Renault Koleos dCi 4X4 Expert Review | Renault Koleos dCi 4X4 First Drive |

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Renault Koleos dCi 4X4

Renault have launched Koleos . well known SUV in the Indian Coming with the tag line meet Pleasure’ this 4X4 SUV is part of the mission of the company to its brand identity and establish as one of the reputed car makers here in Renault is still struggling to get its identity, the launches of Logan and has not really helped and the company has high hopes to Koleos . We had the chance to drive the French Renault Koleos and to find out its virtues on a very amazing from Bangalore to the enchanting Kabini.

Read on to know all this very new SUV, Koleos for India.


The Renault has been in the car making for the last 113 years and that is why cars well engineered. As for the of Renault Koleos it was first at the Paris Motor show in

The Koleos that has come to is the second generation of the original and interestingly India happens to be the country to get this latest Koleos . China would be the destination for the launch of all new Renault . The Koleos was designed and engineered by Renault and Nissan (Nissan is owned by Renault). Currently the is being manufactured at the Renault- Motor plant in Korea. the Indian Koleos is being at CKD in Renault-Nissan plant in Chennai.

The meaning of Koleos is a `Creature` in so the design lives upto its and looks like a brute Seen from the front the Koleos gives a much look as compared to earlier that had a closed and round The front of the Koleos gets a grill that’s inverted and new sporty face of the Koleos has chrome slats that run

This new grill looks with the big Renault Diamond plunked in the center of it.

Now coming to the they are huge in size with the overall dimensions of the Koleos and are projector type barrel smoked out with turn lights. Next the front bumper, it is large and is a one affair with the center and rising to the waist height. The fog are round and integrated in the front with a dash of chrome over them.

In the lower of the front bumper, there is a air dam that has a rectangular body a colored design. This sculpted bumper has nice curves at the right place and with the chrome grill the new Renault Koleos a brute yet face.

The nose of the Koleos is and mates with the front at a fairly good height. If you are of driving in wild terrains, is a front skid plate on the that defends the engine body while off roading or driving on bad roads. The side of the Koleos is marked by the tall and fenders that house the 17 wheels with 225/60 R17 99H to be precise.

Interestingly there are badges on the fenders, and it is noteworthy Renault Koleos Is the first in India in this segment to get a music system (The be in the Interior section). The Koleos has the two finish (Black and Metal) ten alloys that looks and go a long way in adding a lot of character to the of the Koleos . Large doors very good glass help in making the Koleos large.

The windows on the Koleos get the out effect. The sides of the Koleos get a chiseled bulge that across the SUV from the front to the rear wheel arch. The mirrors are auto folding and are adjustable with the LED turn integrated in them.

The rear window gets a glasses while there is a second slopping quarter on the C Pillar.

The sloping roof gets the brushed aluminum trails. The door handles sensors placed behind that can detect the key unit and or unlock automatically.

The side of the Koleos is further enhanced the sloping rear glass extends the to the rear bumper. The of the Koleos is the profile that we the most. The rear bumper is low specifically to allow the twin boot on the Koleos.

The rear gets a skid plate adds to the rough road overall. The tail lamps are rounded in shape with park and turn lights. The panel gets some of the tail lamp while the half of the light is on the open tail gate.

The rear a glossy black body in the center that houses the Diamond Renault logo and under it is the KOLEOS monogram enhances and underlines the name.

The tail gate is a 60-40 with the top half opening and the lower half opening wards. You get large stop on the bumpers and a low stop lamp in the center of the bumper. You get a rear with stop lamps and parking sensors as standard on Koleos along with wash/wipe and defogger. The Koleos gets the dCi 4WD badging on the tail

The Koleos has a single exhaust a twin exhaust would considerably increased its cosmetic Another thing missing on the equipment list is the option of a roof. The dimensions Renault stands at 4520mm in length, in width and 1690mm in height a very rough terrain to it.

The exterior fit and finish is very with no panel gaps or weld marks visible. The has a very up-market paint

Interiors Cabin

Enter the and you spot the BOSE side garnish in chrome that you instantly. The dash is a two tone the top made of soft rubber in black while the lower in beige hard plastic. The cluster is a three round thing with chrome on each dial. The RPM on the left has a red with the 4.3k mark.

The in the center is calibrated till the mark while the extreme dial houses the fuel and the engine temperature gauge. is also a multi display tells the odometer reading, consumption, fuel used, and service etc readings that can be with the help of the menu. The is a three spoke design and is wrapped. You have a brush of on the steering along with the control command buttons on side.

