Renault’s front-wheel drive high cube contender was updated for the 2006 model year and the big news is that all the engines are now Euro 4 compliant.
There are three versions of the 1.5dCi common rail diesel (60, 68 and 84hp), as well as 16-valve 1.2-litre (106hp) and 1.6-litre (148hp) petrol units. The latter comes mated to an automatic gearbox. Special edition ‘Heavy Duty’ models — 689kg payload and air con — will remain available powered by the old 65 and 80hp Euro 3 engines. Something to bring a cheer to the hearts of the safety conscious is that Renault has taken the bold step of making ABS standard across the range.
Kangoo remains unchanged on the outside, but the interior gained a redesigned facia as well as new trim options. Power steering is standard and suspension remains independent at the front while the rear has torsion beams and dampers. Payload is around 620kg for the standard vans, but there are uprated 800kg versions available with the 68hp and 84hp 1.5dCi.
Go for the + (Plus) specification and the package includes sliding nearside side door, electric windows, overhead parcel shelf, under seat storage tray, three-button, multi-function remote central locking and floor covering for the 2.7m3 load area among the extras. The cubic capacity can be increased to 3m3 by specifying the optional folding passenger seat and swivelling bulkhead.
Fuel consumption for the 65hp 1.5dCi was an impressive 52mpg when we tested the old model, so expect something similar for the replacement. One downside to going Euro 4 is that an oil change is now required every 12,000 miles, as opposed to 18,000 miles.
Kangoo received a serious round of revisions and we welcome the fitment of ABS as standard. New model (and SWB Compact) can now be ordered.