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Renault Koleos (2017–)

Last updated 20 June 2019

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Kerb weight 1540–1769 kg
Warranty 3 years / 100000 miles
Servicing 18,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

Renault only offers the Koleos with diesel engines. The basic 1.6-litre dCi has 130PS and produces 320Nm of torque, with official fuel economy of 57.6mpg. We’d sacrifice a few mpg for the extra flexibility of the 175PS/380Nm 2.0-litre dCi though – it’s punchier and quieter. It’s also available with a smooth and relaxed X-Tronic CVT auto and all-wheel drive.

Regardless of what’s under the bonnet, noise is kept subdued for the most part with the odd whir from the turbocharger and some grumbling when accelerating hard. Performance of the 1.6dCi isn’t blistering from a standing start, but on the go there’s enough punch for joining motorways, while long distance cruising is a quiet experience. The 175HP 2.0dCi is much better, with plenty of acceleration from standstill and gutsy country on-road performance easily the equal of any other 2.0 180HP SUV such as a Discovery Sport, F-Pace, Kuga or Tiguan. Unfortunately, on larger 19-inch wheels, that serenity is upset on typical B roads.

Over rough surfaces the Koleos on overpressured 19-inch wheels with 55 profile tyres never really feels settled, with the suspension subtly jiggling the cabin unless the road is smooth. The wheels thump over potholes too, which is a shame because the Koleos is an excellent drive on sensible ppressured 18-inch wheels with 225/60 R18 tyres. On these tyres it's set up for comfort over rough terrain with plenty of suspension travel, slow but very accurate steering and plenty of traction through corners. For serious roads it's best put in auto 4WD, though proper multi-point rear suspension means it's surprisingly good in 2WD

The Koleos is very large and there are a few blind spots caused by the big pillars, so it’s not town friendly – although no car in this class is. The slow steering doesn't help in cut and thrust traffic either. It's no sports SUV. On the plus side, if you need to squeeze into a tight spot there is an optional hands-free parking system, which takes care of the steering when it finds a suitable parking space.

Even if you leave the options boxes unticked there’s a decent amount of driver technology. A reversing camera, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition, autonomous emergency braking and hill start assist are all standard. On the down side, there isn’t an adaptive cruise system, even as an option. 

If you go for the smooth, quiet automatic X-Tronic model then you'll also get standard all-wheel drive. It's not really meant for heavy off-road use but it's good enough for a gravel track or a wintry road. It's an automated system that detects slip and compensates for it, but you can press a button to lock the differential for slower, more slippery terrain like damp fields or mud.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.6 dCi 58 mpg 11.4 s 115 mph 128 g/km
2.0 dCi 175 Xtronic 46 mpg 9.9 s 205 mph 163 g/km
2.0 dCi 175 Xtronic 4WD 44 mpg 10.2 s 204 mph 168 g/km
2.0 dCi 4WD 50 mpg 10.7 s 126 mph 148 g/km
2.0 dCi Xtronic 4WD 48 mpg 9.5 s 125 mph 156 g/km
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