Having not driven the Renault Koleos Intens for three years I am keen to get back into it and see how it has changed and improved as a BabyDrive… let's find out!
Called Millésime Red, the paint colour made me want to drive this midsized SUV to a field full of eggplants, pumpkins and deep autumnal colours for the photographs! Instead, I had to settle for this beautiful bit of coastline instead!!
The Renault Koleos Intens makes a very generous sized five-seater family SUV that has some FANTASTIC BabyDrive features! Like being able to adjust the volume of soooo many things in the car, like the indicators, lane departure warning and parking sensors etc. This makes it really practical for families with small children who don't want them disturbed and also for people with autism or for whom sound is disturbing.
The rear lights can be turned on and off from a button in the front ceiling, near the glasses case, which is another great feature for parents.
I have found my daughter does not like travelling in the dark in the car so if it gets dark whilst travelling then I reach back and turn the interior light on for her. So it’s really important for me that I can reach the rear ceiling light.
Also if I am travelling home and it is getting near to bedtime and I DEFINITELY DON’T want her to fall asleep in the car as even a five minute nap in the car means bed time is all over!!!! I lean back and pop the light on so it’s not dark and try to keep her awake!! Along with screaming/singing at the top of my voice!!!
It is also useful when there are lights situated above the doors where the handles are usually positioned. These are good for when putting baby into their child seats when visibility is poor, so you do not have to reach across them to a light situated in the ceiling centrally etc.
The 2020 Renault Koleos does a lot of things well, including space throughout the car. We could fit three child seats across the second-row seats. I could just fit between two child seats with my shoulders compressed and I'm 162cm.
It's the legroom that makes this car impressive and very practical for families. With rear-facing child seats installed we could put the driver's seat in it's furthest back position and fit a 184cm driver in the front!
On first impressions, it seems space has not been borrowed from the boot either as it seems massive but in reality, it matches a Volkswagen Tiguan with room for 12 shopping bags from empty. This means it is slightly smaller than a Honda CR-V which holds thirteen or the Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander which both hold fifteen shopping bags. It will still easily take a big side-by-side twin stroller with a couple of bags beside it.
Storage throughout the Koleos is good too with some thoughtful touches like the heating and cooling front cup holders and a generous central console box and phone charging well in the front. There is a sunglasses case in the ceiling, which is great to see as most companies seem to be doing away with these which is a real shame!
In the back, there are also cup holders, map pockets and practical sized door bins.
The media system in the 2020 Renault Koleos is portrait rather than landscape and it took me a bit of getting used to!
The system is quite simple and easy to navigate and it does have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is great.
The only way to adjust the aircon is through the media screen which I am really not a fan of. It is hard to use and alter while driving and takes your attention away from the road too much as you have to look at it carefully while using it.
The reversing camera image is good, you do only get half the screen as a visual though which is disappointing and you can mute the parking sensors with a button in the top left corner.
The Renault Koleos is a great mid-sized, five-seater family SUV in terms of practicality. I found it was still a bit ‘mooey' when accelerating up hills and has a bit of a lag when accelerating. I also found the front wing mirrors really affect the visibility when driving especially at junctions when looking left and right.
The 2020 Renault Koleos SUV has a five-star ANCAP safety rating from 2018 onwards and has six airbags as standard.