You can do with the Kangoo
THERE are terrible days in every van driver’s life when the cargo that needs to be moved won’t fit in the van that has to move it.
In such a situation, there are only two realistic ways to go: less cargo or more van. Renault is hoping that it can persuade customers to take that latter option with the Kangoo Maxi. This model is identical to the standard Renault Kangoo in every way: it’s just a little bit longer.
It’s the popular 1.5-litre dCi diesel engines that form the basis of the Kangoo Maxi range. These are familiar units used across the manufacturer’s line-up and 85bhp or 105bhp versions are offered. The less powerful diesel doesn’t move the Kangoo with any great zest and can sound harsh when pushed into the upper realms of the rev range. The 105bhp version feels stronger and is the unit to choose if big mileages are on your agenda.
The Kangoo’s underpinnings are borrowed from Renault’s Scenic passenger car and these origins are felt out on the road. The ride is more compliant and forgiving over the worst surface imperfections than we’ve come to expect in a compact van but the flipside is that body control is a little wayward when you press the Kangoo into corners. The longer wheelbase of the Kangoo Maxi helps EXTRA CAPACITY: You get more with a Renault Kangoo Maxi. it provide a more composed ride and ed steering and positive gearchange handling package than the shorter also impress. options which bounce around far Capacity will be the crux of many more. Kangoo buying decisions, the Com
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Renault has aimed to bring elements of its Scenic MPV to the Kangoo’s interior, creating what it likes to refer to as a ‘mobile office’ concept. There’s certainly a good quota of storage options provided in both models with large door pockets, an A4-sized compartment in the dashboard complete with pen holders and a 13-litre overhead shelf. The Maxi version of the Kangoo kicks off at about £12,500 which means that there’s a premium of £550 for its extra carrying capacity over the standard model. A Crew van version is also offered with a second row of seating and a load area of 1.1m3 behind that.
There’s nothing too complex about the Renault Kangoo Maxi but operators should appreciate its no nonsense offer of a Kangoo with extra capacity. If you can’t carry everything you need to in a standard Kangoo, this model might be the answer.