What is it?
In short, confusing. This is the two-wheel drive version of Renault’s SUV, which is described as being ‘for customers who find 4x4 looks appealing but have no need for four-wheel drive.’
It’s also the cheapest model in the Koleos range, which we suspect will be more of an enticement than the slightly awkward looks.
What’s it like?
In many ways it’s very good. The 2.0-litre diesel engine, despite being the lower-powered 150bhp version, offers sufficient urge to make it nippy to 30mph for around-town driving. Even at higher speeds it has enough punch to make overtaking easy, despite the Koleos’s hefty 1649kg kerbweight.
The common-rail unit is also quite refined, and though you get the familiar diesel racket under heavy load, the Koleos’ cabin is generally a peaceful place to be.
Mind you, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing place to be. Many of the materials feel cheap, and without satnav to break up the dashboard, it’s also a very uninspiring interior.
Otherwise the entry-level Dynamique trim comes with plenty of toys, with cruise control, heated door mirrors, auxiliary input, and air-conditioning all included. You’ll want parking sensors, though – the Koleos’ size is difficult to judge thanks to its bulbous dimensions.