atmosphere of freedom
Dashboard and controls
. dashboard Renault Kangoo It has a discreet and fun look, but it’s made of hard plastic (like those on the door panels, except for the armrests), which screams a bit depending on engine speeds. The gear lever is quite high, while the instrument panel with hands is not the most modern but it reads well and provides all the information, also thanks to the 4.2 inch color screen of the on-board computer. Not even the best multimedia system, which has an 8-inch screen with grainy graphics, is not very interactive and does not have many functions. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are exploited by connecting the phone to the jack on the display; The sound is valid and the volume can be adjusted using virtual controls (or using the buttons behind the steering wheel). For the glove boxes in the dashboard, Renault Kangoo offers a sliding tray (with a removable bottom for washing) with excellent capacity; It is a pity that when opened to the full, it inevitably hits the passenger’s knees. In addition, above the dashboard there is another lockable compartment in which small items of frequent use can be placed.
As expected from a multi-space, the cockpit of Renault Kangoo It accommodates five adults without problems. In particular, there are many centimeters in height and for the legs (even for those who travel in the middle of the sofa). The seats are comfortable and well-proportioned: with the Comfort package they are height-adjustable (otherwise, only the driver’s seat) and heated. However, the adjustment of the backrests is choppy and less precise. The sofa has three seats of equal width, so as to make it easier for the passenger in the middle to sit as well. The floor is flat and not even the cabinet with the two-zone ‘climate’ vents, the USB socket (three more in the front) and one 12V (there’s also one in the dashboard and one in the trunk) doesn’t bother. The two (extra large) stowage compartments located above the head of the driver and front passenger are practical.
The massive tailgate (which can be replaced with two hinged doors on request) provides good access to the large luggage compartment, which offers a capacity of at least 775 liters and a maximum of 2800 (3500 by ordering the front passenger seat fold forward). Also worth noting is the low load threshold, with a height of only 57 cm, and a large depth when the sofa is tilted (with a 1 / 3-2 / 3 split). The large distance between the bottom and the parcel shelf (folding) allows you to load several bags, even vertically. On the other hand, thin plastic walls are easily prone to scratches.