2017 Renault Koleos 2.0 dCi 175 AWD X-Tronic having axed its first-technology koleos from the United Kingdom in 2010, renault has determined now is the time to carry this new edition back to our beaches, driven with the aid of booming income within the huge suv segment, albeit no longer pretty so booming as its smaller siblings.
it additionally manner renault has a whole circle of relatives of suvs, so current owners of captur or kadjar have the option to step up to the koleos.
it’s a simple line-up for the nissan x-path rival (with which it additionally stocks a platform): there are diesel engines handiest, a 1.6-litre dci 130 in six-pace guide and two-wheel force and a 2.zero-litre dci one hundred seventy five, that is four-wheel drive and available in each manual and 7-velocity car x-tronic. we drove the latter vehicle, that’s expected to be the most important seller inside the uk. there may be no petrol choice, but renault says it’s available someplace else so if there has been call for, it could easily be delivered.
what is it like?
the koleos is a completely likeable automobile. we examined the pinnacle of trim alternatives, the signature nav, which has an impressive amount of device, inclusive of sat-nav, 19in alloys, an eight.7in touchscreen and full leather seats.
that said, the lower trim, the dynamique s nav, could be extra than sufficient for maximum with rear parking camera, panoramic sunroof, 7in display screen and masses of protection structures. it even has heated and ventilated cup holders, now not something many vehicles can boast.
the koleos is renault’s flagship vehicle in phrases of indoors quality and generation and rightly so; it’s impressive. the infotainment system on the eight.7in touchscreen is properly-designed and intuitive, the format is well-considered, and there are plenty of practicalities – four usbs and lots of cubby holes, for starters. the leathers and plastics are also properly high-quality.
space is decent. a wheelbase of 2705mm – equal to the nissan x-trail – method exact rear leg room, despite the fact that the roof line isn’t superb for tall our bodies. the boot is 579 litres, beating the x-path by 29 litres but dropping out to the skoda kodiaq’s 630 litres.
interestingly, renault isn’t always supplying a seven-seat model of the koleos, in contrast to competitor the kodiaq, for example. renault’s uk boss vincent tourette points to the grand scenic as an answer to those families needing a seven-seater, and considers it a key differentiator that continues the mpv’s relevance in a marketplace so heavily skewed to suvs.
to drive, the koleos is a pleasant beast. the power is greater than sufficient at toll road speeds, and the 172bhp diesel is a decent engine to be able to without difficulty haul a totally weighted down koleos on long toll road slogs. there may be additionally adequate low-stop torque.
listening to the initialism cvt injects fear into any first rate motoring journalist because, quite frankly, most of those gearboxes are appalling. renault insists this is a complicated cvt that makes use of a step gadget to imitate a sequential gearbox. to a degree, that’s authentic; it’s infinitely higher than most cvts. it struggled most whilst gaining ground quick in first and 2nd gears, inducing a ugly growl from the engine.
the suspension is built for consolation in preference to dynamism, whilst coping with is strong and predictable. if you’re looking for extra direct steerage or agility, the skoda kodiaq is a better guess, even though the compromise there is trip first-rate, which isn’t as gentle as the koleos.
we also had the hazard to cowl a few off-avenue floor in the koleos in 4WD lock mode, which permanently engages four-wheel force at speeds of much less than 25mph and distributes torque 50/50 to the front and rear. there is also 210mm floor clearance. admittedly, we weren’t tackling gargantuan swamps but, on a torrid day of rain, the auto held its ground properly, not least on a furry hill start that, at the least from the driver’s seat, appeared about 45 tiers.