Renault Latitude Review |CarAdvice

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Latitude Review

Lots of luxury kit, no for the diesel, good on-road refined engines, five-year warranty roadside assist

driven:

Latitude Luxe 2.5 V6 Petrol, six-speed automatic $42,490

Latitude Luxe 2.0 dCi (diesel), six speed automatic $42,490

It’s a nice car, if not a touch conservative for a carmaker, but even though built in South Korea by Samsung Motors, there’s a Euro feeling about the from the moment you climb and settle in to the leather pews.

Far the polarising shape of the previous Renault Megane. the latest from French automotive is indeed understated and should to a much wider audience many of its past designs.

One of the attractions of this car is the high of equipment Renault Australia has into the base model everything from proper entry (that will lock the car when you walk Bluetooth connectivity with streaming, heated front to power folding mirrors and an hand brake are just of the many features of the new Renault.

But for around $5000 more you can the Renault Latitude Luxe, adds a raft of additional worth considerably more the asking price, including a Bose sound system three-zone climate control toxicity sensor and active filter, and a two-mode driver’s massage system that pneumatic rollers to reduce in peak hour crawls.

Its not the high level of creature that impresses, it#8217;s as about the quality of the various and switchgear that make cabin a nice place to be. The proper metal highlights the shift gate and on the shifter remind me of that which is in the more premium models Volkswagen and Audi .

We kicked off the program in the 2.5-litre petrol model, which is in fact a 4-compliant powertrain from the VQ family.

It’s not what I’d an overly powerful engine, just 133kW and an equally 235Nm of torque, but it is smooth, as as refined. And for a car that is just 2mm of a BMW 5 Series. it actually pulls luxury spec Latitude very nicely.

It’s the level of refinement impresses me most about engine, and the fact that nice and quiet inside the even under load you have reason to punch it. And it you will need to when trucks or other cars at as there’s not a lot of low-down torque.

and handling dynamics are also sorted in the Latitude. The Luxe rides on 18-inch rims and has chosen to fit the car with exceptionally rubber in form of Continental tyres, which provide grip in the wet or dry.

Even some fairly shabby the ride was comfortable and the car felt and truly planted, even at the speed limit. More than soft, but firm for the car to track exactly where you it, would be an apt description of the suspension

While the Latitude wasn’t to a be a sports sedan, it certainly slightly sporty in nature, and on road than several of its and Korean competitors.

I particularly like the hydraulic set-up in the petrol variant. well weighted from the position and responds quickly to input. It’s also and the car goes precisely where you it, without any of that vague or feeling you get with many these days.

The brakes are very good with a progressive pedal feel all the usual safety features in department including ABS with brakeforce distribution and emergency assist and automatic activation of warning lights (normally a of higher end cars).

The leather also provide great but they are of the firmer kind Volkswagen) rather than a sumptuous design. That after a couple of hundred behind the wheel I can report are of the back-friendly variety and offer lumbar support.

The six-speed is a smooth shifting unit, but for you’re better off using the sequential option for higher before shifting gear for extra pace.

With so luxury kit on board the Latitude, hour commutes or highway travel with the kids be anything but boring.

Switch on the 10-speaker Bose system and you’re in for a treat. been engineered specifically for the by a team of Renault and Bose with careful attention to the positioning of the loudspeakers in relation to used throughout the cabin. It produces crystal clear clarity at any volume and considerably than I expected.

Bluetooth streaming is standard fitment the model range and is simple to as tested with my iPhone.

also one-touch up and down and sun protection blinds for the side windows and rear windscreen. Add to heated and power folding mirrors, chilled glove and auto headlights and wipers and still only represents a inventory of creature comforts on board the Latitude.

It’s a cabin too, with of width for extra elbow-room passengers, and although I didn’t a lot of time in the rear seats, the back there would to be close to class-leading in the mid-size segment.

You won’t have to up to the Luxe in order to get the fully satellite navigation system #8211; it#8217;s also across the model range. it’s an intuitive unit by that works well it looks too small for the allocated provided.

Renault certainly hasn’t much when it comes to the as there’s also front and parking sensors, while the includes a reversing camera.

The car boasts a very good system in a graphic TFT screen the two mail instrument dials, means you can check a range of including actual engine oil and the all-important individual tyre

Stepping into the 2.0-litre variant, known as the dCi, a healthy dose of 380 Newton-metres, my response is: #8216;yes, this is the car for Peak torque arrives at 2000rpm and passing those is pretty much effortless.

Renault has clearly put in some effort in the NVH department #8211; in the diesel clatter is largely and hardly intrusive inside the #8211; it’s still not as as the V6 petrol version.

That with a combined cycle consumption of just 6.5 L/100km remember this is a medium/large and plenty of poke when you it, I can see the diesel being the family although Renault Australia is a 60/40 skew in favour of

The big plus on the diesel side is apart from far fewer at the petrol station, the benefits of a more torque and the added that brings will be at no charge, as Renault has priced Latitude models at the same

From a handling and ride you can feel the additional weight of the powertrain over the front and the steering feels slightly accurate due to its electro-hydraulic set-up, but the are minor and don’t affect the enjoyment of the car.

The six-speed transmission is equally smooth-shifting in the and again the sequential shift adds a little excitement to the experience, at least in the twisty

It may not be quite as exciting as piloting a RS 250, but Renault has produced a appealing package in the Latitude should find plenty of buyers wanting a more choice at a value-for-money price.

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