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Early days, but lovin' it!
New 2013 Koleos Expression 4x2 petrol CVT. Had it 10 just days. Compared many including Honda's CRV -initial first choice and CX-5, but simply couldn't pass up the overall value in the Koleos and from Renault. Moving from a Japanese assembled Mazda to the Korean built Koleos. Although like anyone I have brand experience preferences, I'm not closed to change and car's aren't an emotional buy for me. It's just a car!
Owned Mazdas, Toyotas, a Ford (AU assembled Mazda) & a FIAT (Pininfarina Spyder). Except the latter in the US, always new. Alwa...ys driven manuals, but as the Toyota ad from 1972 sang, " When I was 25 it was a very good year..." Hell we can't even remember 25 any more! The Koleos is one bang or the buck feature packed vehicle even at its entry level, or should I say particularly at its entry level in the Expression! Lots of plastic, but that's all cars in this class today. Quality of the upholstery is as good as any, and I prefer fabric to leather trimmed. I didn't want AWD or diesel. 2WD and 126kW for the weight of the 2.4litre petrol Koleos is more than adequate for our usage. I have realistic expectations. So far, this vehicle has exceeded all of them. Of course time will tell, but the acid test for me is being able to say honestly upon reflection and without the silliness that is 'owner pride' would we buy this vehicle again right now if we could change our choice or get our money back? An unequivocal yes. CVT, 5 year warranty, 3 year capped servicing, it's an SUV, did I mention CVT?, power to weight balanced with fuel economy from 2.4litre engine, its acceleration, braking and ride, comfortable seating, safety rating, and that it's feature packed. Cruise control, TomTom, Climate control, many proven cross components common drivetrain & chassis from X-Trail Panel fit/alignment shows off its Korean heritage versus our Japanese Mazda. But I don't care. So far, nothing wrong with it, just differences -pro and con- between our Mazda SUV and this (Koleos) one.
Got a 2009 second hand for 18K drive away. 40000 KM only (not AWD)
We are very happy, for such price it ticked all boxes.(6 air bags and all safety )
I will probably use the car for another 6-8 years so the second hand price doesn't matter to me.
I wouldn't consider Koleos if i have the budget for a new car, however, 18K wasn't enough for a Japanese SUV (with 6 airbags)
X trailer Engine and Renault body. The body is very solid
CVT gear box....
Great family and practical car!
Very happy with the car... bought a Dynamique model 2012 model. Practical car with loads of features French owned company, designed and engineered in Japan, assembled in South Korea.
Love Tray tables, air con, and curtains at the back. Capped service for 3 years $299 with 24/7 roadside assist for free... great drive, cheers
European car features and compact but enough practical space
Leg room at back is good but not generous... Can recline back seats though
Save yourself the trouble!
I have had my Koleos 2 years. I bought from a dealer, executive driven demo. Diesel, panoramic sunroof, Bose sound, only 9000k. Seemed a great deal.
It has been nothing but a problem! The hands free did not come on this model so it was included on sale. They installed a system that did not work. Put in new buttons and a system that was incapable of functioning with the cars sound system. This was eventually replaced with another aftermarket unit that required a separate screen to be installed.
You would think Renault would know all this!...! I now have redundant buttons and a partly functional hands free unit. Problems started when I got heavy shaking through the steering wheel four months later. I took it to the Renault service centre where I purchased it and they told me it needed a wheel alignment. This was done free of charge and I took it away for the weekend. Same problem. Took it back in when we returned where they tested the car and 'needed it to have a look over'. In short, they had the car 9 weeks! It was leaking oil from the engine, required a full drive shaft replacement amongst so many other things. All warranty repairs but they refused to give me a report of what works were undertaken. All I was told was that it was 'Significantly major repair.' !
Love the car .... but not sure if i would buy it again .....
Love this car, great to drive, still haven't figured out the aircon properly though. Great sound system. We bought the very first model, so unfortunately no sat nav. Petrol guage is extremely random .... it has never ever gone to full after filling, even if you overflow the petrol... so i am always a little dubious about how much actually left in the car when getting towards empty.
Servicing is no good- it took 6 WEEKS and 3 trips to the service dept to get a replacement drivers side sun visor when the spring broke. NONE available in austra...lia, it had to come from France. I could have flown there and back myself 20 times in the time it took waiting. I spent the whole summer driving around with sticky tape on the windscreen to hold the visor. Of course the problems only started after it came out of warranty.. comfort, easy to drive, love the full length sun roof Servicing, Sun roof not working properly now..not enough power to close it.. waiting until next wservice to tackile that on
Love everything about my car!
