3. RENAULT KOLEOS INTENS
The Koleos was fresh out of the oven last year after the first-generation’s long, eight-year stint on the market.
Controls and instruments are easy to read and use, although seats are not as supportive as they could be. At least it’s big inside; the Koleos interior is the roomiest in the class.
While based on the Nissan X-Trail platform, the Renault offers something the X-Trail doesn’t – a 2000kg/200kg towing capacity in auto form. The downside is that the Koleos comes in petrol only – and the 2.5L four is a carry over and so is getting dated. It’s a bit harsh when revved and the CVT tends to accentuate this (the CVT keeps revs in the power band when accelerating hard). While peak torque arrives at 4400rpm, the
2.5L is punching out good torque from around 2500-3000rpm, which makes for a good towing proposition.
Steering is the relatively numb SUV style but is responsive and the Koleos handles well. Ride quality is quite good, if not quite as supple as the X-Trail on which it’s based.
While the lanky 2705mm wheelbase is promising for good towing stability, the Koleos’ 1038mm rear overhang is a bit long for perfect stability when towing.
Eng/trans: 2L petrol/CVT
Towing max braked/Tongue max: 2000kg/200kg