Car Reviews: Renault Kangoo 1.5 dCi Expression – The AA

28 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Renault Kangoo 1.5 dCi Expression – The AA

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The car’s utilitarian approach to motoring minus the rough edges exterior styling is a refreshing to that of conventional MPVs storage options are numerous and – the overhead lockers especially impressive Ride and is good for this type of car pitch and roll is kept to a minimum


Overall build quality could be Despite the Kangoo’s size, legroom is disappointingly average and squeaks in the cabin can prove thanks to all the various plastic present Tailgate is heavy and considerable strength to close

thinking that Renault’s and its rivals are nothing more van-derived people carriers is to the point. Unlike their upmarket counterparts, these discourage owners from their purchases in cotton – thus allowing or small business to exploit the utilitarian roots to the full. refinement is often comparable to of a family car and, in the Renault’s the driving experience is an enjoyable

As van spin-offs go, Renault’s Kangoo is a effort. After some public resistance to all the cars in sector, the passage of time has buyers embrace these On the Kangoo’s side, among things, is its styling.

Renault’s to make its light commercial more than just a box on was a good move, and helped to the Kangoo’s profile.

Until the of the Kangoo came along, torn between a less completely versatile family and a traditional people carrier had to a difficult choice. The former offer the flexibility of the latter, but at it drove well. And yet, kids and pets into the confines of a conventional MPV wasn’t an for the faint hearted as the upholstery was at risk.

Enter the Kangoo and its Basic interior trimmings the cars more suitable and appealing – to buyers busy or active lifestyles, and pets. On a serious note, the Kangoo devoid of all the plush associated with regular its price is attractive to people a roomy and versatile holdall who otherwise be unable to afford an car or large people carrier.

The Kangoo makes perfect if purchased with Renault’s 1.5-litre diesel motor. plenty powerful and refined, combination is the true embodiment of motoring. Further reinforcing the side of the Kangoo is an all-wheel ‘Trekka’ variant, which be viewed as the perfect antidote to a

Our verdict on the Renault Kangoo 1.5 dCi

It may be descended from a van but Renault’s is anything but rough and ready. the cabin is decked out in plastics would be viewed as second in a traditional family hatch or MPV – but that’s part of the charm. Its sliding rear huge tailgate and boot, driving position and aircraft-style overhead lockers combine to a surprisingly enjoyable ownership


The Kangoo, despite its commercial origins, works out the same price as a high-end The beauty of the Kangoo is that you get more for your money. Be due to the Kangoo’s modest level of any savings you make will be when you start ticking the boxes. That aside, the front-wheel drive diesel and you’ll soon forget a filling station looks

The car’s simple underpinnings see only modest garage along with real-world quotes.

Space and practicality

the Kangoo is an accomplished family It boasts a generous boot, the sliding rear doors are an feature and front seat are well catered for. rear seat occupants do with a little more

All of which is fine if you only children, but adults will the pinch. Oddment storage is good, though. Door are deep and Expression models overhead lockers, which keep possessions out of the sight of eyes.

Controls and display

Car security

Car safety

For a company seeks to promote its safety at every available opportunity, good to see that all models get front airbags as standard, the option of front side Unlike some more MPVs, the Kangoo can’t be had rear passenger airbags.

Driver appeal

No car in the budget MPV will ever match the of Ford’s Focus for driver but the Kangoo is head and shoulders Citroen’s Berlingo and Fiat’s Although a tall car, is well controlled, which even the simple things negotiating roundabouts a less experience. And for all-round performance, the 1.5 dCi engine is a willing yet frugal

The petrol options are fine, but the is much better.

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First car appeal

Quality and

The concept of a people carrier on a van will never have rushing to the dealerships, but the Kangoo well to hide its commercial under the veil of above levels of versatility. It also that the van the Kangoo is based on is of a looker to begin with. aren’t so rosy on the quality as Renault’s reputation isn’t as as, say, Honda’s.

And it’s not just trim can prove a little flaky but electronics – an area of that dogged early of the Megane. Most problems are however, but can be annoying.


The is an easy car to live with, not because of its twin sliding doors and positively huge The former affords you easy to the rear of the car’s cabin and the to open the doors without in a cramped car park. The latter just the barrier between you and a boot but also a useful when it’s raining.

Authentique trim models to make do with van-style opening rear doors. forget, though, that a pronounced step up into the which could cause or infirm passengers some

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

While not a frill-free approach to entertainment, buyers are limited to either a or single CD player – on whether you choose the base Authentique or Expression/Trekka 4×4 respectively. Both perform but, obviously, the cassette is starting to become an outdated At least the remote controls on the steering column make the volume or radio station and the centrally mounted display your eyes from

The Kangoo’s twin sliding doors are a boon in tight car

Colours and trim

Light, exterior colours suit the best, and are likely to boost values when you decide to on your Renault. And while the car is at the budget end of the MPV market, there is a lack of black plastic – something that smacks of bargain basement Inside, you’d be foolish to a plush interior like of Honda’s FR-V, but the Kangoo’s is a reasonable effort.

With so glass, the car’s cabin possesses a light and airy allowing you to pick a dark fabric to hide the predictable and tear.

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