Kan­goo gets the jump on van ri­vals

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Big Wheels - JAMES STAN­FORD

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.

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