New Mazda CX-5 rival is priced from £27,500; top of the range Initiale Paris costs from £36,700

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 into Audi 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.

Unlike the Mégane, Renault won't offer a hybrid model Koleos further down the line.

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The Koleos is built on the CMF C/D platform which is shared with the Nissan X-Trail, as well as larger Renault-Nissan models, including Renault’s Espace, Kadjar and Talisman, and the Nissan Qashqai.

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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25 April 2016
Another good looking Renault, apart from that superfluous bright strip over the front wheelarch, which looks odd and doesn't even have the merit of concealing a (clamshell) bonnet shut line. Likewise the pointless "vent" on the front door. Designers really should know when to stop.

29 September 2016
Chuckled at the computer generated image of this munter climbing a mountain. As if! The car would ground out or the tyres rip, but only if the dumb owner hadn't panicked already and refused to leave the car park. I really hope SUVs have jumped the shark - they are as aspirational and adventurous as eating chicken tikka masala while watching X factor.

7 March 2017
That is one pokey little rear window for 4.6m+ vehicle, make sure you get one with a rear camera unless you like discovering the car behind you in the car park has a tow bar - the hard way.

5 May 2017
So its a 1.6 diesel. It's only 2WD. And it doesnt even have a posh badge to impress the neighbours. £27k. Why?

What does this car do that a Skoda Octavia estate wouldnt do better for a hell of a lot less money?

It'll get discounted sure, but that pretty much kills it dead for the fleet market. Presumably they'd rather sell X-Trails here...

5 May 2017
nicebiscuit wrote:

So its a 1.6 diesel. It's only 2WD. And it doesnt even have a posh badge to impress the neighbours. £27k. Why?

What does this car do that a Skoda Octavia estate wouldnt do better for a hell of a lot less money?

It'll get discounted sure, but that pretty much kills it dead for the fleet market. Presumably they'd rather sell X-Trails here...

Was thinking the same. Hate to see the resale values of these a couple of years down the line ouch!

9 May 2017
Like others by the price. A lot more expensive than the X-Trail on which it is based, not to mention the Kodiaq. Diesel only options too, very disappointing entry to the market for a car that I was half interested in.

9 May 2017
Am I the only one that thinks that is too much for a French 4x4 of that stature, considering the Peugeot 3008 SUV is £22,000 and the Citroen C5 AirCross is expected to cost similar amount.

9 May 2017
Can't see why Renault are bothering to sell the Koleos in the UK,the first generation didn't exactly set this segment of the market on fire did it? it was withdrawn from sale in the UK five years before it was taken off the market in Europe. At the prices Renualt are asking for the Koleos which seem ludicrous for a Korean built SUV, it will be no challenge for the Skoda Kodiaq which is a lot more car for the money

2 January 2018

I'm running a 2008 Koleos Privilege 175 dci. It's been absolutely superb. 

1) Strong reliable chaincam diesel engine - same lump as this new model

2) Genuinelly capable off road. X-Trail i-mode 4x4 running gear underneath with lots of ground clearance - same as this new model (in 2.0dci trim). I've taken it down some heavily rutter farm tracks with no issue whatsoever

3) Well screwed together by Samsung-Renault factory in Busan, South Korea. My car will be 10 years old this May and is completely squeak and glitch free. Loaded with toys too. 

I suspect this new Koleos will fail as a sales proposition for the same reasons the first gen one did - overpriced and Renault badge. However, I'm looking forward to a well-engineered used bargain in 5 years time when my one might, (might) actually need replacing. Thanks, Renualt!

Sulphur Man

2 January 2018

I'm running a 2008 Koleos Privilege 175 dci. It's been absolutely superb. 

1) Strong reliable chaincam diesel engine - same lump as this new model

2) Genuinelly capable off road. X-Trail i-mode 4x4 running gear underneath with lots of ground clearance - same as this new model (in 2.0dci trim). I've taken it down some heavily rutter farm tracks with no issue whatsoever

3) Well screwed together by Samsung-Renault factory in Busan, South Korea. My car will be 10 years old this May and is completely squeak and glitch free. Loaded with toys too. 

I suspect this new Koleos will fail as a sales proposition for the same reasons the first gen one did - overpriced and Renault badge. However, I'm looking forward to a well-engineered used bargain in 5 years time when my one might, (might) actually need replacing. Thanks, Renualt!

Sulphur Man

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