Wapcar Automotive News – This second-generation Koleos ‘HC’ crossover was launched in 2016 as the flagship of Renault’s SUV range as it is one of the most ambitious rivals the French automaker has ever had. have offered since a while. Gallic styling combined with proven Nissan engineering must be an attractive combination in the used market. Is not it?
So what do we have here? A Korean-made, French-branded, full-size crossover SUV with Japanese styling that you’ve certainly never thought of owning, but you’ll probably enjoy. Welcome to this second-generation Renault Koleos.
It is strange to think that in 2012 the Renault range of models did not offer any SUVs. Even at the time, it was clear to most people in the industry that these vehicles would play an important role in continuing to generate profits for the auto industry, but in the rush to adopt this mode of transportation All-electric, the French carmaker lost the ball in this area. . It could have been a disaster if it hadn’t been for the automaker’s partnership with Japanese automaker Nissan, a brand that for some time has set the standard for what a car should be. SUV branded with large displacement.
With this combination, Renault was quickly able to repackage that company’s Crossover product line and fill its showrooms with three new SUVs that offer the type of vehicle people are increasingly looking for. . The first is the small Captur, followed by the larger Qashqai-sized Kadjar. Then, at the end of 2016, followed by the biggest member of the trio, the larger and more spacious Koleos.
So, Renault has seriously considered SUVs, but this is not the first time the company has tried to tackle the crossover segment. In 2007, the brand entered the field with another model under the Koleos brand, a smaller competitor that shared engineering with the first-generation Nissan Qashqai but lacked handling and a sense of time. page of this model.
He also doesn’t have much else to recommend and as a result, hardly anyone wants this MK1 Koleos to be in the first “HY” series, hence the need to disgrace this car after only three-five. for sale, although it continued to be offered in Europe until 2015. In the following years, however, lessons have been learned and this stunning, near-top HC-series MK2 candidate Koleos is the result, built in one of the most state-of-the-art Union factories. Renault Nissan in Busan, in Korea and launched in the UK in the spring of 2017.
It’s based on the Nissan X-Trail but lacks that model’s third-row seat option. This is understandable in a way – Renault wants to avoid any customer duplication with its Grand Scenic 7-seater MPV – but this shortcoming puts the car at a disadvantage when it comes to stealing business. numbers from similarly sized SUVs. – not only the X-Trail but also cars like Skoda’s Kodiaq, Volkswagen’s Tiguan, Peugeot’s 5008 and Mitsubishi’s Outlander. There may also be slightly more expensive options like Land Rover’s Discovery Sport, Hyundai’s Santa Fe and Kia’s Sorento.
At launch, Renault was keen to show that the five-seat formula performed well in this segment against relative rivals such as the Ford Edge, Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. But that didn’t go particularly well for the Koleos, and despite a spring 2020 facelift, sales were slow and the car was dropped from Renault’s UK range at the end of 2020.
What do you expect from an SUV like this? Comfortable, relatively quiet and has good traction? These, nearly all of the minimum requirements of a potential buyer, are satisfactorily addressed by Koleos. If you want more than that, you may need to manage your expectations a bit. Renault has successfully engineered this competitor’s driving to be very comfortable at high speeds, although this setup also allows for a rather classic body style through corners.
In keeping with all of this, the steering lights should, at least correctly, make it easier for the car to corner at high speeds in tighter corners if you find yourself falling behind on the road. Plus, of course, it’s easy around town.
In terms of engines, there have been two since launch, both types of diesel, the 1.6 liter dCi 130 variant offered with a manual transmission and front-wheel drive. And a 2.0-litre dCi 175 derivatives, available only with 4WD and offered with a rather slow optional CVT manual or continuously variable automatic transmission. Both units have the decent towing capacity – 380Nm in the case of the 2.0-litre variant – enough to facilitate a two-ton brake drag with manual models.
And they’re reasonably efficient, the manual dCi 175 capable of operating 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and 148g/km CO2 (both NEDC figures). The 4WD system is the usual Nissan-sourced “ALL MODE 4×4-i” on-demand setup that can cope with muddy roads and icy mornings in its stride. The 2019/2020 facelift brings a 150-hp 1.8-liter dCi diesel to replace the 1.6-liter dCi engine.
These days, the reason you’re oversized for a family-class Qashqai SUV is to give it seven seats – but that’s not always the case. Cars in this class like Toyota’s RAV4, Mazda’s CX-5 and Honda’s CR-V have sold millions around the world in 5-seater form and here Renault has taken that formula and made it. become more spacious and luxurious.
In the second half of the second decade of the 21st century, we saw the Ford Edge do the same in this regard, but the more affordable Koleos delivered the same kind of package. You might also be interested in it if you’re among those looking for five-seater versions of larger mid-size SUVs like the Skoda Kodiaq, Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Santa Fe for the period, all of which will be makes you more expensive if you opt for the relatively standard Koleos spec-equipped engine variants.
Of course, there are issues you will need to consider when considering this vehicle. You get even heavier handling than you’re used to in an SUV this size, and if you get a variant equipped with a CVT, you’ll get a suitable gearbox. We don’t think many potential buyers will care much, but they may, like us, think the ride quality should be a little better than it actually is.
And in short? Well, for those who forget that Renault can make a very reliable mid-size luxury car, Koleos offered a reminder of reality. There’s certainly enough space, luxury, style and value on offer here to give this model some credibility in this segment during its on-sale and that makes it a solid choice. Pre-owned cars are attractive in this segment, as long as you can find one that is well-maintained.