A comprehensive standard features list makes the new Koleos one of the best equipped SUVs for the price
The mid-life upgrade for the Renault Koleos gives the Korean-built compact SUV a fresh face, a range of new standard features and builds on the old model’s attractive value equation.
The same six models have been carried over: the entry-level Expression front-wheel drive petrol is available with a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT), the mid-spec Dynamique comes in 4x2 and 4x4 petrol CVT forms as well as 4x4 diesel (six-speed automatic), and the range-topping Privilege continues as a petrol 4x4 CVT.
The diesel’s real-world efficiency is impressive. We achieved 8.4 litres/100km on mostly urban roads and 8.9 litres/100km on an off-road run. We averaged 8.8 litres/100km in the petrol 4x2 CVT, although this was predominantly on the highway.
Fortunately, the TomTom sat-nav system is standard across the range (a first for the compact-SUV class). It’s simple to use and is better than many manufacturer-fitted units offered by Renault’s competitors, which are often optional and expensive. The audio system has a nice clear sound and integrates Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming for greater practicality and safety.
New to the Expression is the sat-nav system (with remote control), dual-zone climate control, new black/aluminium interior surfaces and charcoal upholstery, and body-coloured exterior mirrors, bumpers and side mouldings. These features add to those already standard from the old model: cruise control with speed limiter, leather-wrapped steering wheel, fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a full size alloy spare.
The Privilege now comes with bi-xenon headlights; graphite, brushed chrome and piano black surfaces; new 18-inch alloys; and a beige leather interior (no cost option); adding to the old model’s keyless entry and push-button start, front parking sensors, seven-speaker Bose sound system and a panoramic sunroof.
The upgraded Renault Koleos isn’t the sharpest compact SUV in terms of performance or driving dynamics, and there are a few ergonomic failings for the driver. But it makes a strong case in other areas. It’s got a spacious and versatile interior, a proven 4x4 system, and a comprehensive standard features list that makes the Koleos one of the best equipped SUVs for the price.