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Renault Koleos Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

Renault Koleos Review Australia


The Renault Koleos was launched in 2016. At that time, it served as the brand's first true foray into the emerging segment of SUVs. Koleos' second generation was launched in 2016, and this 2016 variant was based on Nissan's X-Trail medium-sized SUV. It took many things from the Nissan, including the 2.5-litre engine and CVT auto.  The lower trim of the Renault Koleos comes with front-wheel drive. On the other hand, the upper trim offers all-wheel drive. All the models of  Koleos have unique interiors and exterior features of the Renault. 


The 2020 variant of Renault made bold claims that the 2020 variant is the reimagined Koleos. Despite the claim, the 2020 variant is not much changed. It still offers the same engine, and also other specs are somewhat similar. This might not be a bad thing. Read on to know more about the 2020 Koleos. 


Renault Koleos engine:

In the past years, Renault discontinued the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine from the local Koleos range. This is the reason that now the Renault Koleos comes with only one powertrain available.


The 2020 Renault Koleos comes with a naturally-aspirated 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. This engine produces 126kW of power and 226 Nm of torque. This engine is coupled with a continuously-variable transmission (CVT).  This transmission powers the front wheels in all of the base models of Koleos. The upper trim, like the Intens (the model being reviewed), comes with an all-wheel drive. 


Renault Koleos exterior:

The Renault Koleos has a handsome exterior. The front of the car is especially well-designed. The Reimagined thing might not go for the exterior design of the car. This is because it is the same car, just with LED fog lights and a new bumper and wheels. 


It still incorporates the C-shaped LED driving lights (which, in our opinion, is a good thing). The Renault Koleos  Intens is different only when it comes to the chrome bits, LED headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels that it has. Other than that, it is the same.


Renault Koleos interior:

As the new Renault Koleos is an enormous machine, this implies that you will be offered lots of space even on the inside. The front and the rear-seat passengers will get a comfortable space. This is because it has ample space, even for those who measure about 180cm.  


Although nobody ever wants to sit in the middle seats of any car, yet when it comes to the Renault Koleos, this might be the opposite. The middle seats of the Renault are also bearable for short trips only if you are not too wide. 


Coming to the storage options, the front-seat passengers get a pair of cupholders. These cupholders are useful, unlike the usual mess that other French carmakers give. These cupholders can also be used to store small valuables when you leave the car. 


The things that you leave in holders are safe because they have a roll-top cover. In addition to that, each door of the Renault gets a medium-sized bottle and the centre console bin/armrest. All these things are usefully sized.


With Renault's Koleos, you will get 458 litres of boot space. The handy thing is that the wheel arches do not intrude on the boot space. You can also increase the boot space by dropping down the seats. By doing so, you will get a decent 1690 litre of boots space. 


Renault Koleos specs:

The interior of the Intens is very different from the Zen and Life models. Instead of the usual 7.0-inch touchscreen, the Intens comes with a  portrait-oriented, 8.7-inch unit. This unit also features Apple CarPlay Android Auto and satellite navigation.


Other than that, it comes with the following specification:

 Adjustable ambient lighting

 A panoramic sunroof

 A Bose 11-speaker premium sound system

 Heated, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats

 An automated parking system

 A power tailgate


In addition to the above-mentioned, all Renaults Koleos also comes with the following features:

 Dual-zone climate control

 Rain-sensing wipers

 A reversing camera

 Front and rear parking sensors

 An electronic parking brake

 Proximity entry

 A push-button start


Renault Koleos safety:

The ANCAP tested the Renault Koleos in 2017, and in that crash test, it scored a 5-star rating.


This rating was based on the following scores:

 An adult occupant protection score of 84%

 Child occupant protection score of 79%

 Vulnerable road user protection score of 62%

 Safety assist score of 52%


Although the Renault Koleos misses on some active safety features that are essential, yet there are still other safety features such as:

 Autonomous emergency braking

 Forward-collision warning

 Lane-departure warning

 Blind-spot monitoring


Renault's camera and radar-based AEB system can work on both city and highway speeds. It also has pedestrian detection, and all models of Renault Koleos also come standard with front, front-side, and curtain airbags plus anti-lock brakes.


Renault Koleos pricing: 

The price range for the Renault Koleos depends on the trim level one chooses. The starting price of Renault Koleos is $23,400, and this goes up to $43,780 for the upper model that was manufactured.



 It is a low-drama French car

 There is lots of space

 It incorporates plenty of gear

 The cabin is very attractive

 It has competitive performance and economy

 There is a comprehensive infotainment system



 The steering is Lifeless

 It misses some active safety technology

 As there is over-reliance on the touchscreen, there are some complications in some functions

 The service pricing is a bit stiff

 It has CVT

 The car feels old


The final verdict:

The  Renault Koleos only needed a few touches to get a fresh look. With mew touches, the Koleos has become a car that has incredible looks, awesome drive and also offers a solid after-sales package. If you don't need the all-wheel-drive option, you can save a little there as well. Although nothing much has changed here, yet it is a fine car to drive. So if you decide upon buying one, ensure that you get its hidden history via Quick Revs' online portal at an affordable price. 

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