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Happy campers, we love our car
Never missed a beat, fuel economy is spot on, only clocked up 49000kilometres since new in 2015, the dealership has done small oil change services on request due to not achieving high kilometres where big services are due, very happy all-round
Purchased in June 2015 at Essendon renault for $37,000.00.
Great SUV with many standard features
Purchased the vehicle in January 2018 and have had no problems at all. Love the standard features which are options on many of the rivals such as heated and ventilated front seats. The Diesel engine is economical and smooth. Rlink system can be frustrating to use and I’ve had trouble updating the navigation software as my model didn’t come with Apple CarPlay as standard.
Purchased in January 2018 for $43,500.00.
Renault Koleos 2016
This does not happen all the time sometimes goes several weeks before it happens.
But after I stop waitng for traffic when I put my foot down to take off nothing happens appart from the fact it moves forward slowly .
Very dangerous if traffic coming towards you could cause a nasty accident
Purchased in October 2016 for $22,500.00.
Was so excited when we purchased this car. Beautiful and full of features. Unfortunately after 19 returns for warranty and over 7 months off the road we fell out of love and found ourselves in a world of hurt trying to get compensation from Renault. Literally writing this review whilst on the phone doing mediation with our dealership trying to get a result.
Purchased in June 2017 for $53,000.00.
Average SUV at best
Now coming up to nearly four years ownership, likes, the space, the height, fuel economy, dislikes, the CVT transmission is rubbish, gets into top gear from about 40kmh, so it shudders, the engine on start up makes unusual sounds, like no oil coming up, oil usage, about 500ml per 5000 kilometres, way to much for a well run in engine, the rattles, which are to many to mention, from dash to the rear, getting things fixed under warranty, good luck with that, the dealership want to, but Renault is not so excited about it, I got the brakes done at M...idas, one quarter the price of Renault, the centre screen goes blank so many times that we cant be bothered with it anymore, its a joke, the Nexus tyres are woeful from new, the headlights are not bright enough, as for a two ton towing, LOL, it has enough trouble carrying its self around, plus the transmission would implode within a kilometre of travel, hope this helps someone who wants to buy one.
Purchased in February 2017 at Renault.
Very disappointed with my koleos
I have had endless problems with my koleos since the first week I bought it from the dealership. Even getting repairs done under warranty were a problem through Renault. Annoying.
Purchased in May 2012 at Renault for $32,500.00.
The hidden Gem in the SUV market
I am not one of those guys that walks into a dealership not knowing anything about the vehicle i am about to test drive, normally there is a lot of online research, looking at recalls, issues and professional road tests. From my research i then make a short list and share this with my wife and i get her opinion, otherwise i would have a Jaguar or Aston in my dreams...
Then we both test drive the short list and then discuss. We have found that not always a higher KW rating transforms into better and more enjoyable drive. In our short list my fir...
Purchased in December 2019 for $49,000.00.
Good car in overall
We bought our Koleos few years ago, for around $15k as it is Privilege MY11 4x4 version f late 2011. Color is beautiful white pearl, pretty practical, as the dust and dirt is not as visible as on black or darker colors. Could be more economical, as it is around 10l/100km in the city. Although on the highway is really good as for SUV, with around 6.5l/100km. Have some issues with tailgate and pump of windscreen fluid, as water is not being sprayed on a windscreen anymore. Did many road trips, driving on a dirt roads, on the beach, never had big issues.
In overall, very good value and 4/5 stars.
Purchased in June 2017 for $15,000.00.
- HZG Zen (2016-2021)
This could have been a really good car
I gave Renault every single chance to try to resolve some of the issues and complaints I have but in most cases never received any responses and when I did, I was referred to a dealership and they had no clue what to do and how to help.
I bought a ZEN model with all the options ( moon roof, safety pack, etc.).
Blind-spot monitoring, the light on the mirror ( the LED diode), can only be seen under a particular angle and it is soo weak that you can only see it in a pitch dark with no street lights on, you can forget about using it during the da...y, the sad bit is that I can see them on a Kia's for an example hundreds of meters away from my car while driving - never got any response on this matter. Reversing sensors are absolutely useless, I have crashed the car, twice, reversing as they only work on a smallest possible proximity (20-30cm), also they are very very slow to respond even when they work, for an example, when a car passes nearby, they "react" long after the car passes my vehicle. It cost me thousands of dollars in insurance claims and in the long run, it costs me even more due to loss of the rating 1.
Purchased in June 2017 at Renault for $36,000.00.
Loved it for the first 5 weeks.
Absolutely loved this vehicle until the first fault within 5 weeks - fast forward 11 months and the vehicle has awaiting its 4th proximity sensor in its short driving live -expect to wait at least a month, closer to 2 for parts (still waiting).
Incredibly disappointed in Renault Australia’s after sales care, if you hear back at all the response is disinterested at best. Dealership is starting to come on board with support to resolve ongoing issue but I’m yet to feel optimistic about a resolution.
Purchased in December 2018 at Renault Ballarat .
No problems after 2.5 years.
On 30/6/17 bought a 2016 Life demo with 900km on the odometer for $27.8k from Castle Hill Renault. I justified the purchase of this car because it was the biggest (almost new) vehicle I could get for the price, which I wanted as I have 2 large dogs and wanted something practical for Ikea shopping, trips to the tip, etc. I also liked the 12month/30k service intervals, as when I bought it I was covering a lot of km for work, thoguh this changed shortly after.