The steering can be adjusted for and reach (Tilt and Telescopic) and is to grip. Just behind the on the right side is the main for the audio settings and Bluetooth just like the one in the Fluence.

On the console you have the BOSE that is in a semi dome brushed aluminum inserts on it. you start the audio player the boldly reads out Audio by along with the time on the left and the outside temperature on the Under the AC vents you have the two climate control. The CD player is below the climate control and its just under it.

You have the toggle button along the Cruise control and speed button and the engine start-stop under the audio control.

these buttons is the smart holder where you can lock in the Koleos Smart Card. The gear shifter has a good when gripped and is shaped it also has an aluminum garnish the in cabin look. You get the usual shifts along with the shift. The seats get all leather upholstery. The driver’s seat has an adjust for height, reach and while the front passenger’s has manual adjust.

The seats are comfortable and large in They offer good and the driver gets a good of the road ahead. There is manual lumbar support available on the front seats.

The passenger seat back can be folded fully in the front so the rear passenger can stretch his The rear seats get the 60-49 and a foldable center arm rest. The seats are also large in and the back rest can be set to two settings to get the inclination level for a comfortable

The rear passengers get the AC vents in the door pillars, a fan blower control is also available. The seats get three adjustable rests. The rear seats can be fully to extend the boot

There is loads of space everywhere in the Koleos with than enough leg room, room and knee room. are many bottle holders and bins spread across the A foldable tray can be deployed behind the front two seats can be used as a laptop stand There is 450liters of boot on the Koleos that van be increased to liters with the rear fully folded when

The twin opening boot lid is very convenient to load and luggage.

Renault has a tie-up BOSE across the globe and the Koleos became the first in India in the sub 30lakh segment to get the music system. This is a system has eight BOSE around the cabin to play at a premium sound quality. We some music at the maximum level or the full blast but the was crisp and clear which is the case with other systems.

The BOSE system also has an telephone Bluetooth system is intelligent as well. For example if you a call when you are driving the activated by the system answers the initially and says that the can’t answer the call as he is and if still the caller holds on the call is transferred to the driver. acoustics are of best level from the BOSE system.

You get an USB and AUX port neatly tucked in the center storage compartment. The Koleos has well furnished made of good quality with simplistic yet functional Switches and knobs are made of stuff and have a nice feel to them. The comfort is high with large seats offers good

The BOSE music system on the with its unmatched audio just stands out over the things in here.

Engine Suspension

The Renault Koleos is by a 2.0liter CRDI 4 cylinder engine. This 1995cc also powers the Nissan but in a different state of tune. M9R 855 engine as it is codenamed makes of 4000 rpm and generates in turn 320 Nm of torque figures at as low as 2000

The 2.0 liter engine is mated to a 6 automatic gearbox that has a tip-tronic shift capability. engine was developed by Renault and is among its lineup of vehicles the Nissan.

The Renault Koleos has a silent cabin even the engine running at high At idle it is very difficult to if it is petrol or diesel variant. to D mode and the 2.3 ton heavy brute SUV ahead in a sane manner. The builds up at the 2.1 RPM and that’s when the gear shifts happen. delivery is good on this

There is some hesitation the 1st to 2nd gear shift but once this the Koleos comes to its colors. The Koleos feels spirited and lively at low and high Maneuvering the Renault Koleos at any and traffic condition is a breeze. The has a nice weighted feel to it and crisp at all speeds. The Koleos as all Renaults has a wonderful suspension set up.

The is Mac Pherson while the rear has the arm tyre set up. The suspension has been up to suit the Indian bad road and we could understand its utility our drive on some broken village roads on the way to the Kabini For the more power hungry the Koleos has the tip-tronic mode to them busy.

Stability is at all speeds and there is not much roll felt. The Koleos in the suspension and handling department and we did off road driving as well to get our doubts clarified and the Koleos us in all departments. With the ground of the Koleos at 206mm the SUV does not the XXL sized bumps or pot holes driven over.

The rough package works well on the and helps it conquer the toughest of and bad roads aided with the 4 Wheel Drive mode it the best of traction possible, you have an option of driving in the 2WD and the 4X4 Lock mode.

Renault fuel efficiency of 13.7KMPL in the 4×4 mode which be much better when in the 4X2 Overall the Renault Koleos is a big in the handling and the engine department. The has a very competent and refined Diesel engine which is one of the from Renault stable

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