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Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review

If you’re looking for a small sedan, the Renault Fluence is easily the most underrated car on the market today.

Although it’s built in South Korea, you can tell just by looking at it that the Renault Fluence is European designed and engineered. It’s essentially based on a Samsung SM3, which itself is based on the previous generation Renault Fluence.

From the outside it exudes a simple but elegant sense of modern European styling with smooth flowing lines from front to end. Given it measures 4,618mm long, 1,501mm high and 1,809mm wide, the Renault Fluence offers an enormous amount of interior room for a car in its class (small).

Renault is very keen to make an impact in the Australian market, which means it’s packaging its cars with more features and reducing the price. It’s also doing everything it can to get you into a showroom. Drive away pricing, a huge five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, low interest finance, what ever you can think of. The French are not taking no for an answer.

The Renault Fluence range starts from just $22,900 for the six-speed manual and for the money you get a substantial amount of standard features. Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming, automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control (auto only), fog lights, smart card key entry, dual zone air conditioning with rear air vents, electric windows front and rear, heated electrically foldable mirrors and 16-inch alloys are all standard kit. All safety features (ESP, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist and 6-airbags) are also included for no extra cost.

Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review

Realistically, that’s the sort of feature-list you’d expect to get in a range-topping small car, for at least another $4,000. Renault isn’t fooling around. It wants sales and with this level of kit, it’s just a matter of getting the word out.

Our test car was a Renault Fluence Privelege CVT, the top of the range variant with a list price of $29,990. It comes with everything already mentioned plus an electric glass sunroof, black leather upholstery, satellite navigation system, uprated stereo speaker system with USB/Auxillary input, rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The equivalent Toyota Corolla Ultimate is $31,990 and doesn’t have SatNav (plus Toyota only offers a 3-year/100,000km warranty). So in regards to value for money it’s hard to argue against this not so small Renault Fluence.

Sit inside and you’ll find out pretty quickly that the interior quality is better than its main Japanese and Korean rivals. Use of Soft touch plastics and silver highlights all around help improve cabin ambience whilst the basic layout of the instruments itself is pretty user friendly.

It does have its flaws though, the TomTom SatNav system feels very much tacked-on, all operations are done via a provided remote control only, with no input integration into the car’s main systems. This can get rather annoying as you use the centre instrument buttons to control the audio system and a remote to do the SatNav.

Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review

We found the actual audio system to be pretty good, with great bass and clarity. It supports Bluetooth audio streaming and telephone connectivity, which when tested did tend to provide average sound quality synched to our iPhone 4. To actually synch your phone or change the bass/treble settings, the Renault’s user interface is a little slow and counter-intuitive, which can at times be frustrating. Thankfully the SatNav system’s user interface is pretty good and provides clear and understandable instructions.

Both front and rear seats offer generous amounts of room, with the rear seats easily accommodating two large adults without a hassle. Seat comfort also gets a tick for both short and long trips.

Once you’ve found your way around the cabin, simply press the start button and the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (103 kW – 195 Nm) comes to life. Coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Fluence has no actual gears. The gearbox simply adjusts as you drive along, this allows for a theoretically infinite number of gears and the maximum extraction of power and efficiency out of the engine at all times.

The Fluence’s power delivery is pretty good for a car in its class, it’s no Renault Megane RS 250 but it’s no slouch either. If you like to drive with your right foot regularly planted on the accelerator, the noise associated with a CVT can be a tad irritating as the engine will sit at the peak power/torque delivery RPM and simply continue to rev. To the unsuspecting owner, this might sound as if the engine is struggling but that’s not the case. During the course of the week our Fluence test car returned an average fuel economy of 8.4L/100km (officially it uses 7.8L/100km for the combined city/highway cycle).

Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review
Renault Fluence Review

As for the ride & handling on Australia’s relatively poor quality roads (compared to South Korea and Europe), the Renault Fluence does a pretty good job. It’s not too soft and floaty, but comfortable enough to take the bumps and potholes with relative ease.

