Renault Fluence Review Autocar

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Renault Fluence review

The Fluence ZE is part of the first of electric vehicles to arrive the French manufacturer. Along the Kangoo ZE small commercial this electrically powered saloon stands at the vanguard of bold foray into transport.

Deputy editor

The 115 mile range can vary 50 to 125 miles, depending on how the car is driven


tweaks include a new rear cluster, a blue tint to the fog light surrounds and badging, chrome highlighting on the boot

The Fluence ZE’s cabin is with plenty of legroom and rear. Despite the vertical of the battery pack behind the seats, the size of the boot the same as the conventional Fluence’s at 317 although the shape is made by the battery.

The dash display a gauge that shows the power, a conventional speedometer and an that shows the current of charge or discharge. Stamp the and the econometer’s needle leaps the red; lift off during a descent and it falls into the as the kinetic energy recovery replenishes the battery.

To start the car you turn the key, illuminates a green ‘go’ on the dashboard display, then drive from the single-speed The Fluence ZE moves away silently, with only a turbine-like whine.

The power is seamless and gets you from a to 30mph in 4.1s. The linear feels like it could go on but it can’t, because the car is limited to to conserve energy.

The first when driving the Fluence ZE is that 166lb ft of torque is at your disposal. Due to the lack of and urgency, it’s easy to that the car is capable of pulling from junctions in a hurry.

The recovery of kinetic energy deceleration slows the car quite and takes some getting to. After a while, you start the system’s characteristics into driving style. In that the Fluence ZE encourages a relaxed of driving, a feeling emphasised by electric power steering.

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isn’t a car suited to more driving though. The suspension has retuned to take into the extra mass of the batteries – takes the car to 1605kg – but you can sense weight when you press on.

But be if you do because aggressive driving can havoc with your Renault’s claim is 115 miles, this can vary between 50 and 125 depending on driving conditions.

There are, however, to increase efficiency. These an Eco Mode that restricts the control and heating functions as as a pre-heating and pre-air conditioning which can be remotely programmed the car is still on charge. A full takes between six and eight so Renault recommends the use of a home or charging point as the main source.

If your daily is a short-ish urban commute, the ZE could be an option – particularly you consider the economical benefits of no tax, zero-rated benefit in tax and lower insurance and maintenance In the right circumstances – using off-peak overnight energy, for – it can cost as little as £3 to ‘fill If, however, you tackle regular thrashes, this probably be the car for you.

Although you purchase the car, owns the battery system, is hired for a cost depending on the of lease and your expected mileage. The more miles you on doing, the more Renault charge for your battery but if you sign up for longer – say 36 or 48 months of 12 – then the lease costs are

The Fluence ZE is a solid way to kick off commitment to an all-electric range of

RENAULT Fluence Electric Cars
RENAULT Fluence Electric Cars
RENAULT Fluence Electric Cars

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