How practical is the space inside?
Even though it's a close relative of the X Trail, the Koleos has been injected with Renault's own take on the interior. The dashboard and front console is based on the design of the upcoming Megane, for example, while the seating and interior trim is also unique to the Koleos.
The capacitive touchscreen in the centre console – a seven-inch horizontal screen on the entry-level Life and mid-spec Zen, and an 8.7-inch vertical screen on the range-topping Intens – is a real feature of the cabin, and it controls a vast array of the car's functions via an interface that's as easy as using your tablet or smartphone.
Maps can be swiped or pinch-zoomed, for example, and a pin can be dropped on a map simply by touching it.
It's very clever and in-depth, but it can be a bit tricky to use while on the go. It can be customised to suit, though, to bring the most used functions to the front page.
A digital screen also takes pride of place in the instrument binnacle and replaces the traditional array of analog dials.
Rear seat passengers are especially well catered for, with almost 300mm more leg room compared to the older car.
USB ports aren't a trend that Renault is going to miss out on this time around, with the base- and mid-grade models scoring two ports up front as well as a 12v socket. The Intens adds another pair of ports for rear seat passengers too.
The pair of cupholders in the front of the Koleos are offset to each other, and can hold a large coffee cup each. The Intens even offers cooling or heating cupholders for your drinks. There's also a pair of cupholders in the rear centre armrest, along with stowage for bottles in all doors.
There are two ISOFIX seat mounts on the outermost rear seats, too.
Because the Koleos is strictly a five-seat/two seat row affair, it frees up an enormous amount of room in both the front and back. Rear seat passengers are especially well catered for, with almost 300mm more leg room compared to the older car.
In fact, even though the Koleos stays in the same mid-size SUV category as rivals like the Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage and the X-Trail, it moves from being the smallest car in the category to the biggest.
The rear seats can be tumbled forward via levers in the rear cargo area, revealing a category leading luggage area of 1690 litres. There's 468 litres when the seats are in position, and there's the option of a foot-operated auto tailgate, too.