2018 renault koleos

After becoming a uncle, my perspective on cars and reviewing their features and functionality has changed somewhat.

Less is it about fun, cool tech and performance and more focused on practicality, space and ISOFIX ports.

Boring huh?

After spending more than a couple of weeks in the Renault Koleos Intens I can safely say it is a fantastic family car.

The Koleos is attractive, spacious in the cabin and boot, is great to drive and the upper grade has a decent list of specs and safety features.


It’s a well-known fact that the Koleos shares the same platform as the Nissan X-Trail. So from the outside the exterior profile appears the same.

Much like the rest of the models in the Renault range, it has the same sleek design, enhanced by the solid 18” alloys, an imposing, aggressive grille with c-shaped lights, all adorned in chrome highlights making is really standout.

Renault Koleos IntensWorth adding that the maroon colour of this particular vehicle is rather fetching.

One annoying thing (which happens in all Renault’s) is the super vigilant auto-lock. You can’t walk around the front of the car without the vehicle automatically licking itself.

I know it’s for the sake of safety but not being able to wind down the windows unless you turn the ignition on can get irritating.

Though it is easy to get in and out of as well as get going again, with the auto-lock and auto park brake with auto release.


The cabin is adorned in leather trims and leather seats in a classy presentation.

The dashboard is more ‘vertical’ than elongated like in the Renault Megane, to match its SUV shape.

It is spacious and roomy and I had no issue fitting everything (and everyone) inside or alighting from and climbing aboard