Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Most buyers opt for the 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine which is available in three outputs of either 68bhp (only in Extreme trim), 86bhp or 106bhp. This is the same unit that's used in several other Renault models, as well as by Nissan, and it offers decent in-gear acceleration and a smooth power delivery. The one downside is the noise level, the Kangoo isn't as well insulated from engine sound as other Renault models, which is especially noticeable on start-up, or at higher revs.

However, the engine is fairly smooth on the move and economical too, with all versions able to average more than 53mpg. The 68bhp version is best avoided if possible as it takes a leisurely 19.6 seconds to accelerate from 0-62mph. The top 106bhp manages the same sprint in 13 seconds and feels more urgent from low revs too. One petrol engine is available - a 1.6-litre unit with 90bhp.

It returns a useful 35mpg and is more than adequate around town, plus will happily keep up with motorway traffic. All models come with a five-speed manual gearbox, which isn't the best around and much happier when not rushed. The dCi 106bhp comes with a six-speed manual which is marginally better.

The Kangoo is based on the 2009 Scenic people carrier and so feels much more refined and comfortable than the previous model. It cruises along smoothly and soaks up rough road surfaces well, although it can get caught out by larger potholes. But overall it's a reassuring and composed car to drive both in town or on the open road. The steering lacks feel, something of a Renault trait, and the front end isn't especially grippy in corners, but body roll is kept well in check.

It's good in town too thanks to easy manoeuvrability and excellent visibility.