Around corners it’s no better or worse than a Toyota Corolla, which means it does the job without complaining and is good enough for the majority of drivers. Where it does differ significantly from the almighty Corolla and other Japanese rivals is in sales volume. In August (2011) Renault Australia sold just 61 Fluences in comparison to the 3,100 Corollas that the Big T shifted (Mazda managed 4,234 Mazda3s). Given the high quality of the package and it’s very competitive pricing, this is a sign that Renault’s presence in Australia still needs some work.

If you’re thinking about a Fluence, it’s best to reframe your thinking this way: not only do you get more features for less money, but you also get a car which not every man and his dog owns, it also happens to come with a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty (something you’d expect from KIA/Hyundai). So any thought of ‘unreliable’ French cars should be instantly dismissed. Even if it had (and we are totally being hypothetical here) one or two more issues than its Japanese equivalent, the superior warranty will mean you wont have to worry.

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  • Gianni

    It’s good to hear 1 review that is positive about the car. Most other car reviews say it is bland and to choose something else but hearing what you guys have said, I’d be happy to go buy one.

    • http://caradvice OSU811

      Apart from it looks daggy, and would have zero resale value so would hurt your back pocket!

      • FrugalOne

        The difference between the worst and best resale in the segment would be ~20%

        ie 65% v 45%

        The resale is taken up front with reduced purchase price outlay for what you get, so swings and turns it balances out.

        But NOT different enough, should have the world famous Renault 1.5dci diesel under the hood.

        Maybe Renualt should say its Made In Korea, to get the fear of “European” issues and expensive services/parts etc [read VW]

      • Gianni

        How does it look daggy? You want daggy, look at a Toyota Corolla. THATS daggy.

        • Happy Fluence owner

          If you love your car you will drive it for a long time. I recently traded in my mazda 3 for a Fluence and cannot be happier. Fluence privilege has a lower purchase price compared to a similarly equipped mazda 3, so in the end it’s similar. I strongly recommend the Fluence it’s great value for money and high equipped.

    • FrugalOne

      The difference between the worst and best resale in the segment would be ~20%

      ie 65% v 45%

      The resale is taken up front with reduced purchase price outlay for what you get, so swings and turns it balances out.

      But NOT different enough, should have the world famous Renault 1.5dci diesel under the hood.

      Maybe Renualt should say its Made In Korea, to get the fear of “European” issues and expensive services/parts etc [read VW]

  • me-all-day

    What about driving dynamics? Performance? There seems to be a lot missing from this review given it’s on an automotive blog.

    Sadly I associate “Fluence” with “flatulence”. Probably just my juvenile mind but it’s there!

    • MattP

      Maybe they’re trying to hint that the car “goes like stink”?

      • FrugalOne

        ~Unfortunatly, a VERY bizzare name, what ^he^ said!


    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      It drives well. As I said in the review it’s no different to a corolla or a mazda3 in it’s ride and handling – the cvt does make for some annoying sound under hard acceleration but otherwise it’s not bad

      You wouldnt feel performance lacking around city or highway but it’s not a sports car either

      • me-all-day

        With respect Alborz, I’d argue there is a massive difference between a corolla and mazda 3 in both ride and handling so forgive me but I think that’s pretty vague to compare it with those 2 models.

        • http://www.caradvice.com Alborz Fallah

          It all depends on what you intend to do with your Mazda3 or Corolla, to the majority of drivers there is no difference in ride and handling, the Mazda3 is definitely sharper in its steering but a little bumpier and I find the rear seat comfort level to be pretty darn low on poor quality roads. Something the Corolla and Fluence tend to manage better.

          • me-all-day

            Thanks Alborz,
            a clear response that demonstrates your expertise. That sort of insight may not be appreciated by most purchasers of new cars but I’m sure most people that read this blog would really appreciate it.

      • Nelly Potato

        How can the ride/handling be no different than a Corolla or a Mazda 3? These two cars are entirely different in terms of ride and handling, with Mazda close to the class leaders and the Corolla being one of the poorest in the class. Journalism requires research.

