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Renault Koleos 2017 review

Published on Aug 15th 2017 Daragh Ó Tuama 447 views

This is the Car Buyers Guide Renault Koleos 2017 review. The D-Segment SUV sector is growing at quite the pace in Ireland, and Renault's addition of the Koleos to their Irish fleet is a firm sign that they want part of the action. Daragh Ó Tuama examines if the Koleos can contend with the titans in that segment; the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the Nissan X-Trail, the Skoda Kodiaq, and the KIA Sorento.

"The new Renault Koleos has been around for some time. In fact, the car was first introduced in 2007, but it only managed to stay in our market for three years. The problem at the time was that there was no appetite for something like this from Renault. The Nissan X-Trail (on which the Koleos was based) was doing well enough for customers, as was the likes of the Rav4. The new Koleos however, should receive a warmer welcome. Renault's reputation for building and selling SUVs has certainly improved, with the Kadjar and the smaller Captur holding their own. Now is a good time for Renault to be in the Koleos space."

"The D-Segment SUV sector is growing at quite the pace in Ireland, and Renault's addition of the Koleos to their Irish fleet is a firm sign that they want part of the action. Over the last few months we have seen some new large SUV cars on our roads. As the D-segment saloon sector begins to slowly decrease, the D-segment SUV is slowly on the rise. There can be no denying that SUVs are getting more popular in Ireland. Look at the mass of C-segment SUV cars that are currently on our roads. You have the hugely popular Hyundai Tucson, the Qashqai, the Tiguan, and Renault's own Kadjar. That section of Irish car sales is booming and it now appears that there is a growing space in the larger SUV race."

"I must say that I thought the automatic gearbox was good in the 2.0 litre dCi 175 4x4 model. I experienced a bit of lag when I put the foot down to take off, but the 175bhp is certainly enough for over taking. The lag may come from the CVT X-tronic transmission. Usually I am not a fan of CVT boxes - there has been a few exceptions like in the Subaru Levorg - but it does work well in the Renault Koleos. The 1.6 dCi, which will be the big seller for Renault in Ireland, is a nice car and the 6-speed manual gearbox is good. Steering offers nice feedback in the models that I drove - the 4x4 obviously feels more grounded. On corners, you will feel body roll (especially if you're sitting in the back) - but this is par for the course in SUVs of this size."


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