Renault Koleos review

For

Passenger space, premium feel, good equipment levels Our Rating


4


Against

No seven-seater option, thumpy ride around town, less boot space than some rivals

2017
Contemporary style, a premium feel and plenty of safety tech make the Renault Koleos a strong SUV contender

The Renault Koleos is a fitting flagship for the French manufacturers SUV/crossover line-up. Its spacious, comfortable, well-equipped and will carry five people in premium style, along with their luggage. Crisply styled exterior lines are complemented by one of the better-executed Renault interior designs that we can remember and, with part-leather seats and a full panoramic sunroof, theres a genuinely luxurious ambience. While pleasant to drive, the Koleos cant match the dynamic ability of some of its sportier rivals, and the ride around town isnt quite as accomplished as the best on that score either. Renaults focus on excellent rear passenger space means theres also more luggage volume in some key rivals.


20 Oct, 2017


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Although the Renault Koleos shares its floorpan and fundamental engineering with the Nissan X-Trail, if you didnt know youd be hard-pressed to make the connection. The Renault has a distinctive style all of its own, with swoopy lines that manage to combine an air of sportiness with a luxurious, premium feel. The front end is dominated by a big Renault diamond at the centre of a full-width horizontal chrome-slatted grille. That grille runs into some very contemporary LED headlamps that provide a bold C shape lighting signature at each corner of the car.

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A chrome trim piece along the top section of the front wings creates the sense of a clamshell bonnet design, while muscular bulges over the wheels give the Koleos a chunky and foursquare look. The rear features a tailgate with a spoiler at its top, and a wide rear light and reflector set-up that mimics the shapes in the front grille. Big chunky alloy wheels fill the arches, while the door bottoms feature uplighter sections that reflect daylight up the bodysides to emphasise the sculpted looks.
Inside, we find one of the best interiors Renault has put together yet, with a central touchscreen mounted high on the console reducing the number of buttons and switches required. The digital instrument cluster is carried over from the Kadjar and the Megane, and theres a generally upmarket ambience with plenty of soft-touch plastics, chrome highlights and a sense that everything is well screwed together. Its well-equipped too, with features such as dual-zone climate control, part leather upholstery, heated and chilled cupholders, plus keyless entry and automatic headlights all available as is a hands-free parking system.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The standard set-up includes a seven-inch touchscreen based R-LINK 2 infotainment system with sat-nav. It will connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth or via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There are also four USB connectors so you can wire-in other personal electronic devices. The 8.7-inch touchscreen from Signature Nav models can be added to Dynamique spec versions as an optional extra, as can a 13-speaker BOSE audio system.


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The Renault Koleos is a fairly chunky vehicle and its height off the ground means its not the most agile of machines. Still, the engineers have produced a car that steers well, with neat and direct responses to inputs from the wheel. Were also impressed with the body control in corners, as theres not too much of the roll which can afflict this type of car and cause a certain amount of queasiness for passengers. Its comfortable on fast, smooth roads as a result, but the trade-off is a ride around town thats a bit thumpy and less serene.
Were also impressed with the CVT auto, which makes for smooth and refined progress and gives good throttle response too. It has a setting that mimics the shift points in a dual-clutch transmission if you want to feel more involved in what the units up to, but we found it far more relaxing to let the transmission do its own thing.
Engines
There are two diesel engines in the Koleos SUVs portfolio, and the lower-powered version is a 128bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit thats only available with two-wheel drive. Thus equipped, the Koleos will accelerate from zero to 62mph on 11.4 seconds, and on to a 115mph maximum. The torque figure of 320Nm is not to be sneezed at either, but if you want a bit more go, the 2.0-litre engine performs strongly and with considerable refinement. Torque is 380Nm and power is 175bhp, which, in four-wheel drive manual guise, delivers a 0 to 62mph time of 10.7 seconds and a 126mph maximum. Go for the CVT auto gearbox and the Koleos is even quicker off the line, reaching the 62mph benchmark in a sprightly 9.5 seconds. You cant currently choose the smaller engine with four-wheel drive, or the more powerful unit as a front-driver.


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The Renault Koleos comes with the reassurance of a 5-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. It scored 90 per cent for adult occupant safety, 79 per cent for child occupants, 62 per cent for pedestrians and 75 per cent for its safety assistance systems. The Skoda Kodiaqs scores were 92, 77, 71 and 54 per cent across the same categories.
Safety features included or available on the Koleos aside from a full complement of airbags include blind spot warning, hill start assist, active emergency braking, road sign recognition and the hands-free parking system.

