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Renault Koleos (2017–)

Last updated 28 September 2017

Well-equipped as standard. Lots of rear legroom. Quiet and refined. Like a bigger, more sophisticated Kadjar. Handles well on the road in AWD mode.
Smaller load area than some rivals. No seven seat option. No petrol engines in 2017. No paddles for the X-Tronic CVT.
Updated 2 May 2017
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Based on the the Nissan X-Trail, the Renault Koleos is a big, family-friendly SUV with lots of interior space and plenty of standard equipment. But a limited and pricey variety of trim levels and engines, along with sometimes poor ride quality, restrict its appeal.

The Koleos is sold with five seats only but on the upside there is masses of rear legroom for older kids or teens - although the standard panoramic glass roof does impede head room a little for taller passengers. The boot is big, wide and flat with plenty of space for bulky stuff like pushchairs or weekly shopping trips.

Up front is where the Koleos impresses most, with plush and sturdy materials and plenty of technology. Navigation, a digital instrument display, dual-zone climate control, lane departure warning, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are all standard – but you’d hope for as much since there are only two trim levels. Top models gain luxuries including leather seats and a power tailgate.

The engine range is diesel only, with a 130PS 1.6-litre dCi and a 175PS 2.0-litre dCi. The Koleos is front-wheel drive as standard but, if you need extra traction, the 2.0 dCi is available with an X-Tronic CVT automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Performance, whichever engine you choose, is ample if not spectacular – but engine noise is minimal. On the road the Koleos is very easy to drive with light controls and good body control in bends. Unfortunately, the ride quality leaves a lot to be desired – the Koleos jiggles over uneven surfaces and thumps over potholes, at least when fitted with 19-inch wheels.

That fact, along with the limited engine range and high start price, restricts the appeal of the Koleos. A Skoda Kodiaq has more seats and is more comfortable, while a Nissan X-Trail is cheaper. However, if you can get a good deal on a Koleos it will cope well with family life and comes with plenty of standard equipment. 

Renault Koleos 1.6 dCi 130 2017 Road Test


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