To be honest, it is very difficult to get a handle on what sets the Renault Koleos apart from the others.
The on-road performance is pretty good for a crossover and it is very easy to find yourself going faster than you thought, or should. The 175PS peaks at 3,750rpm and there is 306Nm of torque available at 1,750rpm, which comes in useful when off-roading or towing.
Benefiting from Nissan's 4x4 know-how, the Renault Koleos is very capable off the beaten track. The 4x4 versions have Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist and this has gone some way to the car winning three awards at Planet 4x4 magazine's 2008 ceremony. Battling against 47 contenders including the Land Rover Discovery, Ford Kuga and VW Tiguan, the Renault Koleos came away with the 'Compact SUV', 'Best Newcomer' and the overall '4x4 of the Year', titles.
When it comes to fuel consumption, diesel is best and the Renault Koleos has good economy figures of 30.4- 42.8- and 37.7mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined respectively. These figures are for the test car which also produces 197 g/km of CO2.
To be honest, it is very difficult to get a handle on what sets the Renault Koleos apart from the others. It could be the superbly easy drive, excellent visibility from a high vantage point or the ease of use, especially with the keyless start. Whatever it is, with a little help from its friends, Renault has got it right first time.5 January 2009
Renault Koleos Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Koleos 2.0 dCi 175|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.9 Seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 years / 100,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 05/01/09)||£ 17,617.77|