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ANCAP: Front-drive Renault Koleos scores five stars

Full five-star ANCAP rating for Renault Koleos 4x2 variants, 4x4 not tested

23 Oct 2018

THE Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has handed a five-star crash safety rating for front-drive variants of Renault’s Koleos medium SUV, while all-wheel-drive versions – which make up the majority of the range – remain untested.
Applying to examples built from January 2018 and sold from June, the Koleos recorded its best score in the adult occupant protection test, with an overall grade of 84 per cent.
The frontal offset test resulted in a score of 7.02 out of eight, with all body areas bar the driver’s lower left leg registering ‘good’ protection. The full-width frontal test returned a score of 6.49 out of eight, with the rear passenger only scoring ‘marginal’ protection for the chest and head.
Perfect scores were recorded in the side impact and oblique pole tests, while a score of 2.51 out of three was recorded for the whiplash protection test.
While the Koleos features autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard, it differs to the system on European models and as such, has not been tested.
Overall child occupant testing returned a score of 79 per cent, with the frontal offset test scoring 11.93 out of 16. Using a six- and ten-year-old dummy, the former recorded ‘weak’ chest protection while the latter was graded as ‘poor’ for neck protection.
The Koleos aced the side impact test, while also scoring full marks for the installation of restraints. On-board safety features were rated at 7.00 out of 13, due to no Isofix points in the rear centre seat and no automatic airbag disabling for the front passenger.
Pedestrian protection was rated at 62 per cent overall, with scores of 15.00 out of 24 for head impacts, 5.08 out of six for upper leg impacts and a perfect six out of six for lower leg impacts.
The lower bumper and bonnet centre were rated the best areas for pedestrian impacts, while the A-pillars were graded the worst.
Safety assist systems testing returned the worst overall score with 52 per cent, with speed assistance systems scoring 1.5 out of three due to the non-fitment of speed limit information, while the speed limiter and warning function are manually set.
Three out of three seatbelt reminders are fitted for full points, while lane support systems scored 1.8 out of three with lane departure warning fitted, but not lane keep assist.
GoAuto has contacted Renault to find out whether the all-wheel-drive versions will be tested.
Through the first three quarters of 2018, Renault has sold 2379 examples of the Koleos, down just 0.7 per cent over the same period last year.
It trails segment leaders in the medium SUV space such as the Mazda CX-5 (20,185), Toyota RAV4 (16,918), Nissan X-Trail (15,945) and Hyundai Tucson (15,183).

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