Taking the long road in the new Koleos
Renault’s new SUV is smooth riding and spacious, but the continuously variable transmission doesn’t like the hills
Renault’s new-generation Koleos Dynamique 4x4 has joined the Motor News long-term fleet and we will be evaluating the French SUV over the next six months. Replacing the slightly smaller Kadjar, the Koleos recently entered SA’s highly competitive midsized SUV market with a pair of good selling points: it’s one of the roomiest vehicles in its segment, and also one of the best priced. The Koleos undercuts most of its rivals and the top-of-the-range 2.5 Dynamique 4x4 — the subject of this test — is one of very few all-wheel-drive contenders in this segment with a sub R500,000 pricetag. That’s not due to any specification corner-cutting and the R479,900 vehicle comes fully loaded with features like a 360° parking camera, blind-spot warning, electrically adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. That’s in addition to standard features across the three-model range, which include six airbags, stability control, automatic headlights and wipers, cornering fog lamps, and a touchscreen in...