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Renault Koleos review

An effective new SUV which may surprise buyers, but entering an already overcrowded market

Summary

The Renault Koleos is an effective new SUV which may surprise buyers in an overcrowded market.
Design
8.0
Performance
7.0
Handling
7.0
Economy
8.0
Value
8.0

Summary

The Renault Koleos is an effective new SUV which may surprise buyers in an overcrowded market.

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.


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 By 2010 it had been withdrawn from the UK market, because nobody was buying it – less than 2,600 finding owners.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.

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Renault Koleos crossover 2017 | The Car Expert

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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