Renault Fluence, the next level
In 2021 Renault can longer bask in the glory of its past success. The company has to move to the next level and only take inspiration from the success of the Logan.
This will surely prove the mettle of the company and its capabilities. In this very direction the company has launched the 2021 Renault Fluence and will to look to create a new benchmark.The Fluence looks good which is typically expected from its French connection. The refreshing part comes for the Germans with its practical style. The car has a costly appearance with an imposing on road presence and equally big size. The entire car is encompassed by a huge 16-inch alloy wheels with fat 205 section tyres that evenly add weight to the status of the car and give it the right proportions.
The model will come in two engine variants with two fuel option as well. They are the 1.5 diesel and a 2 litre petrol engine. The gasoline car will come only in a six-speed CVT auto gear transmission and the manual option could also very soon see the light of the day. The petrol car has some huge tipping in terms of the features and is quite tempting. It has features like twin-zone air-conditioning, automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers keyless start-stop, an on-board computer, leather seats, four airbags and anti-whiplash headrests.
The Renault diesel cousin on the other hand has got bit of a rough deal with some heavy trimming. The cabin quality however has been stinted on the diesel in equal measure. Cabin quality is pretty impressive and though the plastics do not quite give the premium feel like the Jetta or Laura, there is hardwearing feel to the insides. The Fluence has a wheel base that is quite long compared to its competitors with a 2703mm wheelbase and no prizes for guessing that it all translates into fantastic legroom inside the cabin. The under-thigh support is not great and the sloping roof results in a rear seat that is lower making you constantly adjust yourself. The headroom at the back is also devoid of space.
The diesel is once again under weighed by the twin cam , 16 valve petrol engine that delivers a decent 155bhp. The car is quite agile and responds well while revving. Put down the heavy feet and tickle the throttle pedal and you are in for a roar from the petrol engine. The Fluence starts off with a spring in its stride and seems to be made for the busy city streets.
The diesel Fluence with the 1.5-litre engine is essentially the same K9K motor that runs the highly successful Logan and the Micra but comes with a variable geometry turbo (VGT) that coughs up to 125bhp. The output seems to be a little undercut considering the standards of the K9K engine but the car more than makes up for it with the exceptional fuel economy of 21.8kpl. The gear box is a six-speed capacity with carefully chosen ratios that makes good use of the 24.5 kgm of torque. The rattle at the 3000rpm reminds you the limitation of the diesel.