The Renault Kangoo is a car that many of us like to think we have the measure of. If most car buyers were asked to describe it, they'd probably reckon on a van with windows and seats in the back, fairly crude, cheap and rugged. And that would be a perfectly valid description of the Kangoo that was launched in 2004. The version that was launched in 2009, however, was a subtly different thing, although this fact was lost on most potential customers.
Instead of being based on a commercial vehicle, the second-generation Kangoo was based on the Renault Scenic MPV, albeit with a taller and more spacious bodyshell. It rode better, it was more practical, more sophisticated and better built. Quite why this was never adequately communicated to the car-buying public is anyone's guess, but it left Renault with a really impressive family car of which nobody knew the backstory. Consider yourself informed now. If you're interested in tracking down a used example, here's what to look for.