The Renault Kangoo is a hard-working and dependable small van. Comfortable, affordable, and easy to drive, it offers low repair costs, loads of space and good fuel economy. The diesel engine and automatic transmission plus its extra tie-down points and double-sliding doors make it an easy choice for small businesses working city areas.
The diesel engine (1500cc) with 5-speed gearbox is made to maximise on fuel, while space for Euro pallets is a bonus as it is not a given for vehicles of its size. The Kangoo offers a good payload for a small van (500kg) yet at the same time a whopping 53.3mpg. While the van’s 70bhp is not massive (160Nm torque/1700rpm) it navigates streets no problem loaded up.
Renault Kangoo really suits city streets. Not too bumpy, good visibility and a small turning circle (9.6m kerb-kerb). This van squeezes into tight spaces! Made with materials cheaper to repair than most vans, Kangoo comes with ABS (brake assist), MSR torque overrun regulation, driver side airbag, and pretensioner seatbelts, all as standard.
The Kangoo body types are Compact, Maxi and Crew, all suiting different needs. The Maxi wheelbase creates a larger load area than the Compact, while Crew is the same length but with a row of rear seats. The standard Kangoo measures 1,844mm high (1,835mm for Maxi), is 1,829mm wide (all models) and 4,282mm long (4,666mm for the Maxi).
Kangoo Maxi has 4 cubic metres of cargo space and comes with rear barn doors opening 180 degrees for easy loading and sliding doors down each side. (Total payload of 850kg and towing power of 1,050kg with braked trailer).
Kangoo is a work van but feels like a small hatchback. While the engine has plenty of power for its cargo it is also efficient and the auto transmission smooth. The van has a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine with modest outputs of 81kW (250Nm), front wheel drive and a 6-speed automatic gear box. The Kangoo ZE 33 fully electric version has an R60 motor with an impressive claimed 170 miles per charge (33kWh battery).
Kangoo has some cool features including 4 airbags, anti-skid brakes and stability control. Inside, the van features a dash mounted gear-lever and a quality layout and finish plus oodles of room and storage. The rear doors open a handy 180 degrees and the mesh grille keeps the driver from their load for a nicer experience.