Loving Motoring: New Renault KOLEOS rises to every challenge

by Gazette Reporter

By Declan Glynn

Following the outstanding sales success of both the Captur and Kadjar SUV’s, Renault launched its largest crossover yet, the second generation KOLEOS. 

Renault stopped production of the first-generation KOLEOS back in 2010, blaming poor sales for its rapid demise. 

However, since then, the SUV market has grown rapidly, partly at the expense of MPV’s.  

Unmistakable Style, Space & Comfort:

Now Renault has launched the second phase of its flagship model, which is available at Renault’s 27 dealerships nationwide. The New KOLEOS retains the unmistakable space, comfort, styling and long-distance refinement of the phase one model, first launched here in summer 2017, while offering customers a reduced purchase price, and more luxurious equipment than ever before.

Refreshed Exterior Styling:

The New KOLEOS features a number of changes to its exterior styling. A new front bumper and full-length lateral satin chrome elements emphasise the width of the car, while new chrome trims on the sides, and new rear bumper, give a cleaner look.   

New Engine Technology:

Bigger changes lie under the skin however, in the form of two new turbo-charged diesel engines. 2WD versions gain a new 1.7-litre dCi 150bhp engine, while the new 2.0-litre dCi 190bhp engine in 4WD versions offers a higher power output than its predecessor. 

Meanwhile, both engines enjoy a significant improvement in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption compared to the outgoing dCi 175 version, and owners benefit from a reduction in motor tax from €570 to €390 as a result. 

Specification Levels:

The new KOLEOS comes in two trim levels – Iconic and GT Line – with both versions coming with an impressive array of standard equipment.  

Car on Review:

My review car was a new Renault KOLEOS GT Line dCi 150 CVT 2WD, which was finished in striking Universal White metallic paintwork. Exclusive GT Line specification includes 19-inch two-tone alloys, full LED ‘Pure Vision’ headlights, an 8.7-inch R-Link 2 Nav touchscreen with a multimedia screen, full black leather seats incorporating heated seats in the front, electrically-adjustable driver seat and a powered automatic tailgate. 

Based on strict new real-world driving (WLTP) test procedures, fuel consumption as low as 6.4l/100km is achievable on a combined driving cycle, while a CO2 emission figure of 162g/km leads to annual road tax of €390. 

Producing 150bhp, and a healthy 340Nm of torque, the 1.7-litre turbo-diesel engine in my review car is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 11.8-seconds, while sending all of the available power to the car’s front wheels. Renault’s engineers have produced a car that steers well, with neat and direct responses to inputs from the wheel.

Pricing:

Pricing for the new Renault KOLEOS start at €40,476 for the Ionic model in 2WD guise, while my test car specification costs an additonal €2,500. 

Upgrading to the 4WD model with 190bhp attracts a premium of €2,950, and is available in both Iconic and GT Line trim levels. 

Renault’s 5-year/200,000km warranty is standard on all models for terrific peace-of-mind motoring. 

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