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Review: 2008 Renault 1.5 Diesel

By Samir Syed on 21, 2009

It may come off as odd to road a French car in Sweden. Play because as you#8217;ll soon no country#8217;s better-suited for the Renault . During my brief sojourn in I#8217;ve decided Swedes are the most utilitarian people.

else in the Western world do the own as few shoes or the men know as few jokes. In terms, the Swedish penchant for has translated into a decades-long affair with the most of all automotive species: the station The Kangoo is Renault#8217;s foray the compact hauler market.

On paper, it#8217;s a shoo-in: even uglier than an it#8217;s more practical and it less fuel with the diesel engine! In other what French car could be more Swedish?

Aesthetically, say the Kangoo has a decidedly European That#8217;s not a compliment. Like European interpretations of the budget it lacks any flair or machismo. The front sticks out meekly the whole, its tiny lights it the air of a mouse trying to avoid a charge in central London.

the middle lords disproportionately the front, but arrives too late to the to assert any character. It would perfectly at home schlepping abused suitcases at Charles de airport. The styling is possibly an at minimizing the drag coefficient for a where fuel costs less than black infants.

Unfortunately, it#8217;s not appeasing to see a front morphing into a big rear. And at the rear, more lurks in the form of asymmetrical and a large plastic bracket both sides of the …-end.

the Kangoo does some better than others, and say it does inanimate objects the That#8217;s because no disassembled dining set would dare about the hard plastics and boring instrument panel RSVP#8217;ed but then failed to my inflated European expectations. The are adequate, though thigh could be better.

I suppose being brainwashed European sensibilities on car discussions for years does that, but interior wouldn#8217;t look out of in a Ford Ranger. You can live it, but would you want to? On the plus at least the gear lever much of a reach from the

As a driving machine, the Kangoo is a bag. It adeptly splits the between big, ungainly car and nimble car. The ride is to a typical econobox, say a Civic or a That#8217;s probably because its DNA in the compact Mégane. However, it take too many roundabouts to you hate the momentous body amplified by the car#8217;s ridiculously center of gravity.

Tall and skinny together produce understeer, and the Kangoo has in droves. Conversely, the Kangoo#8217;s position is majestically high and a commanding view of the road

The 1.5L diesel is reasonably and miraculous with a full being competent for most of its rev Obviously, at 1.5L, you#8217;d call it a stump-puller. It#8217;s far too noisy to pay tribute to the country produced Berlioz and Debussy.

On the side, the towering storage is the king of practicality. It can hold bikes, humans, couches#8212;even the sink#8212;all without the need to a seat or remove the spare Any transplanted Baghdadi deliveryman the cobblestone micro-streets in Europe appreciate the privacy, practicality and of this rolling depot.

As a value proposition is where the suffers in the eyes of the overtaxed The base Kangoo sells for a low 107,000 Swedish crowns. you start optioning it out (with decadent amenities as rear seats), it#8217;s difficult to it under 125,000. It#8217;s flying too close to the sun.

The in this case, is off-lease or Saab wagons that benefited from precipitous These natives feature a upgrade in road manners, a upgrade in refinement, and an immeasurable in aesthetics for only a few thousands Sure, you#8217;ll sacrifice in schleppability, but it#8217;s a price Swedes have eagerly and will continue to eagerly

The result is that the Kangoo away mostly as a niche-market, commercial vehicle, while the van version is a rare sight. In the of Europe, the Scénic variant of platform has long fallen by the That doesn#8217;t make it an failure but more of a testament to the sometimes form will function#8212;even in Sweden.

Maybe why the girls here are so pretty.

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