So, before i start off this review i will admit this is a courtesy car while my car is in for repairs - we have put about 800km on it with mix use driving.
I was pretty excited to get handed the keys of a practically brand new car, so after signing the forms and saying bye to my car for a little bit, i jumped into the 2020 Koleos, My first impressions were pretty good, the dash looks smart, the steering wheel felt nice, the seats comfortable and the doors made a nice thunk when they closed. After pushing the STOP/START button it was time to set up the infotainment/gps... this is where some problems came up. Firstly i had forgot my cable so i couldn't plug in to use android auto..oops. Anyway, so i started pressing buttons on the screen to find it slightly confusing, after attempting to connect Bluetooth a few times i gave up. Alright, NOVA FM it is, GPS time! Well, not really, after getting constant "can not set a way point from current destination" messages i choose to set the start point manually which also failed. Bummer, guess ill just use google maps on my phone (not connected to Bluetooth since that failed).
Off i set, driving the Koleos is pretty no thrills, it drives how you expect it too, not that it's a bad thing. It was comfortable and relaxing. My drive home consists of 2 major 80kph roads then inner Melbourne city streets. The Koleos dealt with bumps nicely. All was good, until i came to my first round-a-bout which has pedestrian crossings across all 4 directions, pulling up i look to my left to by greeted to a huge mirror and a pillar, i come to a complete stop to peer over them making sure its clear, this became a constant struggle at round-a-bouts and junctions. Oh well, home now.
Day 2 : This was the day i found the most problems which where frustrating. On start up the engine made this weird rattle sound - which it has ever since, Renault said its normal for it to do so. Oh well, time for a decent drive, in i hop, plug in android auto, which takes about 1000 attempts but it finally works and stops glitching out, away we go, listening to my own music i turn the it up a bit to find the sound system actually pretty decent, i then come to a stop, its cold, i look to the climate control and turn it on, no numbers show up, the knob keeps turning so its not a manual/retro unit? i pull over to figure out whats going on. It turns out the climate control temp. is displayed on the infotainment unit which when android auto is on it takes up the whole display, making the climate temp disappear... Who at Renault thought this was a good idea? was there no testing? how does something like this slip through? baffled, i set my temp and turn android auto back on (after 4 attempts).
continuing my journey i hit the freeway, ARRGGGHHH whines the CVT getting up too 100kph, i was surprised on how loud it was, after getting too 100kph the Koleos settled nicely, engine was quiet, seats nice and after finding the cruise control located next to the electric parking brake all was good, until i realised that the noise coming from the tyres and wind was very loud to the point i double checked all the windows were up. This was a disappointment and drove me insane for the few hours.
the next couple of weeks where all pretty much the same, same problems, same annoyances, although this car is pretty well spec'd for the money i found the issues out weighing the nice features. - a surprise though was i am averaging 8L/100km which i thought was good for majority city driving.
Improvement wise this car really needs better sound insulation, a whole new infotainment unit - one that is easier to use, doesn't look like a 6 year old designed it and the climate control temp displayed on the dash and not on the infotainment and a revised front parking sensor system as it goes off when sitting in traffic randomly.
Other than the engine rattle on start and the sometimes hard to get into gear transmission - as well as the glitchy infotainment the car has been pretty solid.
Would i buy one with real money and not just the $2000 excess if i crash it? No. It is a stylish, well spec'd mid sized suv, but it isn't really that good at anything and there is much better options.