There's just one engine – a 2.0-litre turbodiesel that generates 148bhp and 236lb ft of pulling power. That's more than enough to haul you and the family along at a decent rate, plus the engine is happy to rev. Every Koleos comes with a six-speed manual gearbox – there's no automatic option.
Renault Koleos 4x4 ride & handling
The Koleos has a forgiving ride, but it leans heavily through bends and its front tyres start to slide worryingly early. The steering doesn't help, because it's as remote as the Outer Hebrides, although it is usefully light around town. The Koleos gets the switchable four-wheel-drive system from the Nissan X-Trail, so it's quite capable off-road.
Renault Koleos 4x4 refinement
The engine sounds a bit coarse when you rev it hard, but this is rarely necessary because there's so much mid-range muscle. Road noise isn't a major problem, either, but the standard roof rails generate a lot of wind noise. The gearshift is vague and the overly springy clutch can make it hard to pull away smoothly.