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Wed expect the Koleos to be pretty reliable too, although its too early to reflect meaningful customer feedback. That said, the Nissan X-Trail shares much of its engineering and came 64th out of the top 75 performers in our Driver Power Satisfaction survey, with 22 per cent of owners reporting a fault in the first year. It will be interesting to see if Renault has ironed out any of the problems.
Warranty
The Koleos benefits from a four-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is better than many Japanese and German rivals including the three-year cover on the closely related Nissan X-Trail and the Skoda Kodiaq. But it is less than the five years offered by the Hyundai Santa Fe and the seven years cover offered by Kia on its Sorento.
Servicing
Service intervals are annual or every 18,000 miles for the Koleos, and you can buy service plans costing around 450 for three years/30,000 miles.


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Although the lack of a seven-seat option may be a disappointment for some Koleos customers, theres not much else to grumble about in the way of accommodation.
The seats are comfortable and the cabin roomy, and on most road surfaces the ride is sufficiently pliant to make long journeys a pleasure the raised ride height giving a good view out for driver and passengers alike. Wind noise isnt a problem either, but those big tyres can generate a bit of roar.
With four USB ports for plugging-in personal devices, big door bins and those heated/chilled cupholders up front, the Koleos cabin is a great place to settle into for a long haul.
Size
The Koleos is 4,672mm long, 1,678mm high and 1,843mm wide, which makes it a tad shorter than the 4,967mm Skoda Kodiaq. Its around 40mm narrower too. The Nissan X-Trail is smaller again, at 4,640mm long x 1,820mm wide but a little higher than either of its rivals.

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Leg room, head room passenger space
Theres loads of room for driver and passengers in the front of the Koleos, and kneeroom for rear passengers is among the best in the class. Headroom is more than adequate for tall occupants too, and theres a light and airy feel inside the cabin thanks to the big panoramic sunroof.
Boot
The large hatchback rear door is powered on top spec Koleos models, so if you waggle your foot under the rear bumper with the keycard in your pocket it opens upwards to reveal a spacious boot with a luggage volume of 565 litres. Fold the seats down and you get 1,795 litres of luggage space. Its a decent showing, but the Skoda Kodiaq is ultimately more practical with a seats up/down boot volume of 720/2,005 litres.
The Koleos is rated to tow 2,000 kg which is enough for a caravan or horsebox, but again the Kodiaq bests it with a 2,500 kg limit.


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The Renault Koleos price can look a little steep against rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq, but once the French machines generous equipment levels have been factored-in the differential makes more sense.
Running costs for the Koleos will obviously be higher than those of its smaller Renault crossover stablemates, but shouldnt be too alarming. The most efficient model is the 1.6dCi diesel which can eke up to 57.6mpg out of a gallon of diesel according to the official figures. The standard six-speed manual gearbox helps, as does the fact that the smaller engine only comes with front-wheel drive, saving weight and friction losses compared to the 4x4 models.

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Even though its four-wheel drive only, the 2.0 dCi unit is also pretty efficient - especially considering its decent performance. Official figures suggest up to 50.4mpg is possible with manual gears, or 47.9mpg with the CVT X-Tronic.
C02 emissions for the smaller engine are quoted at 128g/km, putting the model in the 27% benefit-in-kind tax band for company car drivers. The bigger engine in 4x4 models emits 148g/km or 156g/km with X-Tronic, so BiK rates are 31 and 33 per cent respectively.
While most versions of the Koleos will attract a road tax charge of 140 per year, watch out if you put options on the top model that take the price over 40k. In that case youll face an annual 310 surcharge on top of the 140 until the car reaches its sixth birthday.
Insurance groups
The insurance ratings for the Koleos are based only on the engine, and theres no difference between rates for trim levels. 1.6-litre diesels are Group 18 while the 2.0-litre cars are group 23.
Depreciation
Nobody has ever bought a Renault in the expectation of winning the depreciation war at resale time, but the Koleos is an on trend machine with a decently premium feel so is likely to do better than some of its stablemates. Aim to retain 40 per cent of value after three years and 30,000 miles, and you might even do a little better especially if you pick the lower spec.

