Renault Fluence

3/5
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Verdict

Now sporting the new Renault trademark façade, the Renault Fluence may be prettier but is still the same small family saloon underneath.

Performance

The Renault Fluence is available with just one diesel engine with two varying power outputs. The diesel is 1.5 litre four cylinder engine available with the choice of the dCi95 with 95bhp mated to a 5-speed manual or the dCi110 with 110bhp mated to either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The dCi110 is probably the best option to go for giving the best blend of performance and economy. The manual gearbox is also the better option as the automatic can feel a little sluggish and slow to change gear.

Ride & Handling

The Fluence is a very comfortable motorway cruiser and will consistently eat up the miles in with ease, being its favoured driving environment. Its suspension setup is very supple, but this becomes very evident on the corners where body roll is considerable. The Fluence lacks the sporting drive and feel you get from the Megane and the steering also lacks any feedback.

Refinement

The Fluence comes with the choice of four trim levels to choose from. These are Expression, Dynamique, Limited and R-Link. Again, standard equipment is not quite as generous on the Fluence as it is with other Renault models, the entry level Expression benefits from just hands free keyless entry, electric front windows, manual air-conditioning and 15 inch alloy wheels. With quite a small difference in terms of price between trim levels, the top of the range R-Link is the best value and comes with the R-Link 7 inch infotainment screen with Sat Nav, half leather upholstery, leather steering wheel and 17 inch alloy wheels.

Quality & Reliability

The Fluence has a nice feeling of quality about it overall. The cabin does feel a little dated at this stage in its life and without the R-Link system, it lacks any real modern appeal. Without it, the centre console becomes a bit confusing due to the amount of buttons that spread across it. The dashboard may not be the most appealing to look at in the Renault range, but there is a nice use of quality materials throughout the cabin with contrast chrome trim on the dash and centre console.

Safety & Security

The Renault Fluence scored 4/5 stars in Euro NCAP crash testing. It may not have achieved the full five star ranking but it is a very safe family car. It comes with a decent level of standard safety technology too that includes anti-lock brakes, emergency brake assist and ISO-FIX child seat connection points.

Space & Practicality

The Renault Fluence goes up against rivals like the Skoda Rapid, Ford Focus saloon and Mazda 3. Each of the three aforementioned pack better quality interiors. The Fluence on the other hand feels spacious inside and provides good levels of comfort for front and back seats passengers. Boot space is very impressive standing at 530 litres leaving plenty of room for luggage and large items. The rear seats also fold forward to open up the rear of the cabin for further versatility.

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Key Facts

Make

Renault

Model
Fluence
Variant
dCi 95 EXPRESSION
Car Category
Family Saloon
First Launched
2009
Engine (L)
1.5
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
5 SPeed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Saloon
Price New
€21,290
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€190
Tax Band
A3
L/100km Combined
4.0
Average km/L
25
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range
1500 km
Cost of filling a tank
€73.14
Average Cost Per 200 km
€9.75
CO2 emmissions
104 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
95 bhp
Max Power kW
71
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1461
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, transversely
Number of valves
2
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Normally
Top speed
185 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
13.0 s
L/100km Urban
5.60 L
L/100km Extra Urban
4.00 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Saloon
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
530 L
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
No
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year warranty
Mileage
200000
Roadside Assistance
5 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Interior Comfort

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
530 L
Wheels
Front wheel drive
Tyre size front
205/65 R15 mm
Tyre size back
205/65 R15 mm
Kerb weight
1285 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
1785

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, transversely
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
McPherson
Rear Suspension
Elastic beam
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
95 bhp