If you need a compact van, you may have considered the Renault Kangoo. You might also ask yourself whether the combustion-engine Kangoo or its electric version, the new Kangoo Z.E. 33, are best suited for your needs. Let’s find out with our Kangoo-off.
The right Kangoo for the right location
For the Kangoo: if your business is rural with a large catchment area, you regularly cover long distances and rarely enter a city with congestion charges and Low Emission Zones. Here, the Renault Kangoo comes into its own. With a fuel consumption of 62–65 mpg, you will probably need a refuelling break before your van does.
For the new Kangoo Z.E. 33: this could be your choice if yours is a city-based business, especially in the London area or in any of the UK’s new Go Ultra Low cities, where electric vehicles are exempt from congestion and Low Emission Zone charges. If your daily distance is within 62 miles like most van drivers, one charge will easily carry you through the day. The NEDC range for the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 is 170 miles; Renault real-world estimates place its range at 124 miles in the summer, and 75 miles in the winter.
Apart from the variance in miles per charge or tank, the combustion-engine Kangoo has a more predictable range overall than its electric equivalent. The significant savings on fuel and driving costs, however, can make the new Kangoo Z.E 33 a very interesting choice for city or urban-based businesses.
Payload and volume
For the Kangoo: payload is 650 kg, with a load volume up to 3.6 m3 and 4 m3 in the Maxi Van version, which can gain an extra 0.6 m3 thanks to an optional swivelling bulkhead and folding passenger seat. Other options include a sliding rear roof flap for loading long items. On Crew Van Cab versions, the multi-positional bulkhead comes as standard, cleverly letting you make the most of interior space while ensuring passenger safety.
For the new Kangoo Z.E. 33: payload is up to 640 kg, with the same load volumes. There is a choice of partitions including full steel bulkhead and multi-positional mesh, and folding passenger seat for more loading space, just like in the Kangoo.
Though the Kangoo just squeaks it for payload, its increased towing capacity can be an edge depending on your requirements.
Models, accessories and connectivity
The Kangoo range includes the Kangoo Van and the Kangoo Maxi, which comes in Panel Van, Crew Van, and Crew Van Cab variants. Accessories include rear window protection grilles, transversal roof bars, towing kit, ply lining, roof rack, parking sensors, and a variety of storage solutions with integrated Ready4Work by Sortimo. The optional R-LINK multimedia system covers telephone, TomTom® navigation with TomTom® LIVE™ traffic and a range of great Renault-specific apps.
The electric models available are the new Kangoo Van Z.E. 33 and its Maxi Van, Crew Van and Crew Van Cab variants. The range of accessories is identical, including Ready4Work by Sortimo storage, so the electric van doesn’t miss out on choices. The Kangoo Z.E. 33 has the same connectivity range, with the addition of on-board monitors showing energy use and a real-time range calculator. However, to save energy the Kangoo Z.E. 33 can be pre-heated or -cooled to a specific temperature, which can be programmed in advance. As a result, the Kangoo Z.E. 33 is already pre-defrosted and toasty warm on a cold winter morning, or cool as a cucumber on a hot day.
The versatility is the same, so no difference worth mentioning; the exception is the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 van’s range calculator and the ability to set the perfect temperature when starting your journey.
Kangoo-off: how do the looks compare?
This one is more difficult. The Kangoo and the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 are both gorgeous as well as practical – and with an array of stylish hues to choose from, there’s no lacking for diversity!
Hardly any difference to point out here, except for one: the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 has two very small Renault Z.E. 33 badges on the vehicle denoting its electric status.
Final verdict: do you have a winner?
In the end, it’s entirely your call! Only you can decide on the Kangoo model that suits your business the best, but for more advice there is always help on hand with our Renault Pro+ Commercial vehicle specialists.