    • AndrewF

      Not just you, I read it “Flatuence” every time, even though I know perfectly well that’s not what it says. Unfortunate name indeed, manufacturers really should check this sort of things – it would be much cheaper to swap a badge than to have a poor seller on their hands.

  • subeylover

    bet the indicator/wiper controls are all on the wrong side like every other european car – hardly makes it a direct competitor for established jap brands that have the controls in the right spot (unless you’re already used to it but i think the review was trying to get corolla/mazda3 buyers to think laterally – aint gonna happen).

    • Zej

      “wrong side” is entirely subjective and down to personal preferences.
      All my cars have the indicator on the left, wipers on the right. All my parents’ cars which I learnt to drive on and company cars have had indicators on the right, wipers on the left.
      I prefer the US/European design, even in manual cars and I have never driven a LHD car before, but don’t find it a big hassle to swap around. Those who complain should learn to plan ahead with gearchanging and/or use their indicators early.

      • Henry

        The Car is Korean also so it wouldn’t be like the European cars……

  • t39

    The Korean-sourcing strategy does not seem to be working out for Reanult in terms of sales.

    Bring back Scenic, Grand Scenic and other Euro models we can get interested in.

    • FrugalOne

      That wont work t39, because vw’s are priced and marketed so well, NOBODY will buy a similar priced Renault or FIAT

    • don draper

      Sales are up significantly over the past three months, so I’d say the strategy is working rather well.

    • Gianni

      Looking at Hyundai’s and Kia’s sales I’d say people ARE interested in Korean cars.

      • dust on earth

        probably is the pricing strategy and things they receive from the price they pay…

        seriously normal buyer will go for them – looks good, cheap to buy and possibly cheap to maintain and run. petrol consumption is about the same as other models in the same class from japan, europe and the states. but the price you pay for those cars are just way too much…

        technology wise, not even worth it… 4 speed auto still installed in latest corolla? omg!
        no sat-nav, no start-stop, no blue-tooth, no rear parking sensors… all optional and all need $$$$$$$

  • LRE

    Dunno why we get the Samsung grill rather than the far nicer Renault version!

  • Thomas

    t39: Euro models would be too expensive to bring in. Scenic sold 9 in 2009.

    CA: “The Renault Fluence range starts from just $22,900 for the six-speed manual and for the money you get a substantial amount of standard features. Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming, automatic headlamps and wipers, cruise control (auto only), fog lights, smart card key entry, dual zone air conditioning with rear air vents, electric windows front and rear, heated electrically foldable door and 16-inch alloys are all standard kit.”

    Good to see that the fluence comes with “Heated electrically foldable doors.” lmao

  • Martin V.

    Handbrake is on the wrong side and so are the gear indicators next to the shifter. That whole centre piece wasn’t mirrored for RHD versions of the car. Pretty slack.

    • Zej

      It’s amazing what people will complain about in cars nowadays… the hand-brake is 2 inches too far to the left. Boo hoo.

    • Gianni

      It isnt on the wrong side though. It’s just the way the car was designed. Aren’t you aware it’s an IMPORT?

    • Martin V.

      Um, look at the LHD model and that centre bit is exactly the same as the RHD models we get.

      My mums 7 year old Cerato mirrored the centre bit for RHD models, why can’t a car in 2011 and costs more do it?

      It’s just lazy cost cutting.

      • Zej

        You say lazy cost cutting, I say avoiding an unnecessary expense and complication for negligible gain.
        If that would put you of buying a Fluence, I doubt you’d buy one anyway even if they did mould a centre-console to your tastes.

        • Martin V.

          Avoiding an unnecessary expense? Again, a $19k Kia from 7 years ago managed it, but this can’t?

          It is a totally valid criticism, especially when nearly every other car sold in RHD markets make the adjustments.

          • Zej

            Totally valid criticism if your idea of a good car is one with an aesthetically pleasing piece of injection-moulded plastic on the centre console.
            I don’t see why it needs changing. If the bonnet release was on the passengers’ side, or like the Jeep Cherokee, the transfer case lever is completely obscured then it may be a valid criticism. I see it as nit-picking. Still, to each their own I guess.

