The Renault Kangoo continues to attract an ever-expanding group of fans with sales at 2100, up over 20% compared to the first eight months of last year. Now its appeal is set to grow even further this autumn with the launch of two new versions, the ‘Venture’ special edition and a new entry-level diesel, Authentique 1.5 dCi 65, both available to order now.
The new Kangoo ‘Venture’ has been created to meet the needs of customers with an outdoor lifestyle and who want lots of space for five. With a retail price of £11,200, but a guaranteed customer saving of £1,500, bringing the price down to £9,700 on the road, Kangoo ‘Venture’ will no doubt prove an ideal buy for the budget-conscious retail buyer seeking a characterful, well-equipped and versatile car with fine driving dynamics.
In keeping with the rest of the range’s value for money ethos, the Kangoo ‘Venture’ boasts impressive equipment levels with ABS, twin front airbags, electric front windows, single CD-RDS radio, remote central locking, roof bars and unique ‘Venture’ interior trim and badging on the sliding rear doors. The latest special edition is available in Marine Blue, Cherry Red, Cosmic Grey or Ecosse Blue, with air conditioning and metallic paint as optional extras at £565 and £325 respectively.
The new model is also the only car with a four star Euro NCAP rating compared to its immediate competitors, Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo and Peugeot Partner.
Powered by the award-winning 1.5 dCi 80 engine, the ‘Venture’ promises an effortless, economical ride as well as low emissions and impressive fuel economy of 53.3 mpg on a combined cycle.
Joining the new ‘Venture’ is the new Authentique 1.5 dCi 65, giving the range a much sought-after entry-level diesel version for just £9,900 on the road. The latest version retains all of the Authentique’s standard equipment but adds another impressive string to its bow with the advent of the new engine’s frugality and smooth power delivery, with 51.4 mpg on a combined cycle and CO² emissions of 146g/km.
In keeping with the Kangoo range’s extremely low running costs, the ‘Venture’ sits in insurance group 4E with the Authentique dCi 65 yet to be classified but likely to be in the same grouping. Both come with a 3 year/60,000 mile warranty, standard service intervals of 18,000 miles or once every two years, and three years free Renault Roadside Assistance.Published 8 October 2004