Test Drive 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan



How to combine comfort and compactness while maintaining the main features of the brand?
At 2018-2019 Renault, the company is not only able to do this, but do as it should be French, with great taste.
What is the reason for the success of 2018-2019 Renault Fluence and the updated version differs from its predecessor – about this you will learn from our test drive.


Sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence – a relatively new model.
First introduced in August of 2009, she, like half a dozen models of the French carmaker, gained as the underlying 2018-2019 Renault / Nissan C. platform Well, after about three years after the start of production of the family car after the 2018-2019 Renault Clio fourth generation and has received an updated appearance, which has worked over the new French brand designer Laurens van den Acker, who joined the company from “Mazda”.

Revolution, however, has not happened.
New car grille now adorns the impressive size of the company logo.
Upgraded front bumper can boast not only the LED daytime running lights, but also seemingly huge in comparison with the scale of the entire air intake Fluence, but the elongated almond-shaped headlights remained almost the same.

However, it looks neat and even elegant sedan it does not interfere.
Behind the sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence has not changed, which is a pity.
New fashion lights would go in his favor.
And so, after the front, the back is a little disappointing.



Salon 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan is pleasant and fresh.
Almost all high-quality soft plastic.
No “crickets”, squeaks and other extraneous sounds were noticed during the test.
Unlike the Japanese, then all windows with light and pulsed.
A trifle, of course, but still nice that “in matches,” the French do not save.

sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence saloon itself is welcoming and cozy.
Typically, all of the countries-automakers can not make it to the French domesticated interiors.
“Fluence” is no exception.
The seats are comfortable, they do not get tired a long time, steering and seat adjustments suffice.
It is a pity that there is no adjustment of the lumbar cushion in all trim levels except the richest «Dynamique».

We, by the way, was the third of four possible option called «Expression».
Differences from the top-end variant only in the absence of the very lumbar adjustment, electrochromic mirrors, sun blinds on the rear side windows (on the rear window, by the way, there are blind), cruise control, automatic parking brake, parking assist and cast disks R16.

The difference in price of 40 thousand rubles.
This light alloy wheels instead of steel with caps can be as simple as purchasing over 19 000, which means that all the other differences will cost 21 thousand.



Incidentally, the advertised newfangled system R-link with touchscreen is available in the sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence only as an option, and only in the last two trim levels in 25 000 rubles.
Regarding the competition, it’s not too expensive, considering that the kit includes the famous in Europe, the TomTom navigation system, which, as experience has shown, and is guided very well in Russia.

Plus – an improved stereo system and the ability to view photos and videos.
However, in Europe, R-link is already able to access the Internet, and in the Russian system is still only available offline.
Salon 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan is concise and easy to use for all passengers.
Although ergonomic flaws still there.

The touch screen and you have to reach too far, taking the back of the seat.
By podrulevoj need to get used to the joystick, and a cup holder torpedo suitable for ashtrays, cell phone, all sorts of trinkets, but not for glass.
heater buttons are located on the side seats on the door side and have only two positions “on” and “off”.

Let me draw your attention to the fact that the speedometer here exclusively digital, analog no understudy.
A very modern and at the same time comfortable.
Large contrasting figures clearly legible at all times.
On the radio – Volume control at the top left and in the center is the same shaft, which “steers» R-link’om.



Just below is the engine start button and the slot for the chip card.
By the way, it is not necessary to insert, you can leave in your pocket.
Below nestled block for external memory devices from which you can play music, videos and photos.

Now for the rest.
Planting in the sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence is good not only in front, but behind.
Nevertheless, people taller than 185 cm will begin to push the roof.
The backrests of the front seats, soft way.
But a third passenger on the couch is not the place.
Of course, doskochit where it is possible, but in the long journey made it a central tunnel.

But when traveling foursome, available rear riders there is a wide armrest with cupholders and individual airflow deflectors (are paired with dual-zone climate control).
Front in the cabin except roomy glove compartment has two additional cupholders, one of which is located just below the lip of the lever gearshift console – use them uncomfortable.

Moreover, if you stick a flash drive into the USB-connector, then put back the bottle or the glass will be simply impossible.
So you can use it except for coins or mobile phone.
Box under the armrest seem very impressive, but in fact part of the site there eats mechanical handbrake.



The further we move back, the case at 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan gets better.
Thus, in the backside of the front seats have pockets for magazines, some children’s rattles or other small things.
The front and rear doors have compartments for trash, gloves or the same magazines.
True “gap” of these pockets are not too wide, so that “poltorashka” water there will not fit.

But under the rear vents blowing Hide additional 12-volt socket.
So to charge phones and tablets in the way to 2018-2019 Renault Fluence can not only lookouts.
Finally we go to the trunk.
Sedans company 2018-2019 Renault has always been famous for a big trunk, even the small Logan he is a whopping 510 liters.
“Fluence” continues the tradition – 530 liters.

