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2011 Renault Fluence car review by Top Speed India

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The French are Their Chennai factory is up and the dealer network is rapidly and lots of promising products are in the The French manufacturer is banking on things differently this as it re-establishes itself.

Their car after the split with and Mahindra is the Fluence which the believes will help it a premium image before it the volume market. With the variant priced at Rs12,99,000 and the at Rs14,40,000 ex showroom New Delhi, the want to get things right time around.

Renault had got it wrong to start with. The its first car, launched in a venture with Mahindra To put it simply, it was boring. The Renault and marriage of convenience has broken and would want to erase from its head and start The French are known as much for style as for their ego and this well for India.

With a esteem to nurse, the manufacturer at turning a new page and make familiar with French The recently launched Fluence is to mark a new start for the French and Renault wants to shake off the of the Logan and show Indian it can make some really cars.

Design

Based on the Renault-Nissan C which is used in the Megane III for and the Qashqai and X-Trail for Nissan, the made its international debut in and has been fairly successful The impression that one gets at the Fluence is that it has all the right for a premium sedan. Its prominent headlamps, long wheelbase, lines and clean details it an elegant look.

Nothing striking and the French flair is to an extent, but the Fluence is a refreshing to the German cars we have got so to. As a design it’s fresh, and has road presence. The unfussy is carried on to the rear with swept back headlamps and the alloys with fat 205 section give the Fluence a strong and balance.

Interiors

Step inside the and it’s a different ball altogether. The French flair immediately with the four dashboard. It’s a very idea with each incorporating a set of features.

The top layer the navigation system, the aircon below that, then the control and finally the music

The interiors look luxurious and as are of excellent quality. The gadgets are cumbersome to operate. The digital is an interesting element and houses the temperature, fuel gauges and a trip meter.

The chunky steering has a nice feel to it and the cabin a good place to time in.


Renault though has the unconventional way by giving the petrol and variants different spec The idea is to position the petrol at the luxury conscious buyer and the at the enthusiast buyer.

The petrol is equipped with beige wooden strips, steering controls, bluetooth, rear a/c rain sensing wipers, seats, cruise control and wipers. All these features are from the darker dashboard of the car. The plush beige of the petrol variant gets our over the diesel though the console is shared by both

With a wheelbase of 2703mm, the in the segment, the Fluence has spacious with generous legroom and would surely go down with the Indian buyer. The and rear seats have knee and shoulder room and ergonomics.

Engine and preformance

gets two engine choices, a 1.5 and a 2-litre petrol and it’s the which has been getting all the and rave reviews. The twin-cam, 2-liter petrol engine 137PS at 6000rpm with of torque developed at 3700rpm. The is smooth and free-revving and torque is low in the rev band making the Fluence to drive.

It reaches 100kmph in 13sec which makes it than the Skoda Laura but is par with the Toyota Corolla With a company claimed efficiency figure of 13.4kmpl, the is more efficient than the but scores marginally less the Corolla Altis.

The petrol does not have an of a manual gearbox and comes with a CVT gearbox. The smoothness with CVT units exists in and and there is also a 6-speed mode.

The 1.5-litre diesel is the same K9K motor that the Logan and the Micra. For the Fluence it with a variable geometry (VGT) which pushes the to 106PS p@4000rpm. With a rating of 240Nm @ 2000rom, the variant sure is not an enthusiast and reaches 100kmph at over

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Its trump card would be fuel economy and Renault of 21.8kmpl. Unlike the petrol, the variant gets only a manual gearbox.

Ride

The sets a benchmark for ride and all test reports are raving its comfort. The MacPherson strut suspension with anti-roll bar and the rear suspension absorbs the surfaces admirably and you barely the bumps. That said, the does have body and while handling is not its strength, decent enough. The steering is and lacks feel.

All variants of the Fluence come ABS and ESP.

Competition

This has some interesting options and the has its hands full. The Skoda offers the best performance and has selling in good numbers, the petrol and diesel. Toyota has the facelift version of the Corolla and it appeals more to the mind the heart. The Chevrolet Cruze too has had and is spacious, luxurious interiors and a happy diesel engine.

The Civic is another car in the segment but the model has been around for too to generate interest.

Verdict

The is Renault’s comeback car for India and a option for the company to reignite its with. In a nut shell, it’s spacious, interiors are high on the petrol version is packed features, and the ride quality is the around. It does most right but the diesel option outsells the petrol in this is a let-down.

It lacks low end performance and features in the petrol are missing.

If you’re for something distinct, the Fluence the bill right. For Renault, the is a step in the right direction but the though is that the Renault network is still finding its way India. A good car overall and we are impressed with the petrol.

But ’s strategy of launching the petrol with a CVT and the diesel without an transmission is baffling.

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