Renault mostly avoids a frequented trail when it comes to flagship cars. The Vel Satis from a early 2000s took a singular proceed to luxury, yet those quirky catwalk looks valid a tiny too many for UK buyers; usually 1,400 models found homes in 3 years.
So Renault has jarred things adult with a latest range-topper: a Koleos Initiale Paris. It’s a new trim to British buyers, yet has been attempted and tested in Europe on a not-for-UK Espace MPV. All of that car’s French haute-couture has been squeezed into a high-street character of a mid-size SUV. But has it worked?
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It positively creates a plain initial impression. The Koleos looks smart, generally when interconnected with a grand ‘Amethyst’ paint pursuit and 19-inch amalgamate wheels of a exam car. It’s good inside, too. The seats – exhilarated all-round and cooled adult front – are embellished in Nappa leather and feel splendidly supportive. The approach a upholstery blends from cream into black won’t be to everyone’s taste, yet an all-black choice is available.
Equipment levels are excellent. All Initiale Paris cars get a breathtaking sunroof, LED headlights, a BOSE sound system, and a reversing camera. Renault’s 8.7-inch ‘R-Link’ infotainment complement works well, and a large menu icons are easy to use. However, a mural course of a arrangement is during contingency with a blueprint of a Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems, creation their displays irritatingly small.
The Koleos fares good from a practicality standpoint, too. Huge doorway bins and a low executive cubby offer copiousness of cabin storage, and behind chair passengers are treated to lots of legroom. However, a breathtaking roof does concede back headroom a little. The 565-litre foot is generous, yet it’s put in a shade by a Skoda Kodiaq, that offers 630 litres and a integrate of additional seats.
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Out on a road, a Koleos continues to tumble divided from a rivals. Around city those 19-inch wheels pile-up into potholes and bumps, and even during motorway speeds it never entirely settles. Push a Koleos into a dilemma and there’s some-more physique hurl than we competence expect, yet a steering is accurate enough. The Kodiaq feels some-more secure, and a DS 7 Crossback rides some-more smoothly.
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There’s usually one engine accessible for a Initiale Paris. The 175bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel is always conspicuous, droning aloud even underneath peaceful stifle loads. The involuntary gearbox can be delayed to respond when relocating from a standstill, too, that isn’t ideal if we wish to lift out of a connection in a hurry. Once adult to speed, however, a seven-speed section shifts uniformly and creates a many of a engine’s 380Nm of torque.
However, a categorical stumbling retard for a Koleos Initiale Paris is a price. At £37,030, a top-spec Koleos goes adult opposite a Volvo XC60 and a DS 7 Crossback – both of that are both some-more gentle and feel some-more special. If a able family SUV is some-more critical than upmarket trinkets and exclusivity, afterwards both a Kodiaq and Peugeot 5008 are some-more constrained all-rounders.
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As such, a collect of a Koleos operation stays a Dynamique S Nav dCi 130. At £28,045, it’s roughly £9,000 cheaper than a Initiale Paris, so on a standard PCP understanding it’ll cost significantly reduction per month. Even in matching dCi 175 AWD X-Tronic guise it’s roughly £5,000 reduction than a range-topping exam car.