The Kangoo is a van which is notable for its adaptability. It shares a platform with the Scenic range and so offers car-like driving capabilities and comfort features, including things such as cruise control, electric windows and a parking sensor at the rear. It even has automatic wipers and headlights to take further strain off the driver.
With a Bluetooth-compatible radio that can be upgraded to the R-Link infotainment system with touchscreen display, the Kangoo feels elegant and modern. Advanced traction control, cruise control, hill-start assist and ESC give it plenty of grip in slippery situations, while airbags for the driver and passenger are included as standard.
What makes the current Kangoo especially impressive is its multi-positional bulkhead, which can be adjusted and altered in the crew cab model so that more space can be opened up in the rear when bigger loads need to be accommodated. In the Kangoo Maxi there is up to 3.6 cubic metres of space available, giving it added commercial advantages.
The Kangoo Z.E. is Renault’s electric version of its standard compact van and is compatible with an accompanying wall charger to ensure that the battery can stay topped up when it is not in use. It can even be charged from a standard plug socket, although this will take longer to get it back up to capacity.
With a battery-hire solution, owners can keep down the cost of replacing the cells at the heart of the Kangoo Z.E. And with thousands of charging points available across the country, it is also practical to use while on the move.
A whole host of modern conveniences have been added to the Trafic in its latest iteration, including cruise control with speed-limiting capabilities, a tyre-pressure monitoring system to streamline maintenance and a reversing camera that can display the images it captures via the rear-view mirror.
A large load space in the rear can be customised with a number of lining materials, including bespoke plywood for heavy-duty durability that will increase resale values. There are also anchor rings to keep cargo from shifting during transit, as well as an advanced remote for the van which can open doors and even start the engine in a hands-free manner.
The Trafic Passenger is Renault’s versatile minibus and has won industry awards thanks to its modular seating, advanced entertainment technology and adaptable luggage area. Engines such as the Energy dCi 95 offer fuel-efficiency of up to 50mpg, reflecting the generally impressive economy of all of Renault’s vans.
Both panel van and conversion-ready models are available in the Master range. And Renault boasts of the practicality and strength of all versions as well as the fact that the design of this platform has been optimised in a range of areas, from the driving position to the safety features.
Twin turbocharged engines come with stop-start technology to slash fuel use without compromising torque. And emissions are also lowered on the current generation of the Master, making it a worthy successor to the used models that are available.
Trailers and equipment weighing up to three tonnes can be towed using the standard towbar included with the Master. And with in-cab accessories such as laptop and tablet mounts, it can be a workspace as well as a simple means of transport.