Renault is back in the big league with new Austral hybrid

French car maker has returned to the family SUV market with the new Austral, and it’s a competent alternative to established models

Renault Austral: the new SUV from the French carmaker replaces the Kadjar. Pictures: @Greg

The new Renault Austral is a family SUV with quite a job on its hands. Its predecessor, the Kadjar, should have been a sales sensation, but it never hit those heady heights. Despite sharing so much with the class-leading Nissan Qashqai, the French SUV never really found its feet, and it was unceremoniously dropped from the line-up. Now Renault is coming back to the family SUV market, and the new Austral is tasked with putting ...