Kangoo gets the jump on van rivals
AREDESIGNED Kangoo van (right) has been added to the Renault range in Australia. The new mini van is longer, wider, has more standard features and is available with a petrol or diesel engine.
The diesel Kangoo’s carrying capacity increases from 2.75 cu m to 3 cu m, and the payload has increased from 530kg to 800kg.
The petrol Kangoo has the same cargo room and its payload has risen to 650kg, up from 530kg.
The petrol unit is a 1.6-litre fourcylinder with 78kW at 5750 revs and 148Nm at 3750 revs and is linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. This engine and transmission combination delivers an official combined fuel economy figure of 8.3 litres for 100km.
The 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine generates 63kW at 3750 revs and 200Nm at 1900 revs and is linked to a five-speed manual transmission. This is the economical choice, with the diesel returning the impressive fuel economy rating of just 5.2L/100km, which means it is the most miserly van in its class.
The new Kangoo is built on the same base as the Scenic peoplemover, which Renault says means it has a similar level of driving refinement to a passenger vehicle.
It is 178mm longer than the old model and 102mm wider, and the wheelbase has been stretched to 2697mm, 100mm longer.
The internal load length, when the passenger seat is upright, is up by 60mm to 1731mm. It now has 1218mm of space between the rear wheel arches.
Renault has upgraded the exterior with a new look that borrows cues from the European Twingo baby car.
It has also fitted Bluetooth phone connectivity, airconditioning and cruise control.
The Kangoo comes standard with anti-skid disc brakes, a driver’s side front airbag and pre-tensioning seatbelts.
You can get electronic stability control as an option for the petrol model but not the diesel.
A front passenger airbag, as well as side airbags for the driver, and passenger are optional on both.