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Renault Kangoo ZE 33 review

Category: Electric Van

Section: Performance & drive

Renault Kangoo ZE 33 rear
  • Renault Kangoo ZE 33 front
  • Renault Kangoo ZE 33 rear
  • Renault Kangoo ZE charging
  • Renault Kangoo ZE with panel door open
  • Renault Kangoo ZE side
  • Renault Kangoo ZE 33 front
  • Renault Kangoo ZE 33 rear
  • Renault Kangoo ZE charging
  • Renault Kangoo ZE with panel door open
  • Renault Kangoo ZE side
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

While the Renault Kangoo ZE’s battery upgrade, taking it from 22kWh to 33kWh, is the most important feature of the van, its 59bhp electric motor is a significant step forward too. Based on the R90 motor used to power the Renault Zoe, this R60 motor in the Kangoo ZE produces 166lb ft of instant torque – meaning it delivers quick responses off the line. 

As well as a bigger battery bringing better range, the Kangoo ZE also has a better charging time than before, and now supports single phase 7kW (32A) chargers. A full charge takes six hours, but a quick charge top-up is also possible, with an hour-long recharge good for around 22 additional miles. As always, topping up over a regular three-pin power supply will take a long time  – around 18-20 hours for a full charge.

The ride quality in the Kangoo ZE is particularly good, with the added weight of the batteries helping the van to feel even more settled on the road. Potholes and other typical cityscape scars are dismissed comfortably, albeit with a great deal more noticeable noise. The ‘Eco’ button, situated where you’d expect a gear stick to be, also proves remarkably efficient at increasing range by dulling the urgency of any aggressive attempts at acceleration – thus helping you to stretch out every bit of range from the battery.

Renault Kangoo ZE 33 rear