3. RE­NAULT KOLEOS INTENS

Camper Trailer Australia - - BUDGET TOURING -

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.

Price: $43,490

Eng/trans: 2L petrol/CVT

Power/torque: 126kW/226Nm

Tow­ing max braked/Tongue max: 2000kg/200kg

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