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Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van 2023 Review

The Renault Kangoo was one of the first mainstream electric vans, available in the UK back in 2011; twelve years later, it’s now been updated and renamed the Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van – so does the latest model demonstrate as much progress as the original Kangoo ZE?

  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
  • Renault Kangoo 2023
Green Car Guide Rating: 7/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van Advance
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 186 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   75 kW

Summary

  • 186-mile electric driving range
  • 608 kg payload
  • 3.9m3 load volume
  • Better to drive than a petrol or diesel van, and zero tailpipe emissions

Background

The Renault Kangoo ZE was a trailblazer back when it was launched in 2011, when there were hardly any electric cars on sale, never mind vans. It’s taken twelve years to update the Kangoo – which shares a platform with the Nissan Townstar – so how has it changed?

Renault Kangoo 2023

Renault Kangoo 2023

Design & Engineering

The Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van has a 45 kWh battery (44 kWh usable capacity), with a 120 hp electric motor driving the front wheels. The Kangoo has a payload of 608 kg, a load volume of 3.9m3 and a load area length of 1,806mm. There are two seats, and two side doors as well as the two rear doors.

From an exterior design point of view, we’re left with the feeling that this new Kangoo isn’t as groundbreaking as the original model.

Renault Kangoo 2023

Renault Kangoo 2023

Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van Driving Experience

The headline is that the Renault Kangoo is much better to drive than a petrol or diesel van due to the normal EV qualities of instant responses, refinement, and the near-silent powertrain. And it’s also much better for other people and for the environment due to having zero tailpipe emissions.

The Kangoo also has comfortable ride quality, and decent handling, helped by the low centre of gravity due to the battery being in the floor. As well as being easy to live with around town, it’s capable at motorway speeds, but of course the Kangoo is a van, so insulation from road noise isn’t quite up to the standards found in an electric car.

The other standard difference between a car and a van is the driving position, and the Kangoo is predictably more van-like. And vans in general are designed, engineered and equipped to be as affordable as possible, so don’t be expecting the interior of a premium car.

However you do get a touchscreen, albeit quite basic. The good news is that there’s a button on the right to switch off the lane departure warning system, and there are three physical dials under the touchscreen for cabin temperature, fan speed, and to adjust the ventilation and heating settings. These dials are likely to be seen as old fashioned by today’s car interior designers, but they’re more user-friendly for drivers than having controls buried in the touchscreen. The dashboard also features an Eco button.

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Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van Range and Charging

The Renault Kangoo has a WLTP combined electric driving range of 186 miles. After a week of mixed driving the Kangoo’s average range on a full charge was 144 miles. Our test car was fitted with a roof rack, which wouldn’t have helped with the range. And of course the Kangoo is a small van so there physically isn’t the space for a large battery with a long range.

The Kangoo has a maximum rapid charging rate of 75 kW.

How to charge an electric car

Renault Kangoo 2023

Renault Kangoo 2023

Price And Model Range

The Renault Kangoo is priced at £36,175 including VAT after the Plug-in Van Grant. Our test vehicle had a number of options including Active Emergency Brake (£540), Adaptive Cruise Control (£480), Advanced Lane Keep Assist (£660), Blind Spot Intervention (£420), Interior Side Panels (£60), Heated Leather Steering Wheel (£72), Rear Parking Camera (£450), Rear View Assist Camera 5-inch screen (£960), Smartphone Dock (£24), Traffic Jam and Highway Companion (£600) and 4.2-inch TFT colour driver information display (£90), taking the price as tested to £40,531 (including VAT). It’s interesting to note that many of these options appear to be much cheaper on a van than in a car.

There are different versions of the Kangoo van as follows: Advance Van MWB, Advance Van LWB, Advance Crew Van LWB, Extra MWB.

Renault Kangoo 2023

Renault Kangoo 2023

Conclusion

The Renault Kangoo ZE van was a pioneer when it first went on sale in the UK in 2011, when there were hardly any other electric vans from mainstream manufacturers. It provided a zero tailpipe emission solution for transporting goods, although this was likely to be primarily in urban areas, because the range was only 106 miles. So we have some progress – the 2023 Renault Kangoo has an improved official range, of 186 miles. However, although the new Kangoo is perfectly competent in most ways, you’re left with the feeling that this latest generation model doesn’t move things forward in the same way that the original did. Even its styling seems to have become more bland (and its name has become more complicated). The 2023 Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van gains a Green Car Guide rating of 7 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Renault Kangoo E-Tech 100% Electric Van 2023 Review

  • Test electric driving range: 144 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): TBC miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2023/24): 2%
  • Price:   £36,175 (retail price after VAT and PiVG)
  • Insurance group:   34E
  • Power:   120 hp
  • Torque:   245 Nm
  • Max speed:   81 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   11.6 seconds
  • Weight:   1,683 kg
  • Towing capacity:  1,500 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor