Parkers overall rating: 3 out of 5 3.0

Renault is well regarded for its high standards of safety, with many of its recent models achieving the maximum five-star crash test rating. The Fluence, however, only achieved a four-star result in Euro NCAP crash testing. It comes with ABS, emergency brake assist, stability control, six airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters. The cars have even been tested in flooding, fire and accident situations to ensure that nothing unexpected occurs.

Despite the saloon looks, it’s not as practical or as compact as you might hope. It’s about as big as a Volkswagen Passat, but only offers 317 litres of boot space. The Passat, however, offers a total of 565 litres. That’s 248 litres more. Even the electric Nissan LEAF has up to 330 litres of storage space. The Fluence Z.E.’s boot is also an awkward shape, meaning fitting in luggage can be something of a challenge.

This is due to the battery that’s fitted behind the rear seats. There is, however, a decent amount of storage scattered through the cabin. Buyers also need to consider the ever-present issue of range. In the worst-case scenario, would 50 miles be enough to complete your entire journey? The leasing agreement for the battery does include breakdown recovery so, if the worst happens and your battery runs flat, you can get towed to a charging point.

A full recharge can take from six to 12 hours, depending on the system used. That’s worth bearing in mind if you intend to use the car frequently. One saving grace is that you may be able to find a local rapid charging point, which can charge the battery completely in 30 minutes. The downside to this is that it may shorten the life of the battery.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Renault Fluence Saloon (12-13).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Steel wheels

Dynamique equipment

Dynamique standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
Dynamique optional equipment
None available

Expression equipment

Expression standard equipment
  • Steel wheels
Expression optional equipment
None available

Prime Time equipment

Prime Time standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
Prime Time optional equipment
  • Steel wheels
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