Update - 4th April 2018
The days are finally getting longer and the clocks have gone forward, which means a little more time to enjoy getting out into the hills of a weekend. There really are few things finer than being in the middle of nowhere and unable to hear a motorised vehicle.
The Koleos makes reasonably short work of getting to these remote locations, helped by its acceptably light thirst and large fuel tank, although there’s a bit too much road noise when you’re at speed for my liking.
However, once in the back of beyond, the boot is at the perfect level for changing footwear. Better still, the heated front seats work quickly after a chilly yomp.
Second Report - 21st March 2018
Climate control is an undeniably wonderful thing, because it allows you to set the temperature of your car’s interior, press ‘Auto’ and let the system get on with keeping the airflow and temperature just so.
Dual-zone climate is even better, because it lets you dial up the ideal temperature for your side of the cabin (although my girlfriend’s and my tastes are so disparate that we risk developing a weather front somewhere above the central armrest).
However, the Renault’s climate control system has always irked me. For a start, it never seems to cool the cabin unless it’s on ‘Lo’, and secondly, it fails spectacularly to keep the windows free of misting. I have to take it out of ‘Auto’ mode, direct the airflow upwards, and make sure the aircon is switched on – and if anyone presses Auto again, the system reverts to aircon-off mode, no air to the screen, and starts to blow out hot air.
However, one way to keep the cabin cool and demisted is to open the large panoramic sunroof, which is a huge bonus. No matter whether the roof is tilted or slid back, it floods the cabin with both winter sunlight and fresh air – superb.
Update - 21st February 2018
The Koleos has certainly been earning its keep over the past few weeks, with jaunts to work all over the south of England, plus the usual trips to the supermarket, train station and friend’s houses.
However, with all these miles comes dirt, which seems to affect the reversing camera particularly badly. It quickly becomes grimy and the filth renders it all but unusable when it’s dark.
Also, the electrically operated tailgate has a functions that’s supposed to open it when I waggle my foot beneath the rear bumper. More often than not this refuses to work, making me look like i’m performing a somewhat precarious version of the hokey coney for no apparent reason.
First report - 7th February 2018
What’s in a name? Here’s hoping, not much. You see, the Koleos name has been around before, attached to a dull, half-hearted pseudo SUV a few years ago.
No longer though, because it now sits on the tailgate of an all-new, glamorous and imposing SUV.
Look beneath the bonnet and the word ‘imposing’ is not the first to spring to mind, because what resides there is a 130hp 1,598cc diesel motor. Does it struggle? Not a bit of it; the 320Nm of torque means performance is more than acceptable, and our early average economy figure of 42.7mpg seems reasonable. At Christmas, this light thirst, combined with the 60-litre tank allowed us to head from London to north of Dundee without having to refill.
The CO2 output of 128g/km is pretty decent, and puts the car in the 27% tax band. It’s competitive against the Mazda CX-5 2.2D, although the 150hp Mazda has a significant power advantage, and the Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dCi, which uses an identical engine to the Renault.
There’s plenty of kit, too, although some of it works better than other bits. More of that later. Nevertheless, the new Koleos looks like it’ll make a decent name for itself.