Having trimmed its line-up to only feature models capable of achieving significant volumes in the UK a few years ago, Renault has moves back into an expansive phase now and, feeling the uplift of its recent design rejuvination, could even be said to be in confident mood. But that confidence does the Koleos, the brand’s most expensive product, no favours at all when a five-seat, 148bhp Kodiaq 2.0-litre TDI SE with DSG can be had for practically the same £27,500 that buys you a 128bhp Koleos Dynamique S.
Ironically, this may well be the version to go for because it gets the 18in wheels likely to help with the car’s irritable ride quality and a centre console that retains physical HVAC controls.
Also, the lesser car’s spec does without our test car’s lacklustre X-Tronic transmission – a £1500 walk up – which means you get marginally better efficiency, at 50.4mpg and 148g/km CO2 emissions.
Both are inferior to the aforementioned Kodiaq, mind, but very competitive compared with the rest of the cars in this segment.
With the CVT-equipped car, we didn’t equal the 47.9mpg average claimed by Renault for combined fuel economy, although the 37.8mpg recorded on our touring run suggests that it’s about par for the large, two-pedal crossover SUV course.