Owner drive: Faisal’s 2011 Renault Koleos in the UAE
And didn’t crash it in the first 2 minutes. In fact it’s been about 2 weeks now and the car surprisingly still refuses to go sideways. It must have something to do with certain drivers’ skill level (or driving like a girl — Ed.). Based on a Nissan crossover, the pre-facelift 2011 Koleos is rather an oddball of a car. Bought in August 2010, the car is in almost pristine condition driven extremely carefully by the previous owner. In fact, apart from a few mall-parking door incidents, the car looks and feels brand new even with 60,000 km on the odometer.
Replacing the hankered 2007 Ford Focus as a daily commute, we needed a car that could handle all the equipment one needs to carry to a proper photography shoot. With thoughts drifting towards a Ford Flex thanks to its enormous interior space, we decided to settle for something more affordable. With our affinity towards non-conformist car choices, the CRV, Sportage, Tucson and RAV4 were out of the question. Then along the way, a friend decides to sells his Koleos and next thing we know, we’re signing transfer papers.
With a whiney CVT, sluggish handling and lightly-bolstered seating; the Koleos makes it immediately evident that it’s not going to be much fun. Now this is a good and bad thing in the sense that those first few sharp turns you take freak you out as you’re taking them at Ford Focus-like speeds, but your aging back does appreciate the comfort levels the Koleos provides on long drives. Talking about comfort, the interior of the Koleos is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and extremely practical. And apart from a prematurely-worn out steering wheel and a loose sun-visor, everything works without any creaks and shows zero wear-and-tear, something we can’t say about my three-year-old Ford Mondeo.
A panoramic sunroof, soft-touch interior materials, speed limiter, cruise control, BOSE sound system, tyre pressure monitor, parking sensor front and back, AUX/USB connectors, rear side window blinds, electric parking brake, smart keyless entry and start, dual zone A/C with rear controls, Bluetooth connectivity, flat folding 60:40 rear seats, flat folding passenger seat, numerous storage compartments and cup holders, two piece tailgate, hill descent assist, 50:50 ‘4X4’ lock switch, multiple airbags, telescopic steering wheel, chilled glove compartment and so on are things that make this such a sweet deal in terms of value for money. Obviously there’s always a chance something could go wrong with so much tech, but with Nissan underpinnings and a ‘Made in Korea’ badge, we’re hoping this will serve us better than the European-made Focus.
Last week we decided to call up Farba Guard and not only got it detailed, but also went for the paint protection deal that they have up for DriveArabia readers. We also got all the lower door protection panels and the front bumper repainted at a discounted price to fix those mall parking dings. As expected, they did a brilliant job, and we now own a car that truly looks brand new. With a 6-month warranty still remaining, and a sun visor on order, a visit to the service center in a few months shall be interesting. Hopefully the good stories we’ve been hearing about the dealer is true and not some elusive fairy tale.