Juliet reviews the Renault Koleos!

The Renault Koleos received a minor update last year but the changes are minor, it is more of a refresher than an update. But Renault needs to keep its SUV offering on par with the rivals, being that it is a very competitive segment. It sits among the likes of the Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan, Nissan X-Trail, Ford Kuga and Honda CR-V. Do you see what I mean when I say it is some strong competition?

 

EXTERIOR UPDATES

 

It is a slightly more assertive design with a new front-end featuring a pronounced grille and chrome inserts and chrome under-lined fog lamps. It is recognizable as a Renault model thanks to the front and rear lights with full LED lighting signature. The rear has also been redesigned with the skid plate extending higher on the bumper and the third stop lamp has also been extended. The updated Koleos also boasts new 18-inch alloy wheels.

 

STEP INSIDE

 

There are now satin chrome inserts on the steering wheel, gear lever and air vents, as well as foamed materials on the dashboard and door trims. What stands out about the Koleos cabin is that it is ever so spacious. It was of the roomier of the segment with one of the longest wheelbases in its class. Rear legroom is ample as is head-, shoulder-, and elbow room. The boot is claimed at 464-litres and features a removable floor. It is practical too with handles in the boot that split the rear bench 60/40. This updated Koleos has 35-litres of additional storage throughout the cabin and includes an 11-litre cubby hole and a seven-litre cubby in the centre console, which is very handy!

Where the Koleos shines is with its list of standard features. The Expression is generously specced while the range-topping Dynamique leaves you wanting nothing more. In fact, the only optional extra you can choose is metallic paint. There is leather upholstery, a multifunction steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors with reverse camera, climate control, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as a host of driver-assistance systems such as 360 Park Assist and Blind Spot warning.

 

Speaking of safety, the Koleos comes wth six airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control with traction control, and brake assist to name but a few features.

 

UNDER THE BONNET

 

The Koleos is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 126 kW and 233 Nm. It is mated to a CVT which is probably the main let down. It tends to whine under hard acceleration. And as much as the engine isn’t exactly underpowered, it doesn’t feel as punchy as some of its rivals.

 

FINAL WORD AND PRICING OF THE KOLEOS

 

The Koleos offers a lot in terms of space and spec, but there are a few areas that need improvement and with rivals that are very strong, it can be hard to make a case for the Koleos. If you are shopping in this segment, I would suggest looking at the competitors and test driving the ones you are interested in before deciding on the Koleos.

 

  • KOLEOS Expression 2.5 CVT 4×2               R464 900
  • KOLEOS Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×2              R514 900
  • KOLEOS Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×4              R554 900

 

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