Honda CR-V VS Renault Koleos

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Here is a comparison between the Honda CR-V and the 2010 Renault Koleos. Renault is not a car brand which is well known in many parts of the world. More so not many know that it is tied up with Nissan!

The French car manufacturer concentrates on selling in Europe   which is fair enough and it is a profitable manufacturer. By all accounts it makes reliable cars so buying one should be good experience.

The Renault Koleos is based on the Nissan X-Trail although is does seem unlikely since the two cars are very different in interior and exterior design.



Renault Koleos
Honda CRV

Exterior design of the Koleos is modern and attractive. It is not as adventurous as the old Scenic RX4 which we liked.  Both Honda and Renault look like they had related designers.

The interior of the Koleos is a bit of a let down. Looks good in pictures but not as nice in real life. Quality of material needs to be improved to match the exterior design or maybe a redesign so that not so much plastic is seen. It reminds me of the RAV4. Apart from the Koleos seems like a decent competitor in the small SUV class.

Mechanically the Koleos uses similar engines if not the same as those used by Nissan.  Namely 4 cylinder petrol and diesels which are modern in design.  Since the Nissan X-Trail ones are fine these engines should have similar characteristics.

If there is anything wrong with the Koleos it is the handling. This comment is based on other reviews - it is simply that good on or off road. Mind you they are constantly improving so give a new one a go to see if you like it. 

Price wise there are lots of offers available since it is not a huge seller the bargains being the 2WD models.  Most go for under the $30,000 AUD price which is good value. 

So if you want something different that your neighbors will probably never own then the Koleos is a great choice.  We still prefer the CRV.


Last known pricing (RRP)

NOT including on roads, discounts etc...

Honda CR-V
2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD

Renault Koleos
2010 $31,490 - 39,990 AUD




The Koleos and the CRv are quite competitive in terms of specifications.

Honda CR-V Renault Koleos (H45)

IL 4 Cylinder (K24Z1)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
DOHC 16 valve VTEC EFI
2.4 Litre (2354cc)
Claimed 125Kw @ 5800RPM
Claimed 218Nm @ 4200RPM
IL 4 Cylinder (QR25)
IL 4 Cylinder petrol
2.5 Litre (2488cc)
Claimed 126Kw @ 6000RPM
Claimed 226Nm @ 4400RPM

IL 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel (M9R)
IL 4 Cylinder diesel
Direct Injection Common Rail EFI
2.0 Litre (1995cc)
Claimed 110Kw @ 4000RPM
Claimed 320Nm @ 2000RPM (Auto)

1580 - 1630Kg
Towing capacity up to 1500kg
1553 - 1713 Kg
Towing capacity up to 2000kg
Fuel capacity & consumption  
Up to 58 litres
IL4 Petrol 10 Lts per 100km AVG (Auto)
Up to 65 litres
IL4 2.0 Petrol 9.6 litres per 100km
IL4 2.0 Diesel 8.3 litres per 100km
Other specifications  
6 speed manual or 5 speed Auto
Overall Height/Width 1680/1820
Overall length/Wheelbase 4565/2605
4WD system: On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 4/5
Tyre size:
6 speed manual or CVT Auto
Overall Height/Width 1710/1865
Overall length/Wheelbase 4520/2690
4WD system: FWD or On-demand AWD
ANCAP Safety: 5/5
Tyre size:
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach xx
Departure xx
Breakover xx
Min Ground clearance (unloaded) 185mm
Angle of: (degrees)
Approach 27
Departure 31
Breakover 21
Min Ground clearance 188-206mm
Performance Performance

Petrol (4 Cyl)
0-100Kph:10 secs

2010 $30,990 - 42,790 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!
2010 $31,490 - 39,990 AUD
*Always check with the dealer for up to date pricing, specifications, on-road costs, accessories and specials etc.. everything as usual is subject to change!

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