The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to the Renault Kangoo
Returning with a brand-new look and feel after a decade of success, the Renault Kangoo looks to innovate and build upon its legacy as a reliable and versatile van. The latest version of the Kangoo has been crowned as the International Van of the Year for 2022 after being stacked against criteria such as efficiency, safety, sustainability, and environmental standards. The Kangoo managed to come out on top against 14 other light commercial vehicles from 11 different brands across the globe. Read this informative Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to learn more about this iconic van as well as what to do should you accidentally fill up with the incorrect fuel.
A Legend Reborn
Originally produced by French automaker Renault in 1997, the Kangoo is manufactured in Maubeuge, France, and in Santa Isabel, Argentina. It is also sold by Nissan in Latin America and Europe as the popular Kubistar. More than 4 million Kangoo vans have been sold in 50 countries across the globe, creating an incredible success story for Renault.
In addition to its 350 utility versions, it is also available in a family leisure vehicle option and a long version known as the Kangoo Maxi for when you’re transporting large groups that require additional space. It brings together the best of both worlds: that of the passenger car, with its attractive design and spaciousness, and that of the commercial vehicle, with its cargo volume and robustness.
A ‘smooth roof’ concept gave birth to the use of ludospace (French for ‘play space’), the same innovative idea introduced to the Renault Kangoo family version. The new model with its original design has a dual purpose of serving both professional customers and private individuals. It comes in the shape of the utility version and its 5-seat passenger model. The latter offers ample room for passengers and an abundance of cargo space.
This first-gen 5-seater Kangoo is simple, and practical, and was the first Kangoo to incorporate a sliding door for efficient access. As the first ludospace van in history, the Kangoo certainly attracted the attention of a wide range of customers and quickly became the leader in the commercial van market. The Renault Kangoo continued to thrive due to a series of innovations including the second standard sliding side door (November 1999), a 4WD version (September 2001), and the introduction of the very economical 1.5 dCi engines (December 2001).
Adding to the legacy, the first new Renault Kangoo van in a decade is set to launch in Australia, with the choice of combustion (petrol and/or diesel) and electric power. Unveiled towards the end of 2020, the new, third-generation Kangoo replaced the second-generation model which had been on the market since 2010. Finally taking a new stance and moving on from the underpinnings dating back to 2002, the Kangoo returns to the scene with a new look, overhauled interior, more efficient engines, and a range of active safety features new to Renault’s small van nameplate.
Although the specific launch dates are yet to be confirmed by Renault’s local importer Ateco, the new 2022 Renault Kangoo was initially set to arrive in Australia first in the combustion-engined guise in the third quarter of 2022 (July to September), while the zero-emissions E-Tech Electric variation was scheduled to follow in the final quarter (October to December). However various shipping delays have moved the new Kangoo’s launch to the early months of 2023 (January to March), so eager drivers may have to wait a few short months before they can get behind the wheel of the new Renault Kangoo.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Performance in the Renault Kangoo
The current Kangoo on the market is available with an 84kW/190Nm 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine in base Compact form – with a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic – with the Maxi opting for an 81kW/240Nm 1.5-litre turbo-diesel engine and six-speed dual-clutch auto.
All engines are compliant with the latest emissions rules, with combined fuel economy claims as low as 5.2L/100km with the diesel variant, or 6.4L/100km with the petrol variant. Payloads range between 600kg and 1000kg, depending on variant and wheelbase, with up to 1500kg of towing capacity on offer.
The Kangoo measures 1836mm (72.3 inches) in height, 4666mm (183.7 inches) in length, 1829mm (72.0 inches) in width with a 3081mm (121.3 inches) wheelbase that brings about a total of 1400kg of unladen weight. The Kangoo MAXI 1.5 comes standard with 195/65 R15 front tyres and 195/65 R15 rear tyres. It requires a service every 12 months or 15000 km, whichever comes first.
This line-up suggests the Australian model range for 2022 will skew towards more potent variants, though this is yet to be confirmed. Also bound for Australian shores is the new Kangoo E-Tech Electric, which pairs a 90kW/245Nm electric motor with a 45kWh battery pack for 300km of WLTP-rated driving range, aided by regenerative braking – a significant upgrade over the current Kangoo ZE’s 44kW/226Nm motor, 33kWh battery, and 230km WLTP range claim.
