2016 Review of the Renault Kangoo Freezer Van

2016 Review of the Renault Kangoo Freezer Van

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The Renault Kangoo is a practical and pleasantly styled freezer van offering an economy focused engine. Should you choose it for your fleet? We will help you decide by running through the details of this van, and signposting some of the main things you should know.

Design and Build

On the outside, you’d have to look very closely to differentiate the latest Kangoo from its predecessor, but on the inside, the more modern design shines through.  There are different choices in body style including the 3.8 metre-long Compact, the 4.2 metre long Van and the 4.6 metre long Van Maxi.  Each of them is built for hassle free and efficient logistics capabilities, and comfortable operation.

Cabin

Regardless of the model you choose to go with, the cabin on the Kangoo is very similar. The driving position is withdrawn from the windscreen a bit further than normal to give the impression of driving a much bigger vehicle. The dashboard design is basic but practical. The two tone finish will grab attention when considering aesthetic appeal, and the aviation style handbrake and the dash-mounted gear lever are the big standout features.

The cabin construction allows easy entry and exit, and occupants enjoy a decent amount of headroom. Some may frown at the lack of the middle seat, but it means adequate space between driver and passenger. The extra set would certainly have been nice, but then for your operation it may be superfluous anyway.

Engine and Options

The Kangoo offers a 1.5 dCi diesel engine in three variants. The 75bhp and 90bhp versions feature five-speed manual transmission, while the 110bhp Sport model gets a six-speed transmission.   If you would rather go with a petrol variant, there is a 105bhp petrol engine with automatic transmission.  The diesel options promise low fuel consumption at 55-60mpg and low carbon emission at between 123g/km and 130g/km of CO2; very impressive when compared with other vans in the market at the moment.

Regardless of which engine you choose, the standard equipment on offer will include remote controls for the entertainment system, remote central locking, ABS system with brake assist and airbags. ASR traction control and ESC stability controls are available as additional options on the larger models.

Load Space

The standard Kangoo van has a load volume of 3.0 cubic metres, enough to take one Europallet. The Maxi is 4.0 cubic metres and can therefore take two pallets. The shorter Kangoo can carry up to 650kg in weight, and the bigger Maxi can carry up to 740kg.

Here at Glacier Vehicles, we believe that the Kangoo’s range of body styles and commendable carriage capacity makes it a good addition for any refrigerated van business. It has all the main attributes that freezer van buyers are looking for; excellent economy, comfortable driving experience, solidly built interior and powerful engines. This all means you can’t afford to ignore the Renault Kangoo freezer van and it is a serious logistics vehicle.