The Renault Fluence is a good-looking electric saloon car with space for five and a decent boot. Zero emissions and no petrol mean it’ll cost peanuts to run. It’s quiet and comfortable, too.
Like all electric cars, you’ll have to live with limited usage and range anxiety. We’ve observed that the range drops drastically in very cold weather, too. The dash layout could be clearer.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Fluence’s 94bhp electric motor provides a mighty 167lb ft of torque, which it serves up the instant it starts spinning. That means it feels really quick off the mark, and when you’re picking up speed on the move, the Fluence accelerates with amazing immediacy and strength. However, when the battery charge gets low, the car limits performance to extend range.
Ride & Handling
The Fluence rides very comfortably, taking the sting out of most potholes, and ironing out most patched-up urban surfaces. Body movements are reasonably well controlled, too, and the car feels grippy and secure in bends. The steering is pretty remote and rather light, but this will be handy for city use.
The Fluence’s strong acceleration unfurls with hardly any noise. There’s quiet whistle-like whirr if you really boot it, but other than that, the drivetrain is totally silent and smooth. Wind- and road noise is very well suppressed, too, so it’s a very quiet way to travel.