The inlet of my pursuit during Auto Express means that I’m frequency in a same automobile for long. When I’m sharpened highway tests and initial drives for a magazine, we mostly need to move those models out to a print locations.
I contend this since even nonetheless this Renault Koleos is a latest automobile I’m regulating on a fleet, I’ve not had too most time behind a circle yet.
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I’ve been in other models recently, so some of my colleagues have been regulating a Koleos – mostly for trips to a airport. It was usually fitting, then, that when it was returned to me we took a SUV true behind to one of Heathrow’s long-stay automobile parks.
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Unsurprisingly, this is a arrange of outing a Koleos excels on. we found a float unequivocally comfortable, and a atmospheric interior means it doesn’t feel tighten from behind a wheel.
Similarly, a front seats are unequivocally supportive, and they’re exhilarated as customary on a car. That is unequivocally critical for me since we do copiousness of motorway journeys; only removing to one of a photoshoots mostly involves an early start and a expostulate of some-more than 100 miles.
I’m also a vast fan of a Renault’s interior style; all a materials used in a cabin are of good quality, and there are some neat pattern touches as well.
Our Koleos is a 2.0-litre diesel indication in Dynamique S Nav trim, that means there’s loads of customary kit. It facilities 18-inch amalgamate wheels, a breathtaking sunroof, meridian control, quick-folding back seats and Renault’s latest R-Link 2 infotainment system.
The seven-inch touchscreen arrangement looks good in a dashboard, though it’s not as easy to use as I’d like. There are too many sub-menus and not adequate transparent routes between opposite functions, such as sat-nav and radio.
On a outside, a Koleos has a complicated look, and I’m a vast fan of a vast Renault badge and particular light signatures during a front and rear, since they unequivocally assistance a French SUV to mount out from a crowd.
From behind a wheel, a Koleos feels bigger than it is, interjection to thick A-pillars and bad back visibility. But a high seating position means we can feel pretty assured in parsimonious spaces. Also, since a extraneous is so large, there’s copiousness of space on a inside of this flagship Renault SUV as well.
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Unlike many of a rivals, it’s not accessible with 7 seats, though a Koleos offers copiousness of back conduct and legroom, while also carrying a foot vast adequate to absolutely reserve all my print and car-cleaning gear. With a seats adult there’s 579 litres of space in a bucket bay, and it stands during 1,795 litres when they’re down, that is sufficient for my needs.
My Renault’s 175bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine is unequivocally clever and feels punchy even during low revs, though I’m not fastening with a CVT gearbox. If you’re pushing routinely it will try to keep revs low, though accelerate tough and it’ll move them adult harshly. If we were changing rigging myself, I’d keep it during low revs and use a torque instead, though there’s no approach to do that here. Still, a Renault’s box is one of a improved CVTs I’ve tried, since it doesn’t reason a revs for too long.
Another thing that’s started to abrade is a locate on a gearlever gate. When you’re flicking between brazen and retreat gears, for example, it will hang and exclude to change ratios. That’s a teenager distrurbance when you’re on a drive or in a automobile park, though it’s worse when you’re doing a three-point spin with someone watchful to come past.
I’m looking brazen to saying how a Koleos gets on during a time on a fleet. I’ve not had a possibility to work out a fuel economy figure yet, though a central expenditure of 47.9mpg looks promising. I’m not awaiting to compare that – a genuine universe is so opposite to a lab test, after all – though we wish a Renault SUV will get close.
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