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Renault Koleos

  • Thursday, January 24, 2013
  • Bhargav Roy
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  • Renault Koleos
    Renault Koleos


    French automaker Renault has slated an aggressive outlook since its break up of ties with homegrown SUV maker Mahindra in India. On May 23, 2011, it launched the flagship sedan Renault Fluence in India and has slated to launch four more cars until 2012 end. The Renault Koleos, an SUV is the second offering by the carmaker in India.

    Koleos, a seemingly full-grown SUV is a blend of power delivery, driving pleasure and style. Its relentless 4x4 capabilities are able to take on any terrain. Stunning exteriors and inspiringly comfortable and exceptionally silent interiors is what Renault Koleos promises.        

    Renault Koleos is available diesel variant only. Probably, Renault must have sensed that it is diesel powered cars that are in vogue in India compared to petrol ones. Dwindling sales of petrol cars is due to the rise in petrol prices. Renault Koleos Diesel is powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine. The 2.0 litre dCi, 1995cc, Euro-IV, common rail diesel engine churns out a top power of 150hp. The engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that results in greater acceleration 0-100 kmph in 12.3 seconds. It has a top-speed of 180 kmph. The Renault Koleos is available in 4X4 version.
    Renault KoleosThe official website of Renault India says that the Renault Koleos is a multi-tasker that has the comfort of a sedan, spacious as MPV and attributes of a 4x4 version. The Renault design team did fairly great efforts to give it a completely new look and the Nissan engineers turned it a lovable machine. The front fascia of the premium compact SUV- Renault Koleos- looks aggressive with front split grille, middle grille and lower grille surrounded by tough skid plates. The headlamps and fog lamps do have distinctive designs that make it new face in the segment. The side view has got body color rear view mirrors and door handles. The rear side has got very special split opening tail gate that allows loading of over one meter wide objects in the trunk. Other rear side features are large taillights, rear spoiler with high stop lamp, compact antenna, rear wiper on wider windshield and three reflectors as well.

    Renault Koleos
    The Renault Koleos interior looks are much better than the outside; it has spacious cabin, funky dashboard and well thought seating arrangement for five. The cabin comes with much needed interior comfort features. The car has soft-touch material at the dash; AC vents are placed at the dashboard in a stylish way, they find their place at the top while the AC controls and audio controls are placed very low at the centre dash that might trouble the driver when operating. The steering wheel of the Renault Koleos is ‘tilt and reach’ adjustable, and comes with three spokes and chrome inserts. It also offers ample storage area in the form of large glovebox, underfloor compartments, folding tray tables, etc. The rear seats row can be folded flat that increases cargo capacity up to 1,340 litre. However, it is reported that the rear seat row is not comfortable in terms of legroom. The interior wear leather upholstery.

    Renault Koleos is loaded with most of the advanced safety features including Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution system (EBD) with Brake Assist, airbags, front fog lamps, all disc brakes, parking sensors, etc.


    Renault Koleos India

    Renault Koleos is the second car from the stable of the company after its nuptial break up with Mahindra. Renault Koleos is a complete SUV with a combo of power, driving pleasure and panache. The 4x4 makes the car a multi terrainer with superb exteriors and an equally amazing silent interior. The Renault Koleos currently comes only in diesel.

    Renault Koleos Exteriors

    From the exteriors Renault Koleos would be a real head turning potent machine. The rock solid Renault builds and the classy lining with blends makes this power churner more adorable. The big grille along with upswept head lights looks like the Koleos has got just the right dose of botox. The Koleos is not a photographer’s delight, but looks a lot better in the flesh with its new front-end giving it a fresher appeal than the current lot of SUV’s. If you liked the Fluence, you will like the Koleos.

    Renault KoleosRenault Koleos Engine

    This Renault Koleos is fitted with a 2.0 litre, dCi, common rail diesel engine that offers variable outputs based on the trim levels. All the models are mated with an automatic 6 speed gearbox. The base engine develops a top power of 150 hp and hits the 0-100 kmph mark in just 12.3 seconds with a top-speed of 180 kmph. The M9R 865 engine type has a displacement of 1995 cc.

