Sat behind the wheel of the Koleos it all looks rather smart and more interesting that the majority of its peers, bar the concept-car-like 5008. You get the usual soft-touch materials on the top of the dashboard and doors, but it’s the nice flourishes, including faux stitched leather, swish ambient lighting and wood-effect trims, that deliver a distinct slice of extra joie de vivre.
In front of you sits a configurable digital instrument panel that’s standard on all models, and in the main the rest of the dashboard is well conceived: most switches fall easily to hand, but the climate control functions operated through the infotainment screen can prove an unnecessary faff.
Most shapes and sizes should be able to tune a good driving position though, with a steering wheel that offers generous rake and reach movement, and a driver’s seat with loads of support. On top-level Signature Nav models this is electrically adjustable, including the lumbar support.
Visibility looking straight ahead is fine, but the thick windscreen pillars can obscure your vision at junctions. The fat rear pillars and small rear-quarter windows also make it tricky to see clearly back over your shoulders; thankfully, all versions come with a plethora of gadgets to mitigate this, including front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and blind spot monitoring.
Dynamique S Nav models come with a 7.0in touchscreen, with a larger, tablet-style 8.7in screen on the top Signature Nav trims. This is okay to use, but you’ll find those systems in a Sorento, Santa Fe and Kodiaq much more fathomable: some of its features aren’t that easy to find within the multitude of menus, and it can be a little ponderous to process commands at times.
Whichever screen size you have it’ll be well kitted out. Every version gets Tom Tom live-traffic sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring - this lets you operate selected apps from your phone via the main screen.
An upgraded 13-speaker Bose sound system is available on the top Signature Nav trim. We found the sound a little flat and one-dimensional though, so wouldn’t bother spending the extra cash.
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