Renault Koleos 2021: We Tested it And We Liked it

During a journey of 700 kilometers, we learned about and evaluated the different characteristics of the Renault Koleos for 2021. With a slight aesthetic and equipment change, this SUV is in tune with the demands of the market.

After its international debut in 2016, and its arrival in USA a year later, the second generation of the Renault Koleos entered as a new proposal in the mid-size SUV segment. By 2021 it received a facelift and a reinforcement in its technological endowment, especially about multimedia connectivity. Thus, it improved it became more competitive.

This model is manufactured at the Renault-Samsung Motors plant in Busan, South Korea, and shares a platform and mechanical base with the Nissan X-Trail. Also, they have other points in common such as the traction system and the construction of a monocoque structure.

Renault Koleos 2021

Now, thanks to an invitation from the French brand, we had the opportunity to know the points in favor and for improvement of this update, with 700 kilometers of travel in the Intent 4 × 4 versions. Next, we will tell you the details about it.

In favor

– Connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

– Interior finishes throughout the cabin – Trunk

space and electronic opening of the tailgate

– Perceived manufacturing quality

– Height above ground

– Fuel consumption

– Exterior lighting

To improve

– Driving assistance equipment

– Poorly functional 4 × 4 system

– Short rear suspension travel 

– Slow and noisy


– Dry and uncomfortable suspension – Exterior acoustic insulation 

Naked eye

With the subtle changes to its aesthetics, the 2021 Renault Koleos looks more elegant than the previous model. Now, it has a greater number of chrome inserts, as can be seen in the bumper and front grill. The optical assembly maintains LED technology, as well as the large daytime running lights, with the characteristic “C” shape present in the brand’s cars.

Renault Koleos 2021

Viewed from the side, the derailleurs are found on the 18-inch two-tone wheels, with a look that doesn’t look quite as refined relative to the overall aesthetic package. The chrome inserts on the front fender and window frames remain, as well as the wheel arches in matt black plastic. Also, there are roof bars in aluminum.

From behind, there are few visible changes, since only the bumper that now has smoky gray appliqués on the diffuser was intervened. The taillights remain intact, with LED technology as well as the third stop located in the spoiler. To highlight, the large size of the rear panoramic.

Renault Koleos Driving position

Accessing the cabin of the Renault Koleos is comfortable, thanks to the good ground clearance and the Keyless Entry System. The driving position is electrically adjustable, while the steering wheel is manually adjustable in height and depth. From there, the large windows allow good visibility at all angles.

Facing the front is an adaptive digital information box, with analog fuel and temperature gauges. It is controlled from buttons integrated into the steering wheel, this in turn, of good size and support. Behind it is the satellite control for the multimedia system, typical of French cars.

Access to all controls is optimal, although the support buttons for operating the touchscreen are a bit out of reach. On the other hand, the vertically actuated gear lever is intuitive and the buttons to activate the cruise control or limiter are in an inaccessible position, on the front console.

Renault Koleos 2021 Interior

Renault Koleos 2021

With a spacious cabin, illuminated and with finishes that are pleasant to the eye and touch, it is clear that we are not facing a Renault like the others. The quality standards are obvious, showing that refinement is one of its pillars. It should be noted that in the second row of seats, soft rubbers are kept, lined in leather and with simile wood.

It has an R-Link 2.0 multimedia center, with an 8.7-inch vertical touch screentablet typeAndroid Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and an integrated GPS navigator. Added to this is the BOSE sound system with 12 speakers and subwoofer, four USB ports, and three 12V connectors.

We also find dual-zone air conditioning with rear outputs, with a complex operation from the screen; as well as a panoramic two-panel roof and a rear seat with good backrest inclination, as well as good head and legroom. The trunk is accessed by a hands-free electronic opening, with 633 liters of space and object cover.


Safety has always been a highlight at the Renault Koleos. For 2021 it maintains the current equipment in recent years, including six airbags, three-point seatbelts and head restraints for all occupants, and ISOFIX anchors. It is complemented by traction and stability controls, and ABS + EBD brakes.

