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I had been away from home on a trip and returned to discover my Father had sold his old renault laguna and purchased a fairly new Kangoo. " whats that ?" i asked. " bit like a car and bit like a van but not really either" was the reply. When I saw it i was quite suprised it is most deffinately a novel looking car ! It has the cuddly rounded front section similar to the twingo or clio. and a huge almost square backend. The rear doors are both sliding and the one with the petrol tank locks when you fill up to stop you cutting off the petrol pump. The first thing that hit me when getting into the car was its sheer size. it really is a cavernous vehicle, with about another 2 foot of head room. There is enough room to move the front seat back and recline with my legs out full ( with noone behind) im 5' 11" ! The inside is basic with a radio and not much else to offer and no carpets, but this is would think is aimed at the customer who is inbetween a tradesman and normal user. It lacks the refinement to be a serious family car ( though i havnt seen the higher priced range ) and lacks that extra room for serious trade work. When loaded the springs hardly move so you would have to have some pretty heavy loads to bother worrying about suspension or scrapping the exhaust. Driving i found the breaks very touchy ( maybe because its a few yrs old ). The engine is suprisingly nippy for such a large car but lacks the end crusing speed ( but can cope with motorways fine )and 5th feels like it could use another gear. Though some people do underestimate it and try to overtake ( most people seem to think you are old or disabled with a car like this ) and are suprised when you can give a fair account of yourself. Trying to park is another matter when your used to driving a renault 5 or clio. it takes a little more thinking and there is not much of a turning lock to get into tight spaces.
This is a good car to drive with no real complaints it does what it should with no frills and lots of room. Peugeot and citreon do an alternative but have not researched to give a fair comment of them as competition. How would i improve the car ? i think i would like a slightly bigger engine. I would like the comfort of the car to be a little better for longer trips and the option to have a grill fitted across the rear seats when the boot is loaded as it is very tempting to fill the car up to the top, but risk it all flying forward. Maybe these options are available in the higher spec range ? oh and watch the aerial when going into multi storey carp parks, bump.....bump......bump......bump