Renault Koleos 2.5 4x4 Review
Mixed heritage

Story by Jeremy R. Chua, pictures by Azfar Hashim
30 Oct 2008

Renault is hoping its new Koleos will take a bite out of the SUV market share - can it?


Ever gone out with someone from a mixed background? The first thing you’ll notice is how that particular person has unique features. Then, as the conversation flows, you start learning about their parents’ origins and where he or she grew up. 

Spending a day with the Renault Koleos feels exactly the same – in an automotive way, of course.

This is a crossover with a multicultural lineage. The front fascia says it’s unmistakably a Renault, and there’s a familiarity about it to even remind you of the previous Megane.

Seeing how Renault controls Nissan, it comes as no surprise to find that the car’s 2.5 litre inline-four engine, suspension, and 4 x 4 transmission system are all derived from the Japanese manufacturer. 

Thus far, we’ve learned that the Koleos hails from both French and Japanese parentage. To complete its multiracial lineage, the car was “raised” in Korea, by Renault-owned Samsung Motors. Well, not many vehicles can claim to have such an upbringing.

Bear in mind that this car is not a true-blue, hulking SUV. With an overall length of 4.52m and width of 1.85m, doing errands around town in the Koleos shouldn’t pose much of a problem. The car’s height of 1.71m also ensures that you won’t run into trouble in multi-story car parks.

Renault also wanted to make sure that this car could handle rough terrain - while a ground clearance of 206mm lets you go off the beaten path, it isn’t so high that passengers need to climb up just to get in, or carefully climb down just to get out.

The Koleos weighs in at 1655kg – not too heavy considering the kind of vehicle it is. Anyhow, the 6-speed CVT should assuage your concerns in the fuel economy department.

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Engine Capacity 2488cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 170bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 226Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 102.7 bhp per ton


Acceleration 10.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 188 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto Tiptronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4520 x 1865 x 1695) mm
Wheelbase 2690 mm
Kerb Weight 1655 kg


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs