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Re: Kangoo 1.2 powerful enough ?

Hi there Steve,

I've not owned one, but IMO it really depends what use the car is likely to be subjected to.

If its mainly town work, the 1.2 will keep up with the traffic, as it'll be spending most of its time in the lower gears. Its when you move onto faster roads that any power deficiencies will be highlighted. Such that overtaking opportunities may well be few & far between, or that the car will be a bit raucous at motorway speeds.

Manufacturers often try to get around these problems by fitting lower gear ratios than would be fitted to the bigger-engined models - the downside is increased noise,fuel consumption & wear. But it is a car which was originally a van, so it should still see 100,000 miles with no major problems...

As I said, it really depends on where it is to be driven.

Personally speaking (and my car-buying history would prove my alliegance to this theory), I've always gone for the big engine working less hard, than the smaller engine under more stress to keep up principle.

I would suggest a test drive with both yourself & your good lady on the roads you are likely to be using will help to influence your decision.



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