A wide opening (102 cm) allows you to load luggage without difficulty.
The threshold of the trunk is at 72 cm from the ground – it’s a couple of centimeters lower than the height dining table.
In wagons usually it is below the threshold, while the hatchback roughly at the same level.
You can live.
However, filling the trunk of the eyeballs it must be borne in mind that the trunk lid hinges are quite large, which may or something to mash or do not give the trunk shut.

The rear seat of the sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence folding.
In the basic configuration in a ratio of 1/1, all other – 2/3.
But before you pull the levers on the backside, to be translated back into a vertical position against the backs of the front seats.



After that, the boot capacity is increased almost twice.
Flat floor, however, does not work.
Between the trunk and interior, of course, there is a bridge that is not rectangular and trapezoidal, that a little more limited functionality.
But it’s a sedan, and this just need to accept.

Now a few words about how the result of the work of French engineers adapted to Russian realities.
Originally intended Fluence in Turkey and intended for emerging markets, including Russia.
But now the cars are collected here in Moscow, in the former AZLK plant, which is called now “Avtoframos”.

At the same time, regardless of the country of manufacture all the machines have a more comfortable suspension and assures the manufacturer, adapted to Russian winters: the engine is prepared for launch in a cold climate, reinforced suspension and Stone Chip applied coating on the bottom.

Although the “Fluence” no longer belongs to the category of budget sedans, yet want to save.
If the automatic transmission – is not important, then an excellent option for gardeners will be the most basic version of the 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan for 637,000.
It is equipped with the old engine with a cast-iron block, which delivers 8 hp
less than a new one with an aluminum block and lose it 10 Nm of torque.
Together with him there is only MKPP5.



The most amazing thing is that this price is already included air conditioning and music from USB, Bluetooth, Jack and paddles joystick, two airbags and ABS.
For an additional 39 thousand rubles, you can receive the following items.
It differs leather steering wheel, the other upholstered seats, fog lights, running lights, heated front seats, another radio, armrests front and rear.

Plus, the added preparation for the installation of alarm, rear windows and two airbags.
All the same set, but with a new engine from 1.6 “Nissan” and CVT can be obtained by paying an additional 40 thousand rubles.
In my opinion, for the average urban resident with a family and children it is this grade «Confort» (in French it is through the «n») with a variator for 716,000 rubles will be more balanced on a set of options and price.

This is followed by a test version, which is still expensive for the previous 33 thousand.
But the money paid already for such excesses as keyless access with chip card and start button instead of a key, dual-zone climate control, electric folding door mirrors, rain sensor, light and blind for the rear window, which is actually only reduces visibility back.

In this version of the Fluence sedan will of 2018-2019 Renault has set out possible makismalnaya six airbags and an opportunity to order ESP, which in the first two options is not available at any price, molding, and the most vaunted R-link system.



Smoot is one feature – in the previous two configurations steering wheel adjustable for height only, and in this and the next also in depth.
Is it so difficult and expensive it was to extend this to all the machines?
Another advantage of this configuration is the presence of 2018-2019 Renault Fluence select all options of engines and transmissions.

Namely old 1.6 (106 bhp) with MKPP5 new 1.6 (114 hp) and a two-liter CVT unit (138 hp) MKPP6 either, or to choose a CVT.
Total: 4 different versions.
Upsets only the lack of a traditional “machine” as such, and the diesel engine, which actually is, but is not available in Russia due to the meager demand for this type of engines in the segment S.

Most rich equipment 2018-2019 Renault Fluence will cost at least 789 thousand rubles, and the version with two-liter engine and CVT will reach 854,000 rubles.
Here, however, it is already an electronic handbrake, and combined fabric upholstery and cruise control and rear parking sensors, and so on.
You can even purchase an R17 wheels, xenon and order leather upholstery.

In the test, took part 2018-2019 Renault Fluence with petrol 16-valve 1.6-liter 114-horsepower engine and CVT stepless CVT X-tronic.



In management, as befits a Frenchman, 2018-2019 Renault Fluence is predictable.
Steering wheel in the parking lot is extremely easy, and at a speed sufficient weight is poured from a small near-zero area.
However, the rush into battle on streamers have neither the desire nor the ability.
One feels a certain artificiality created by electric power, although it does not interfere with daily life.

However, in the 2018-2019 Renault do not build any illusions about the sportiness of this model.
Judge, 11.9 seconds to hundreds – not a record in the world of cars.
I would say, rather, it is a necessary minimum, so as not to get lost in the stream.
It is fair to say that the test configuration 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan on the passport was the slowest.

