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- It is there, in distant Europe, Renault cars are bright, funny and interesting. In Russia, the French have long adjusted to the harsh realities of the market and the needs of motorists, having driven us almost the entire lineup of the Romanian Daci with a diamond between the headlights. However, there are exceptions
It is there, in distant Europe, Renault cars are bright, funny and interesting. In Russia, the French have long adjusted to the harsh realities of the market and the needs of motorists, having driven us almost the entire lineup of the Romanian Daci with a diamond between the headlights. However, there are exceptions
Kaptur became the pioneer of European design in Russia. Although he was almost an exact copy of Duster in iron, and in terms of finishing materials - an analogue of an old shoebox, he looked like an urban dandy, and not like a car of the chairman of a state farm. A little later, the flagship Koleos also reached us - exactly the same as in Europe. Big, full of LEDs, like Moscow on New Year's Eve … But does the Russian market need it? We find it out using the example of a diesel crossover in a configuration with the sonorous name Premium, which costs 2,337,900 rubles.
"!% 3 & @!", - blurted out an inner voice when I first saw the interior of the test Koleos. Brown leather on the seats, a huge vertical multimedia screen - almost like Tesla's! Contour lighting … It turns out, almost like the premium Germans ?! Well yes. But only at first glance.
Renault Koleos is a big guy. The wheelbase of the crossover is 2705 millimeters, and this is one of the best indicators in the class. The sister Nissan X-Trail has the same. The largest in this indicator is SkodKodiaq, and at once by 8 centimeters, but the Czech crossover can be seven-seater, while Koleos is designed for only five passengers.
Like the model of the first generation, the current Renault Koleos shares a platform with the Nissan X-Trail - we are talking about the modular CMF "cart" of the Renault-Nissan alliance. For example, the more compact Qashqai and Kadjar are based on the same chassis, and someday, they say, the next Mitsubishi Outlander will move to it.
Since the Koleos is the closest relative of the Nissan X-Trail with far from outstanding driving habits, there is no reason to expect miracles from the "Frenchman" either.
The effort on the steering wheel is uncomfortable, and its connection with the wheels is very conditional: it is almost impossible to feel with your hands what is happening with the front tires. This, as well as overly noticeable heels, quickly knock down arrogance and force to moderate the driver's ambitions. And even if the uninformative steering wheel and roll do not embarrass you, then finally the desire to go quickly will finish off the frankly "front-wheel drive" crossover settings: the demolition of the front wheels, unwillingness to turn under traction on a slippery surface, and so on.
And that's even good. Because Koleos is primarily a car for the family, not for the driver. There are no serious complaints about the smoothness of the course. Are the sharp joints a little rough? Yes, but only a couple of Koleos's classmates will cope better with them - for example, the Citroen C5 Aircross. Before the rest of the irregularities, like speed bumps and bumps on the country road, you can either not slow down at all, or purely for the sake of form: the suspension will work. The wheels also contribute to the smoothness of the ride: Koleos is equipped with 18-inch wheels with puffy 225/60 tires.
And why did none of the French engineers pay attention to the increased vibration load? Obviously, this is the only problem in the diesel modification line that we got for the test. Moreover, the unpleasant itch from the engine does not come to the steering wheel, as is often the case with diesel cars, but to the driver's seat. Here it is shaking in a completely inappropriate way.
On the other hand, this is the only complaint about the engine. Because the Renault Koleos engine is an old-school diesel engine, with cool low-end traction that doesn't need to ring for a fast ride. And the passport acceleration of the French off-road vehicle is by no means a shame: the diesel version exchanges a hundred in 9.5 seconds after the start. This is just 0.6 seconds slower than the more compact and lighter MazdCX-5 with a top-end 194-horsepower 2.5 engine.
It is also good that the remarkable reserve of moment successfully disguises the Renault-Nissan CVT, which is by no means the best in the world. He is slow, sluggish, and also very stressful and quenched when you expect him to be quick. However, when paired with a diesel engine, he does not need to strain too much - know yourself to maintain average revs and please the driver with juicy traction.
