2010 Renault Koleos | new car review

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Koleos is a direct result of the alliance that has with Japanese manufacturer Nissan.

Although it may not look like it on the surface, if you strip away the Gallic lines of Renault’s SUV, you’ll find the Japanese foundations of the Nissan X-Trail.

This gives the Koleos a decent reputation as a off-roader, despite being the first that the French manufacturer has released. However, the design of the Koleos suggests that it’s more focused to the road than the sand, as it lacks the ruggedness of the X-Trail.

A spacious interior can seat five and hold up to 1,380 litres of luggage with the rear seats folded down. With the family in mind, Renault have added a further 70 litres of space by way of storage areas around the rest of the car, including under the floor.

There are four versions of the Koleos on sale in the region, all powered by a four-cylinder, 2.5-litre engine producing 170bhp, mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The entry-level PE trim is available in either two or four wheel drive, with prices starting at 71,500AED.

The mid-level SE level and top-grade LE model are also available, and features include a differential lock, cruise control and automatic air-conditioning, as well as automatic wipers and headlights, rear parking sensors and a sunroof.

As far as safety is concerned, the Koleos had a five-star crash test rating in the EuroNCAP programme, while stability control, ABS and front, side and curtain airbags are all included.

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