Mahindra along with its South Korean firm, Ssangyong Motors has developed Rexton. It is a seven seater SUV, which was launched in India this year. While the French auto maker Renault has launched Koleos, the second SUV from their own end. Let us compare these two SUVs.
Those who value boulder and rough driving, Rexton is a perfect utility vehicle for them. The front of the car flaunts muscular looking wide grille at the centre of which the logo of the company have been placed. The hood is quite tough looking. The car has used the body-on-frame chassis. It also has all – independent suspension with double wishbones at its front and at its rear, it has multi-link set up. The car has body coloured OVRMs and door handles. There are side steps and roof rails also. The rear has spoiler and chrome tipped exhaust. The car has alloy wheels which completes the overall robust look of the car.
Koleos is a compact SUV which is the first among the other SUVs in the company. This car has a crossover type of body. From the front and rear as well, the car looks quite sporty. The front has chrome finished radiator grille. It has the company’s logo placed at the middle of the grille. The headlamps of the car are distinct twin barrel type while the fog lamps of the car are oval. The car has rooflines while the door handles and the OVRMs are body coloured.
The interior of Rexton is as stylish as its rear is. It is a seven seater SUV and has three rows of seats. The seats are very comfortable with the required spaces for leg, knee and head. The car further has more interior comfort features that include cruise control, air condition along with climate control etc. The windows are being powered and there are AC ducts at the rear for the comfort of the passengers at the rear which has separate controls. The car has safety features also. For example, it has ABS with EBD, ESP and the front seats have dual SRS bags. It also has forward collision warning and avoidance system and many more.
Koleos has leather upholstery inside it. Various parts of this car has chrome inserts. Behind the steering wheel there rests the instrument panel. However, the audio and the AC controls are placed on the dashboard at a quite low level. The steering wheel of the car is three spoke and comes wrapped in leather and has chrome inserts on it. The front cabin is very spacious and has ample storage space. The seats also have set back tables.
Since Rexton is the first car from SsangYong’s end, the company has powered the car with a 2.7 litre of turbocharged engine which produces a maximum power of 165BHP at the rate of 4000rpm and a maximum torque of 34.6kgm at the rate of 1800 to 3250rpm. Koleos is a car from Renault and Nissan alliance which has a 2.0-litre, dCi, common rail diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 150 bhp and comes with 6-speed gearbox.
Rexton is a newly launched SUV which is in the market since a while; on the other hand, Koleos is a compact SUV from Renault. It will be too early to comment on the cars but it seems that Rexton will woo more car lovers very soon.