          • Happy Fluence owner

            I don’t understand why just pick on Renault. Ford and other European cars have indicators on the left side……

    • Gaunt

      @Zej – It’s not about it just being 2 inches to the left – it’s about naturalisation. You drive with your handbreak on the right – and in a “Woahsnapthere’sacarcomingrightforme!” situation, that 2 inches is the difference between grabbing and missing the handbreak.

      @Gianni – Whoopdy do. As Martin V. said, LHD and RHD is exactly the same when it shouldn’t be during the conversion. It’s just a case of capitalism gone nuts.

      • nickdl

        All of these people saying we should just put up with the handbrake and indicators on the wrong side obviously only drive automatics. Driving a manual European car, like most Europeans do, is very annoying when trying to indicate for a corner and downshift. It may not seem like much, just like the handbrake being on the other side, but both features are a real pain.

        • Zej

          Why would you ever need to indicate while downshifting? In an emergency situation, the indicator should be the least of your worries. In a non-emergency situation, you should be signalling your intention to turn/change lanes well in advance such that a 0.5sec gearchange would make little as no difference.

          It’s my personal preference (yes drive manual cars too) to have the indicator on the left, rather than the right. Your idea of this being ‘wrong’ is as ludicrous as saying that having power window switches on the centre console, versus the door is wrong. Or that fuel fillers on the right hand side of the car is wrong. Or that having the tacho on the right and the speedo on the left is wrong.

          • nickdl

            Slowing for a corner?

          • Zej

            You need to use your indicator earlier (as is common courteousy to other road users and pedestrians), or not take your sweet time changing gears.

        • CRS200

          nickel you obviasly aren’t made for driving a manual.

          If you are saying to me that the Indicator being on the left gets in the way when you want to down shift into a corner , you can’t drive stick and probably have a very bad gear shift timing too.

          I drive a left indicator car and have no problems at all, none and I actually don’t understand how it will interfere.

          I also drive my work car with the indicators on the right and jump onto my french car and know exactly that the indicators are now on my left.

          • nickdl

            Well I learned to live with it but it’s much simpler in a Jap car. Having the indicator on the left is a natural setup for the convenience of LHD drivers. It would be nice to see the same for RHD as well.

      • Zej

        Seriously? You think it’s appropriate use the parking brake as first line of defence in an emergency situation?
        What would you ever do if you found yourself driving a Toyota Aurion, BMW 7series, Mercedes Benz or any other car with a foot operated parking brake? The handbrake position is negligible as it is different relative to the driver in every car. As you said, naturalisation… you get used to it. Don’t tell me you fumble for the handbrake every time you hop into a car different to yours.

        • CRS200

          He says he drives a manual and still thinks of using the handbrake in a down cliff emergency.


          In a real world situation using the handbrake down cliff won’t help you, too much.

          Now if you drive an Auto I feel for you…

          But why worry about a down cliff emergency situation? It’s not like Australia has steep moutain hill roads.

  • Able

    I will get thumbed down for this and ‘Gianni’ will probably have a go at me for this but tohere is one of these (the only one I’ve ever seen in the wild) on my school run and everytime I see it I just cringe. It’s so bland that it’s ugly – it features ZERO character and I don’t care how much cheaper this is, Mazda3 is a much better option, let alone an Octavia! The Fluence appeals on almost no levels – its ugly, the interior is crap quality, the rear seat isnt comfy and its slooooooow! Where’s the Privilege manual? Lucky it’s okay value and the boot’s big…

    It’s a shame that Renault feel the need to ‘de-Renault’ because the character they’re known for is gone. They might as well bring Samsung to Australia!

  • Alex

    How does this compare to the Mitsubishi Lancer Aspire? The Aspire has everything the Renault has to offer with the additional 10-year drivetrain warranty, HIDs with AFS, RF audio and 18″ rims, for a slightly higher price. And not forgetting a bigger engine.

