Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good Renault’s first-ever SUV arrived here in '08; as Renault & Nissan are under the same ownership the Koleos benefits with the advanced AWD system from the X-Trail (that's a good thing). The rear tailgate is of the clever split-fold variety – the lower section helps with loading heavy loads (or just sitting on whilst watching the weekend sporting activities). Off-road-ers will approve of the reduced overhangs compared to the X-Trail, creating slightly better approach & departure angles.
Not so good The sporty-looking angled rear hatch looks great but of course provides less interior space (if you want to fill it to the roof?) than a box-like rear end (i.e. an X-Trail or Grand Vitara).
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good The interior is functional with plenty of clever storage ideas such as a large glovebox, underfloor compartments and even folding tray tables. Up front the dash is an attractive, airy design (the plastics are of the nice 'soft-touch' variety). The rear seats fold flat to create a large 1,340 litre cargo capacity. Driver’s seat is comfortable and the steering adjusts for both tilt & reach helping any driver to find their favourite driving position.
Not so good The air conditioning and radio controls are positioned low down on the dash, so the driver’s eye are required to move further away from the windscreen than ideal. The legroom for second row passengers is adequate rather than generous.
Performance

Performance

Good 2.0L Turbo Diesel has little turbo lag, lots of mid-range pick-up and the 6-speed auto transmission is the best match for it. The 2.5L Petrol engine is Nissan-sourced and on the money with both power (126kW) and torque (226Nm) compared to the competition.
Not so good Whilst it’s not lacking (compared to key competitors) if you decide to match the Turbo Diesel with the automatic transmission - power drops by 17kW and torque by 40Nm. The Turbo Diesel engine is a bit noisy...
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Don’t discount the AWD Koleos' off-road ability; featuring the X-Trail’s switchable AWD transmission and hill ascent & descent assistance ensure this is one SUV not afraid of getting its wheel’s dirty! At the same time, the Koleos feels almost like a car on the road with its decent handling.
Not so good The Koleos is firmer than most Compact SUV’s but the benefit is better-than-average body control. The steering has an artificial feel that discourages drivers with motor racing in their veins.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Renault is a leader when it comes to people movers (the type of vehicle which surely invented clever interiors!?) A full-size spare tyre comes as standard unlike on some competing premium-priced Compact SUV’s with 'space saver's'. Scores a very high safety rating in independent crash test results.
Not so good Renault has less dealership's than the big players like Toyota, Holden or Ford so depending on where you live, you may have to travel further to have your Koleos serviced.