Renault Kangoo Blue dCi 115 (2022): almost without competition

Essai - Renault Kangoo Blue dCi 115 (2022) : quasiment sans concurrence

In short
3rd generation
Ludospace
From €29,800

The third generation of Kangoo arrived on the market in 2021 with a reduced range of engines. Namely two petrol engines (TCe 100 and 130 hp) and a diesel (Blue dCi 95 hp). Little by little, the Diamond firm is enriching the catalog with today the Blue dCi 115 followed next year by an E-Tech version, 100% electric offering a range close to 300 km.

the Kangoo dCi 115 offers 20 hp more and benefits from an increased torque of 10 Nm, or 270 Nm in total. These values ​​do not transform the performance of the French MPV but improve the driving pleasure to leave with the family with the trunk full. Above all, it will be one of the most suitable for the 7-seater “Combispace Maxi” version expected for 2023.

This engine is exclusively available with the high finish
This engine is exclusively available with the high “Techno” finish.
4.49 m long, the Kangoo will be joined next year by a 7-seater version of 4.91 m.
4.49 m long, the Kangoo will be joined next year by a 7-seater version of 4.91 m.

This very torquey engine runs out of steam a little less quickly than its little brother. Above all, it offers better times if you are ready to play the box, which is fortunately pleasant to handle. On the reliefs or to overtake on the national, the driver will stick out his tongue a little less. It also turns out to be a little more elastic at high speed, offering a nice range of use, in particular thanks to its very long sixth gear. On this road profile, we can see the significant work that has been done on soundproofing, with particularly well filtered air and engine noise. The bluedCi 115 is also the only diesel to be compatible with the EDC automatic transmission for an additional €2,100.

Where this engine stands out is its very low level of consumption. During our test carried out on a mixed route – with, it is true, only one passenger on board – we recorded an average of 5.7 l/100 km. Let’s bet that fully loaded, the Kangoo requires one more liter.

The interior of the Kangoo is modernized and if the furniture is made of hard plastics, it is embellished with inserts in faux wood and aluminum.
The interior of the Kangoo is modernized and if the furniture is made of hard plastics, it is embellished with inserts in faux wood and aluminum.
The MPV rocks into modernity with automatic air conditioning and an induction smartphone charger.
The MPV rocks into modernity with automatic air conditioning and an induction smartphone charger.
The touch pad offers mediocre resolution but offers many features including navigation as standard.
The touch pad offers mediocre resolution but offers many features including navigation as standard.

In return, you will have to take out the checkbook because this version is the most expensive in the catalog to date with a starting price of €29,800 in a mechanical gearbox and €31,900 in an automatic gearbox. However, compared to the majority of its competitors (see competition page), the Kangoo BluedCi remains inexpensive.

The BluedCi 115 is penalized by the ecological penalty on a range of €898 to €1,074 (CO2 rates vary depending on the equipment selected). Note that the Kangoo BluedCi 115 is classified Crit’Air 2, which will theoretically prohibit you from accessing several ZFEs (low emission zones) including that of Greater Paris from 2024.

In terms of behavior, the arrival of the CMF platform, the same as that of the Megane (CMF-C/D) is a telling clue: the damping offers a level of comfort that we weren’t used to seeing at the wheel of a Kangoo. The dynamism also progresses, perhaps more slightly, with a rather well compensated direction and roll despite a high center of gravity. In this register a volkswagen caddy does better.

Test - Renault Kangoo Blue dCi 115 (2022): almost without competition
Test - Renault Kangoo Blue dCi 115 (2022): almost without competition

In the rear seats, passengers have legroom and have an aviation tablet, two USB ports and a cigarette lighter socket.

The Kangoo BluedCi 115 is only marketed in the high-end “Techno” finish. For the occasion, it is adorned with the most beautiful tricks such as the chrome grille, the alloy rims (16” as standard), the dark-tinted windows or the fog lamp surrounds. It is above all the standard equipment that benefits from this with standard automatic switching of the main beam headlights, reversing camera, front, rear and side parking assistance, hands-free card, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and navigation.

Among the many storage spaces, we like the compartment placed above the steering wheel.
Among the many storage spaces, we like the compartment placed above the steering wheel.
On the other hand, the fixed armrest does not have a natural position.  In addition, the volume of this storage is anecdotal.
On the other hand, the fixed armrest does not have a natural position. In addition, the volume of this storage is anecdotal.

With its shoebox shape, the Kangoo offers XXL volumes. The gigantic and heavy tailgate is almost like a garage door. It gives access to 775 liters in a five-seater configuration. Enough to load two children’s bikes without folding the seats.

Test - Renault Kangoo Blue dCi 115 (2022): almost without competition
Test - Renault Kangoo Blue dCi 115 (2022): almost without competition

With 700 liters in base, the trunk can climb to 3,500 liters under the roof (once the bench seat is folded down). The loading length can reach 2.70 m. No doubt, the Kangoo is a mover.

If this is not enough, it is possible to fold down the 2/3 1/3 backrests of the rear bench seat to obtain a practically flat floor, a total volume of 1,200 liters (3,500 liters up to the roof) and above all a length of 1.86 m. That’s not all, as an option (€250), the passenger seat can become folding. This equipment increases the loading length to 2.70 m.

Once installed, passengers face 2 USB ports, a cigarette lighter, an aviation tablet and a chaplain. They have a very generous place at knee level and a ceiling height worthy of a cathedral, so much so that Renault has installed a nasturtium. However, we prefer the one proposed by Stellantis on the Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Rifter and Vauxhall Combo Life. There are also numerous storage spaces (49 liters in total) including the very practical glove box placed in front of the steering wheel.

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