Renault Koleos Diesel Review
Best Looking SUV in its ClassThursday, September 5, 2013
Renault Koleos was the second vehicle launched by French car maker Renault in India after they got separated from their Indian partner Mahindra & Mahindra. The first one was Fluence and now Koleos is all ready to embezzle Indian market with its stunning looks and good performance. It was first introduced in Indian market on September 11, 2011.
The exterior of Renault Koleos gives a sporty and supreme look with its fully chrome surrounded front radiator grille, unique twin barrel headlamps, oval front fog lamps, body colored front bumper, front and rear skid plates, silver finished door handles, LED turn indicators integrated electrically adjustable, foldable and heated dual tone ORVMs, silver satinated roof rails, 17-inch alloy wheels including a spare wheel, split tail gate, rear spoiler, rain sensing wiper, turn signal lamp on ORVM and rear glass with electric defrosting feature. It also has 4520mm of length, 1855mm of width and 1695mm of height as its dimension and has a large wheelbase of 2690mm. It has a front wheel track of 1545mm and rear wheel track of 1550mm. It has a kerb weight of 1622kgs and gross vehicle weight of 2300kgs.
Renault Koleos also has a stunning and spacious interiors with premium beige all-leather upholstery, sun visors, coat hanger, closed storages in front door armrests, front arm rest with storage box and cup holder, power 6-way adjustable leather wrapped driver's seat with manual lumbar, 450 litres of boot space which can be extended to 1380 litres by folding the rear seats, leather wrapped three spoke power steering wheel with a couple of controls, three instrument dials behind the steering wheel with chrome rings, two 5-litre under floor storage spaces at rear and rear sun blinds. It also has a fuel tank capacity of 65 litres.
For the utmost comfort of the passengers, this SUV is equipped with a powerful AC with dual zone Automatic Climate Control System, rear AC vents and flow control, smart access card entry, engine Start/Stop button, power steering with tilt -able and telescopic wheel, Follow Me Home feature, automatic headlamps, 4x4 intelligent drive, rear parking proximity sensors, cruise control and speed limiter, cooled and illuminated glove box, electrically adjustable ORVM integrated with LED repeaters, ElectroChrome rear view mirror, seat back tables, electric tail gate opener and large space for good headroom, shoulder room and knee room. It also has a spacious and soft touch dashboard with a central display and many dials. For a fully enjoyable ride, it also includes a Bose sound System CD and MP3 player, 8 high performance speakers, tweeter and sub-woofer system, a digital socket called CBOX with USB and Auxiliary input and Bluetooth connectivity.
Renault Koleos is equipped with a powerful 1995cc 2.0L dCi 16-valve 4-cylinder Euro-4 direct common rail injection turbo diesel engine named as 'M9R 855' which churns out a maximum power of 150 bhp at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm at 2000 rpm giving the top speed of around 180kmph and reaches 0-100kmph mark in just 12.3 seconds with the mileage of 13.73kmpl. The engine also has a catalytic converter and a particulate trap and is mated with a six speed automatic gearbox transmission. It has vented disk brakes at front and rear with the diameter of 320mm and 292mm respectively. The suspension is a McPherson type at front axle and Multi-arm type at rear axle. It has a good ground clearance of 206mm and a minimum turning radius of 5.8m.
Renault Koleos is fully lashed with advanced safety features such as ABS with EBD and BA, 6 SRS Airbags, side and curtain Airbags, rear parking sensors, front fog lamps, rain and light sensors, all four anti-pinch power windows, front Anti-Whiplash headrests, seat belts with ISOFIX child seat mounting points, Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control functions and engine immobilizer.
Renault Koleos has only one variant with diesel engine that is 'Renault Koleos 2.0 Diesel'. It has three beautiful shades which are Black Metallic, Ultra Silver and White Pearl. Overall, Renault Koleos is a great compact crossover offered by Renault and is a fair combination of unique style, powerful engine, large space, high speed, advanced safety features and appropriate price but the only major concern for Renault is its dealers and service center network in India which is very less.