Not a bad little package, but check out Fiat’s Fiorino, Peugeot’s Bipper or Citroën’s Nemo — all three share the same basic design — before you buy.
The past few years have seen a whole new class of light commercials emerge; vans that slip neatly into the narrow gap between hatchback car-derived vans such as Ford’s Fiesta and full-size high cube vans such as Vauxhall’s Combo.
Fiat’s Fiorino is a prime example of what we’re talking about while Renault’s take on the idea is the Kangoo Compact. It’s a truncated version of the standard Kangoo, now also available in lengthened guise as the Kangoo Maxi.
Compact comes with a 2.3m3 cargo bay accessed by means of twin asymmetric rear doors. Sliding side doors aren’t fitted and are not available as options, but that’s not too big a drawback given the short load bed length. Gross payload is healthy 500kg.
Power comes from a 70hp/160Nm 1.5-litre diesel and you get a five-speed manual gearbox.
Good to see that Compact gets a roomy and comfortable cab although we’re not entirely convinced by the odd-looking handbrake lever. There’s currently just the one trim level, Freeway, which comes with remote central locking and a tubular bulkhead behind the driver’s seat. The windows and door mirrors are manual.
On the road you get to enjoy good handling and a high degree of manoeuvrability plus ample around-town performance. On the downside the ride is nervous and noise levels are on the high side.
Service intervals are set at 12,500 miles and a three-year/100,000-mile warranty is provided.