Renault’s Koleos sports utility vehicle, which will be available in New Zealand before the end of the year is the tenth Renault model to obtain the maximum score of five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.
Koleos is the tenth Renault model to obtain the maximum five-star score in adult protection. It scored 33 out of 37 in adult protection tests, earning five stars. It obtained 4 out of 5 stars in child protection and 2 out of 4 in pedestrian protection.
Koleos benefits from Renault’s longstanding work in real-life accident analysis. In terms of passive safety, its body structure features programmed crumple zones at the front and back. The cabin was designed as a real survival cell for passengers in the event of an accident.
Renault Koleos also boasts a comprehensive range of equipment for passenger protection, including six airbags, seatbelts with force limiters in the front and rear side seats and pretensioners in the front seats, along with Isofix anchor points for attaching child seats in the rear side seats – all fairly standard now for cars in its class.
The headrests have a carefully worked ergonomic design that offers maximum protection against whiplash in the event of rear impact.
Interestingly, Koleos’ four-wheel drive system was developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and first featured on the new Nissan X-Trail. It comes with electronic stability control.
Other EuroNCAP results for Renault models are:
· Laguna II 5 stars (2001 and 2003), first car ever to obtain this score
· Vel Satis 5 stars (2002 and 2005)
· Megane II 5 stars (2002), first medium segment vehicle to obtain 5 stars
· Espace IV 5 stars (2003)
· Scenic II 5 stars (2003), first compact MPV to obtain 5 stars
· Modus 5 stars (2004), first 5-star vehicle in its category
· Megane II Coupe Cabriolet 5 stars (2004), first 5-star vehicle in its category
· Clio III 5 stars (2005)
· New Laguna 5 stars (2007)
· Koleos 5 stars (2008)
Two 5-star rated Koleos models will be launched in the New Zealand late October — the 4×4 diesel and the 4×2 petrol. Pricing will be announced closer to release date.