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.

 

Two trim lines are available, Iconic and GT Line. The pricing is similar and the GT Line adds the portrait 8.7 inch touchscreen in place of the 7 inch in the Iconic you also get heated front seats, electric tailgate, partially leather seats, LED headlights and as a two wheel drive car an opening panoramic glass roof. Standard equipment across the range is keyless entry, 19 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, climate control, height adjustable drive and passenger seat, privacy glass, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, rear parking camera with front and rear parking sensors, automatic high/low beam, digital speedometer with 7 TFT screen, satellite navigation,  Apple car play/Android Auto and blind spot monitoring. Full Brochure here.

 

The sole engine for the Koleos is a 2.0 litre diesel with 175 bhp disappointingly paired to a CVT Automatic gearbox, those of the slam your foot to the floor and wait for the car to catch up with the revs fame. The option exists to have either front or all wheel drive but as the panoramic glass roof is only on the 2wd car we would choose that over the extra drive from the rear. 0-62 miles per hour takes 10 seconds and claimed economy is 45 miles per gallon, but you should expect around 36 mpg in the real world.

On paper you would expect more from the engine than it delivers, particularly when it offers 380nm of torque, this is reflected in the relatively low towing weight limit of 1650kg, a seat Tarraco with the 187bhp diesel can tow 2300kg, offers seven seats and is a better drive.

Price reduced from previous quarter price Summer Best Buy – Renault Koleos 2.0 diesel 2WD GT Line CVT Auto   –  £1745 Advance Payment (£643 wpms) or Price reduced from previous quarter price£1995 (£893 wpms) as 4wd