By FOCUS REPORTER
Renault has brought greater choice to buyers in the compact sedan segment, with the addition of their all-new Fluence.
It used to be that buyers in this market could only choose from German and Japanese manufacturers – think of products like the Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Jetta.
Now, however, some French flair has been thrown into the mix, and you can have practicality, space, everyday usability as well as elegance and style.
From an aesthetic point of view, the Fluence really shines. At the front, its bold and sports a well-sculpted face. Side proportions are generous, and the Fluence incorporates striking shoulder creases and curves. Overall, it’s a car that we feel looks pretty good, when compared to more sedate products like the Toyota Corolla.
Very recently, Renault added a more budget-friendly Fluence model to the line-up, which allows buyers to have their cake and eat it.
It’s called the FluenceAuthentique, and it joins the other model grades in the range, which are: Expression, Dynamique and Priveledge. This FluenceAuthentique is offered as a vehicle that prioritises greater economy and lower running costs – and Renault have said that it would make an ideal choice for fleet owners, in addition to private buyers.
Under the hood, the Renault FluenceAuthentique features the same 1.6-litre engine that powers the other models in the Fluence range. It has 16 valves and has a power output of 81-kilowatts and 156 Newton metres of torque. This is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and promises to finish the 0-100km/h sprint in a time of 11.7 seconds. Claimed fuel consumption sits at 6.5 litres/100kilometres, which is respectable for a C-Segment vehicle.
As with all Renault products, the Fluence boasts an impressive range of safety features, which includes: anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution as well as six airbags – front driver and passenger, side and curtain. For convenience, it also has Renault’s key card system, as well as automatic door locks.
All buyers miss out on this price-friendly model, are the alloy wheels – which are replaced with steel wheels and wheelcaps, fog-lights and the TomTom navigation system.
However, the Fluence comes with everything else you would expect – like an audio system, air-conditioning and electric windows for the front and rear.
Priced under the 200k mark – at R189 900, the Fluence certainly stands as an attractive proposition. It also comes with a five-year/150 000-kilometre warranty, and a five-year/100 000-kilometre service plan.