October 4, 2014: Renault is offering its flagship SUV with extra two years warranty along with free road side assistance for 4 years in this festive month. Recently, this company has also started testing the second generation Koleos ; the vehicle is expected to launch later next year or in the first half of 2016. This manufacturer in India introduced 2014 facelift with refreshed face along with other tweaks earlier this year so expect the 2nd generation model series to enter early 2016 in India. The new SUV is bigger and will be better equipped that the current model and expect a competitive price too. The new model SUV is likely to be based on the Nissan's latest Qashqai and is expected to receive 1.6 dCi turbo diesel from the same.
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||13.7||17.15||147.9bhp @ 4000rpm|
||12.13||16.26||170.6bhp @ 3750rpm|
||11.23||14.56||170.6bhp @ 3750rpm|
Renault Koleos sure is clad in all the features that were anticipated of it by the car aficionados. From design to dimensions and from technology to technicality, everything is offered with an outstanding quality. This is the result that cannot be otherwise for being produced out of the company's stable. Packed with performance mechanism, it has a race quality to it. To reach one's goal, along with a destination, speed is very important. This stands true not only in one's life, but even to the commuter as well. And there goes the discussion of whether or not this vehicle has a potential to raise up when expected to and how far? Well, it can be read by the figures that are mentioned as having an acceleration of achieving 100 Kmph within 11.5 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of. But speed itself isn't enough to take it as far as possible. It must be compatible with other resources that support a car to drive by and that is its fuel economy. This series are available in diesel and they support an impressive mileage of 14.56 Kmpl on the freeways, while it manages to drag about 11.23 Kmpl. Then the next factor that comes in mind is the safety. Can safety be ignored in such an car? Certainly not. Hence, we find features that makes us feel ensured of a protected drive under all conditions even while going through the list itself. The role of having a robust braking system has always been the primary investigation in the outlook for a perfect vehicle by the buyers. Sure enough, the manufacturers too are under sheer pressure to put everything, plus best braking. This formula is successfully met by the designers of this vehicle, and thus is being one of the best buys in the sales stats. It has an ABS and EBD along with ESP, which are advanced braking functions and are elaborately explained in the safety section below. And then, it looks so appealing that it is hard to take eyes off of it. The appearance of this SUV is very elegant with its classy finishing. It is available in three number of shades to select from and all the colors make it look much richer. The body colored bumpers, a stylish split tailgate and silver satin based roof rails add much elegance and trendiness. But how much ever great a vehicle might look, if it equally doesn't feel so, then its whole purpose gets defeated. So to make sure that the interiors stay as much in tune with the exteriors, is the balance on which any producer takes intense care of. The foremost aspect anyone would have his eyes on while checking out the cabin, is its upholstery. The black seat covers in fabric give chic look to the base trim, whereas the premium beige leather seats make the higher variants brim in luxury. Then it comes to performance. If this is finely offered, then in general terms, most of the other things can be delicately overlooked as well by the customer. As if the occupants feel good while in the drive, rest all will feel good equally. Equipped with a powerful engine, 2.0-litre M9R diesel engine, it delivers a performance which is not compromised under any conditions. The suspension though not overlooked by the consumer, is not clearly understood as in how important it is to determine its performance levels. It is equipped with a great suspension and additionally also has a four wheel drive, which makes it a better handler in simple terms. Size does matter and it definitely matters, when it comes to automobiles. It looks big but if just look doesn't give you a convincing picture, reading along the numbers is the other way to find out if this vehicle fits in your imagination. It has a length of 4520mm, and a width of 2120mm, and is at a height of 1695mm to 1710mm. Well, interior measurements too have a role in making the cabin more comfortable. The leg room, shoulder and head space are quite well, which is a result of having a wheelbase of 2690mm and makes the occupants feel at ease. Everything has a price but not all have a reasonable tag which stands in tune with the standards. It can be brought home in an acceptable range and is within the scale of its expected customer base. We want music everywhere and at all times. Then wouldn't we appreciate an audio deck in the very cabin that we spend our time everyday? And if this model sports one, it will be considered to be an advantage, while picking a car according to a personal preference. It is decked with a great music system like Arkamys and Bose. And there is always an option of customizing one's vehicle with all the possible additional accessories that can be integrated. But if chosen from authorized dealers, there wouldn't be a reason to complain of. And moreover, the after sale service of a company too is as equally important as buying a car from a reputed firm. A warranty of 24 months or 50,000 kilometres, whichever comes first. It comes with a set of alloy wheels which are integrated to 225/60 R17 size tyres which make this car compete with the speed of the air and look wise also it is robust. The factors that eventually help in zeroing down in introducing this car to your pocket is it has great looks and much greater performance which can be appreciated sitting in its well furbished cabin and leave the rest of the amusement to the onlookers.