    Renault Koleos Interiors

    The Renault Koleos provides ample storage inside the cabin, with an eye-catching as well as functionally greater interior features. Particular attention has to be paid to the quality and design of the cabin. Renault could improve the interior quality as the wide expanse of the dash top looks rather bland. Renault Koleos has wide spacious place inside to place all passengers easily with comfort. The interiors are designed with soft materials. The practical and modular interiors of the Renault Koleos features storage space of up to 70 litres.
    Renault Koleos
    Renault Koleos Safety Features

    Renault cars have always been the flag bearer of safety and the Renault Koleos too is no exception. The safety features included are Dual Airbags, Parking Sensors, Fog Lamps, Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti-lock Braking System, Central Locking, Side impact beams etc. Moreover, the all new Renault Koleos would carry the strong and rigid chassis. The car has been rated 5 out of 5 stars in EuroNCAP tests.

    Renault Koleos Colors

    The Renault Koleos comes in colors of White Pearl, Ultra Silver and Black Metallic with beige harmony as the interior color.

    Renault Koleos Ride and Handling

    Renault KoleosOverall the Renault Koleos ride and handling is the best in class. The ride quality is exemplary for a European SUV in the Indian conditions. The Renault Koleos has a very firm pair of suspensions that provide an exceptionally comfortable drive over all sorts of terrain. At highway speeds, the Koleos feels stable, despite some body roll through corners. The Renault Koleos feels surefooted on the road, and the steering is direct and has a surprising amount of feel for an off-roader, making it quite carlike to drive. An intelligent four wheel drive (4WD) that under normal conditions can be left in 2WD mode ensures better fuel efficiency.

    Renault Koleos Specifications

    The overall length of the Renault Koleos is 4520mm, width 1855mm and height 1695mm. The Renault Koleos SUV has a gross weight of 2300kg.

    Renault Koleos ex-Showroom Price

    The Renault Koleos is priced at Rs 23.99lakh (ex-showroom, Noida).

    Renault Koleos Competitors

    The Renault Koleos falls in the premium SUV segment and competes with the likes of Mahindra XUV500, Skoda Yeti, Chevrolet Captiva and the Hyundai Santa Fe.
    Renault Koleos
    Compare Renault Koleos with other Models

    Renault Koleos vs Mahindra XUV500:
    The Mahindra XUV500 beats the Koleos hands down in terms of the cost, features and looks. However, the Renault Koleos is the best in class in terms of the ride and handling and off roading capabilities.

    Renault Koleos vs Skoda Yeti:
    The Skoda Yeti is considerably cheaper compared to the Koleos. The Koleos is however bigger, wider and taller compared to the Yeti. Both the SUV’s are car like to drive and offer the same level of drive quality. In terms of the mileage and power, both the cars deliver identical results. In the looks department, the Yeti scores over the Koleos.

    Renault Koleos vs Chevrolet Captiva: 
    The Chevrolet Captiva high end variant almost beats the Koleos in terms of the cost, but it has other variants which is priced lesser than the Koleos. The Chevrolet Captiva is certainly the winner in terms of the biggest, widest and tallest vehicle between the two. In terms of power the Captiva once again outscores the Koleos. The Koleos however fights back with a better mileage and super safety as well.

    Renault KoleosRenault Koleos Awards

    2008 Winner of Drive Car of the Year in Australia
    The 'Compact SUV' award - at the Planet 4x4 awards ceremony
    Best Newcomer - at the Planet 4x4 awards ceremony
    Prestigious '4x4 of the Year - at the Planet 4x4 awards ceremony

    Renault Koleos Mileage


    • The Renault Koleos delivers a mileage of 10 kmpl in city conditions and 13 kmpl on highways.
    • As with the Dynamique specification, the Koleos Bose edition is available with a 2.5 litre petrol or 2.0 litre diesel engine.
    • The 2.5 litre petrol engine is available in 4x2 and 4x4 forms, while the 2.0 litre diesel engine is available in 4x4 only.



    Renault KoleosFull Bose Edition feature list includes:


    • Bose sound system (digital amplifier, 7 speakers including a sub-woofer)
    • 17-inch SARI dark metal alloy wheels
    • Bose exterior badging (front wheel arch)
    • Silver coloured electric/heated/folding door mirrors with LED indicators
    • Bose interior badging, bose branded kick plates
    • Steering wheel and door panels with grey stitching
    • Piano black trim around air vents, centre console surrounds, satellite navigation housing and steering wheel controls surroundings
    • Carbon fibre effect on gear lever and window switches
    • Floor mats


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