Renault Koleos Review

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Renault Koleos Review

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With so many so-called crossovers on the market, it's a wonder that Renault feels that there is room for one more - the Koleos.

With so many so-called crossovers on the market, it's a wonder that Renault feels that there is room for one more - the Koleos.

Of course, it helps to have links with Nissan, makers of no less than five 4WD vehicles, including the QASHQAI. So it comes as no surprise that Renault's first crossover is based on the same platform that underpins the X-TRAIL with Renault design and built at the Renault Samsung plant in Korea.

The Renault Koleos is also the company's first model to be 'designed from the outset with four-wheel-drive.' That said, there is a two-wheel-drive version for those who like the size but have no need for off-road capability.

On the face of it, in terms of looks, the Renault Koleos is similar to the Nissan Murano with its somewhat bulbous nose and raked rear windscreen, but that is as far as it goes. The Renault Koleos has a more angular design that is all its own.

The front end features the Renault logo set into a heavy panel. Either side, the relatively small air intakes are angled upwards and outwards, the shape outwardly increasing in height to encompass the large, elliptical headlights. Below, the integrated bumper houses the front fog lamps and the test car, had the optional silver skid plates front and rear, which makes it look ready for anything.

Strong shoulder- and design-lines flow backwards from the front wheelarches, which are chunky but not overly so. The shoulder lines form a dart-like shape as they join the base of the C-pillar, emphasising the length of the car and directing the eye to the wraparound tail-lights.

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Renault Koleos Road Test Data
Model ReviewedRenault Koleos 2.0 dCi 175
  
Body TypeSUV
ColourCarbon Black
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph9.9 Seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban30.4
Extra Urban42.8
Combined37.7
  
Insurance Group12
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3 years / 100,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 05/01/09)£ 17,617.77

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