Colin-on-Cars – Renault Koleos refreshed

Both the front and rear of the Renault Koleos have been redesigned with a more pronounced front grille and skidplate at the sharp end and skid plate treatment and an extended third brake light being part of the rear end changes.

New Koleos represents the ‘ne plus ultra’ of Renault’s high-end range, with the Senior Vice-President of Corporate Design, Laurens van den Acker’s saying: “New Koleos completes the styling renaissance of the Renault range that began with Clio in 2012. As a designer, the challenge was to imagine an SUV that was not only elegant, but also dynamic and modern. 

“To achieve this, instead of diluting the traits traditionally associated with SUVs, we accentuated the segment’s familiar cues thanks to taut, powerful, horizontal lines, along with muscular haunches and high ground clearance.  New Koleos subsequently exudes an inner strength. It is every inch an SUV and every inch a Renault.” 

“The New Koleos asserts itself more than ever with its high-end look, muscular shoulders and harmonious proportions,” adds Ken Melville, Design Director for high-end vehicles.

In addition to the front grille, Koleos gets chrome insets, extending to the chrome-underlined fog lamps and extending horizontally down the whole wing, making the front-end appear longer, with new chrome wing trims. 

The front and rear lights of the Koleos replicate the full LED lighting signature, now part of the Renault design language.  The C-shaped Daytime Running Lights extend beyond the headlight units themselves to create an even more forceful gaze.  

Dependent on the version, New Koleos is available with Pure Vision Full LED main and dipped- beam lights. The permanently-lit tail lights feature Edge Light technology that generates a clear, bright 3D effect visible both close up and from a distance.  

The interior has also been upgraded with satin chrome inserts on the steering wheel, gear lever and air vents, as well as foamed materials on the dashboard and door trims.

The Koleos boasts a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance systems, including Blind Spot Warning and 360 Park Assist .

It also offers a Full Screen Apple CarPlay system. The R-LINK 2 Sat Nav and Multimedia is offered in 2 screen formats (Model dependent), a 7-inch horizontal or 8,7-inch vertical screen.  Compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the onscreen Smartphone Replication is now vertical for ease of reading, with a full-screen Apple CarPlay display.  The New Koleos features a voice recognition system activated from the steering wheel in order to manage sat nav, phone calls, apps, e-mails and radio.

Both USB portals are now located under the centre console, at the base of the gear lever, for greater convenience.

The Koleos is available in two trim levels – Expression and Dynamique, with comprehensive specs from the base level upwards.

It is powered by a 2,5-litre Petrol Engine CVT (4×2 & 4×4), with a power output of 126 kW, 233 Nm of Torque, CO2 emissions of 188 g/100 km and controlled fuel consumption from 8,8 l/100 km.

As is the case across Renault’s entire product range, the Koleos comes standard with a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty; plus, a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan and a 6-year anticorrosion warranty, with service intervals at 15 000 km.


  • KOLEOS Expression 2.5 CVT 4×2               R424 900 (incl. VAT)
  • KOLEOS Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×2              R474 900 (incl. VAT)
  • KOLEOS Dynamique 2.5 CVT 4×4              R514 900 (incl. VAT)


Metallic paint:                                                      R 2 522

Adjustable Leather seats (Expression Model)    R12 000

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