On the road, Koleos proved to be a comfortable, well-mannered vehicle that does everything expected of it without too much fuss. It cruises quietly and is easy to drive in everyday use, but when accelerating quickly or pulling up hills the 2.5-litre engine and CVT automatic start to work hard and get a little noisy. Fuel consumption is significantly better than the previous model but Koleos is still thirstier than some in the class. The steering provides good feel, while the suspension is compliant and well controlled. Over a wide variety of road conditions both our test vehicles – a two-wheel-drive Zen and all-wheel-drive Intens – displayed a reassuring surefootedness, with the Intens adding a little more traction on loose or slippery surfaces. Some tyre roar can also be heard with changes in the road surface.
Although off-road driving is not Koleos’s main focus, its four-wheel-drive ability is a little more serious than some of its peers. Extra ground clearance helps, and the Alliance’s well-proven All-Mode 4X4-i system allows drivers to select easily between two-wheel-drive, auto all-wheel-drive and a lock mode which splits the drive 50/50 between front and rear wheels when below 40km/h.
Appreciate Koleos for its extra space, its general drivability and surprisingly good off-road ability. Overall comfort is another matter, although you’ll be well entertained playing with the very hands-on multimedia system.
RENAULT KOLEOS ZEN 2WD
Price: $37,990 drive-away. Premium paint $600. Range $33,990-$47,990 drive-away.
Safety: ESC. ABS. 6 airbags. Reversing camera. Front/rear parking sensors. Daytime running lights. Auto lights/wipers. Tyre pressure monitor. 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
Connectivity: 7-inch touch-screen (8.7-inch in Intens). Bluetooth. Sat-nav. USB input. Voice command.
Vehicle features: Dual-zone climate-control. Artificial leather upholstery. Heated front seats. Roof rails.
Driver features: Leather, fully adjustable steering wheel. Keyless entry/start. Electric driver’s seat with lumbar support.
Drivetrain: 2488cc, 4cyl petrol engine. Front-wheel-drive. CVT auto. 126kW@ 6000rpm, 226Nm@4400rpm.
Fuel: 9.6L/100km (RACV test); 8.1L/100km (govt test). 60L tank. 91-RON petrol.
Wheels: 18-inch alloy, 225/60 R18 tyres. Space-saver spare. Towing limits: 2000kg (braked trailer).
Environment: 188g/km CO2.
12-month/15,000km capped-price services. 5-year/unlimited km warranty.
RACV RATING **** (4 stars)
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Report: Greg Hill
Published in RoyalAuto Feb 17