Are you looking for a family vehicle that can offer you more space, versatility, and efficiency than the average crossover or SUV? If so, you might want to consider the 2024 Renault Grand Kangoo, a new generation of the long-wheelbase version of the popular Kangoo van that was unveiled at the 2023 IAA Mobility in Munich.
The Grand Kangoo is not just a van with windows but a smart and connected vehicle that has a unique design, a high-quality finish, and a range of driver assistance features. It can seat up to seven people in comfort or carry a large amount of cargo in its modular interior. It can also run on petrol, diesel, or electricity, depending on the powertrain option chosen.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the new Grand Kangoo and see what makes it the ultimate family MPV.
Space and Versatility: The Grand Kangoo's Main Selling Points
One of the main selling points of the Grand Kangoo is its spacious and versatile interior. The vehicle has a longer body and wheelbase than the regular Renault Kangoo, which allows it to accommodate up to seven passengers and a huge cargo capacity. It also features dual sliding doors that make access to the rear seats easier and a modular interior that can be configured in 1,024 different ways.
The 2024 Renault Grand Kangoo has individual seats that can slide, fold, or be removed entirely. The third row of seats has 164 mm (6.5 inches) of knee room, which is enough for adults to sit comfortably. The second and third rows also have ISOFIX anchors for child seats. The cargo capacity of the Grand Kangoo is impressive as well. With all the seats in place, it has 500 liters (17.6 cubic feet) of boot space, which is more than most crossovers or SUVs. With the third row removed, it expands to 1,300 liters (45.9 cubic feet), and with the second row removed as well, it reaches a whopping 3,750 liters (132.4 cubic feet). That's enough to fit items as long as 3.11 meters (122.4 inches), such as surfboards or ladders.
The Grand Kangoo also has plenty of storage spaces throughout the cabin, totaling 58 liters (2 cubic feet). These include a sliding drawer under the front passenger seat, storage trays under the second-row seats, door pockets, cup holders, and a glove box. There is also a roof rack for extra luggage.
The Grand Kangoo's interior is designed to meet the needs of different types of users: families with children, professionals who need to transport goods or equipment, or adventurers who like to explore new places.
Powertrain Options: Petrol, Diesel, or Electric
The Renault Grand Kangoo offers three powertrain options to suit different needs and preferences. The petrol engine is a 1.3-liter turbocharged unit that produces 130 hp and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The diesel engine is a 1.5-liter turbocharged unit that produces 95 hp and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque. It only comes with a six-speed manual transmission.
The electric version of the Grand Kangoo is called the Renault Grand Kangoo E-Tech, and it uses a synchronous motor that produces 121 hp and 180 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque. It draws power from a lithium-ion battery pack that has a usable capacity of 45 kWh. The battery pack is located under the floor of the vehicle, which lowers the center of gravity and improves handling.
The E-Tech has a range of up to 165 miles (265 km) on the WLTP cycle, which is enough for most daily trips or weekend getaways. It can be charged using either an AC or a DC charger. Using an AC charger at home or at work, it takes about eight hours to fully charge from zero to 100 percent using a standard plug or about five hours using a wallbox. A DC fast charger on the road can add up to 106 miles (170 km) of range in just 27 minutes or 50 miles (80 km) in 10 minutes.
The E-Tech also has a regenerative braking system that recovers energy when the vehicle slows down or stops and feeds it back to the battery. This helps extend the range and reduce brake wear. The driver can choose between two driving modes: Eco and Normal. Eco mode limits the power output and the top speed to optimize efficiency, while Normal mode allows the full performance of the vehicle.
The battery pack of the E-Tech comes with an eight-year or 99,419-mile (160,000-km) warranty, whichever comes first. The warranty covers any defect or degradation of the battery that causes it to lose more than 30 percent of its original capacity.
The Grand Kangoo's powertrain options allow users to choose the best option for their lifestyle, budget, and environmental impact.