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Renault Koleos review
3 years ago

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/renault/koleos/101435/4x4 For

Passenger space, premium feel, good equipment levels Our Rating


4


Against

No seven-seater option, thumpy ride around town, less boot space than some rivals

2017
Contemporary style, a premium feel and plenty of safety tech make the Renault Koleos a strong SUV contender

The Renault Koleos is a fitting flagship for the French manufacturers SUV/crossover line-up. Its spacious, comfortable, well-equipped and will carry five people in premium style, along with their luggage. Crisply styled exterior lines are complemented by one of the better-executed Renault interior designs that we can remember and, with part-leather seats and a full panoramic sunroof, theres a genuinely luxurious ambience. While pleasant to drive, the Koleos cant match the dynamic ability of some of its sportier rivals, and the ride around town isnt quite as accomplished as the best on that score either. Renaults focus on excellent rear passenger space means theres also more luggage volume in some key rivals.


20 Oct, 2017


4



Although the Renault Koleos shares its floorpan and fundamental engineering with the Nissan X-Trail, if you didnt know youd be hard-pressed to make the connection. The Renault has a distinctive style all of its own, with swoopy lines that manage to combine an air of sportiness with a luxurious, premium feel. The front end is dominated by a big Renault diamond at the centre of a full-width horizontal chrome-slatted grille. That grille runs into some very contemporary LED headlamps that provide a bold C shape lighting signature at each corner of the car.

Image 7 of 18
Image 7 of 18

A chrome trim piece along the top section of the front wings creates the sense of a clamshell bonnet design, while muscular bulges over the wheels give the Koleos a chunky and foursquare look. The rear features a tailgate with a spoiler at its top, and a wide rear light and reflector set-up that mimics the shapes in the front grille. Big chunky alloy wheels fill the arches, while the door bottoms feature uplighter sections that reflect daylight up the bodysides to emphasise the sculpted looks.
Inside, we find one of the best interiors Renault has put together yet, with a central touchscreen mounted high on the console reducing the number of buttons and switches required. The digital instrument cluster is carried over from the Kadjar and the Megane, and theres a generally upmarket ambience with plenty of soft-touch plastics, chrome highlights and a sense that everything is well screwed together. Its well-equipped too, with features such as dual-zone climate control, part leather upholstery, heated and chilled cupholders, plus keyless entry and automatic headlights all available as is a hands-free parking system.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The standard set-up includes a seven-inch touchscreen based R-LINK 2 infotainment system with sat-nav. It will connect to your smartphone using Bluetooth or via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. There are also four USB connectors so you can wire-in other personal electronic devices. The 8.7-inch touchscreen from Signature Nav models can be added to Dynamique spec versions as an optional extra, as can a 13-speaker BOSE audio system.


3.8



The Renault Koleos is a fairly chunky vehicle and its height off the ground means its not the most agile of machines. Still, the engineers have produced a car that steers well, with neat and direct responses to inputs from the wheel. Were also impressed with the body control in corners, as theres not too much of the roll which can afflict this type of car and cause a certain amount of queasiness for passengers. Its comfortable on fast, smooth roads as a result, but the trade-off is a ride around town thats a bit thumpy and less serene.
Were also impressed with the CVT auto, which makes for smooth and refined progress and gives good throttle response too. It has a setting that mimics the shift points in a dual-clutch transmission if you want to feel more involved in what the units up to, but we found it far more relaxing to let the transmission do its own thing.
Engines
There are two diesel engines in the Koleos SUVs portfolio, and the lower-powered version is a 128bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit thats only available with two-wheel drive. Thus equipped, the Koleos will accelerate from zero to 62mph on 11.4 seconds, and on to a 115mph maximum. The torque figure of 320Nm is not to be sneezed at either, but if you want a bit more go, the 2.0-litre engine performs strongly and with considerable refinement. Torque is 380Nm and power is 175bhp, which, in four-wheel drive manual guise, delivers a 0 to 62mph time of 10.7 seconds and a 126mph maximum. Go for the CVT auto gearbox and the Koleos is even quicker off the line, reaching the 62mph benchmark in a sprightly 9.5 seconds. You cant currently choose the smaller engine with four-wheel drive, or the more powerful unit as a front-driver.


3.9



The Renault Koleos comes with the reassurance of a 5-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating. It scored 90 per cent for adult occupant safety, 79 per cent for child occupants, 62 per cent for pedestrians and 75 per cent for its safety assistance systems. The Skoda Kodiaqs scores were 92, 77, 71 and 54 per cent across the same categories.
Safety features included or available on the Koleos aside from a full complement of airbags include blind spot warning, hill start assist, active emergency braking, road sign recognition and the hands-free parking system.

