Renault’s longstanding MPV experience combined with the 4×4 technology already proven on existing Alliance models, ensures that its all-new 4×4 crossover, Koleos, benefits from a rich heritage of expertise.
- Available in three trims, Dynamique, Dynamique S and Privilège
- Offered with two diesel engines, dCi 150 and dCi 175 with a choice of six-speed manual or automatic gearbox
- Prices start at £17,995 rising to £24,695
- Koleos beats some competitors on price by as much as £1,500 and carries more equipment as standard
- Koleos comes with a three-year, 100,000 mile warranty
- First Renault to feature four-wheel drive from launch
- Available in four and two-wheel drive
- In UK showrooms from 4th July 2008
Koleos is Renault’s first-ever entry into the growing crossover segment, boasting MPV levels of comfort and interior space combined with robust exterior styling and genuine off-road ability. Its practicality is evident in its split-opening tailgate, 70 litres of stowage space and impressive boot volume of up to 1,380 litres with the rear seats folded. Off-road, Koleos excels with innovative features such as Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control system, the ‘all mode 4x4i’ system developed by Nissan for the X-Trail (which shares the same platform with Koleos), and approach and departure angles of 27 and 31 degrees respectively.
As well as the four-wheel drive, Koleos will also be available in permanent two-wheel drive form appealing to those who enjoy its distinctive, crossover looks and spacious MPV-like versatility complete with high visibility driving position, but have no need to use the vehicle off-road.
Performance engines and value for money prices
Renault Koleos is offered with a choice of two diesel 2.0-litre Alliance engines, the dCi 150 and the dCi 175. Unusually for a 4×4 crossover, Koleos is available with six-speed gearbox and in manual or automatic transmission.
Prices start from £17,995 for the Koleos Dynamique dCi 150 4×2 manual, rising to £24, 695 for the Privilège dCi 175 4×4 manual.
CO² emissions for Koleos range between 191 and 221 g/km, with Koleos versions falling into Band F for CO² emissions.
Koleos beats the competition
Renault may be a newcomer to the 4×4 crossover segment, but it already beats some of its closest competitors in a number of areas including price, standard equipment, boot space, approach/ departure angle and warranty.
Expected best-seller, Koleos Dynamique S dCi 150 4×4 is priced at £20,495 – £1,295 cheaper than the equivalent Honda CR-V SE and £1,275 less than the Tiguan SE. Koleos Dynamique dCi 150 4×4 beats Ford’s Kuga Zetec on price coming in at £18,995 compared to Kuga’s £20,495 – £1,500 more than the Renault.
Koleos’ standard equipment list is also impressive, especially compared to its rivals who can only offer features that are standard on Koleos, such as fog lamps and enhanced comfort features you’d expect on a 4×4 such as cruise control, as options.
Renault’s continual improvements in the quality and durability of its products are further enforced with Koleos’ three-year, 100,000 miles warranty offering complete peace of mind. Some competitors just can’t match Renault Koleos in terms of warranty with the VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga, Toyota RAV4 available with three-year, 60,000 miles warranty and the Honda CR-V offering three-year, 90,000 miles.
The approach and departure angle, at 27° and 31° respectively, offered by Koleos is amongst the best available on the market and substantially better than some competitors, positioning Koleos as one of the most versatile, stylish and practical vehicles in its segment. Ford Kuga’s approach and departure angle is 21° and 25° respectively, whilst VW Tiguan offers 18° and 25°.
Koleos Dynamique is offered in four or two-wheel drive form, in the dCi 150 engine.
Standard features on the Dynamique include air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, front fog lamps, black side protectors, chrome effect roof bars, heated and body coloured door mirrors, tinted glass, 17″ ‘Crusoe’ alloy wheels, picnic tables armrest on centre console, automatic parking brake, height adjustable driver seat, leather steering wheel, lateral and curtain airbags, ISOFIX compatible passenger seat and outer rear seats, 4X15W mono CD with MP3, 60:40 split rear seat with centre armrest, ski hatch, four luggage tie hooks, rear shelf with solid and roller section, front passenger underfloor draw, cooled glove box, 12V accessory point, storage under rear footwells, storage under rear load area and lateral storage behind wheel arches.
Prices for Koleos Dynamique are:
Dynamique dCi 150 2×4 manual: £17,995
Dynamique dCi 150 4×4 manual: £18,995
Koleos Dynamique S is available in two and four-wheel drive form, in manual and automatic transmission with the dCi 150 engine.
