Renault Kangoo (2008–)

Last updated 7 November 2018

With a choice of three body lengths, as well as panel van and crew van versions, there’s a Kangoo to suit almost every need. The Kangoo can deal with maximum payloads from 650kg to 800kg, with the Z.E electric model coming in at same 650kg maximum permissible payload as the 75PS diesel models, so there’s no loss of practicality in choosing the battery-powered model.

Cargo volume ranges from 3.0m3 to 4.0m3 to put the Kangoo on a par with the best in this class. Even the shortest body length version can cope with a Euro pallet in its load bay, while the Maxi version is able to swallow two whole Euro pallets to make it a very useful bit of kit without the need to trade up to a larger van. There is only one roof height across all Kangoo models though.

For the Z.E electric version of the Kangoo, Renault fixes the batteries underneath the floor, so there is no intrusion into the load bay and its cargo volume is unaffected. Like the other models in the range, there are lashing hooks in the floor and a tubular bulkhead behind the driver’s seat. Core and Sport models can be ordered with an optional full steel bulkhead, and they also have underbody protection as standard to safeguard from scuffs and speed bumps, but the entry-point Debut models do without this.

Every Kangoo model has side-hinged rear doors that open out to 180-degrees and a sliding left-hand side door that affords excellent access to the cargo space. A sliding right-hand side door is an option for the Core and Sport models, as are trim panels for the load bay. The top spec Sport models have a rubber load floor covering as standard and this is an option for the Core trim but not the Debut.

In the cabin there is loads of space and this feeling is enhanced by the large windscreen and high roof. It gives the Kangoo cab an airy feeling that makes it a pleasant place to spend long days. Hard wearing materials make it rugged but they could do with looking a little more attractive for those who have to spend long periods of their working lives. A driver’s airbag is standard, with passenger and side airbags as options.

All-round visibility in the Kangoo is generally good, though you have to pay extra for glazed rear doors should you want this aid to reversing. Or, you could add the optional rear parking sensors to help when manoeuvring into tight spots.

The dash is easy to get on terms with as most of the instruments and dials are lifted straight from Renault’s passenger cars. The Z.E electric model has a battery charge indicator instead of a fuel gauge and it also has blue trim highlights to distinguish it from its fossil-burning counterparts. Satellite navigation is an option for the Core and Sport models.

Standard equipment across the range includes Bluetooth, a USB connection plus an adjustable passenger seat. The Core trim adds electric front windows and a trip computer, while the Sport gains an uprated CD stereo, air conditioning, pollen filter, alloy wheels, front fog lights and Renault’s R-Link Multimedia system.

Version Length Width Height Wheelbase
Crew Cab Van Maxi 4597 mm 1829 mm - 3081 mm
Crew Van Maxi 4597–4666 mm 1829 mm 1812–1836 mm 3081 mm
Panel Van 3829–4282 mm 1829 mm 1812–1844 mm 2313–2697 mm
Panel Van Maxi 4597–4666 mm 1829 mm 1836 mm 3081 mm
Version Length Width Height Volume
Crew Cab Van Maxi 1361 mm 1219 mm 1129–1154 mm 2.4 m3
Crew Van Maxi 1008–1862 mm 1219–1223 mm 1129–1154 mm 1.3–4.0 m3
Panel Van 1347–1476 mm 1219–1223 mm 1129–1252 mm 2.3–3.0 m3
Panel Van Maxi 1860–1862 mm 1219–1223 mm 1129 mm 4.0 m3
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