Exterior: The outside is really eye-catching with a totally different design on the front. The grill, chrome and headlamps are really well placed. The boot is really strong with lots of space. The sleek line along the entire stretch of the body gives a sporty aero look. The ground clearance is about 17cms which should surely put some doubts to rest regarding its compatibility with Indian roads.
Interior: It’s a nice and refreshes feeling once you are inside. There is good leg space and room. It also has adjustable seats, semi fold-able back seats. The entertainment is given by the USB and Bluetooth connectivity with an MP3 player. Rear blinds, rain senor wipers, light sensor headlamps, neatly positioned spaces for cups and other things, surely one can forget home. The AC is really cool with vents on the rear too and with the option of dual climate control one can be in their own elements irrespective of the outside weather. On the tech side, the Renault Fluence also comes with the option of key-less entry using a smart card and on/off button. Even the boot can accessed using a remote card.
Engine performance, fuel economy and gearbox: Although the automatic gearshifts allow for a smooth ride, there is a bit of noise as the ratios are a bit delayed during the shifting of gears. The company proclaims about a good fuel mileage but fails to live up to a good torque, especially when you want to speed up during overtake. This delay again is largely due to the preset ratios in the CVT engine. The gear box though is smooth as knife passing through butter.
Ride Handling and Safety: The driver will surely have a smooth handling and ride experience. The suspensions are not creaky and are really springy and smooth. The low quality roads and bumpy jumps should be a thing of the past with this baby and even the cabin is exempted from the jumping experience.
Overall this is a nice and neatly done car. The driver will be in for easy handling, really soothing interiors and a great technology to give a great driving experience. Surely one can’t just ignore the Fluence. All said and done, it does lack on the power front a bit calling for a manual model which should allow people to take off fast who don’t spending some extra fuel.
Renault Fluence is launched in two variants- 2.0L petrol and another 1.4L diesel. The Renault Fluence price in India is Rs14.40 lakh for the 2.0 L petrol CVT Automatic version while the 1.5 L diesel is priced at Rs12.99 lakh ex-showroom in Delhi.
The luxury sedan car from Renault, Fluence might be launched in India with trademark body colors; however there has been no official confirmation regarding the shades.
Unmatched features with advanced options. Good room space and a decent mileage figure to go with it, the Fluence has all the ingredients of becoming the next big thing. Stay tuned for more updates on colors and other specifications.