In addition to those offered on the Dynamique, standard features on Dynamique S include:Climate control, Renault Hands Free card, ‘Super-fold’ rear seating, heated and electrically folding door mirrors, automatic lights and wipers, ESP, Hill Start/ Hill Descent Control (4×4 versions only), parking proximity sensors (front and rear), reclining rear seat backrests, multi-function centre console with armrest, 12V accessory point and two cup holders, rear passenger stowage drawer, folding front passenger seat and 17″ ‘Oasis’ alloy wheels.
Prices for Koleos Dynamique S are:
Dynamique S dCi 150 2×4 manual: £19,495
Dynamique S dCi 150 4×4 manual: £20, 495
Dynamique S dCi 150 4×4 automatic: £21,495
Koleos Privilège is available in four-wheel drive form, in manual and automatic transmission and with the dCi 150 and range-topping dCi 175 engine.
Standard features in addition to those on the Dynamique and Dynamique S trims include:Full leather heated seats, panoramic electric sunroof with blinds, bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering lights and headlamp wash, 7″ colour screen satellite navigation, sunglasses storage, Electrochrome rear-view mirror and new Bose® 4X50W audio system.
The Bose® audio system was developed with Bose’s engineers and Renault’s design staff to create a bespoke audio system adapted to the specific acoustic properties of Koleos. This system is the first from this prestigious brand to be fitted in a Renault.
Prices for Koleos Privilege are:
Privilège dCi 150 4×4 manual: £23, 495
Privilège dCi 150 4×4 automatic: £24, 495
Privilège dCi 175 4×4 manual: £24, 695
Exterior vehicle accessories and colours
Renault is also offering a range of accessories for Koleos including front and rear skidplates (£185), front guard and rear skid plate (£350), rear spoiler (£375), rear-seat mounted DVD system with one player and two screens at £995, integrated Bluetooth (£250) and illuminated kickplates providing protection for the front door sills (£175). All prices include VAT and fitting.
Koleos is available in four metallic illusion colours, Sandstone Green, Cascade Silver, Carlton Black, Slate Grey, and one non-metallic, Alpine Blue.
New technology and features for Koleos
Koleos features some new-for-Renault technology, benefiting from the knowledge and expertise of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The Hill Start Assist function on Renault Koleos is just as useful for everyday motoring as it is off-road. The system is automatically activated on gradients of more than 10% to prevent the vehicle from slipping back down the slope. It also means there is no need for the driver to switch rapidly from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal which is inherent in other vehicles.
The Hill Descent Control system offers even safer off-road motoring. This function is activated via a switch on the central fascia and automatically holds the vehicle’s speed at a maximum of four mph on downhill gradients of 10% or more without the need to use the brakes. Particularly useful when Koleos is use off-road, this system also contributes to active safety since it allows the vehicle’s downhill speed to be controlled on steep, snowy or icy slopes. It also works in reverse gear, too.
Koleos’ navigation system has a number of specific off-road features, including an altimeter and barometer. The vehicle’s angle of inclination, the slope and an altitude graph are equally displayed, while a digital compass takes the stress out of finding the correct heading when there are no signposts to be seen. This system uses data transmitted by elements already used for other functions, including the ESP sensor.
The ‘Super-fold’ system, introduced on New Laguna Sport Tourer, enables the 60/40 split-rear seat base to tip forward and backrest fold down all by the flick of one switch in the boot. With the rear seat in the folded position, the boot floor becomes entirely flat to further facilitate loading. The boot volume of 450 litres with all five seats in the upright position extends to a very generous 1,380 litres once the rear seat has been folded. The available space can also be compartmented thanks to the presence of several hooks which enable the multipurpose retention net to be fixed in a choice of ways. In keeping with Koleos’ calling as a vehicle designed for outdoor leisure activities, its rear seat backrest is equipped with a ski hatch. The back of the front passenger seat can also be folded down to either form a table or permit the transport of items of up to 2.60m in length.
Koleos benefits from all the active and passive safety features you’d expect on a Renault. Euro NCAP results will be revealed later this year.
Renault’s new 4×4 crossover Koleos will be on sale in the UK on 4th July priced from £17,995 (for the two-wheel drive version) rising to £24,695, available in two diesel engines and in two or four-wheel drive form.
Insurance groups are still to be announced but are expected to be competitive.