You can do with the Kan­goo

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ET Business -

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

On the down­side, the turn­ing cir­pact model be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly small­cle in­creases with the ex­tra length er than the stan­dard Kan­goo and the but most driv­ers will hardly no­tice, Maxi be­ing sig­nif­i­cantly larger than the Kan­goo al­ways feel­ing ma­noeuthat with its 4m3 load vol­ume repre­vrable for its size. All mod­els have sent­ing an in­crease of 1m3. The max­great for­ward vis­i­bil­ity cour­tesy of imum pay­load re­mains the same as the ex­ten­sive wind­screen and trun­heavy duty ver­sions of the Kan­goo cated bon­net, while the well-weight-at 800kg.

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.

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