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2014 Renault Koleos vs Toyota Fortuner vs Honda CR-V: Spec Comparison
King of the premium SUV segment, the Fortuner, hasn’t found its match yet to compete on the sales charts and is having a dream run for Toyota. Honda’s new CR-V has, admittedly by the company itself, surpassed their expectations for a petrol SUV in our diesel obsessed country. But with Renault’s updated Koleos, they’ve found a match for power, price and crucially now, choice of variants. Can the Koleos hold its own in this spec comparison?
Engines and variants
With the update, Renault has added a 4x2 manual and a 4x4 manual to the SUV in addition to the existing 4x4 automatic. It is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that now develops 23PS more at 173PS. This though is available only in the 4x4 Koleos. The 4x2 Koleos continues to develop the old 150PS output. The 4x2 develops 320Nm of torque and the 4x4s dish out 360Nm. Toyota’s Fortuner gets only one output option – 171PS from its larger 3.0-litre turbo-diesel. It is also available in 2WD and 4WD options but the automatic comes mated only to the 2WD version. This helps keep the prices down as clubbed with the 4x4 it would have been more expensive. It’s got two torque figures though – 343Nm for the manuals and 360Nm for the automatic. The CR-V is the only petrol SUV in this comparison. It’s the only one with two engine options – a 2.0-litre petrol that’s only available as a 2WD mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 5-speed automatic and a 2.4-litre petrol with 4WD only that comes with a 5-speed automatic. The former doles out 156PS of power and 190Nm of torque and the latter has a healthier output of 190PS and 226Nm.
The Fortuner gets a full time 4x4 system that constantly supplies power to all four wheels. It’s also got a dedicated low-range transfer case that can help you do some serious off-roading. The Koleos and CR-V supply power to all wheels only when required, depending on driving conditions. In normal conditions, they work as front wheel drive soft-roaders that can handle gravel and slush at best.