Renault has added a new range-topping variant called the Initiale Paris to its Koleos SUV line-up, giving the car a trim level to compete with more premium rivals.
The Mazda CX-5 rival is priced from £27,500 in Dynamique S form, while Signature Nav variants start from £29,800. But the pair of trim levels are now joined by the £36,700 Initiale Paris model, which edges the car intoAudi Q5 territory.
The most frugal and cheapest Koleos uses a dCi 130 engine, a 1.6-litre with six-speed manual transmission and two-wheel drive which gives fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 128g/km.
The other is the 2.0-litre dCi 175 with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic X-Tronic transmission and four-wheel drive. This engine develops 280lb ft of torque at 2,000rpm. When equipped with the X-Tronic gearbox, the dCi 175 Koleos can go from 0-62mph in 9.5sec.
Renault claims excellent rear-seat knee room of 289mm. Boot space is 458 litres compared with the X-Trail's 550 litres. Overall, the Koleos is 4672mm long with a wheelbase of 2705mm.
Four-wheel-drive models have three driving modes: Auto, Lock and 2WD. They also have ground clearance of 210mm; the same as the X-Trail.
With a kerbweight of 1650kg, the Koleos has a towing capability of 2000kg.
Three trim levels - Dynamique S Nav, Signature Nav and Intiale Paris - are offered. The entry-level Dynamique S Nav includes dual-zone climate control, four USB ports, a DAB radio and sat-nav, as well as a 7.0in infotainment touchscreen,Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and Bluetooth. Outside, the Koleos gets 18in alloys and heated, folding door mirrors as well as roof bars.
Cars in Signature Nav trim get 19in alloys, full LED headlights, heated front seats and a larger, 8.7in touchscreen. It also gets an automatically opening boot. Options for include a Bose sound system (£600) and brown or grey interior leather (£400).
Top Initiale Paris cars get nappa leather, hands free parking (a £350 option on other models) and a panoramic sunroof as standard.
A wide range of driving assistance systems are available across the Koleos line-up, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, blind spot and safe distance warnings, driver tiredness detection and parking assistance.
The new Koleos is being built at the existing Koleos plant in Busan, South Korea, apart from Chinese-market models which are built at Renault’s plant in Wuhan, China.
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