A version in mechanics with 106-horsepower engine accelerates 0.2 seconds faster, the result of a two-liter version (138 hp) with a variator – 10.1 seconds, and the “Fluence” with 2.0 MKPP6 altogether out of ten seconds – 9.9 s.
Whatever it was, even our “turtle» 2018-2019 Renault Fluence version on the road feels like a “very personal.”

Firstly, the variator then adapts to your driving style.
Second, the acceleration is very smooth, without jerking and twitching, in fact, like a trolley, and a measured drive this mission fits perfectly.
And in such a smooth rhythm of movement you get full satisfaction from the tandem engine and gearbox.



Fluence gas pedal is quite responsive and ensures uniform traction through the variator.
In this case the elasticity of the engine at a high level.
Decently pull it starts already about 2000 rev / min and peak torque of 155 Nm at 4000 rev / min.
This car is ideal for middle-aged families with children, the main routes which lie within the city limits.
So it will be comfortable and safe, and quiet.

Until the middle of the working range of the engine noise from the engine compartment does not actually penetrate into the interior.
But in the second half of the tachometer, especially on the way to the red zone, when pressed the accelerator pedal to the metal, get hysterical tiresome noise.

And it can last for a long time, as long as you release the accelerator, because the essence of the variator just hovering at the same speed.
You can use the manual mode, but no more sense of it than from goat milk.
The essence of the manual shift is precisely in keeping the tachometer needle in the high engine speed zone.
As you know, the variator in kickdown mode does just that.

It turns out that the manual mode in the sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence, rather, just for show – for overtaking and ragged city traffic mode «D» enough “for the eyes.”
Especially if you overtake on the run when the machine has gained a decent speed.



If you try to overtake the column, long traipsing on the tail of a KAMAZ, better yet, first a little podotstal pre-set speed.
Otherwise you may have a situation on-site at the oncoming lane when the gas pedal is pressed longer, gradually changing the variator transmission ratio through the cones, but the car still accelerated.

This second delay can play a cruel joke.
As soon as the vehicle begins to accelerate nevertheless, already have ottormazhivatsya and again to get a job for a truck: and he overtook, and the other did not give.

The car is still soft and valyazhen on roads.
Best of all, of course, the car feels good on the asphalt, but also on the broken roads of the provinces no breakdowns suspension, hard bumps and jumps will not: gentle swaying, nothing more.
During the test, had the opportunity to test the 2018-2019 Renault Fluence is closed to traffic on the stretch of road.
However, the tests were not carried out at top speed and not accelerating dynamics.

The fact that the section of the road no one cleans, so it turned into icy “washboard” – just what you need for a suspension test.
Energy intensity is excellent, shock absorbers and front and rear work on the conscience, and quite quiet.
His contribution to make such a comfort and non-studded winter tires with adequate profile Nokian Hakkapeliitta R dimension 205/60 R16.
The only thing to fear – the buildup.

Suspension from the 2018-2019 Renault Fluence sedan soft in the corners banks are not too large and therefore not a nuisance, but in the pits the car gets a decent range of motion in the vertical, and hit the bottom of the ground is quite real.
Especially when fully loaded.
In a free state at the clearance “fluence” impressive – nearly 16 cm, but the five-passenger, full tank of petrol and scored trunk road clearance can be reduced up to 12 centimeters.



Marketers “Reno” believe that the Fluence will be enjoyed by members of the middle class at the age of forty years, mostly for trips around the city.
It just so happened that the Russians do not really like the design decisions “2018-2019 Renault”.
And if of Logan, the Sandero and Duster perfectly sold thanks to an affordable price, the Koleos is , The Laguna and Latitude on the road will meet infrequently.
Judging by the number of units sold “fluence” here deals with design things better.

Colour – Ivory.
For my taste, it looks great, even better than the already bored white.
Incidentally, this color taxis in Germany.
Finally, another good news – the motor is normal “digest” of any gasoline with an octane rating no lower than 92 octane, it even reads the inscription on the reverse side Fuel tank hatch.

Compared with competitors, the price advantage over rivals at the Fluence as the “Logan”, no.
The struggle for the buyer in this segment is not a life-and-death.
Specifically, the competitors will be the popular Ford Focus and the Chevrolet the Cruze , which, depending on the equipment will be cheaper by 20-80 thousand.
Do not forget about the class giants – of Skoda the Octavia and the twins Citroen C4 Sedan and the Peugeot 408 , which, incidentally, have attractive price tags.
There are, of course, cars and more expensive, the Jetta , for example, the Honda the Civic or Mazda 3, the newly formed fashionista.

Whichever car you are in the end, not bought, will have to suffer with a choice.
Sedan 2018-2019 Renault Fluence without doubt a quality car, but if he could inherit their clients from Logan – the big question.
The main and perhaps the only advantage – comfort and omnivorous suspension, the rest of the car is no worse and no better than others with some small advantages and disadvantages.