Renault Koleos

Renault treads new ground with big, luxurious SUV

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  • Striking looks
  • Stylish interior
  • Plenty of safety systems
  • Only a five-seater for now
  • Top-spec models are expensive
  • No quick engines

£22,250 - £34,120 Price range


5 Seats


48 - 61 MPG


The Renault Koleos competes in the ever-expanding SUV market against the likes of the Nissan X-Trail, Ford Kuga and Kia Sorento.

The Koleos is based on the Nissan X-Trail and is the same size. Only a five-seater has been confirmed, but Renault claims it has class-leading rear legroom. Boot space is also generous, and with a capacity of 624 litres it’s around 75 litres bigger than the X-Trail’s load space.

The Koleos’ cabin mimics that in the latest Megane, most obviously the upright dash, dominated by a large portrait-orientated infotainment screen. Cool mood lighting, leather and an optional panoramic sunroof helps the Koleos feel expensive compared to rivals.

Basic models send power to the front wheels only, but three-mode four-wheel-drive is optional for more serious off-roading. Thanks to its 213mm ground clearance, Renault claims the Koleos is a credible mud plugger.

The Koleos comes with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, with power outputs ranging from 128hp to 173hp. Exact specs aren’t confirmed, but the engines will most likely be turbocharged and 1.6-litres in capacity. The Koleos will be offered with either a six-speed manual or Renault’s new twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

Even basic models come with safety features including active emergency braking, lane monitoring, blind spot warning systems, tiredness detection and traffic sign recognition.

The Koleos is due to hit UK showrooms in early 2017, when it will sit above the Captur and Kadjar in the firm’s lineup.