    • http://www.caradvice.com Alborz Fallah

      Pretty similar to the Lancer, except the Lancer’s interior is very spartan. The bigger engine drinks more and in reality is not all that much punchier (of course it does have power and torque, but not enough to warrant the extra fuel consumption).

      Plus with a ‘slightly’ higher price, you mean an extra $4,000!

  • Μr Gaspo

    A French car with no diesel option… Sacre bleu!!!

    • Phil

      And a French car that’s sedan only and is avaliable with a CVT/auto!

      I just had a look at Renaults local site, no Fluence for sale in France!

      • Steve-Poyza

        The Fluence is on sale in France.


        A few things that bother me about what Renault Australia is offering…
        -no beige interior for Mégane hatch or Fluence
        -no panoramic sunroof for Mégane
        -poorly integrated satnav
        -the awful Samsung grille on the Fluence
        -and since it bothers you all so much, they should’ve just brought the Mégane and Fluence here with an electric park brake.

  • davie

    I’m not suprised that it is based on the Megane, it looks very similar overall in proportion to the previous version

  • R32 Boy

    What about the Camry. It’s built in Australia but still the handbrake is on the left

    • nickdl

      I think you’ll find that most people on this site already despise the Camry…

  • dust on earth

    this car really bangs for the buck! it really is attractive for most buyers… paying japanese car price for frenchie cars.

    however, it seems that it does not have any start stop engine tech equipped nor as an option.

    Plus the outlook of this car looks as if it’s an updated version of Hyundai’s 2006 Elantra! / built based on 2006 Elantra!

    • Phil

      What other cars in this segment have stop/start tech? Golf Blumotion/Prius/Insight is all – and those particular models aren’t really going to be competing directly with Fluence (not to mention they’re about $10K more expensive).

  • Seano

    Good review but I get fed up with sales comparisons , is 30 fluences sold x amount of 3/carrolla. The fluence is a megane sedan compare sales together! Or remove 3 and carolla hatch sales!!!

    • nickdl

      Well they’re two different names – it would be like adding Jetta and Golf sales together.

  • nickdl

    While the Fluence is unique in that there aren’t many around, unique is not really a word to describe a 4cyl CVT Korean sedan. I like Renault and appreciate the fact that using Korean models will make it more competitive in Australia, but they don’t have to look as bland as Toyotas in the process. The Latitude is the same – probably the dullest looking mid-size sedan on the market. Hopefully the replacements for both cars will look good or somewhat quirky, while being more reliable than previous Renault efforts.

    My parents owned a Renault 19 in the 1990s and it was an absolute lemon. The alternator failed on numerous occasions, as did the radio and plenty of other parts which I can’t remember. The worst bit was that they were so difficult to fix and get parts for so the car would often be left at the mechanic for weeks on end – a problem still prevalent in French cars today.

    While Renault are more prominent in Australia now than they were 15 years ago, it seems that reliability is still an issue. Reading Wheels’ last few issues, in which they tested a Fluence as a long-termer, I’m still far from convinced that Renaults aren’t that reliable. They consistently rate very poorly in European surveys and the Wheels car had to taken back to the dealer a couple of times, after it went into limp home mode on a number of occasions. In addition to that, their example recorded average fuel consumption of about 10L/100km which is far worse than claimed. What good is a 5 year warranty if the car spends half the time in the dealer getting fixed?

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Renault as a brand and the RS250 Megane is a great example of what it does well. However rebadging a mediocre Korean sedan is not what Renault should do unless the designers inject a bit of the French appeal.

    If you wanted a well-equipped small sedan which is both better looking, has a better engine and supposedly better to drive then you can’t really go past the similarly price Holden Cruze SRi-V or CDX diesel. The sales seem to be reflecting this, with the Cruze outselling the Fluence 50:1. Even a Hyundai Elantra or Kia Cerato are great alternatives from the same country as the Fluence.

    • http://www.caradvice.com Alborz Fallah

      Fair comment NickDL,
      From memory the Fluence offers noticeably more usable interior room than the Cruze.

    • Phil

      @nickdl, Cruze has returned very poor results in European ownership surveys.