I fell in love with this car the first I got inside. It ticked all boxes I wanted and even more. Was on the top of our price range as there was only Privilege model left at the moment (we received good deal). But it was worth of spending more for the luxury features and extras. It's near to one year as we got our Privilege model. No disappointments so far. Does everything promised to do. Can't be happier.
Stearing, cruise control, comfortable rear & front seats, great for long trip with family, glass roof, boot capacity, quiet engine, storage s...
This is an excellent car, and one that anyone purchasing a small 4WD SHOULD consider. It is based on the Nissan X-Trail so the 4WD credentials are good. The car is designed in France and features some unique design elements and functional ideas. It is built in Korea at the Renault-Samsung plant, which appears to be excellent in quality control as evidenced by the quality finish of this vehicle.
Quality, Presentation, Design Style, Value for money and Unique
Seats a little flat, deceiving size
Update on previous review
We've now done 16,00km on our Koleos and remain very happy with it. The fuel economy improved a little, and since I started using 91 octane instead of PULP, improved slightly more. Waste of money using PULP (dealer suggested trying 98 when I complained early on about the poor economy!). One pleasant surprise was service cost at 10,000km, under $200. For our previous SUV (a larger vehicle with a Mercedes-origin diesel engine) the cheapest service over 80,000km was $250, the dearest- $1250! The latter was at 60k, and did not involve a timing belt...change as the Merc diesel doesn't have one... So, although fuel economy is a little worse with Koleos, servicing costs are markedly lower. Apparently there is little difference between "A" & "B" sevices for the petrol motor at 10k intervals- only the aircon filter is changed at a "B". The local Nissan dealer can't do warranty work- but all the car needs is attention to the ambient temperature gauge which is erratic and inaccurate. The cruise control is quirky and mildly annoying, but you get used to it. Less so the stereo controls which are a long reach, poorly labelled, and difficult to use whilst under way. Volume controls behind steering wheel, where cruise should be. Pretty much everything (except we didn't get the colour we wanted!) Cruise and stereo controls April 15th 2019 Update: Comfortable and stylish A terrific car, very happy we bought it. The Koleos is unique and different to the usual run of SUVs. Our initial choice was the VW Tiguan, which has better rear seat legroom but poor luggage space and only comes with a space-saver spare. The Koleos has a full-sized 17" spare wheel. We also liked the Koleos Privilege "Camel" i.e. beige and light grey interior. I have a strong dislike of dark interiors for Australian conditions. We got the sunroof with our car and hardly ever use it: a waste of money.
Better than you think
We looked long and hard at the compact SUV's available and read many reviews before actually getting out there and looking closely at the cars themselves. This one surprised us with its luxury and practicality without the big price tag from some of the "luxury" brand cars.
We almost did not buy the car though....the first dealer we went to visit was rude, and sarcastic. We then relooked at the other cars available before coming back to the Koleos and another dealer. We recommend you do NOT buy the car from Ringwood Renault dealer in Victoria.
Luxury without the price tag
We love this car and we are really glad we got it. We have had the dynamic 4x4 petrol for 9 months now. We had to decide between this and the subaru forester. In the end the interior of this car- the style and the features, the visability and the drop down tailgate where the selling features. We wanted a car that was stylish and not something that everyone had, a car that was suitable for someone who was very short and someone who was tall and something that was in our price range- Worth a look!
Stylish,heaps of clever features- we love the a...
Questions & Answers
Any feedback on the fuel smell near the petrol tank. Tank is on quarter full. Can hear the air lock pressure release when tank cap is opened?
I just purchased a 2014 Renault Koleos with 169000kms on the clock. Little did I know that the car's CVT is infamous for how reliable it can be. Does anyone here have a 2014 or earlier Koleos? How much mileage has your car racked up so far? I'm a little anxious now - what should I be doing to ensure this car continues running without giving me too much of a hard time.
Hi. Does the Koleos, 2019, have automatically folding mirrors when you lock the car? The dealer says it does but we cannot get it to work. We cannot seem to find it in the manual either. MMMM, can we trust a car salesman?
Trust a carsales man?, no, most know nothing about cars at all, our Koleos has folding mirrors via a button on the arm rest, I believe the intent might have it, that is might, as models differ country to country, the Koleos is available with a normal auto in some countries, alas, not here, don't believe the mirrors fold auto, hope your Renault is up to your standard, a few more months and we sell ours, thank goodness, cant stand the vibration in the transmission any longer.
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