The 2014 Renault Kangoo range has been expanded with the addition of the five-seat Maxi Crew variant.
The seats split 60:40 to allow the transportation of rear passengers and long cargo items, and fold flat into the floor when not in use, expanding load space from 1.3m3 to 4.0m3.
The Maxi Crew variant features glazed sliding doors with opening windows on each side, and wide-opening barn doors at the rear.
The five-seater sits at the top of the refreshed Renault Kangoo line-up above the short-wheelbase petrol-powered manual ($19,990) and automatic ($22,990) vans and the Maxi diesel manual ($24,990).
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine carries over from before. It produces 79kW of power and 148Nm of torque, and consumes 7.7 litres per 100km on the combined cycle paired with the five-speed manual transmission and 8.2L/100km with the four-speed auto. Renault says the auto gearbox has been fine-tuned to deliver more eager response and improved gearshift quality.
The revised 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine in the Maxi models is now 15 per cent more fuel efficient than before, consuming 4.7L/100km on the combined cycle (down from 5.5L/100km). Its peak outputs are unchanged at 81kW and 240Nm, and it remains available exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The Kangoo Maxi vans become the first in Renault Australia’s light-commercial vehicle range with ‘Eco Mode’ – a fuel-saving function that aims to improve economy by reducing engine torque and altering the accelerator pedal mapping for more conservative throttle response. Renault claims Eco Mode can deliver efficiency gains of up to 10 per cent in the city.
The updated Kangoo adopts Renault’s modern design language inside and out, with a fresh front-end look thanks to a new grille and headlights, and a new ‘totem’-style centre console inspired by that of the Clio city car.
Renault claims it has enhanced the soundproofing for the updated Kangoo in order to make it more liveable than before, with repositioned sound-absorbing foam in the roof, a new ‘acoustic’ windscreen, and reshaped door mirror housings. Redesigned engine mounts are also said to minimise vibrations.
Standard features across the Kangoo range include rear fog lights, cargo area lighting, air conditioning with pollen filter, multi-function trip computer, and an audio system with CD player and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.
The Maxi model adds Hill Start Assist and Extended Grip Mode, cruise control with speed limiter, a steel bulkhead, additional cargo tie-down points, and the Eco Mode.
Extra features in the Maxi Crew include 15-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, auto headlights and wipers, electrically adjustable mirrors, climate control, and overhead storage.
The Maxi variants can be optioned with the $1390 Premium Pack, which adds rear parking sensors and the enhanced multimedia system with R-Link satellite navigation.
Electronic stability control and two front airbags are standard across the range, though side airbags – for front-seat occupants only – are a $490 option.
2014 Renault Kangoo range:
Kangoo SWB petrol manual $19,990
Kangoo SWB petrol auto $22,990
Kangoo Maxi diesel manual $24,990
Kangoo Maxi Crew diesel manual $27,990