with front driver and passenger airbags as well as a visual and sound signal to alert you just in case you forget to buckle up.
The price range for Renal Duster and Kadjar is between Ksh. 2 million and 5 million.
We are now at Westlands in a famous petrol station.Probably a sister company to the one which a certain legislator pointed a gun to its CEO. while at this juncture am interested to know few legal terms while purchasing either of this machines. My able teacher of the day Dos santos tells me that once on purchase the Renault Kadjar or Duster is worth a 3 years warranty or a drive of up-to 100,000 kilometers.
My drive test has come to an end.One important and last thing am interested to know is ,where do I service my Renault Kadjar or Duster incase of any complications? Well, Renault Kenya has 5 authorized servicing centers across the country. They include Renault; Mombasa Road, Westlands, Kisumu,Mombasa and Kisii .From this centres you can get spare parts of your machines and all your questions answered.
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