Have driven the new Renault Fluence for a few months; it's value-for-money given the technology and specifications on offer, but it does have its flaws (some of which can be easily rectified)
Let's start with the shortcomings of the car:
1. Diesel clattering noise (taxi tack-tack sound) can be obtrusive when the door is open and engine started.
2. Turbo lag is evident and vehicle in general feels sluggish; heavy car body doesn't help.
3. Air-conditioner lacks power especially on a hot day, doesn't help that the vents cannot be adjusted for all three front vents to point towards the driver. On full power, breeze is considerable but noise then comes into the picture.
Solutions for 1) and 2): Wind strips around the engine and door regions, and start engine only when all passengers in car Also, addition of a Sprint Booster (about $300 at Fong Kim) does help appreciably to make the car feel more responsive.
Strengths of car (which IMO outweighs the shortcomings):
1. Arkamys sound system - This should be pleasing to most people save the audiophiles. Insulation in general is above average compared to most cars (sidenote: radio signal is subpar but I use Bluetooth mostly)
2. Boot space of 530L is important for people who like to treat their car as a second storage space, biggest in its class. The baby stroller AND baby seat gets swallowed up easily.
3. Added conveniences such as auto headlights, auto wipers and intuitive cruise control and speed limiter controls. Frontal placement of 7-inch touch-display coupled with high-res reverse cameras with parking guides is very useful.
4. Torque is high in diesel cars and power is never lacking. Also, diesel is half the price of petrol and the fuel efficiency is about 15km/L for a heavy footer who spends a lot of time stuck behind traffic lights.
5. What else? The sunroof is present albeit small, and the vehicle has a unique look not many on the road right now. Reliability wise, can't pass judgement yet but so far so good :)
Edited by ShawnKwek, 30 October 2015 - 09:29 AM.