      Mitsubishi also performs poorly in ownership surveys & funnily enough, they too introduced 5 year warrantys in response to reliability concerns. Almost 10 years since the introduction of their 5 year warrantys, Mitsubishi still languish at/near the bottom of reliability surveys.

      • nickdl

        Well each to their own. I never said a 5 year warranty made a car reliable. Anyway I suggested a Cruze over the Fluence on its merits, not just reliability. At least if something went wrong with the Cruze it would be a relatively simple fix, being a volume seller that is built here. Renault being a minority, and being French, means that getting a Fluence fixed would take a lot longer than a Cruze.

  • maple leaf

    poor reliability is the issue.

    • JJohn

      You must’ve owned a few to have some substance behind your comment. What went wrong? Were the faults fixed under warranty? How did you find the dealer’s after sales service?

    • gumps

      Never had a problem with my Renault in the 5 years I had it. It was mechanically perfect. It was a Renaultsport, however, which I believe are pulled off the line and finished off elsewhere (and they neither start nor finish the process in Korea). The only two issues I had with it? 1) Taking a walk while it was being serviced, only to have a blazing flash of orange come screaming down a side street past me – the service department lads enthusiastically ensuring everything was okay with the car. They are very thorough. 2) Selling it.

      I don’t think reliability is the issue. It’s the quirkiness of the French. Do you want cruise control on this car? Better order the CVT then! Auto lights/wipers/dual zone air con/heated foldable mirrors/etc etc standard. But cruise control? Not even an option!!! And yet all Renaultsports, the cars least likely to ever bloody need cruise control, have it as standard! Gotta love the French.

      • Zej

        Gotta love the French cars… when they make them French, they’re too weird. When they make them mainstream, they’re too boring…

        Well at least your Renault has its power window switches all in one place, unlike my Peugeot.

        • gumps

          Took a drive in a Pug the other day. I can safely say I was weirded out of buying one. Not as weirded out as during my 15 seconds in a DS3 – reminded me of a Mini Park Lane with all the useless shinies everywhere.

          For those complaining about the lack of French flair in the lower end of the Renault range, there’s plenty to be found elsewhere. But, from someone who’s lived with the “flair”, the new Fluence and Megane interior is a much nicer place to spend time for both driver and passengers. Just make sure you get a front seat – the combination of rear seat padding (or lack thereof – lift the rear bench to drop the seat and see how little you’re sitting on) and suspension means you don’t want to have to spend too many hours sitting in the back.

    • craig

      Former Renault and Peugeot person and professional driver here..

      I have a 2008 focus. Handbrake over to the left. Big deal. GET USED TO YOUR OWN CAR. Then it is natural. Gaunt…Why is your hand on the handbrake while actually driving? Why are you going for the handbrake instead of steering/braking/accelerating? The only time you need the handbrake is when parked. Or on a special stage.

      Indicators on the left an issue while braking/changing gear/indicating/ turning?
      Wrong order
      Indicate/brake/gear/turn. No problem. Also much politer than suddenly braking for no apparent reason…

      I used to drive 10-15-20 completely different cars every day. I wont say i NEVER hit the wrong side but it happened so infrequently as to be statistically zero sum.
      If youre driving the one car ALL the time it should be an utter non issue.

      I personally prefer my window buttons on the centre console but it sure didnt stop me buying the Focus…
      Which is a fantastic car btw.

      As for poor reliability? which one? when?
      Some autoboxes had vacuum capsule issues back in the 70s n 80s (they WERE the pioneers of electronic control of the auto), but mechanically renaults have been pretty well bullet proof since the mighty Renault 8/10 series.
      They also tended to get driven pretty bloody hard too. Little bits of plastic breaking IS NOT a reliability issue btw.

  • Sam

    Ok car I guess but it puts me to sleep like a Camry. Its like an excercise in simlplicity. Where is the appeal?

    • Happy Fluence owner

       Great value for money. Gps leather sunroof and everything you can think of in a car. Price is very affordable.

