The new generation Renault Kangoo represents a big step forward compared to the previous model as it’s both more practical and comfortable.
Despite the fact that the small van market is very competitive, Renault had always known how to attract buyers due to the good compromise between price, performances and economy.
Thanks to the old Kangoo van that was a very good product, Renault had a very strong foundation to build up the new generation which has anything it needs to be considered a practical and efficient small van.
The new Renault Kangoo is available in Compact, Van and Maxi shapes offering a wide choice of body styles and engines which make it ideal for urban deliveries or other light transportations.
The exterior design of the Renault Kangoo is at par with its competitors. The vehicle received a lot of fluid lines and rounded corners which make it look pretty dynamic and also help to disguise its boxy shape.
The radiator grille is placed low into the bumper. The big headlights look pretty modern and give the vehicle a purposeful look. Up front we also find a rugged plastic bumper which is fitted with two round headlights.
Moving on to the profile, the Kangoo features oversized wheel arches and sliding side doors which offer easy aces to the load area. There are also offered two asymmetric rear doors which open to an 180 degree angle.
Maximum payload ranges from 500kg to 800kg with load volumes starting at 2.3 cubic metres in the Compact and up to 4.6 cubic metres on the Maxi model. These dimensions will permit you to carry one euro pallet in the Van model and two euro pallets in the Maxi version. Unfortunately, the entire Renault Kangoo range is offered with only one roof height, which limits its versatility.
The Renault Kangoo interior looks pretty good and space is far from being a problem as there is plenty of leg and had room for both the driver and passenger.
The dashboard has a pretty interesting design, but still betrays the utilitarian character of the vehicle. The build quality is pretty poor too with cheap plastics and materials.
The good part However, is that there are plenty of storage places for everyone and the cabin is fairly practical.
You won’t complain about the instrument cluster either, as it’s laid out in an intuitive way and its big gauges are easy to read. We especially like the dash mounted gear knob as it features an ergonomic design and offers a good grab, being easy to use.
The steering wheel isn’t out first choice when it comes to ergonomic designs, but it has a decent shape and its size is wisely selected. For more convenience it can also be adjusted for both reach and rake.
The seats are at par with what you’ll usually find in this segment which means that they are devoid of proper lateral support, but they offer a decent overall comfort. The seat back can be tilt adjusted and the whole seat moved backwards and forwards permitting you to find a comfortable driving position easy. The high seating position and large windscreen offer excellent front visibility. Unfortunately, the rearview window is available only as an option, hence you’ll have to pay extra money for it.
Engines and performance
Depending on the body style, the Kangoo’s lineup of engines consists of two petrol, three diesel engines and one electric powertrain.
The weakest petrol unit is an 8V 1.6 liter which develops 90 hp. There is also a 16V unit which can be mated on a five speed manual gearbox or a four speed automatic.
The 1.5 dCi diesel units are available with 70, 90 and 105 hp with the strongest model available only for the Van and Maxi models.
As it was expected, the Renault Kangoo is far from being a speed demon, as its 0-100 kmph performances ranges from 13 to 20.3 seconds, depending on the model.
The engines aren’t among the strongest units you’ll find around and even the top of the range units will occasionally struggle to tow heavy loads. At least they are able to keep it up with the traffic and around town you won’t have any significant complains.
There is also available an electric version which generates 60 hp and 226 Nm of torque. This version is fairly easy to drive and offers a maximum driving range of up to 125 miles.
Renault Kangoo Engines Specifications
|1.6 8V||90||128 @ 3750|
|1.6 16V||105||148 @ 3750|
|1.5 dCi||105||240 @ 2000|
Ride and handling
Given its utilitarian nature, the Renault Kangoo rides pretty well, being able to deal well even with the worst surface imperfections. On the other hand, the body controls isn’t great, especially when you go into the corners with more aggressivity.
The Maxi version however has a more composed ride and handling than the compact models. On the other hand, the advantage of the smaller model is its superior agility offered by the small 9.7 turning circle.
On all models the power steering has a nice feel and offers a decent road feedback permitting you to control the vehicle pretty easy even when it’s fully loaded.
More or less, the Renault Kangoo offers the same load volume as its rivals. The cabin is decent with plenty of room and an adequate ergonomy. On the other hand, comfort is far from being first class and the materials and build quality are doubtful.
While on road, the vehicle isn’t as engaging as other models found in this segment, mostly due to its big body roll. With the exception of the top of the range unit, all engines lack power and you’ll need a lot of patience to get your job done.
However, we’ll have to admit that we like the low fuel consumption and the comfortable ride.