Renault Koleos Is A Cutie Pie

Who told
that the premium SUV segment – costing between Rs 15 lakh and Rs 25 lakh – is
devoid of choices?? As this category meets good demand, there is a great scope
for the new entrants. And the one which makes the entry is the Koleos SUV, the
Renault India’s first ever SUV offering. I had an excellent opportunity to take
a first look at the car, right in my college campus, well in advance of its market
launch.

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Koleos is a diesel engine, automatic SUV with a monocoque chassis and a permanent
four-wheel drive system. The first impression is that it looks like an urban
SUV with its proportions and unique design. What we have is a face-lifted version,
where the split grille is replaced by a simpler, more modern-looking single-piece
unit. The new projector-type headlamps are smaller and move higher up the
bonnet, and the modern chin has squared-off fog light enclosures. Though the
rear looks almost familiar to the older version, it is complemented by some tweaks
in the waistline and the roofline. On the whole, the car looks much more
premium and exciting that the earlier design.

The interiors
corroborate idea of the exterior manifestation. The dash design is fresh and
contemporary. The quality is decent, in par with its German rivals, and there
is sense of solidity in everything. But the layout is a bit dated, but the
operability is noteworthy. The equipment and comfort levels are intimidating
and have everything the segment offers. Safety levels are also good with six
airbags. The rear seats are incredibly comfortable as a result of a high hip
and good under-thigh support. There is no third row of seats, which is a great
minus, considering its classmates and the Indian family wants. But there are
several brilliant touches like the fold-down trays for rear passengers, split
tailgate, etc.

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Dhiyanesh is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, so, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He likes sedans of 90s era, esp W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. Apart from usual motoring stuffs, he maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. He owns a 1999 Fiat Siena passionately, and drives a Ford Fiesta.