When the first Renault Kangoo launched in 1999 it did so to much fanfare, including a television advert featuring the cool urban tunes of Moby. It was of its time, perfectly designed for a nation that was looking to cut costs and enjoy increased flexibility and practicality.
This van-shaped, and van-derived, vehicle could carry up to 5 people and all the kit they needed for a school run, family holiday or even extreme sports adventure. The rear seats split 60/40 and with all chairs in use the boot could hold up to 550 litres of kit. Above the front seat occupants heads was a full width shelf, while rear passengers had aeroplane-style overhead lockers and fold out tables.
Access was through sliding doors, making entry and exit easy, while the range of engines included 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre petrols plus 1.5-litre and 1.9-litre diesels. None were particularly fast, but the diesels especially proved reliable and cheap to run.