What is it? The Renault Koleos is an all-new large SUV to sit above the Captur and Kadjar models.
Key features: Quality interior, lots of space, plentiful equipment.
Our View: The Renault Koleos is an effective new SUV which may surprise buyers in an overcrowded market.
Type of Review: First UK drive
Renault Koleos – have we not been here before? Yes – the first Koleos was a compact SUV launched by Renault in 2007. By 2010 it had been withdrawn from the UK market, because nobody was buying it – less than 2,600 finding owners.
That was then, however, and this is now. In the time since the crossover market has mushroomed. Today everybody it seems wants one, and the cars they are abandoning most for crossovers are MPVs – which Renault used to sell lots of.
The French brand has already plunged into the compact SUV market with the Captur and Kadjar models – now the Renault Koleos arrives as a larger sister with the emphasis on upmarket. This is designed to be a halo model – Renault is offering it in five-seater form only, and expects only modest numbers of sales for the car.