  • Simon

    The front does look a bit dated, like one of the Korean Holden Viva Hatch (essentially a Daewoo). The back looks like the new Focus. But the equipment you get for your money does seem very competative. It would be interesting to see how reliability goes for this model, French vs. Korean!

  • NICK

    looks like a good competitor but does anyone think it looks like a holden epica except smaller and more squished i think it will sell steadily but not very well looks a bit funny and the remote control sat nav put it this way stick to the hyundai the new i30 is a little ripper

  • NICK

    *so is the elantra

  • craig

    and…(and I know this is a touch off topic) why would you buy korean when fer a pittance more you can have a Ford Focus??? Same car as a mazda3 (and much better looking) for heaps less cash.
    90,000kms to date and it has not missed a beat. So well balanced and well set up that the 235/45/18s (yeah i know but i just like how the XR5 wheels looked) lasted 75,000kms of mixed driving, STILL has the original brake pads. Nothing squeaks, rattles or has fallen off. It handles like its on rails and rides like a Peugeot 505…gets 5.5/100 highway cycle…
    I love it… I am gonna go drive the Fluence but itll have to be a superb car to be better than the Focus.

    • CRS200

      Test drive the normal Megane, because the Megane is a direct competitor to the Focus hatch.

      The Fluence is competes more with the Focus sedan.

      Megane or Focus are very well balanced chassis actually the best hatch chassis in the world at the moment.

    • CRS200

      Just one more thing.

      I owned a Focus (german built) it had 7000k’s on it and rattled more than my actual Renault.

      And don’t take me as a Renault Sport fanboy I’m just talking about personal experience. But I don’t have any complaints about the Focus it’s a remarkable car with a great chassis.

  • Roger Ramjet

    Skoda Octavia is $2k more, hard to argue that!

  • cc370

    I’m tired of reading the same ‘fence sitting’ type reviews on this website. Why do you do this? Is it to ensure you’re guaranteed to get greater access to a wider range of press cars from the manufacturers?

  • Karl

    French cars have always been overtly weird/quirky, now they’ve done a 180 with the ‘vanilla corolla ‘ look!
    It’s a shame. If they retained some of that French flair in a good looking package, they might have been onto a winner.

  • JW

    IT looks better then a Lexus LS460

  • Herbert Strating

    Please let me know what the electric version cost per week doing say 400 km per week.
    Herbert Strating  14 Selkirk Road   Armadale 6112 West Australia

  • Giancarlo

    I changed my Toyota Corolla for this car. I have had a Renault Fluence since 2012. Until now not issue at all. Good performance. Pretty good inner space compared against Chavrolet Cruze, Mazda 3, honda Civic. Very quiet. It is not a sport car but the 6-speed standard transmision gives you a better driving experience. Recomended!!

  • tina b

    Help guys…the radio wont work in my fluence…any ideas on what could be wrong

Renault Fluence Specs

Car Details
Body Type
New Price
Private Sale
$10,890 - $12,380
Dealer Retail
$12,490 - $14,850
Dealer Trade
$8,700 - $9,900
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
Engine Size
Max. Torque
195Nm @  3750rpm
Max. Power
103kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
Bore & Stroke
Compression Ratio
Valve Gear
Drivetrain Specifications
Drive Type
Final Drive Ratio
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
Fuel Tank Capacity
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
7.8L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Ground Clearance
Towing Capacity
Brake:1000  Unbrake:710
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
Turning Circle
Front Rim Size
Rear Rim Size
Front Tyres
205/60 R16
Rear Tyres
205/60 R16
Wheel Base
Front Track
Rear Track
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Front Suspension
MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Lower control arm, Anti roll bar, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Rear Suspension
Torsion bar, Coil Spring, Hydraulic double acting shock absorber
Standard Features
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones
Control & Handling
16 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control System
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Fog Lights - Front
Cloth Trim, Power Windows
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats, Side Front Air Bags
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Power Sunroof
Satellite Navigation
Premium Sound System
Metallic Paint
Leather Upholstery
Service Interval
6 months /  10,000 kms
60 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
Driver Side Lower B-Pillar
Country of Origin