The five-seat Koleos has a similar footprint to a Land Rover Discovery Sport, so it should be pretty manageable in the UK. Out back you’ll find a 458-litre boot, and the rear seats split and fold to increase the storage space on offer to 1690 litres – should you need to sling a load of camping gear or shopping in the back.
Renault has tried to soften the impact with a window-line that kinks at the rear for a sleek look, and the high roof should ensure ample space inside. And with 213mm of ground clearance, the car will have a ‘real all-terrain ability’ according to the Koleos’s creators.
It’s also got 213mm of ground clearance, so it should prove more than capable of dealing with urban detritus with ease…
Renault claims class-leading interior space, lots of cubbyholes and a whole host of other neat touches – including scratch-resistant materials. A lot of thought has been put into the practical details, too; the doors can open wide helping people get in and out easily, while a gesture-operated powered tailgate should make it easier to load up the Koleos.
One other particularly highlight is that the doors are reputedly designed to stop the sills getting dirty, so when you get out your leg won’t get dirty.
The R-LINK 2 media system takes centre stage in the cockpit, serving up a host of media and connectivity functions. Two types will be offered; a 7-in landscape model or a larger, more advanced 8.7-in portrait version. The driver gets a customisable 7-in screen, too, in the instrument cluster – which shows speed, fuel consumption and RPM, among other driving-related readouts.
Two specifications are available: Dynamique S Nav and Signature Nav. All Koleos cars come with the 7-inch landscape screen, all-round parking sensors and a rear parking camera, panoramic sunroof and 18-inch alloys. The plusher Signature Nav model has the larger 8.7-inch touchscreen system, full LED headlights, powered tailgate and part leather front heatedseats.
It’s an all-diesel range for the UK market, with just two 4-cyl engine choices. The 1.6-litre dCi 130 can hit up to 57.6mpg, while the punchier 2.0-litre dCi 175 can manage up to 50.4mpg. An extra 35 litres of storage space is dotted around the cabin, 11-litres of which are contributed by the sizeable glovebox.
The 1.6-litre diesel is available for both trim levels, equipped with a six-speed manual and two-wheel drive. The larger 2.0-litre offering can be had with the manual or a seven-speed auto, with four-wheel drive only.
The Koleos range price starts at £27,500 for a two-wheel drive 1.6 dCi 130 Dynamique S Nav, and rises to £29,800 without options for the Signature Nav. It’s available to order now and ready to delivery in the summer.