Renault have announced details of pricing for their new Koleos 4x4, set to hit UK showrooms from 4th July. Starting at £17,995 and available in three specifications, Renault's newcomer to the 4x4 market offers MPV versatility coupled with genuine off-road ability and trumps its new rivals on areas such as price, standard equipment and boot space.

Available specified in Dynamique, Dynamique S and Privelege trims, the Koleos offers class-leading levels of standard equipment, with air con and alloy wheels standard on all models. Power comes from a choice of 2.0-litre dCi diesel unit offering output of either 150 or 175 hp and is driven to all four wheels for optimum mud-plugging ability and optionally to two on Dynamique and Dynamique S specifications.

Versatility is key to the Koleos, with the Dynamique specsheet highlighting the extent of the car's hidden extremities including front bassenger underfloor draw, cooled glove box and storage under footwells, rear load area and behind wheel arches. The Laguna's 'Super-fold' 60:40 split seating system allows for quick modular loading, with stowage capacity increasing from 450 litres to 1,380 litres folded-flat.

Dynamique trim adds cruise control, front fog lamps, tinted glass, leather steering wheel and a 60W CD/MP3 system available from £17,995 in two-wheel-drive and £18,995 in four-wheel-drive form.

The Koleos range is topped by the 175 hp four-wheel-drive Privelege-spec model, priced from £24,695, offering in addition to its lesser siblings colour satellite navigation, a 200W sound system from Bose - a first for both brands - full leather heated seats and panoramic electric sunroof.

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