The Fluence costs a lot less than its biggest rival, the Nissan Leaf, but you have to pay a monthly charge on top to lease the battery. That adds to your costs, but it does mean you’ll get a free replacement battery when yours reaches the end of its lifespan. Just be sure you can cope with the car’s limited range, which drops drastically in cold weather.
Renault Fluence Saloon quality & reliability
With the Megane-like interior, you get stylish design and some reasonably posh-looking materials. Some of the plastics out of your eyeline are a little less appealing, though, so it’s not as classy as some competitors. The battery leasing arrangement should give you peace of mind over the longevity of your battery, too.
Renault Fluence Saloon safety & security
Like the Megane on which it’s based, the Fluence comes with six airbags as standard. You’ll also get electronic stability control, which hopefully, should help prevent you needing the airbags. However, it's disappointing that the car only scored four out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. The Fluence also comes with Renault’s full range of security measures, including deadlocks and an engine immobiliser.