Image 13 of 18
Image 13 of 18

Wed expect the Koleos to be pretty reliable too, although its too early to reflect meaningful customer feedback. That said, the Nissan X-Trail shares much of its engineering and came 64th out of the top 75 performers in our Driver Power Satisfaction survey, with 22 per cent of owners reporting a fault in the first year. It will be interesting to see if Renault has ironed out any of the problems.
Warranty
The Koleos benefits from a four-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is better than many Japanese and German rivals including the three-year cover on the closely related Nissan X-Trail and the Skoda Kodiaq. But it is less than the five years offered by the Hyundai Santa Fe and the seven years cover offered by Kia on its Sorento.
Servicing
Service intervals are annual or every 18,000 miles for the Koleos, and you can buy service plans costing around 450 for three years/30,000 miles.


4.4



Although the lack of a seven-seat option may be a disappointment for some Koleos customers, theres not much else to grumble about in the way of accommodation.
The seats are comfortable and the cabin roomy, and on most road surfaces the ride is sufficiently pliant to make long journeys a pleasure the raised ride height giving a good view out for driver and passengers alike. Wind noise isnt a problem either, but those big tyres can generate a bit of roar.
With four USB ports for plugging-in personal devices, big door bins and those heated/chilled cupholders up front, the Koleos cabin is a great place to settle into for a long haul.
Size
The Koleos is 4,672mm long, 1,678mm high and 1,843mm wide, which makes it a tad shorter than the 4,967mm Skoda Kodiaq. Its around 40mm narrower too. The Nissan X-Trail is smaller again, at 4,640mm long x 1,820mm wide but a little higher than either of its rivals.

Image 12 of 18
Image 12 of 18

Leg room, head room passenger space
Theres loads of room for driver and passengers in the front of the Koleos, and kneeroom for rear passengers is among the best in the class. Headroom is more than adequate for tall occupants too, and theres a light and airy feel inside the cabin thanks to the big panoramic sunroof.
Boot
The large hatchback rear door is powered on top spec Koleos models, so if you waggle your foot under the rear bumper with the keycard in your pocket it opens upwards to reveal a spacious boot with a luggage volume of 565 litres. Fold the seats down and you get 1,795 litres of luggage space. Its a decent showing, but the Skoda Kodiaq is ultimately more practical with a seats up/down boot volume of 720/2,005 litres.
The Koleos is rated to tow 2,000 kg which is enough for a caravan or horsebox, but again the Kodiaq bests it with a 2,500 kg limit.


3.7



The Renault Koleos price can look a little steep against rivals such as the Skoda Kodiaq, but once the French machines generous equipment levels have been factored-in the differential makes more sense.
Running costs for the Koleos will obviously be higher than those of its smaller Renault crossover stablemates, but shouldnt be too alarming. The most efficient model is the 1.6dCi diesel which can eke up to 57.6mpg out of a gallon of diesel according to the official figures. The standard six-speed manual gearbox helps, as does the fact that the smaller engine only comes with front-wheel drive, saving weight and friction losses compared to the 4x4 models.

Image 3 of 18
Image 3 of 18

Even though its four-wheel drive only, the 2.0 dCi unit is also pretty efficient - especially considering its decent performance. Official figures suggest up to 50.4mpg is possible with manual gears, or 47.9mpg with the CVT X-Tronic.
C02 emissions for the smaller engine are quoted at 128g/km, putting the model in the 27% benefit-in-kind tax band for company car drivers. The bigger engine in 4x4 models emits 148g/km or 156g/km with X-Tronic, so BiK rates are 31 and 33 per cent respectively.
While most versions of the Koleos will attract a road tax charge of 140 per year, watch out if you put options on the top model that take the price over 40k. In that case youll face an annual 310 surcharge on top of the 140 until the car reaches its sixth birthday.
Insurance groups
The insurance ratings for the Koleos are based only on the engine, and theres no difference between rates for trim levels. 1.6-litre diesels are Group 18 while the 2.0-litre cars are group 23.
Depreciation
Nobody has ever bought a Renault in the expectation of winning the depreciation war at resale time, but the Koleos is an on trend machine with a decently premium feel so is likely to do better than some of its stablemates. Aim to retain 40 per cent of value after three years and 30,000 miles, and you might even do a little better especially if you pick the lower spec.

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