The dealership was excellent. I took a good long test drive and negotiated the deal the...same day. It was the last day of the financial year so they were eager to sell. It was probably the best sales experience I have had in a car dealership actually. The car itself is very good. It is no sports car to drive, and it doesn't exactly fly up a hill from a standstill, but it's easy to live with. Cruises at highway speeds nicely. Manoeuvrable enough in carparks etc. I think it looks nice inside and out. Fuel economy ok at 10l/100km, mainly short suburban trips with a few kms on the highway. Doesn't have carplay/android auto, and Renault's system is a bit rubbish. Bluetooth works better with my Google phone than my previous iPhone, which sometimes took a few attempts to connect. An update to this model now has proper smartphone integration. I have has it serviced at a local mechanic, and it's pretty cheap to do, being a Nissan underneath. No major service items have come up yet. Boot space is excellent and rear legroom is fantastic. Minor things: the doors don't have the solid feel that a previous vehicle (Skoda Yeti) had, and the foam between the windscreen and the dash comes out a bit, though it can just be pushed back in with a key. So after 2.5 years and 45k, I'd recommend this car for someone looking for a practical, stylish vehicle at a reasonable price.
Purchased in June 2017 for $27,800.00.
- HZG S-Edition (2016-2021)
Beautiful Design & Comfort - but buggy!
I use this car mainly for work (I am a photographer). I use it every day multiple times and have the car serviced every 15K's. My mechanic was surprised I brought a Renault after four Mazda's and feels they have more issues than other cars. Having said that, overall the vehicle is quite nice to drive. I purchase a new car every two years for my company.
When the Koleos is working it's very nice to drive and smooth on the road. It has good handling, reasonable fuel economy (especially in ECO mode) and has plenty of space in the cabin. Without t...he issues below I would most likely be very happy indeed. There is one major driving issue IMO though, the drivers side blindspot looking forward turning right (Australian roads). The side mirror is so big that it creates a blind spot, so when you are turning you can't see the lane and if there is a traffic island its very easy to hit it, even more so turning with multiple lanes and trying to stay centred as its hard to see the road. The car interior is leather and nicely finished off with colour coded stitching and ambient light features right through the car that can be changed from the R-Link system (main screen). The colour and the brightness can be changed to set the mood for the cabin,. It has nice strips on the doors too that light up, a very nice touch. Front and rear AC and USB ports are a nice touch too. The Navigation screen is great (when its working), and works in portrait mode using Android Auto with a small developer change, but does not work in portrait mode using Apple carPlay (which is a shame as there is this big screen and it can only display in landscape). I have reported this to Apple but don't hold your breath! The R-Link system is ok but again so many issues connecting the app to it and updating it etc... its nice but its clunky IMO. Its not always easy to find what you are looking for and it has this annoying habit of always defaulting back to digital radio which in my area does not work and pops in and out intermittently. There should be a feature to turn it off completely in the menu as I will never use it and its annoying! Small things but irritating! The Koleos does have stop/start when you stop at traffic lights the engine switches off but thankfully this can be turned off by the dealer (this is why I changed from Mazda as they could not turn it off on request). This has to be one of the most annoying things ever, but thankfully it can be turned off!
Purchased in October 2018 at Gateway Motor Group for $41,035.00.
Disgusting service & parts costs
Our 2017 Koleos has cost a fortune to maintain ($1900) for brakes when only travelled 55k. The airbag light comes on daily. Windscreen deal pops out. Unusual noises on start up. Dealer cant fix.
Purchased in April 2017 for $32,000.00.
The foam around the windscreen keeps coming out I have had it fixed twice so far the car is only 12 months old the first time was before the 1000km service
Purchased in September 2018.
Nice car BUT expensive brake problems
Late 2016 model, done 42,ooo K and $2500 in brake costs, nothing covered under warranty, all easy driving around the inner city in Sydney, really not fit for purpose and does not meet what would be a reasonable expectation of running costs for new car.
Purchased in October 2016.
Questions & Answers
Would you recommend a 2014 Bose model with about 100km ? Thanks
It depends on how well the vehicle was serviced, especially the CVT transmission, if it has not been serviced in its life, then avoid the car, they are prone to fail, extremely expensive to replace, cant repair, $9800 replaced, more then the value of the car itself, our Koleos is now coming up to 5 years and the warranty is nearly out, so the car goes and will buy something else new, we did not care for the CVT at all, the SUV is very nice, but the CVT lets it down terribly, the shuddering all the time, the engine strangled by the transmission, I tell people, but at your own risk, sorry Renault, that Transmission was a horrible mistake, this is why you see so many Renault Koleos's on the second hand market, hope this helps, if you cant live without it, buy it.
So Steven what medium sized SUV would you buy?
My infotainment screen won’t turn
Radio is going
I cannot hear the other person on the phone on my Renault Kelos Zen 2019. Neither can I hear the ringing. Volumes are all set. I also tried re syncing and it’s still the same.
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|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Four Wheel Drive (4WD)|
|Wheels||18" Alloy||19" Alloy||19" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|Fuel Consumption||6.1 L/100km||8.3 L/100km||8.1 L/100km||8.1 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60 L||60 L||60 L||60 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||130kW @ 3750rpm||126kW @ 6000rpm||126kW @ 6000rpm||126kW @ 6000rpm|
|Max Torque||380Nm @ 2000rpm||226NM @ 4400rpm||226Nm @ 4400rpm||226Nm @ 4400rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||1,650 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg||2,000 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Ground Clearance||210 mm||210 mm||210 mm||210 mm|
|Release date||Jan 2016||Jan 2016||Jan 2016||Jan 2016|
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