Meet the Renault Family of SUVs

Meet the Renault Family of SUVs

Manufacturers are falling over themselves at the moment to produce more and more SUVs to fill any perceived gap in what is an increasingly crowded and competitive market place. Renault has been relatively late to the party with its range of SUVs, but what a splash it's now made with a trio of models that are as stylish as they are impressive to drive. There's likely to be more in the not-too-distant future, but for the meantime let's take a look at the Renault CAPTUR, the Renault KADJAR and the Renault Koleos.

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Renault CAPTUR

The CAPTUR is the smallest of the current trio of Renault SUVs, but that shouldn’t be a reason to avoid checking one out. This is a model aimed squarely at a youthful audience with its funky styling, contemporary duo-tone roof options and striking exterior colours. This blueprint is working wonders for the manufacturer as the CAPTUR is already the best-selling B-segment crossover in Europe. Obviously, this isn't a model anyone with serious off-road ambitions is going to buy, but that's not a problem as the majority of those choosing crossover SUV like this are rarely going to venture beyond the urban jungle.

At the moment there are four engines to choose between; two petrols and two diesels. The Energy TCe 90 and dCi 90 petrols and the dCi 90 diesel all come with a manual transmission, while the dCi 110 diesel gets an automatic.

Meet the Renault Family of SUVs

Renault KADJAR

The KADJAR is the Goldilocks of the Renault SUV lineup at present, so it's larger than the CAPTUR but more compact than the all-new range-topping KOLEOS. This is where you start in the Renault SUV family if four-wheel drive is required as the KADJAR is more than happy dealing with a bit of the rough stuff. This one has a big boot, it's great to drive, it looks fabulous and it boasts a long list of standard and available safety features. It can get a little expensive towards the top of the range, but like most things in life it's a case of getting what you pay for as the list of features at the higher specification levels is simply tremendous. There are basically three engines to choose between, which are the Energy TCe 130 petrol inline-four and a pair of diesels. The diesels are a dCi 110 and the Energy dCi 130 4WD.

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Renault KOLEOS

It might sound a little simplistic, but if you like what you see with the KADJAR but there isn’t enough room for the passengers and cargo that needs to be transported, the KOLEOS is the answer. The name dates back to when SUVs weren't the thing to have, and slow sales saw it pulled by Renault in 2010. What may surprise is the five-seat configuration when a model of this size often tries to squeeze in a third-row of seats, even if it means they're almost unusable. Renault has chosen to stick with ample room for 5 and all their gear, and the KOLEOS manages the task in some considerable style. There are just two versions at present, which are the Dynamique S Nav and the Signature Nav. With a starting price of €34,940 for the Dynamique S Nav this is a lot of SUV for the money, and once inside it would be easy to think it was the interior of a premium model from Germany or Japan.

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For more information on Renault SUVs and to arrange a test drive to see which one is right for you, get in touch with the team at Kearys Motor Group today.

Meet the Renault Family of SUVs