New Renault Koleos vs Mazda CX-5

As Renault’s largest SUV, the new Koleos should meet the needs of most families. Let’s see how it stacks up against Mazda’s CX-5

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Mazda CX-5 and Renault Koleos

Our verdict

As you’ve probably guessed by now, the Koleos comes a distant second in this test. We could live with its sluggish performance if the return was good fuel economy, but it’s actually the thirstier of these cars. Likewise, soft suspension means roly-poly handling, yet it still gets upset by ruts and bumps. Yes, it’s cheaper on a PCP deal, but we’d definitely fork out the extra for the CX-5.

The CX-5 isn’t faultless; its ride is a bit firm, but at least it’s well controlled, so it’s the more comfortable SUV overall. That’s one of the few black marks against it, though. This is an SUV you can enjoy driving, thanks to its keen handling and punchy engine. With the interior proving practical and smart, it’s a worthy five-star car.

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1st – Mazda CX-5

For Fun to drive; frugal engine; flexible rear seats; big boot; high-quality interior

Against Ride is on the firm side; no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Mazda CX-5 review

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2nd – Renault Koleos

For Cheaper on finance; more rear leg room

Against Sloppy handling; sluggish performance; clunky infotainment system; panoramic roof eats into head room

Rated 2 out of 5

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Also consider:

Specifications: Mazda CX-5 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 SE-L Nav

Engine 4cyl, 2191cc, diesel

List price Β£25,695

Target Price Β£24,614

Power 148bhp @ 4500rpm

Torque 280lb ft @ 1800-2600rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 8.9sec

Top speed 127mph

Gov't fuel economy 56.5mpg

True MPG 47.4mpg

CO2 emissions 132g/km

Specifications: Renault Koleos 1.6 dCi 130 Dynamique S

Engine size 4cyl, 1598cc, diesel

List price Β£27,500

Target Price Β£25,634

Power 128bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 236lb ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 6-spd manual

0-60mph 10.9sec

Top speed 115mph

Gov't fuel economy 57.6mpg

True MPG 42.9mpg

CO2 emissions 128g/km

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