Renault Koleos versus Skoda Yeti

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Premium SUV market off late has attracted a lot of customers owing to a number of fantastic cars on sale in this car segment in the country. In our car comparison today we shall compare the Renault Koleos sports utility vehicle with its compact counterpart from the stable of Skoda. The Koleos is feature packed but so is its competitor Skoda Yeti. So keep reading our comparison to know more about how they fare against each other.

Looks and design:

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Renault Koleos has very good exterior design and remains one of the contemporarily designed SUVs in the segment. It has muscular looks and great road presence. It also brings large headlamps and sporty front grille with Renault logo. It has a very good looking rear end design to it and feels premium. It has excellent build quality and the paint, fit and finish levels are also top notch.

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Skoda Yeti comes with contemporary and modern design elements. It has a sporty looking front end with large fog lamps that add character to the sporty nature of the car. It brings 7 spoke alloy wheels and sports a large windshield that provides excellent visibility. It has flared wheel arches and roof rails Skoda Yeti ports excellent fit and finish and the paint job is fantastic.

Looks overall – Renault Koleos 8/10
Looks overall – Skoda Yeti
8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:

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Renault Koleos has excellent interiors with seats that are comfortable and provide good cushioning. The dashboard looks elegant and the instrument panel has easy to read dials. The ergonomics are very good and all the controls are easily reachable by the driver. It has a spacious glovebox and plenty of boot space to carry your luggage.

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Skoda Yeti has excellent seats that provide very good and adjustable lumbar support. It has ample interior space and the build quality of its interiors is great. Skoda Yeti has climate control, 6-CD changer, steering mounted audio controls, fog lamps and electric seats. It also brings auto-on headlights and has a large 415 liters of boot space for all your storage needs.

Interiors overall – Renault Koleos 8.5/10
Interiors overall – Skoda Yeti
8.5/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:

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Renault Koleos is a very good performer and has a good engine that is powerful yet smooth and offers a great driving experience. It is powerful for on road application and is quite rev happy. It brings a 2.0 liter diesel engine that makes 150 BHP and 320 NM of torque from low revs for excellent in-city drivability at low speeds. It has well controlled NVH levels and has been ARAI certified to deliver 13.7 kmpl of fuel efficiency.

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Skoda has a diesel engine that produces 140 BHP at 4200 RPM and 320 NM of torque from 1750-2500 PRM. It has ample low end torque and the motor is quite tractable above 1000 RPM. Skoda Yeti has been certified by ARAI to deliver a fuel efficiency of 17.67 kmpl. The NVH levels are well controlled and it offers a very good driving experience owing to good performance from the engine.

Engine overall – Renault Koleos 8.5/10
Engine overall – Skoda Yeti
8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:

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Renault Koleos has a well tuned suspension which gives the car excellent ride quality and almost car like handling and stability around corners. The car feels well settled at high speeds and has very good highway manners. Koleos also includes ABS + EBD to slow down from high speeds and the steering unit offers very good feedback and remains easy to control over varying speeds and changing road conditions.

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Skoda Yeti brings a firm yet comfy ride quality. It offers a comfortable driving experience over bad roads and is a soft roader and hence isn’t built for serious off-road driving conditions. Skoda Yeti has ABS + EBD and traction control to help slow it down with great stability. It has Hill Descent Control, Drive-Off Assistant and Off-Road ABS. The brakes are powerful and the steering offers excellent feedback.

Suspension overall – Renault Koleos – 8.5/10
Suspension overall –
Skoda Yeti – 8.5/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Renault is known for the quality products that it makes and they are known to be reliable and excellent performers. Renault Koleos is an excellent car and at the price point of 22.99 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi. It has many features that make it worth its asking price. It is however a road oriented car with good looks and performance from its powerful motor and dynamic chassis.

Skoda has been well priced starting with the base model Skoda Yeti Active 4×2 starting from 13.46 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi, Skoda Yeti Ambition 2WD top end model is priced at 15.20 lakhs. The AWD versions start with Skoda Yeti Ambiente priced at 14.32 lakhs and the top end model 4×4 Skoda Yeti Elegance is priced at 16.89 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi price.

Value for money overall – Renault Koleos – 8/10
Value for money overall – Skoda Yeti – 8.5/10

Verdict:

Renault Koleos is a very good sports utility vehicle from the stable of Renault in India. It brings plenty of features but Renault’s dealer network is currently wafer thin and long term ownership costs unknown. It does have a good product and compares well against the Yeti from Skoda. The German SUV Yeti has excellent features for the pricing and is good value for money. Skoda however needs to improve their after sales backup. So tell us which one of these two cars do you favor and what makes it the better car for you from this car segment in the country.

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