Renault Fluence ZE first UK drive Review | Autocar

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Renault Fluence


What is it?

The apparently. Or at least the start of version of it. The firm has slashed than half its models its UK line-up to refocus on its core (Twingo, Clio, Mégane and and free up space for its imminent of electric vehicles.

The Fluence ZE is the of four new electric Renaults to in the UK, and this is our first drive of it on UK It is an electric conversion of the four-door saloon sold in select

So gone is the conventional drivetrain and in its are a 95bhp, 166lb ft electric single-speed transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack. The battery location behind the rear means the Fluence is 13cm than its combustion-engined equivalent.

No fast charge facility is yet for the Fluence, so a full recharge take up to eight hours you’ve exhausted the claimed range of up to 115 miles.

What’s it

If electric cars are indeed to a role in the future of motoring, it’s a shame this one looks so much like the While the Twizy and Zoe electric due on sale by the end of the year truly interesting and innovative, the Fluence not.

It’s a theme that inside. The switchgear will be to anyone who’s spent in a Megane, and the only real as to this vehicle’s powertrain is in the new panel.

A big dial on the left how much range you have and there’s also a conventional and a dial to show how much of the motor’s power you are tapping Interior space is excellent and front and rear passengers are catered for.

Like all electric vehicles, the Fluence’s off is brisk as all 166lb ft of torque is available. You never have a exploiting a gap in the traffic, although does tail off once you around 40mph.

Lift off the accelerator and the Fluence slow rather rapidly as energy is recovered. It’s an odd but get used to it and look far enough up the road and it’s possible to the Fluence around town just the one pedal.

Dynamically, the rides quite nicely, like an old-fashioned Renault copious suspension travel. But more abrasive bumps it can get a crashy, a sensation no doubt by the extra weight of the battery The steering, however, is particularly and is an odd sensation too far in the Fluence that you really be able to get used to.

Our biggest complaint about the is the range. Renault does out that the range can drop as low as 50 in ‘extreme conditions’ (so, weather, a lead right lots of hills), but I’d hardly traffic in west London night and this morning nor the -1 degree Celsius temperature we the Fluence in. From being charged, around an eighth of the range was used for every miles travelled.

That even the 50 miles worst-case seem optimistic.

Should I buy one?

It’s hard to make a case for the to a UK car buyer. A big heavy saloon really seem the ideal point for a company hedging its on electric cars taking The dubious range in fairly British wintery conditions leaves a lot to be desired.

The Twizy and Zoe are the Renaults that have piqued our interest. Hopefully, we get to drive these later year, the Renault electric will start to make a lot sense.

In the meantime, if you’re a of no more than four, ever leave the city and think even the Prius is to the environment, then maybe the ZE is the car for you. The rest of us should buy a Golf Bluemotion.

Renault Fluence ZE

Price: (£17,850 with government EV Battery rental: from per month; Top speed: 84mph 0-62mph: 13sec; Range: 115 Charging time: 6-8 hours; 1605kg; Motor type: electric with rotor Batteries: 22kWh capacity; 95bhp; Torque: 166lb ft; single-speed auto

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