With its neat, angular, boxy design and low, wide chassis, the Renault Kangoo is a cute, appealing-looking minivan that comes in a variety of guises. Electric, diesel, petrol; two-seater, five-seater, three-door, four-door; however you want yours, there’s a Kangoo to suit your requirements.
The electric Kangoo ZE (which stands for zero emissions) comes in four guises: the Van ZE, Maxi ZE, Maxi Crew ZE and Maxi Crew Van Cab ZE. All are designed to be 95 percent recyclable at the end of their lives, and are made from at least seven percent recycled plastic. The Van ZE, the smallest, is a two-seater with a load capacity of 3.4 cubic metres; the longer and slightly higher Maxi ZE is a two-seater with a load capacity of 4.6 cubic metres, while the Maxi Crew ZE and Maxi Crew Van Cab ZE seat five. All come with electric heated door mirrors, electric front windows (one-touch for the driver), deadlocks, a trip computer and ABS with electronic brake distribution to help prevent skidding. There’s an econometer to monitor your driving efficiency, and the vehicles have an ‘eco mode’ to maximise their range.
All models have 59bhp engines with 167lb/ft of torque and a maximum speed of 80mph. If you’re looking for something more traditional, there’s also a diesel Kangoo in various guises, and one petrol option. The basic Debut model returns 57.6mpg combined and reaches a top speed of 94mph, while the top-of-the-range Sport, which is almost 40cm longer, seats five and hits 106mph. There’s also a two-seater Core petrol model with an automatic transmission.
Again, all models come with a radio with Bluetooth and an MP3 socket, ABS, deadlocks and a driver’s airbag. The Core also has electric front windows and a trip computer, while the Sport has air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric windows, electric mirrors, a trip computer and front fog lights. It also has the Renault R-Link, a voice-activated, touch-screen mini-computer on which you can do anything from checking your emails to getting the weather forecast – and, great news for hay fever sufferers, there’s also a pollen filter.