Renault Kangoo Z.E. review (2011 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Renault Kangoo

Z.E. (2011 onwards)

What: Kangoo Z.E. Maxi

Where: Lisbon, Portugal

October 2011

Price: – £23,078 (including VAT and OTR

Available: November

Key rivals: Transit Connect Azure Fiat Doblo Micro-Vett, Berlingo Venturi (all conversions)

Summary: The first electric vehicle to hit the UK will be the Z.E. van, arriving on shores in November – but it also prove the people of the future?


If the Renault Z.E. electric car left us a underwhelmed, the Renault Kangoo electric van is the perfect antidote. is an electric vehicle (EV) makes so much sense the combustion equivalents start to like the fossils that them.

Available in standard form, a larger Maxi and the version tested here, the five-door Maxi Crew the Kangoo Z.E. combines torque with zero in motion to deliver ultra short-range practicality.

But this is MSN Cars; you might be why we’re fawning over a It’s hard not to notice the Crew is offered extensive of windows – meaning the Kangoo Z.E. could easily function as a no-nonsense carrier.

With a spacious compartment and vast, utilitarian area is this mere away from being an MPV for the EV Could it be the future of the school Don’t be too dismissive.


The Kangoo Z.E. is powered by a version of the electric motor drives the Fluence Z.E. It the same, instant 166lb ft of giving it a very immediate throttle response, but the reduced (and significantly less aerodynamics) lessens the pep at higher

All electric cars – and current conventional ones use brake energy regeneration to efficiency. Electric motors are handy for this, though, when momentum causes to rotate they effectively into a generator, feeding back into the battery.


This process drag, and in the Kangoo Z.E. is used to the maximum in order to the vehicle slow down lifting your foot off the is like leaning on the brakes. In it’s such a powerful it will actually bring a loaded Maxi to a total even if it is travelling downhill.

And the electric motor acting a reducer to provide just a gear, smooth is very in the nature of this machine; the whine seems less here than in the Fluence, but perhaps that’s due to the added noise caused by the van’s shape.

Ride and handling

One of our main criticisms of the Fluence is the way it feels to drive – a large battery pack upright behind the rear it always was going to seem a unusual. With the Kangoo however, Renault has stashed the pack below the floor.

gives the Kangoo a very low of gravity – a positive rather than an unfortunate It feels much more from behind the steering and with no unusual weight as you progress through a corner it you a much greater sensation of

The ride is well able to bumpy tarmac – we were travelling only there was some luggage and a tree holder in the load – and while it does a little through the corners is far from excessive, and with the acting as a massive counterweight is plenty of grip.

With easy to judge steering, visibility thanks to all that and the box-like shape, not too mention the refinement of an electric drivetrain it seems like a commercial at all. That people idea really isn’t far fetched.


Even the compartment seems well up to the The plastics aren’t exactly but since the Kangoo has been for a heavy working life about the cabin certainly solid, and there are plenty of to store stuff.

Legroom is generous in the rear too, which are accessed via sliding doors. But you will to pay extra for the little luxuries we for granted on almost every car now including air conditioning (£738) and a front passenger airbag

There’s no bulkhead behind the seats, so you can easily fold flat to expand the load from the merely huge litres) to the truly massive litres) – the batteries absolutely no damage to the usual Maxi carrying volume.

there’s also no headlining in the – which again the Kangoo’s commercial vehicle A small price to pay, we but also an easy fix if Renault was to go down the MPV route with machine.

Economy and safety

Safety considerations are more Stability control isn’t an option and there’s just the one airbag. But the electric drive will automatically shut in the event of an accident, and full for safe handling is being to rescue crews.

The Kangoo has an official range of 106 miles, on the same European testing as regular vehicles – driving style, conditions and all make a big difference to EV range, the goes that this be more than enough to an urban delivery round.

Vans used in this way return to a depot every where it would theoretically be to install the charging systems to power them. A charge 6-8 hours using a dedicated – and while the installation will vary, the per mile costs should significantly over petrol or diesel.

buyers or smaller businesses have a home charging fitted or rely on the public infrastructure that is slowly momentum. Charging via a regular socket of suitable robustness is possible – but will closer to 12 hours and the cable for costs an extra £414.

The MSN verdict

The Renault Kangoo makes a lot of sense. With vans typically restricted to low mileages, the torquey electric and sheer driveability of these means you almost need an to not buy one over a petrol or diesel

One such excuse may well be the of course. The Kangoo Z.E. at £21,038 on the road (including an ordinary Kangoo costs a little over £10,000 VAT), while the fully Maxi Crew version we tops the range at £23,078. commercial vehicles don’t qualify for the £5,000 electric car

And in keeping with Renault’s strategy, the purchase price not include the battery – is subject to a separate leasing This costs between £60 and (plus VAT), depending on and mileage.

Still, no available even comes close to the price – so if you want an van the Kangoo is the presently the only way to go. looking for a true electric carrier may have a little longer to wait, but the promise is there.

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