Renault Koleos is a pure performer SUV. 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. 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. It has an ABS and EBD along with ESP, which are advanced braking functions and are elaborately explained in the safety section below. 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. 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. Equipped with a powerful engine, 2.0-litre M9R diesel engine, it delivers a performance which is not compromised under any conditions. It is equipped with a great suspension and additionally also has a four wheel drive, which makes it a better handler in simple terms. It has a length of 4520mm, and a width of 2120mm, and is at a height of 1695mm to 1710mm. 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. 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.
It is offered in three classic shades to choose from and every color looks more appealing than the other. 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. 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. 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. The fog lamps which sit on either sides of the front grille. 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 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.
It has a wheelbase of 2690mm and a generous ground clearance of 206mm. It has an overall length of 4520mm, total width of 2120mm, and the height stands at 1710mm.
The seating looks very appealing as the lower trims are wrapped with black fabric while higher two variants are offered with premium beige leather upholstery. 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. The boot space has an under compartment in which a full size alloy spare wheel and a tool kit too. 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.
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. There is a smart card access that gives added comfort in easing the lock/unlock, an engine start/stop button which is provided for the convenience of the driver. 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. An on-board trip computer is integrated into the instrument cluster, which gives information about vehicle's speed, time, fuel consumption display and others. In all the variants, the driver is blessed to have the convenience of a tilt adjustable as well as telescopic steering wheel.
Its fuel tank can hold about 65 litres within it and has a massive boot space of 450 litres. A wheelbase of 2690mm allows for a cabin that is very roomy.
Acceleration & Pick-Up
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.
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.
Engine and Performance
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. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves and is based on dual overhead camshaft valve configuration which generates a maximum power of 148bhp at 4000rpm and 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.
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.
Its manual gear box two-wheel drive variant has the ability of producing a maximum mileage of 17.15 Kmpl, which is good. 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.
Power of Renault Koleos
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.
Stereo & Accessories
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.
The base variant has a arkamys music system, while the other higher trims have been blessed with the superior Bose music system. 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, there are 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.
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Braking & Handling
Ed's Take: The braking of the Koleos is good and the brakes have a progressive bite.
Its suspension consists of a McPherson strut to its front axle, while its rear axle contains of multi-link type. Its front as well as rear wheels are fitted with 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, a hill start and hill descent assist functions give added control over the drive. The cruise control is a definite advantage in having a better balance and control over the vehicle.
Safety & Security
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.
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. An anti-lock braking system along with an 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. 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.
It is fixed with a set of alloy wheels of size 17 inches and are covered by tubeless tyres of size 225/60 R17. There is a full size spare wheel offered as a standard feature in all variants.
1. Safety quotient is very high.
2. Impressive fuel efficiency.
3. Outer image is quite appealing.
4. Storage capacity is a plus.
5. An advanced music system is offered.
1. Lack of leather upholstery in lower variant.
2. Interior design can be improved.
3. Available in very few shades.
4. Lower trim can be offered more comfort features.
5. Initial cost of ownership is too high.
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