Re­nault rum­ble

The French brand’s wagon came from an al­liance with Nis­san

Herald Sun - Motoring - - USED CAR - with Gra­ham Smith


The Koleos came from the al­liance be­tween Re­nault and Nis­san. It was based on Nis­san’s renowned all-wheel drive X-Trail plat­form, although with its fresh, at­trac­tive looks there was lit­tle hint of that.

Re­nault in­tro­duced the fiveseater Koleos all-wheel drive wagon in 2008 with two lev­els of trim, the base Dynamique and the fea­ture-laden Priv­i­lege. Two years later, in 2010, it added the front-drive Ex­pres­sion as the en­try model. There was a styling up­date in 2012.

Koleos buy­ers had the choice of petrol or turbo diesel en­gines, the for­mer a 2.5-litre four­cylin­der (126kW/226Nm). In the turbo diesel, a 2.0-litre four, out­puts var­ied with the trans­mis­sion — in man­ual guise it pro­duced 127kW/360Nm and was de­tuned in the au­to­matic to 110kW/320Nm.

The man­ual was a six-speed on all en­gines. The au­to­matic op­tions were a con­tun­uously vari­able trans­mis­sion on the petrol en­gine and a reg­u­lar torque con­verter six-speed auto on the turbo diesel.

When equipped with Nis­san’s well-re­spected 4x4-i set-up, the Koleos could run in two-wheel drive mode, auto, or four-wheel drive, se­lected with the flick of a switch.

In auto mode it ran as a front-driver un­til wheel slip was de­tected, at which point is also started feed­ing drive to the rear.

The Koleos’s cabin was stylish, mod­ern and quite roomy, although tall oc­cu­pants might com­plain of be­ing cramped in the rear. There was a high stan­dard of fit and fin­ish and the cabin ma­te­ri­als looked and felt of a de­cent qual­ity.


Own­ers we talked to were unan­i­mous in the praise of the Koleos. The only crit­i­cisms voiced were mi­nor in na­ture; there was cer­tainly no se­ri­ous con­cerns for a sec­ond-hand buyer. Those with petrolengined mod­els

were happy with the per­for­mance and econ­omy they were get­ting, a sen­ti­ment echoed by the equally con­tent diesel own­ers.

Even the CVT came in for some praise and, sig­nif­i­cantly, no one re­ported prob­lems with it, which should give con­fi­dence to any­one think­ing of buy­ing a Koleos so equipped.

More good news for prospec­tive Koleos buy­ers is that own­ers are gen­er­ally re­port­ing good dis­tances from tyres and brakes.

Al­ways check for a service record. Reg­u­lar main­te­nance is crit­i­cal for a long and re­li­able mo­tor­ing life so make sure the car you are con­sid­er­ing buy­ing has been reg­u­larly ser­viced ac­cord­ing to Nis­san’s rec­om­mended sched­ule.

The Koleos isn’t a hard­core off-roader, some own­ers could have taken them to the beach or down a bush track, and they’re quite ca­pa­ble to do­ing that. Just make sure they haven’t been beaten up in the process.

Take a look around the body for dings and dents, check the rear bumper to see if it has ever been ripped off, and get down and look for dam­age to the



Ray Cook I have been driv­ing Re­naults since the 1960s and now own a 2010 Priv­i­lege. This car was a sur­prise with its sweet 2.5-litre petrol en­gine and smooth CVT. It’s a great pack­age. It’s easy to get in and out, is very com­fort­able, quiet, and easy to drive and ma­noeu­vre.

Chris Hen­shel­wood I took de­liv­ery of a new 2.5-litre Priv­i­lege CVT in 2009. I chose it be­cause it was in ef­fect a Nis­san X-Trail in French cloth­ing, so had the me­chan­i­cal re­li­a­bil­ity of the Nis­san and classier in­te­rior from Re­nault with qual­ity of fin­ish pro­duced by the Korean Sam­sung fac­tory in which it was built. I have found it great to drive and that in­cludes wind­ing roads that un­set­tle some other ve­hi­cles. The CVT has not been an is­sue although I would pre­fer a nor­mal au­to­matic. The leather seats, which you sit on rather than in, are an­noy­ing and cause a numb back­side on a long trip. The only is­sue I had was a head­lamp unit that leaked and was re­placed un­der war­ranty with­out ques­tion. The Con­ti­nen­tal tyres, the qui­etest I have driven on, were re­placed af­ter 54,000km. An­nual ser­vic­ing has av­er­aged $480 over each of the seven years of own­er­ship. Fuel con­sump­tion has av­er­aged 10.8L/100km over the 55,000km of own­er­ship.

Basil Low­der I’ve done 75,000km in two and a half years in my diesel, and so far there have been no prob­lems at all.

Neil Hatch­man We ab­so­lutely love our Koleos. It’s so com­fort­able on long trips; the split rear tail­gate is great, the sat­nav easy to use and the fuel econ­omy is good.

Ken Her­rick For an older driver, our 2014 Priv­i­lege has easy en­try and exit. Night driv­ing is en­hanced with xenon HID head­lights and elec­tronic auto dim­ming rear view mir­ror. The air­con is very good, the seats are leather, com­fort­able and elec­tric for the driver, it has an elec­tric sun­roof, plus Bose en­ter­tain­ment. The diesel av­er­ages 7.8L/100km and the six-speed auto makes coun­try pass­ing a snap. The only gripe is the small speedo face and lack of dig­i­tal read­out to avoid fines. Af­ter 40,000km, it’s been ab­so­lutely trou­ble-free and great for tour­ing.

Chris Lee My Ex­pres­sion is com­fort­able, quiet, easy to drive and hasn’t missed a beat in three years. It’s very un­der­rated.

Sam McPher­son My Priv­i­lege is quiet, han­dles well and is an ab­so­lute plea­sure to drive.

Ja­son Forbes I have owned my diesel for three years and have done 100,000km in it. In that time I re­placed the tyres af­ter 50,000km, and the brakes were re­placed at 90,000km. Other than that there has been noth­ing apart from reg­u­lar service items.


There’s a lot to like about the Koleos — it’s re­fined, com­fort­able, safe and re­li­able.

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