For the first time, the new Kangoo E-Tech Electric comes equipped with DC fast charging, with an 80kW socket capable of adding up to 170km of range in 30 minutes. An 11kW home or work wall box is said to complete a 15 to 100 percent charge in three hours and 50 minutes – though 22kW AC charge capability is also available – with that time increasing to “less than six hours” on a 7.4kW AC socket.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Design in the Renault Kangoo
Style comes standard with New Kangoo, featuring a completely redesigned front end with elegant chrome highlights and an all-new grille. Proudly sporting the Renault diamond, the restyled bonnet seamlessly flows onto sculpted sides, giving the new Kangoo a more prominent profile and a stronger road presence.
The van also brings an unexpected level of sophistication. Just because you use your van for work, doesn’t mean you need to compromise on style. The latest Kangoo brings a sleek car-like interior that provides a comfortable and modern feel. The interior has been entirely redesigned to put a spotlight on practicality with numerous storage spaces, while the durable redesigned seats will ensure you feel supported throughout your workday.
The Kangoo’s interior is set up well for work practicality with up to 60 litres of cabin storage (including a drawer under the passenger seat), lumbar seat adjustment, a driver’s door that can open 90 degrees, and, in the three-seat version, a centre seat that can fold to become a desk, with an A4 document clip and cup holder.
Behind the occupants, standard-wheelbase Kangoo variants offer between 3.3 and 3.9 cubic metres of space, increasing to between 4.2 and 4.9 cubic metres in long-wheelbase guise – the latter wheelbase enabling a class-leading 3548mm load length, and an 864mm extra wide side door.
Wrong Fuel Rescue Explores Tech in the Renault Kangoo
With technology and digital devices constantly being upgraded, keeping up with these trends is essential to Renault as they hope to create an optimal driving experience for new Kangoo drivers. Being able to stay connected to your business while on the road is more important than ever, and thanks to the smart and intuitive easy-link multimedia system, the Kangoo can keep up with your workday needs.
Inside, an 8.0″ touchscreen offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite navigation, joining a steering wheel borrowed from the Captur, three USB ports, a 15-watt wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone automatic climate control, and push-button start on the Kangoo’s flagship grades.
The Wrong Fuel Rescue Guide to Safety in the Renault Kangoo
Adding to the myriad of upgrades to the previous model, the new Renault Kangoo brings safety to the foreground with a full suite of advanced and innovative driver assistance systems to provide a safe and secure driving experience. Whether you’re planning a road trip with the family or simply a trip to the mall, the Kangoo is prepared to get you and your precious cargo there safely.
The top-of-the-range 2022 Renault Kangoo variants offer a variety of active safety features not offered by its predecessor variants, including adaptive cruise control (with stop and go in automatic models), lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, front, side, and rear parking sensors, semi-automatic parking, autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and a digital rear-view mirror.
Need a Wrong Fuel Rescue for your Renault Kangoo?
Misfuelling occurs when the wrong fuel is added to your vehicle, whether that be adding diesel to a petrol engine or petrol to a diesel engine. Now, this is unfortunately a common mistake made by many drivers, which is why Wrong Fuel Rescue is ready to help you out should you too make this mistake.
Wrong Fuel Rescue has helped many Renault Kangoo drivers who have accidentally fuelled their diesel tanks with petrol and vice versa. As you know, The Kangoo van can be powered by both petrol and diesel, depending on which option you have chosen. This means that it’s possible to fill up either engine incorrectly, and if you’re not yet familiar with your vehicle, or you’re simply distracted after a busy at work, misfuelling your Renault Kangoo is definitely something that could occur. When it comes to misfuelling your vehicle, it’s important to know what to look out for so that you know when to give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call.
Whether you’re driving a petrol or a diesel variant, your specific engine was designed to be compatible with one specific fuel type and is not built to handle other fuel types. Filling your Kangoo’s engine with the wrong fuel type can therefore have very costly repercussions if not managed quickly, and effectively.
If you drive off after accidentally fuelling your diesel Renault Kangoo with petrol, you’ll likely notice one or more of the following signs:
- Less powerful acceleration and performance
- Loud knocking sounds from inside the vehicle
- Significant amounts of smoke emerging from the exhaust
- The vehicle suddenly cuts out
- Stuttering movements from the vehicle while driving
- Clouds of smoke may emerge from the exhaust pipe
On the other hand, this is what you can expect to notice when filling up your petrol engine Renault Kangoo with diesel instead:
- The vehicle struggling to start, or not starting at all
- The engine constantly cutting out
- Jerking movements from the vehicle while driving
If you realise you’ve accidentally misfuelled before you drive off, it is important that you do not start the engine. If you do start the vehicle and notice any, or all, of the above warning signs, then pull over immediately when it is safe to do so, turn the engine off, and give Wrong Fuel Rescue a call.