The 2013 Renault Kangoo van range has been overhauled with the introduction of the longer Kangoo Maxi van variant and a $3500-lower starting price.

The revised Renault Kangoo range starts with the new short-wheelbase petrol manual model, which is priced from $20,990, while the price of the existing SWB petrol auto is now $22,990 (down $1500).

The SWB models feature a 78kW/148Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. The new five-speed manual variant consumes 7.7 litres of fuel per 100km, making it about seven per cent more efficient than the four-speed automatic (8.3L/100km).

Both models have an identical 3.0-cubic metre carrying capacity and a 650kg payload and now come with dual sliding doors.

The Renault Kangoo Maxi long-wheelbase replaces the short-wheelbase diesel manual model. While $500 more expensive than the discontinued SWB diesel, the new $24,990 Kangoo Maxi is 384mm longer, offers 33 per cent more cargo capacity (4.0 cubic metres) and 23 per cent more carrying capacity (800kg).

The Kangoo Maxi also boasts a more powerful 82kW/240Nm four-cylinder diesel engine (up 19kW/40Nm) and a six-speed manual transmission (replacing the old five-speed). Fuel consumption climbs marginally from 5.2L/100km to 5.5L/100km.

Twin barn doors are standard at the rear of the Kangoo Maxi, with a tailgate is available as an option.

The entire Renault Kangoo range now comes with unpainted front and rear bumpers, unpainted door mirrors and small plastic wheel centre caps. Renault Australia says these extremities are the most commonly damaged parts of the vehicles, and insisted reverting to unpainted body parts and deleting wheel covers allows it to replace damaged components more quickly and affordably.

Two option packs are available to customers to enhance their Kangoo’s specification. The $2000 Pro Pack adds satellite navigation, rear parking sensors, a cargo barrier and a plastic liner for the cargo area walls and floor. The $3000 Premium Pack includes sat-nav, rear parking sensors, side airbags, body-colour bumpers, electric door mirrors, foglights, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a non-slip timber floor. Petrol models score 15-inch alloy wheels while the Maxi diesel gets full covers over steel rims.

The line-up revisions come just a few weeks after Renault revealed a facelifted version of the Kangoo, which is due in Australia around the end of the year.

  • Dylan

    What is the safety rating of this van with the side airbags?

    • Tex

      4 Start EuroNCAP rating – for a LHD Diesel model with only dual front airbags.

  • Gkushagra

    Isn’t that just gorgeous?

  • Jim McNeil Prison Playwright

    A passenger version would be cool.

  • Karl Sass

    The Maxi reminds me of that extended fiat panda Clarkson built on topgear, just doesn’t flow.

    • Resident

      It reminds me of the Caddy Maxi…

  • Blackcats67a

    Good sized van.Takes a load and is easy to park around our busy citys.$3000 premium pack seems really good value.Renault wznt to do business.

  • Resident

    This will be a fantastic vehicle for Renault – affordable pricing, and reasonable option packs too.

    Puts up a strong fight against the VW Caddy which lacks dual sliding doors, cruise control etc on base model.

    Good work Renault!

  • Tangelo

    I wish Taxi company use this car or VW Caddy for their normal car line instead of sedan.

  • Zaccy16

    thats a much improved diesel engine but petrol is still behind