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Renault Fluence Privilege (2011)

by Barry Green,reviewed June 2011

At nearly 2.7 metres long and 2.0 wide, Renault’s new Fluence sedan pushes the boundaries of the small car class.
Although it shares its major underpinnings with the Megane hatch, Fluence is in another dimension, especially by way of rear seat and boot space.

Available in Dynamique and up-spec Privilege models, Fluence is powered by normally-aspirated 2-litre 4-cylinder engine (putting out 103 kW of power and 195 Nm of torque) mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-step CVT.

Carrying 1369 kg (as in the Privilege with CVT), this makes for adequate rather than class-leading performance. The handling is without major vice and the ride composed. There are a few minor ergonomic niggles, such as poorly placed or fiddly to operate switchgear.
Renault Fluence Privilege 2011

For

Rear space, standard features

Against

Performance could be better, some minor ergonomic quirks

Key features

Smart key card for keyless unlocking and engine starting, bluetooth, dual zone climate control air conditioning, satnav, 3D sound system, electric glass sunroof, leather, passenger seat height adjustment with lumbar support, aux input and USB, rear parking sensors, 17” alloys

Safety

Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBA, ESC

Car Details

Vehicle make Renault
Vehicle model Fluence Privilege
Vehicle type Small Under $35,000
Year 2011
Price when new $29,990 MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 2.0-litre, 16-valve, 4-cyl

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.