Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

While underneath this Kangoo may be based on the 2009 Scenic, the interior is taken from older Renault models. The layout is neat and all the controls are logically laid out, although the stereo is a little fiddly, but the biggest gripe is the finish. The materials mark and scratch easily, which is far from ideal in a car designed for active families.

Some of the plastics are decidedly scratchy, for instance the steering wheel and centre console, while many of the switches and controls feel cheap. On the plus side, the driving position is good (even though the steering only adjusts for height and not reach), while all round visibility is excellent thanks to the large amount of glass.

Despite the rather boxy shape (it is based on a van after all), there isn't excessive wind noise at higher speeds, and the Kangoo is a fairly relaxed motorway cruiser, helped further by the forgiving ride. It can happily accommodate five adults, aided by a totally flat floor in the rear, but the seats aren't especially supportive and those in the rear are on the firm side.

However, legroom and headroom are impressive while the large glass area means it's always bright and airy inside. The downside to this is that in sunny weather the cabin can get very hot - not fun if you've got a car full of kids. Disappointingly air conditioning isn't standard on either the Extreme or Expression models and it's an expensive option.