Diesel doer

Koleos isn’t ex­actly the first-choice SUV but this ad­di­tion is worth a look

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

IT’S hard not to sell SUVs at the moment but Re­nault is try­ing harder than most.

With slow sales of most of its models, the French brand has ex­panded its Koleos line-up to in­clude a new top-spec turbo diesel ver­sion of the pre­vi­ously petrol-only Priv­i­lege 4WD.

The Priv­i­lege Diesel starts from $45,490, a less than in­dus­try stan­dard pre­mium of $1000 over the petrol model.

It comes stan­dard with a sixspeed au­to­matic to drive the 2.0-litre four-cylin­der, for which Re­nault claims a fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 7.6L/100km.

Stan­dard features on the flag­ship Priv­i­lege model in­clude a panoramic glass roof, bi-xenon head­lights with cor­ner­ing lights, park­ing sen­sors, key­less en­try and ig­ni­tion, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, hill start and de­scent con­trol and 18-inch al­loys.

De­spite grow­ing de­mand for two-wheel-drive SUVs, Re­nault spokes­woman Emily Am­brosy says, there are no plans to ex­pand the diesel range in that di­rec­tion.

An­other ver­sion of the Koleos, the Koleos Bose spe­cial edi­tion, based on the Dy­namique model, gets a Bose Pre­mium seven-speaker (in­clud­ing a sub-woofer) sound sys­tem, as well as 17-inch dark al­loy wheels. It is avail­able in ei­ther front­drive or 4WDwith 2.5-litre petrol, or4WD with the 2.0 turbo diesel.

The Koleos Bose Spe­cial Edi­tion is priced from $34,990 ($500 above the stan­dard model).

Pre­mium oiler: For Re­nault Koleos diesel it’s4WDor noth­ing

STU­ART MARTIN stu­art.martin@cars­guide.com.au

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