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Suavely-styled SUV packed with advanced safety kit

PROS

  • Funky styling
  • Lots of advanced safety kit
  • Plenty of standard equipment

CONS

  • No seven-seat option as of yet
  • Not as much luggage capacity as rivals
  • Small choice of engines

Verdict

Seven years after production of the original car was killed off, the Renault Koleos is returning to the UK – this time in the form of the brand’s flagship SUV. Launch prices are set to start from £27,500 for the base-spec model, rising to £34,200 for the bells-and-whistle top-of-the-range car.

Rivals this time around include the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe and Nissan X-Trail. Unlike its closest contemporaries however, the Koleos will only be available with five seats. A seven-seat version may come along at a later date.

Is it practical?

Renault promises exceptional interior space for front and rear passengers, claiming the rear legroom is among the best in class at 289mm. Those in the back will also benefit from dual air vents, twin USB ports, a central armrest with cupholders and extra tinted rear windows.

Boot space is rated at 458 litres with all seats in place, rising to 1,690 litres with the rear seats folded down. This isn’t class-leading – the loadbay is smaller than many of the Koleos’s rivals – but creating extra luggage capacity should be a doddle, with just one switch folding all the rear seats down.

Signature Nav spec cars also come with an electric bootlid which can be operated via the key, or by waving a foot under the rear bumper – handy when carrying heavy shopping.

Two engines and two trim levels

Renault has kept things simple with the trim and engine options on the Koleos, offering just two of each.

The engines come in the form of either a 130hp 1.6-litre turbodiesel, or a 2.0-litre turbodiesel producing 175hp. Four-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic gearbox are available in tandem on the higher-powered engine.

Fuel economy for the 1.6-litre engine is a claimed 57.6mpg, while the 2.0-litre manages 50.4mpg in manual, front-wheel drive form. This drops to 47.9mpg when coupled with the automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

Of the two trim levels available, Dynamique S Nav is the base spec, but even then it comes with a generous range of standard equipment including:

Top-spec Signature Nav adds to the entry-level trim with full black leather upholstery, heated front seats, a larger 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen, 19-inch alloy wheels and full LED Pure Vision headlights.

Such a large standard kit list means optional extras are thin on the ground. However, customers can spec the Climate Pack (only available on Signature Nav) which adds ventilated front seats plus heated rear seats, steering wheel and front windscreen should they wish.

A high-end 13-speaker BOSE sound system and automatic parking are also available.

High levels of standard safety kit

Known for the impressive safety ratings of its cars, Renault has festooned the Koleos with a generous array of high-tech safety kit standard across all trim levels.

This includes Automatic Emergency Braking, blindspot monitor, lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition.

Other common safety features such as ESC, ABS, cruise control, six airbags and ISOFIX mountings on the two outer rear seats, are standard on the Koleos.

Parkers will be driving the Renault Koleos in June 2017, so come back later in the summer for the full review.

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