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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

The Parkers Verdict

The Renault Koleos is priced to compete in the heart of one of the car market's most crowded and competitive sectors. To do so effectively, it needs to be pretty special to stand out – especially when you consider that there are (admittedly more expensive) alternatives on offer from Land Rover, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Has Renault succeeded in producing a competent larger SUV for famiies? Yes, undoubtedly so. It's good to drive, with a punchy 2.0-litre turbodiesel and well-matched transmission. It's roomy and good looking. Surprisingly, it's also a quality item inside, with nice materials and control actions. Renault's R-Link infortainment system it still a weak link – but it's far from unique in struggling in this respect.

The big question is whether it's desirable enough to get people away from the premium brands – and as appealing as the Koleos is, we'd have to say that it still lacks that X-factor that draws people into showrooms. It's a shame, because as a rational buy, the Koleos stacks up pretty well.

Renault Koleos

Read more to find out all about the Renault Koleos SUV – how it drives, how it's equipped and what it costs to run.