- Impressive load area (for the Maxi)
- Lots of equipment
- Spacious cabin
- Better rivals
- Needs more safety kit
- Not the largest payload
The Renault Kangoo is one of the bestselling small vans in Europe and a new model will appear in 2022. Until then, the Kangoo offers a great small van to meet just about every need. There’s also the new Renault Kangoo ZE which is an impressive all-electric creation.
The Renault Kangoo is getting long in the tooth but there is still a lot to like about the van. There’s no doubt though that the all-new Renault Kangoo really will deliver a fresh and impressive small van.
The Renault Kangoo has helped Renault to be the European leader in vans since 1998 with over four million sold.
The all-new Renault Kangoo (for 2022) is the latest generation of the light commercial van and builds on the success of its award-winning predecessor with a bold, completely new exterior, brand new interior and significant advances in infotainment and driver assistance systems.
The new Kangoo promises to revolutionise its segment by complementing its practicality and versatility with an upmarket feel that is generated through a high level of standard equipment and new materials throughout.
Instantly distinguishing the all-new Kangoo is a completely redesigned front end with an elegant chrome line between the grille and the front bumper. The sleeker front-end flows into sculpted sides with a more pronounced profile.
A brand-new interior adds to the car-like sophisticated feel of the new Kangoo. The centrepiece is a new horizontal dashboard that has a stylish appearance and numerous storage spaces, while new, completely redesigned seats enhance comfort and durability.
Convenience and safety are heightened with the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system and new driving aids, which include the Permanent Rear View digital interior mirror. This new system provides excellent rear visibility where a bulkhead obscures natural rear-view vision. Other new features will include a host of new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
The new generation model will be available in two lengths. It offers a highly useful volume of 3.3 m3 to 3.9 m3 in the standard van and from 4.2 m3 to 4.9 m3 in the longer version.
Reasons to buy
As one of the best small vans currently available, the Renault Kangoo is certainly worth investing in. That’s unless you want to wait until 2022 when the all-new version will appear. Until then, the latest version was unveiled in 2008 and was revamped in 2020.
If you like the Renault Kangoo, then consider the Citroen Berlingo or the Ford Transit Connect.
The 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engines for the Renault Kangoo are all Euro6 compliant and deliver impressive fuel economy.
For example, the dCi 95 offers 65 mpg with emissions of 117g/km. The more powerful engine returns 62 mpg, while the Kangoo Maxi, which is larger and heavier, returns 59 mpg and emissions of 125g/km.
All of the diesel-engines have a six-speed manual transmission fitted as standard.
All models also feature a fuel-saving eco-driving mode as standard.
Running costs for the Kangoo are also helped by the firm’s three-year or 100,000-mile warranty, and with the Pro+ offering, that can be extended to five years, including a regular service plan and assistance breakdown.
The Renault Kangoo offers load volume of between 3 m³, to 3.6 m³ and the load space can accommodate two Euro pallets since it is 4.28 m long and 1.22 m wide between the wheel arches.
The Renault Kangoo Maxi offers load volume of between 4 m³ and 4.6 m³ and is 4.67 metres long, and 1.22 metres wide.
There’s also a crew van with five seats that offers a load volume of 3.4 m³.
The payload range for the Kangoo is between 650kg to 800kg, and for the Maxi it is 800kg.
Technology & Safety
There are two trims for the Renault Kangoo – Business and Business+. Both offer lots of equipment.
The interior and handling are car-like, a lot of the equipment and styling is lifted from Renault’s passenger cars, and drivers get to enjoy electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity and a trip computer.
There’s also an app to help with multimedia and satnav functions, plus the option of a multimedia system with onboard connectivity, satnav and access to live services from Tom-Tom.
Safety features include electronic stability control, Grip Xtend for better grip on slippery and loose services, hill start assist and ABS.
Behind the wheel of the Renault Kangoo, drivers get to enjoy a van that feels solid, delivers car-like handling and has lots of comfort.
This is a well-designed offering and the under-performing petrol engines have been phased out.
This is also a functional and reliable van and it’s an agile offering with the suspension delivering a smooth ride.
Compared with the Kangoo ZE, which has a single-speed transmission and a much quieter cabin, the diesel-powered Kangoo can get noisy at times, but it remains a real workhorse, and a small van to enjoy.
Also, while the design for the cab is fairly bland, the all-new Kangoo is a much more impressive and modern offering.