Renault Offensive - Part 2: The Renault Koleos 4X4


Renault Koleos 4x4 2012 amotion
The 2012 Renault Koleos 4X4 getting dirty in Knysna

The Renault Koleos has always been hard to argue against with great practicality, the Renault all-inclusive deal and the competence of the car. Renault South Africa treated me to the new Renault Koleos that continues the trend. Upwards and onwards.

If you haven't been to Knysna along the garden route of sunny South Africa, then know this: it's a stunningly beautiful rendition of why South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Of course, the coastline is one such beauty that also boasts the Knysna Heads which separate the lagoon from the big blue sea beyond. The other beauty is the lush green vegetation that paints the hills and valleys surrounding this area, and whilst it's beautiful, it's also where the fun the New Renault Koleos.

We travelled by chopper to experience the offroad prowess
Deep in these forests are gravel roads that could get you completely lost, but along the way, they'll show you pictures that are nothing short of amazing. In the pouring rain and on muddy roads, I drove the Koleos with the view to really understand just how capable a car it is. In a word: QUITE.

The Renault Koleos comes in 3 variants, a 4X2 Manual; a 4X4 Manual and a 4X4 CVT all hustled along by a 2.5 litre, 16V petrol engine. Renault South Africa continue to bring us models that include everything in the advertised price, and if you've been reading my previous blogs about other manufacturers, then you'll know that I like this arrangement. The Koleos ranges from R289k to R340k and these prices are for a complete car.

New on the Koleos and across most of the Renault range, is the Tom Tom satnav system which integrates nicely into the facia and includes the Tom Tom Traffic alerts as well. Included in the package is a comprehensive selection of safety features; driver aids galore and nifty comfort and practicality features that really make sense for a small SUV like this. I really recommend you look at the STANDARD FEATURES list as it's too long to mention here. I'll leave you to it.

Now that you're suitably impressed, let's chat about the drive - competent is the word I continue to come up with. I drove this car in some rough terrain on very slippery roads and through some very muddy sections and the Renault lapped it up. The ESP and EBA are obviously standard, as is the Hill Down Control and Hill Assist. What I like most about the car is the ease with which the driver can switch modes on the car(the 4X4 models specifically). The facia features a 3 mode button that can change the drivetrain between 2WD / AUTO / LOCK(4X4). No fuss. It's idiot proof and I like it.

The other thing I found quite good especially for a car like this one is the amount of storage space inside the cabin. You know those boxes you get at Mr Price Home that house about 18 different sized boxes within? Practical right? It's similar inside this car. Renault have made stowage in all the seats, in the centre consoles front and rear, under the floor in the car and in the boot and under the seats. If this is not a USP for you, then think about the lifestyle of someone who may buy this car. Think of a small family who enjoy Sunday picnics and braais at Delta Park.

Speaking of braais, this car is the official vehicle of the new Pick n Pay Ultimate Braai Master show that starts in September. Make complete sense when you get to know the car.

My summary: Competent, practical, easy to use technology. I'm not sold on the looks which is a biggy, but heck I am sold on everything else including the price and packaging. What other car have I said that about?


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  2. ADAC of Germany awarded a five star rating to the Koleos in a crashtest done in 2008. Please note: The image above is a stock image of a Renault Koleos from around 2013. The vehicle service manuals Renault is also active for the owners.