Along with its Compact sibling the latest generation Kangoo, introduced at the end of 2008, is set to appeal to a wider customer base thanks to the diversity of models on offer. It can now compete in two sectors of the market.
The full-size Kangoo is bigger than the one replaces — its 178mm longer — and there’s a more extensive choice of engines. It includes the same 68hp and 86hp diesels and the 87hp petrol from the Compact, but the former are joined by a 106hp version of the 1.5-litre with peak torque of 240Nm. A 107hp 1.6-litre petrol completes the picture.
Kangoo’s underpinings are based on the same platform as the Scenic MPV and feature MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear. Anti-roll feature at both ends, as do disc brakes, unlike the Compact which has rear drums. ABS is standard. Weight-saving electric power steering comes as standard and with 3.2 turns lock-to-lock offers a turning circle of 10.7m between kerbs.
Back at the business end you get a 1,478mm long load floor with a width of 1,218mm between the wheel boxes. Load height is 1,130mm and the resultant load space is 3.0m3, slightly up on the model it replaces. Asymmetric side-hinged rear doors are fitted and there’s the option of adding one or twin sliding side doors. Six load-tie points are provided, along with a solid steel bulkhead.
The standard specification of the well designed and spacious cab is high with remote central locking, radio/CD player with satellite controls, full width above-screen shelf and adjustable steering wheel provided. The options list is extensive for those looking to upgrade.
Servicing is required every 12,000 miles for the diesels and the warranty is three-year/100,000 miles.
The Kangoo has really come of age and will appeal to a wider audience in the UK. Great choice of diesel engines.