Renault Fluence Z E opens electric cars up to the frugal but willing

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Renault Fluence Z.E. electric cars up to the frugal but

By John Simpson 06 March

When an innovation makes a on the scale seen with the of Nissan ’s LEAF, it is usually a matter of time before begin to emerge.

Putting ’s zero-emissions Fluence saloon with the LEAF seems as the French present something is clearly pitched at buyers and willing to give electric a shot but are priced out of the showroom by the £26k+ outlay.

What the Z.E. does is open up cars to a wider market but lower price tag (£18,395 on the inevitably results in cutbacks on the set by Nissan .

With lower quality and plastics (tinny doors, gearstick), Renault ’s fully effort may not be as well put-together as the blatantly omitting some of the and whistles – most notably, the all-dancing sat-nav replaced by an and inferior alternative — but car drivers will still be won by how the Fluence seemingly glides the road with a drive despite a lower top speed, to outpace the LEAF, easily it for handling.

As quiet as a mouse on


Although cheek-wobbling performance compromise the whole point of an vehicle, the Fluence Z.E. manages to pack impressive picking up speed at a pace seems to deceive the 13.7 0-62mph time reported on the sheet.

Even when its performance to the test, the Fluence is almost as quiet as a mouse on with just a delicate and the obligatory tyre noise to be a silence which only the effortless pull and suave

There are the same tax benefits the Fluence Z.E. as its fully counterparts so businesses can forget forking out for road tax, the Charge, National Insurance and most appealingly, fuel.

There is however the battery to consider instead — at £92 a on a three year, 12,000 a year contract – along the electricity required to fuel it, but new costs fail to impede on the savings available.

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For space, the Z.E. is physically bigger the competition. It’s a little bit and a tidgey bit wider than the (by 3cm in both cases) which an extra bit of elbow room for

The interior may be a bit grey – colour and in the design sense – but for space and it’s hard to argue more than ample and legroom.

It’s in the boot where the Fluence is let down That aforementioned battery has got to go and that somewhere is at the rear, much of the boot space. The dislikeable point of the Fluence in the view of the company car driver but if the of the boot is the most offensive we can mention then Renault certainly played it well their first foray electric vehicles (along the Kangoo van Z.E).

Safety spec includes Stability Control, ABS and Electronic Distribution, however it fell in Euro NCAP’s view who it just four stars, on the insufficient driver airbag and dashboard structure.

Failing to that all important fifth even after retests, it at an instant disadvantage when up to the top-scoring LEAF; luckily it has £7k undercut and buyers are more to look at the price of a model the safety rating.

All in all, ’s Fluence Z.E. is a worthwhile for those looking to invest in vehicles. The performance, handling and space will certainly the average business car driver the price tag and running costs tick most fleet boxes too.

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