Renault Koleos review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

With only two high-end trim levels available, Renault is clearly pitching the Koleos against top-end versions of its rivals. That means if you simply want a practical large SUV that doesn’t cost the Earth to buy, there are a number of cheaper alternatives. That said, the Koleos is predicted to retain its value well, so in three years’ time resale values should be competitive.

Go for our favoured 1.6-litre diesel and CO2 emissions of 128g/km and claimed combined fuel economy of 57.6mpg look competitive, but our True MPG tests showed the Koleos to be less efficient than the much more powerful Mazda CX-5. The Koleos’ result of 42.9mpg isn’t terrible, but it is 4mpg down on the CX-5. If you want a petrol alternative, there isn’t one – you’ll have look at the Peugeot 5008 or Skoda Kodiaq instead.

Equipment-wise, drivers can choose from Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. We’d stick with the entry-level trim, because it comes with key kit such as dual-zone climate control, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, a panoramic glass roof, power-folding door mirrors, part-leather seat trim, 18in alloys and rear privacy glass.

Stepping up to Signature Nav adds leather seats (heated in the front), a powered tailgate with gesture control, LED headlights and 19in wheels.

Options you might want to consider are metallic paint and the Climate Pack – this adds heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, a heated windscreen and heated steering wheel.

Every new Renault carries a five-year warranty. There’s no mileage limit for the first two years, but a 100,000 limit applies thereafter. Renault also provides three years/100,000 mile of roadside assistance cover for the Koleos. 

This beats the three-year warranties of most rivals and equals Toyota’s five-year/100,000 mile warranty, but isn’t quite as generous as Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited mileage policy or Kia’s seven-year/100,000 mile package.

Safety body Euro NCAP awarded the Koleos five stars (out of five) for safety in 2017. It scored well for adult protection and solidly for child protection, falling just a few percentage points behind rivals such as the Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento. You get a good gamut of safety tech including automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitoring, lane departure warning and traffic sign display as standard throughout the range.

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Renault Koleos


The Koleos is stylish and well equipped, but it’s not as spacious or as well made as some of its rivals

  • Well equipped
  • Nicely finished inside
  • Lots of safety kit
  • Lumpy ride
  • No seven-seat option
  • Limited boot space

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