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Renault Kangoo

X61 Kangoo

Renault logo1 Dec 2010

By HAITHAM RAZAGUI

THE bigger, roomier and more highly specified second-generation Kangoo came in just one short-wheelbase van body style with the option of two engine/transmission options, including a 1.6-litre petrol version with a four-speed automatic transmission or a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel available only with a five-speed manual gearbox.

The diesel-manual Kangoo, with oil change intervals of 15,000km or one year, was claimed to deliver best-in-class combined fuel economy of just 5.2L/100km (and average CO2 emissions of 137g/km) while offering performance figures of 63kW at 3750rpm and peak torque of 200Nm at 1900rpm.

The petrol-auto Kangoo, returned 8.3L/100km and produces 78kW at 5750rpm and 148Nm of torque from 3750rpm, with 90 per cent of maximum torque available from 2000rpm.

Standard safety kit included a driver’s airbag and ABS, along with four-wheel disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA), plus seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load-limiters.

Electronic stability control was a $400 option on both Kangoo models, while a passenger airbag for the Kangoo cost a further $300 and front side airbags was an extra $500.

Other Kangoo options included automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, a right-hand side sliding door, glazing for both sliding doors, rear parking sensors, glazed tailgate with rear wiper (in place of barn doors) and a plastic sliding roof flap to accommodate tall items.

An extensive standard equipment list included Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control with speed-limiter, air-conditioning, power front windows, powered/folding/heated body-colour door mirrors, a height adjustable steering wheel, trip computer, tinted front windows, a colour-coded front grille, foglights and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with 2x15-Watt speakers, remote steering wheel controls and an auxiliary jack.

The diesel version could carry up to 800kg of payload (up from 530kg), while the petrol model could haul 650kg (up 120kg).

The Kangoo’s overall internal load length with the passenger seat upright was 1731mm (60mm longer than the previous Kangoo), while loads of up to 1218mm wide could fit between the rear wheel-arches.

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