Renault Kangoo 1.5dCi 86


By the time this long-term report goes online, Renault will have taken back the keys to our long-term Kangoo, and no doubt it will have been a farewell tinged with disappointment.

Not, you understand, disappointment with the van because it is a cracking little vehicle, but disappointment that our test period wasn’t longer than three months.

For while it quickly impressed us with its versatility, road manners, performance and – probably most of all – fuel economy, the more time we spent with the Kangoo, the more we valued its wide spread of abilities.

It really is a well designed and well thought out compact van.

It’s load volume of 3.0cu m is adequate, while the ply-lined floor our Kangoo came with proved to be invaluable in keeping the load area in as good as condition as possible – important when it comes to selling on any LCV, as it can add more than £100 to residual values.

Drivers will have little to grumble about either.

The Kangoo’s 85bhp engine is a strong performer, striking a very good balance between performance, emissions and economy.

As our test went on, the van’s fuel consumption improved and in the end we recorded an average test economy of 48.6mpg – not far away from the official combined figure of 53.4mpg.

On the road the Kangoo’s Scenic MPV platform gives it a far more comfortable ride than expected, and while the level of engine noise never lets you forget that you’re driving a van and not a car, the sheer quantity of useful cabin storage space more than makes up for it.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.