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By Andy Enright
Introductionword count: 93
The Renault Kangoo van has eked a profitable niche for itself as an inexpensive city van that won't let operators down. It was first launched in 2008 but Renault never stopped developing it, two years after the model's introduction adding a lengthened 'Maxi' version to the range with a clever 'Crew Van' option. In 2011, the range was further strengthened with the LCV market's very first all-electric model. A lot then, happened to this commercial Kangoo during the 2010 to 2013 period. Here's how to track down a used example from that time.
Modelsword count: 12
4/5dr Light panel van (1.6 petrol, 1.5 diesel, electric [Z.E., ML, ML+])
Historyword count: 177
The second generation Kangoo arrived back in 2008, but for the purposes of this review, we're looking at the later examples built between 2010 and 2013. During this period, Renault poured a lot of attention into the development of this apparently humble panel van. The UK importers had ditched the Kangoo passenger car version at the end of 2010, but by mid-2010 the Kangoo range was already being fleshed out further with the addition of the Maxi, a long wheelbase variant that helped bridge the gap to the bigger commercials in the range, offered with 85 or 105PS versions of the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine. The Kangoo Z.E. Electric vehicle was also announced at the Geneva Show of 2010 and the Kangoo Maxi Z.E appeared the following year, but it wasn't until the end of 2011 that UK buyers could actually get their hands on stock. At the start of 2013, Renault announced a facelift for the Kangoo, with the big grille badge front and centre and a whole lot more high-tech features included for the price.
What You Getword count: 165
The Kangoo's blocky shape affords masses of room for front seat passengers, the high ceiling creates an airy feel to the cabin and the basic dashboard design is lifted wholesale from the MK2 Scenic MPV with its two-tone finish, handle-style handbrake designed to minimise strain on the wrist and dash-mounted gear lever. Certainly, by the standards of the compact van market, quality of fit and finish is pretty good. The upright driving position also facilitates easy entries and exits. An enormous amount of headroom is present in the front of the Kangoo, enough so that all kinds of elaborate headgear could be accommodated should the occasion arise. The Kangoo comes with ABS with EBD, four load anchorage points, remote control central locking, full steel bulkhead, overhead storage shelf, driver's side airbag, height-adjustable seatbelts and steering wheel. There's also rear disc brakes and six load anchorage points. Choose the top-of-the-range ML+ and you also get a nearside side-loading door and ESP+. What To Look For (used_look)
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