Renault Koleos


The Renault Koleos shares its undegarments with the Nissan X-Trail but unlike the Nissan it’s not available with a third row of seats, it is also is a little wider and shorter giving it more kerb appeal in our opinion. The rear seats are large and comfortable, the middle one less so, leg room is particularly generous meaning that the boot is not as large as it could be but at 565 litres it is comparable with the 5 seat X-Trial and Honda CR-V and larger than the Mazda CX-5 at 506 litres. The Koleos has large comfortable front seats and you sit high, ground clearance is 21cm, – 2 cm more than a Skoda Kodiaq, making for a commanding view of the road ahead. The light steering makes manoeuvring, what is a big car, a breeze. The suspension set up is for comfort, it’s perhaps a little too soft as going around corners in a spirited nature induces a lack of confidence.

 

The Koleos has received its mid life facelift for the 2020 model, LED headlights, a more prominent front grille and larger skidplates to protect the underside alongside some extra chrome trim have been added to spruce up the look externally. While internally reclining rear seats are added, the infotainment system now supports full-screen Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and the car’s automatic emergency braking system can now detect pedestrians. Vintage red (pictured) has also been added to the colour pallet which we think looks fantastic. The major change is in the engine department, the new front wheel drive 1.7 litre diesel is now on offer boasting 148 bhp, 0-62 in 11.8 seconds and economy claimed at 46.3 mpg. The new (blue) 2.0 litre all wheel drive diesel which has a 12bhp increase on the old engine, at 187 bhp can reach 62 in 10.1 seconds and offers a claimed economy of 40.9 miles per gallon. Both engines are CVT Automatic only The 2.0 litre apparently much improved, a test drive is required to see if the CVT matches your driving style. The towing capacity of the 2.0 lire car is now 2000kg, up from 1650kg for the old 2.0 litre engine and 500kg more than the front wheel drive 1.7 litre car.

 

Two trim lines are available, Iconic and GT Line. Iconic cars are very well equipped with 18 inch alloy wheel, auto LED headlights and windscreen wipers, digital speedometer (7” TFT screen),  7 inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay/Android Auto and built in sat nav, cruise control, rear parking camera with front and rear parking sensors, climate control, synthetic leather and cloth upholstery, heated/cooled cup holders, ambient lighting, manual height adjustable front seats and tinted side and rear windows. The GT Line adds a portrait 8.7 inch touchscreen, 19 inch Alloy wheels, black (part) leather upholstery, heated front seats with electronically adjustable driver seat and a powered tailgate. The Panoramic glass roof is a £900 add on, shame. The new Koleos is a great car with attractive pricing, a word of caution, the outgoing cars are still listed, the new engines have blue in the description.

Autumn Best Buy – Renault Koleos 1.7 diesel 148bhp 2WD Iconic CVT Auto   –  £1495 Advance Payment (£382.52 wpms) or £1745 (£632.52 wpms) in GT Line

Autumn Best Buy – Renault Koleos 2.0 diesel 4WD 187bhp Iconic CVT Auto   –  £1995 Advance Payment (£882.52 wpms) or £2245 (£1132.52 wpms) in GT Line

Full review of the Koleos with the old engines for reference.