Moving to the assistance point, we find a blind spot sensor, a semi-autonomous parking assistant with a reverse camera and 360 ° sensors, in addition to cruise control and limiter. Rear cross-traffic and head-on collision alerts are missed, as well as autonomous emergency braking, elements absent in this case.

According to tests carried out by Euro NCAP in 2017, this SUV achieved a five-star rating thanks to the good protection of its occupants in the moment of a crash. Unfortunately, Latin NCAP has not yet tested this vehicle.

Renault Koleos 2021 Mechanics and performance 

There were also no variations in the powertrain. The 2021 Renault Koleos sports the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated block, producing 170 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque of 233 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It is coupled to a CVT automatic box that simulates seven speeds, in addition to 4 × 4 tractions with automatic and Lock mode. Most of the time the force goes to the front end.

It also has an independent McPherson-type suspension and independent rear, with ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes, as well as anti-lock (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD). The steering is electric assistance, with a short turning radius, although it is somewhat imprecise and has ‘play’ when moving the steering wheel.

We found a poised and calm performance in the Koleos. It responds progressively and sometimes somewhat slowly when stepping on the accelerator, since the box is somewhat delayed and noisy, dramatically delaying the delivery of torque. In manual mode, the reaction is more agile.

Something to highlight is the behavior of the suspension regarding its stability, with few unexpected movements in the bodywork and keeping the course in good shape. However, these sacrifices ride comfort a bit, bypassing many imperfections in the cabin and revealing an uncomfortable slap in the suspension.

The brakes have an optimal response and transmit good safety, stopping the vehicle in a short distance without sudden movements in the rear axle, even in uncovered terrain. Without a doubt, it is another favorable point in this vehicle.

Acceleration and consumption

The acceleration of the Renault Koleos is not at all depressing. It is typical of a naturally aspirated engine with a CVT box, thought more about consumption than performance. When making overshoots in this car we recommend switching the transmission to “manual” mode, and pressing the accelerator fully, until you feel the ‘click’ of the pedal. There, the response improves remarkably.

Keep in mind that it is not a car with sports approaches, but with “family benefits”. For this reason, the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h is in 15 seconds at the height of Bogotá, going from 80 to 120 km / h in seven seconds and reaching up to 195 km / h during the test, a speed achieved with difficulty.

What was a very pleasant surprise was the fuel consumption. About 40 km/gallon was obtained in the city and 55 km/gallon on the highway, with a range that can be around 750 kilometers per full tank. Of course, this varies depending on the driving mode and habits.


Four years after its premiere, the design of the Renault Koleos remains valid and continues to attract attention on the streets. Now, with the adjustments that it brings for 2021, it will undoubtedly have a better reception within the clientele of the C-SUV segment, which also has to choose models such as Peugeot 3008SEAT TarracoVolkswagen Tiguan, and Chevrolet Equinox, among others.

Although its mechanics are not at all disrespectful, the comfort and interior space, as well as its good finishes in the cabin, make it an option to consider buying. It works very well for travel and everyday use, accommodating different types of users.

Technical Data Sheet of the Tested Vehicle


Line: Koleos

Version: Intens CVT

Country of Origin: South Korea 


Length: 4673mm

Width: 2063mm

Height: 1678mm

Wheelbase: 2705mm

Empty Weight: 1,607kg Trunk

Volume: 663 liters

Tank Capacity: 15.8 gallons

Stalls: 5

Mechanical Aspects

Engine: 2,500 cc

Distribution: 16 valves DOHC 

Fuel: Gasoline

No. Cylinders: 4 in line

Displacement: 1,488 cc

Power: Electronic injection

Power: 170 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

Torque: 233 Nm @ 4,000 rpm 

Compression ratio: 10.0: 1

Transmission – Transmission: Automatic X-Tronic CVT (simulates 7 speeds)

Traction: Total 4WD 

Brakes: Ventilated discs front and solid rear

Tires (width / profile / diameter): 225/60 R18

Steering: Electric assistance


Acceleration (0-100 km / h): 15 seconds (Bogotá altitude)

Recovery 80-120 km / h: 7 seconds

Maximum speed: 195 km / h

Consumption in city: 40 km / gallon

Consumption on highway: 55 km / gallon

Consumption mixed: 46 km / gallon

Estimated range: 750 kilometers

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