2017 Renault Koleos 2.0 dCi 175 AWD X-Tronic having axed its first-generation koleos from the United Kingdom in 2010, renault has decided now’s the time to deliver this new version again to our beaches, driven with the aid of booming income inside the large suv phase, albeit not pretty so booming as its smaller siblings.
it also method renault has a entire own family of suvs, so current proprietors of captur or kadjar have the option to step as much as the koleos.
it’s a easy line-up for the nissan x-trail rival (with which it additionally shares a platform): there are diesel engines simplest, a 1.6-litre dci one hundred thirty in six-velocity manual and two-wheel power and a 2.zero-litre dci a hundred seventy five, that is 4-wheel pressure and to be had in each manual and seven-velocity automobile x-tronic. we drove the latter auto, which is predicted to be the biggest seller inside the united kingdom. there is no petrol option, but renault says it’s to be had somewhere else so if there was demand, it can easily be delivered.
the koleos is a completely likeable automobile. we examined the pinnacle of trim options, the signature nav, which has an excellent amount of equipment, along with sat-nav, 19in alloys, an eight.7in touchscreen and full leather seats.
that said, the decrease trim, the dynamique s nav, can be more than sufficient for most with rear parking digicam, panoramic sunroof, 7in screen and masses of safety systems. it even has heated and ventilated cup holders, no longer some thing many cars can boast.
the koleos is renault’s flagship automobile in phrases of interior great and technology and rightly so; it’s astonishing. the infotainment machine 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 right nice.
space is decent. a wheelbase of 2705mm – same to the nissan x-path – method suitable rear leg room, even though the roof line is not first-rate for tall bodies. the boot is 579 litres, beating the x-trail by 29 litres but losing out to the skoda kodiaq’s 630 litres.
interestingly, renault isn’t providing a seven-seat model of the koleos, in contrast to competitor the kodiaq, as an example. renault’s united kingdom boss vincent tourette points to the grand scenic as a solution to the ones families desiring a seven-seater, and considers it a key differentiator that continues the mpv’s relevance in a market so heavily skewed to suvs.
to power, the koleos is a friendly beast. the power is more than sufficient at dual carriageway speeds, and the 172bhp diesel is a decent engine in order to easily haul a fully laden koleos on long highway slogs. there is additionally adequate low-cease torque.
hearing the initialism cvt injects fear into any first rate motoring journalist due to the fact, pretty frankly, most of those gearboxes are appalling. renault insists this is a sophisticated cvt that uses a step gadget to mimic a sequential gearbox. to a point, that’s authentic; it’s infinitely better than most cvts. it struggled most whilst gaining ground fast in first and 2nd gears, inducing a unsightly growl from the engine.
the suspension is built for comfort in place of dynamism, while coping with is solid and predictable. in case you’re looking for extra direct guidance or agility, the skoda kodiaq is a better bet, even though the compromise there may be ride first-class, which isn’t as soft because the koleos.
we also had the chance to cowl some off-street ground in the koleos in 4wd lock mode, which completely engages 4-wheel force at speeds of less than 25mph and distributes torque 50/50 to the the front and rear. there’s also 210mm ground clearance. admittedly, we weren’t tackling gargantuan swamps but, on a torrid day of rain, the auto held its floor properly, now not least on a furry hill begin that, at least from the driver’s seat, seemed approximately 45 degrees.