The appearance of this SUV series looks very splendid with its classy look. All its exterior body shades which has a glossy finishing to its body. It is offered in three classic shades to choose from and every color looks more appealing than the other. The base trim is equipped with a set of alloy wheels, which are of single tone. Whereas the higher variants are fitted with alloy wheels which have dual color. Projection headlamps are fitted to the front for better visibility as well as it improves the style of the frontage. The pair of rails fitted on its roof gives this SUV a trendy look and improves the overall image which are of silver satin based. There is a spoiler fixed to the roof which enhances the entire image of this vehicle. There is a tailgate, which is in split design, has two doors of which one can be lift upwards and the other can be opened downwards. This feature not only offers convenience but also adds to the existing style of the rear end. Both the windscreens are wide and fitted with wipers. The front one gets a pair of intermittent wipers, while the rear one get a single wiper along with a defogger and washer as well. There is a skid plate fitted of which one at the front and the other at its rear end. These plates offer protection to the bumpers and safeguards the engine from getting impacted from the road collisions. The fog lamps which sit on either sides of the front grille, offer additional lighting and moreover make a style statement too. And to add to all this, these lamps are layered in chrome. There are two outside rear view mirrors on either side of the body, which can be electrically foldable as well as adjustable. Furthermore, these external mirrors are integrated with LED turn indicators onto them. The side profile is well defined by the satin based chrome finishing to its door handles, which gives an added richness. The side moldings on the doors are painted in the body color. The bumpers on either ends of the vehicle look very sleek and slender, giving it an edgy definition and give a uniformity to the outer structure as they are layered with the body color. The front facade looks very wide and spread out for the vast grille on the front.
It has an overall length of 4520mm, total width of 2120mm, and the height stands at 1710mm. It has a wheelbase of 2690mm and a generous ground clearance of 206mm, which is fairly decent.
Ed's Take: The interiors of the Koleos are stylish and good quality of plastics. It gets the Bose music system and even the leather used on the SUV is well bolstered.
The insides of the cabin has been integrated with multiple features, which give ample of comfort to all the passengers as well as to the driver. The seating looks very appealing as the lower trims are wrapped with black fabric, which looks classy. Whereas, the higher two variants are offered with premium beige leather upholstery, which gives a rich feel. The driver seat has been offered with lumbar support, which is very helpful in positioning in a comfortable manner, while driving. The compartment is integrated with an air conditioning unit, which additionally has a dual zone function to it. Its AC vents are well placed all over the cabin including the rear side too. The rear seat has a 60:40 split facility to it, which helps in getting in more baggage as and when required. Furthermore, this function is offered with a switch, which has a one touch drive down function enabled to it. Plus, the driver side window has a one touch up-down roll function. To be helpful in foggy conditions, the rear windscreen is integrated with a defroster. Smart storage is offered in this series which can accommodate quite an amount of stuff. The audio controls are mounted onto the steering wheel which is a huge relief to the driver as it reduces the extra effort and inconvenience. Additionally, soft touch driver controls too are available for better convenience. The boot space has an under compartment in which a full size alloy spare wheel and a tool kit too. The rear access is quite easy to get in or out. Additionally, the backs of the front seats are fitted with tables which can be foldable and these can be enjoyed by the rear seat occupants. There are seat belts offered to all the occupants, which are enabled with pretensioners, load limiters as well as height adjustable facility for better safety as well as convenience. A driver sun glass is available too. It has an instrument cluster with multiple notifications for driver's assistance as well as an advanced audio system for entertainment sake. The base trim has Arkamys, whereas the other ones have been bestowed with superior quality Bose music system.
There is a smart card access which is offered in this SUV series that gives added comfort in easing the lock/unlock effort additionally. There is an engine start/stop button which is provided for the convenience of the driver. There is a function of intelligent transmission which helps in transferring from four wheel drive to two wheel drive and to automatic. This facility is given only in the higher variants and not to the base manual two wheel drive trim. A head light sensor, which detects the level of darkness and turns on the lights automatically and this is an added convenience. To assist the driver in parking, sensors are fitted to the rear end, which are very useful whenever there are congested places. There are three 12V power outlets that are fitted into the cabin. These sockets can be utilized for charging any electronic devices while on the move. An on-board trip computer is integrated into the instrument cluster, which gives information about vehicle's speed, time, fuel consumption display etc.., For the passenger comfort, there are headrests fitted to both the front and rear seats. Furthermore, these headrests have the facility to adjust as per the personal preference of its occupants. In the lower variant, the driver seat as well as the passenger seat too can be adjusted in manual mode. Whereas, in the higher trims, both the driver's seat as well as the co-passenger's seat can be adjusted electronically. While the driver's seat can be adjusted in six different ways. In all the variants, the driver is blessed to have the convenience of a tilt adjustable as well as telescopic steering wheel. This augments the responsiveness and also aids in better maneuvering of this vehicle even in peak traffic hours.
It has a boot compartment of 450 litres, which is very huge. Therefore, it has the capacity to accommodate huge baggage. Its fuel tank can hold about 65 litres within it, which is very resourceful during long drives. For having a wheelbase of 2690mm, the cabin is very roomy and the leg, shoulder space along with the leg room is spacious.
Ed's Take : The acceleration of the Koleos is good and it doesn’t feel under powered. The SUV has sufficient grunt in it, it is the automatic that feels slow due to the sluggish box.