Off-road? Well, if only by "off-road" you mean dirt roads with compacted rubble or a snow-covered secondary road in the provinces, then yes, Koleos will cope with them. 21-centimeter ground clearance, not bad, by the standards of the class, geometry (entry angle - 19 degrees, exit - 26 degrees), the possibility of forced locking of the clutch is very good. But a large mass (a crossover with a diesel engine weighs 1742 kilograms) and, most importantly, a variator of off-road bonuses is not added. The continuously variable transmission does not like long slippage, and the clutch in the locked mode quickly overheats and goes into emergency mode.
The basic configuration of Renault Koleos is called Comfort and costs 1,699,000 rubles. It will be a car on 17-inch wheels, with a cloth interior, cruise control, halogen headlights, rain and light sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, seven-inch, horizontal multimedia, front and side airbags, tire pressure sensors and full-size spare tire.
The equipment of the middle rank was named Executive. She, like the base version, is offered only with a two-liter aspirated gasoline for 144 horsepower. Costs 1,859,900 rubles and differs from the "base" by rails, 18-inch wheels, engine start button, electronic handbrake, heated steering wheel and windshield, electric folding mirrors, parking sensors front and rear, as well as a rear-view camera.
The top-end Premium equipment will cost 2,177,900 rubles in the case of a 2.5 petrol engine or 2,337,900 rubles with a diesel engine. Only such cars from the factory will have full diode optics, contour interior lighting, electric front seats, vertical multimedia, Bose music with 12 speakers and headlight washers.
Ближайший родственник Колеоса - Nissan X-Trail, продаётся в несколько раз лучше «француза». Японский кроссовер доступен с теми же атмосферными бензиновыми «четвёрками», что и Renault, а вот дизель у Ниссана другой - 1,6-литровый на 130 сил и сочетается он только с механической коробкой передач. Стоит X-Trail от 1 630 000 рублей до 2 170 000 рублей" style="width: 823px; margin-right: 8px;">
Рассматривая Koleos, обязательно обратите внимание и на Peugeot 5008. По габаритной длине он немного уступает Renault, но зато 5008-й - семиместный и, увы, только переднеприводный. Он доступен с бензиновым и дизельным турбомоторами мощностью по 150 лошадиных сил и «автоматом». Базовая версия кроссовера обойдётся в 1 899 000 рублей, а топовая - в 2 299 000 рублей" style="width: 823px; margin-right: 8px;">
Корейский кроссовер выглядит привлекательнее «француза» - как минимум, из-за моторной гаммы. Ведь в ней нет откровенно «овощных» агрегатов. Базовый двигатель выдает 188 л.с., а топовый 3.5 V6 - 249 сил. Есть ещё турбодизель на 200 л.с. Стандартная комплектация SantFe обойдётся в 2 149 000 рублей, а за максимально упакованный автомобиль (без учёта пакетов опций) попросят 2 999 000 рублей. Третий ряд сидений - за доплату" style="width: 823px; margin-right: 8px;">
Если вам принципиально, чтобы мотор был атмосферным, а трансмиссия - не роботизированной, то RAV4 тоже обязателен к изучению. Самая свежая модель из этого списка предлагается с бензиновыми двигателями 2.0 и 2.5 мощностью 149 и 199 лошадиных сил соответственно. Цены: от 1 756 000 до 2 661 000 рублей" style="width: 823px; margin-right: 8px;">
The aftertaste from Renault Koleos is very ambiguous. It has an unusual European design, brown leather interior, large trunk, spacious second row of seats and old-school diesel. However, controversial ergonomics, an even more controversial vertical-screen multimedia system and retired chassis settings noticeably spoil the picture.
If you look at the market, then the French crossover is an unexpectedly profitable offer. Because the top-end version - well-equipped, and even with a diesel engine - costs about 300,000 rubles less than the new RAV4. But here's the thing: from this pair, I would still choose Toyota. Just in the lower configuration.
Regardless of the liquidity and reliability that have set the teeth on edge, RAV4 is understandable to me, as a person who shuns art spaces and concept stores. Just like almost all the other best-selling classmates Renault Koleos. Of course, this does not make it bad, but the flagship of the brand will definitely not become as popular as Duster or Captyur.
- - Design
- - Interior decoration of the top version
- - Space in the second row
- - Large trunk
- - Forced locking of the clutch
- - High-torque diesel
- - Ergonomics
- - Fresh handling
- - Mediocre gasoline engines
- - Variable speed drive
- - Multimedia system