Review: Renault Kangoo (2009 – 2012)

Rating:

Really roomy, with clever, quick, flat folding rear seats that leave a low load floor. Cruise control with speed limiter. 6-speed box.

Harder ride than Berlingo and Partner. UK sales of Kango combi ended January 2012.

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Renault Kangoo (2009 – 2012): At A Glance

The standard length competes directly against the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, offering one thing they currently don’t: a four speed, torque converter automatic. And, if specified with rear seats (either as a panel van for VAT purposes, or as a windowed MPV), these have a simple cantilever that enables them to be folded very quickly and easily. Another advantage over the Berlingo and Partner is that instead of adding the extra length behind the back wheels, Renault adds it to the wheelbase, which makes the Kangoo Maxi both better looking and more stable.

The main engine options for all three are Renault’s well used, belt cam 1.5dCi with outputs of 85PS or 105PS and torque of 200Nm at 1,900rpm or 240Nm at 2,000rpm. EU5 versions with diesel particulate filters and outputs of 90PS and 110PS will be available by the end of 2010.

The version I took out was a windowed Maxi ‘combi’ with 66/33 split folding rear seats. This would be special order in the UK, but you can get a VAT friendly van version with rear seats and a very clever moveable rear load guard that shifts to protect either all five passengers or just the driver and front passenger.

Maximum load length at floor level is 2,210mm to the backs of the two front seats, or 1,328mm to the backs of the rear seats. The two seater version can be ordered with an optional folding passenger seat enabling extremely long loads up to 2,886mm (9 feet) such as ladders and kayaks to be accommodated inside.

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Renault Kangoo (2009 – 2012): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4213 mm
Width 1829 mm
Height 1799 mm
Wheelbase 2697 mm

Full specifications

Maximum load length at floor level is 2,210mm to the backs of the two front seats, or 1,328mm to the backs of the rear seats. The two seater version can be ordered with an optional folding passenger seat enabling extremely long loads up to 2,886mm (9 feet) such as ladders and kayaks to be accommodated inside.

That makes it ideal for surfers, plumbers, cyclists, joiners, decorators or anyone who needs to carry long loads and may occasionally need to transport 3 or 4 people and a long load, or 5 people and a lot of kit.

The rear opening height is 1,190mm, width 1,219mm at floor level and 1,141mm at the top, with 1,149mm between the rear wheel arches. Access to the rear is by twin side hinged doors with stay releases to get them completely out of the way for forklift loading as palette into the back.

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What's the Renault Kangoo (2009 – 2012) like to drive?

The long wheelbase gives it surefooted handling. The 6 speed manual gearbox gives you about 28mph per 1,000rmp in sixth. It can be specified with cruise control together with speed limiter. And the 105PS version I drove came in at 146g/km CO2 with a combined economy of 51.4mpg. Performance figures are 0-60 in a respectable 12.7 seconds and a top speed of 105mph.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.5 dCi 106 51 mpg 13.0 s 146 g/km
1.5 dCi 110 53 mpg 12.3–13.0 s 140 g/km
1.5 dCi 68 54 mpg 19.6 s 138 g/km
1.5 dCi 75 54 mpg 17.5–19.6 s 137 g/km
1.5 dCi 86 53 mpg 16.0 s 140 g/km
1.5 dCi 90 54 mpg 15.0–16.0 s 137 g/km
1.6 33–37 mpg 13.0–14.3 s 180–200 g/km
1.6 8V 35 mpg 15.8 s 192 g/km
1.6 Automatic 33–35 mpg 13.6–14.3 s 190–200 g/km

Real MPG average for a Renault Kangoo (2009 – 2012)

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Average performance

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Real MPG

31–56 mpg

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What have we been asked about the Renault Kangoo (2009 – 2012)?

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What cars offer removable seats?

Can you please tell me which cars have completely removable rear seats? This is my chief requirement in picking a car.
The Skoda Karoq has this feature because it was a popular feature of the Yeti. Otherwise, van-based MPVs such as the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner (new ones on the way), Renault Kangoo combi, Mercedes-Benz Citan, Fiat Doblo combi, Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life.
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