Ten years ago, I read a story about Microsoft criticising the motor industry — and in particular technology in cars. The software giant was suggesting that some brands were using systems that, basically, weren’t very good. In response some of the major players said that if they were to use tech from Microsoft, their vehicles would behave erratically or suddenly stop in their tracks and you’d need to reboot them…

Well, the Koleos I was driving last week doesn’t have any software from the American firm but the infotainment system threw a fit and crashed and since it houses most of the amenities such as the AC and the radio — both of which I was suddenly unable to operate — this caused, as you can imagine, a bit of a problem. The screen was black for about three minutes and then as if by magic, it turned back on. Weird.

Other than that little episode, the Renault was a pleasure to commute in, offering lots of comfort and lots of room too in both rows — but I’ll keep my eyes on the touchscreen. If it crashes again, I’ll insist the French carmaker adds Ctrl + Alt + Delete buttons…