Renault Kangoo Z.E. van practicality & load space
There’s decent capacity inside, especially in the Renault Kangoo Z.E. Maxi
The Kangoo Z.E. is a two-seater – there’s no three-seat option like you’ll find in the Citroen Berlingo Electric or Peugeot Partner Electric – but a tall roof and big windows mean it feels spacious enough inside. There’s useful storage, although the Z.E. does suffer from a cramped glovebox, which is typical of French cars of the same age.
The option of standard and Maxi bodies means there’s plenty of load volume on offer, while the Maxi Crew model has five seats, although it’s really designed for work rather than as a family wagon.
Renault Kangoo Z.E. interior space, storage & comfort
Head and legroom is plentiful in the Kangoo Z.E., although because the seat and steering wheel are only height-adjustable, some drivers may find it hard to get comfortable at the wheel. Another issue could be with the passenger seat if you add the optional swivelling bulkhead.
To make room for the mechanism, the passenger seat has been pared down so that it folds to a compact size – this is good for load capacity, but could mean the seat is uncomfortable for anybody spending the day sat there. Interior storage consists of an overhead shelf, plus door bins, a tray between the seats and more trays on top of the dashboard.
The Kangoo Z.E. offers a cargo capacity of three cubic metres in standard guise and four cubic metres in Maxi form. Adding the optional swivelling bulkhead gives you an extra 0.6 cubic metres of space, and the ability to load items over two metres long.
Go for the Maxi Crew Van, and you get a load area from 1.3 to 3.4 cubic metres, while the Crew Van Cab has a capacity ranging from 2.4 to 3.6 cubic metres, courtesy of its multi-positional bulkhead. Whichever Kangoo Z.E. you choose, there’s no compromise in load volume compared to the diesel variants.
The same can’t be said for the maximum payload weights. The Kangoo Z.E. has a payload of 625kg in standard guise, 605kg in Maxi form and 640kg in Crew Van form. This is around 100kg less weight than the diesel Kangoo can carry, but Renault states that the types of businesses that'll be looking at a Kangoo Z.E. are unlikely to go near the maximum payload, favouring its load volume instead.
Other specs worth noting are a maximum load height of 1.13 metres in all vans, while the maximum load length ranges from 1.86 metres to just over a metre.
Renault offers a full set of dealer-fitted storage options via its Ready 4 Work by Sortimo system. It has joined forces with racking expert Sortimo to produce tailor made storage for the Kangoo, which can be installed before delivery. Renault also offers signwriting as an option that can be added before you take delivery.
In This Review
- 1VerdictWith a wide choice of body styles, the Renault Kangoo electric is more versatile than its main rivals – although this version is showing its age and a replacement is expected soon
- 2Range, battery & chargingDevelopments have boosted the Renault Kangoo Z.E.’s range, but charging options are restricted
- 3Running costsThe Renault Kangoo Z.E. is competitively priced compared to rival electric vans
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThere’s enough power for the Renault Kangoo Z.E. around town, but it’s anything but fast
- 5Interior & comfortThe Renault Kangoo Z.E. is a van, and the quality of the cab doesn’t let you forget it
- 6Practicality & load space - currently readingThere’s decent capacity inside, especially in the Renault Kangoo Z.E. Maxi
- 7Reliability & safetyTried-and-tested electric running gear should help the Renault Kangoo Z.E. to be reliable