There are three trims offered in this utility vehicle series. Of them, one has automatic transmission gear box with four wheel drive mechanism and the other two are equipped with a manual transmission gear box. The automatic trim can reach a top speed of about 180 Kmph and can attain the 100 Kmph mark in just about 11.9 seconds. The manual transmission variant with two wheel drive mechanism can breach the 100 Kmph mark in 11.5 seconds, whereas the four wheel drive trim does it in just 9.9 seconds.
Ed's Take: The performance of this engine is good and it doesn’t feel that it runs out of steam anytime. Overtaking is easy in the city or on the open road.
It is equipped with a 2.2-litre, dCi, M9R diesel engine that has a displacement capacity of about 1995cc. The two wheel drive version produces a maximum power of 148bhp at 4000rpm and generates a torque of 320NM at 2000rpm. While both the manual and automatic four wheel drive versions produce a power of 170.6bhp at 3750rpm and generates a maximum torque of 360Nm at 2000rpm. Its base and mid range variants are mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, while the top end trim gets an advanced six speed automatic transmission gearbox. All the variants of this series can reach a top speed of 180 Kmph. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves and is based on dual overhead camshaft valve configuration.
Ed's Take : The Koleos has a fuel efficiency of about 9-11 km/l depending completely on your driving style. The manual one is more efficient than the automatic, with about 12km/l.
The automatic trim runs on 4WD drive mechanism and is capable of giving a mileage of about 14.56 Kmpl, whereas the 4WD manual version can deliver a peak mileage of 16.26 Kmpl. On the other hand, its manual two-wheel drive variant has the ability of producing a maximum mileage of 17.15 Kmpl, which is good.
Ed's Take : The power produced by the Koleos is good on paper, and even in the real world. The model year 2014 has more power on tap, atleast an increase of 20bhp and 20Nm, making it more powerful.
This engine under the hood of 2WD version can produce a maximum power of 148bhp at 4000rpm and generates a torque of 320NM at 2000rpm. This output goes up in both manual and automatic 4WD versions. In those trims, this power plant releases a power of 170.6bhp at 3750rpm in combination with a maximum torque of 360Nm at 2000rpm.
Ed's Take: The Koleos comes loaded with features like integrated music system— a Bose one— cruise control and even other brownies like steering mounted audio controls etc.
It is decked in with a profound set of an audio system of which has a capacity to support multiple players. The base variant has a arkamys system, while the other higher trims have been blessed with the superior Bose music system, which is quite reputed for its sound quality. It also has a few connectivity ports for Aux-in, an iPod, MP3 and radio as well. Set of four speakers are fitted in the base variant, whereas five speakers are offered for the others. Additionally, these variants are given amplifiers and sub woofers too. Two tweeters too are available in all trims for better sound output. Bluetooth connectivity is offered too as an added benefit.
Ed's Take: The braking of the Koleos is good and the brakes have a progressive bite.
Its front as well as its rear wheels are fitted with the efficient disc brakes. The advanced anti-lock braking system and an electronic brake-force distribution is equipped into all the trims for efficient braking mechanism. Furthermore, electronic stability program gives added control over the drive. Additionally, a hill start and hill descent assist functions are offered as well. It has been bestowed with a superior suspension that consists of McPherson strut to its front axle, while its rear axle contains of multi-link type. The cruise control is a definite advantage in having a better balance and control over the vehicle.
Ed's Take: The safety features on the Koleos are airbags, ESP and even ABS. The handling of this SUV is good and it drives just like a sedan.
This section has been keenly designed in-order to provide first class functions that would fit this car into the safe-zone list of four wheelers available in the market. It has been integrated with a superior braking system, which makes sure that on whichever kind of road you drive over or in whichever climate, you still will never feel a difference in the ability of your drive. An anti-lock braking system along with electronic brake-force distribution further improves its mechanism. This efficient mechanism is supported with another function like an electronic stability program, which is not offered in the base variant. As the name itself suggests, it gives added stability. Additionally, the higher variants, to go up the hill without much effort is given a hill start assist is offered that gives the extra power to the vehicle. Furthermore, a hill descent assist feature too is provided for a controlled descent down the hill. All the trims have airbags both to the driver as well as to the co-passenger. While the front-side airbags along with front and rear curtain bags are offered in only the higher variants. The impact restraint body both at front and rear is integrated into this model. The child safety locks are built into the rear doors for added safety. Speed sensing door locks are an added safety, which is offered along with an automatic emergency unlock. The power window on the driver side is give an anti-pinch function for added safety.
It is fixed with a set of alloy wheels of size 17 inch, which are of a great standard and can slide and sledge through any obstacle that it confronts owing to the robust tyres which are embraced to them. Those tyres are of tubeless type and have a size of 225/60 R17. In addition to this, this vehicle also gets a full size spare wheel as a standard feature in all variant.
1. Loaded with multiple advanced safety features.
2. Decked with an advanced music system.
3. Outer structure looks fabulous.
4. Ample storage space is offered.
5. Mileage is decent enough for an SUV.
1. Price tag can be a little more flexible.
2. Could be offered in many more shades.
3. More notifications can be added to the instrument cluster.
4. The base trim can still have a few more safety aspects.
5. Absence of leather upholstery in the base trim.
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