Renault claims that its CVT gearbox is highly responsive on starts and at low speeds. It gives the driver peak performance through city traffic and maintains optimum torque at all times, while delivering a smoother driving experience. Renault claims a fuel consumption improvement of 3% compared to its manual counterpart.
The 2.0-litre engine produces 103kW and 195Nm of torque. It sprints to 100km/h in 10.1 seconds and tops out at 195km/h. Renault claims a combined consumption figure of 7.7 litres/100km.
The CVT derivatives boast high-value features, including cruise control with speed limiter, LED daytime running lights, auto rain and light sensors, front and rear park-distance-control sensors and lumbar settings on both driver and front-passenger seats. The infotainment systems include an 18cm touch screen with Tom-Tom navigation, Radio 3D Sound by Arkamys, USB and Bluetooth and a MP3-compatible CD player.
The Fluence impresses on the safety front as well, thanks to ABS braking, EBA and EBD. Electronic stability control (ESP) is also standard on the Dynamique duo.
Fitted with six airbags as well as anti-whiplash height-adjustable front headrests, the safety belt system is fitted with a double pre-tensioner in the front seats and load limiter in the rear. The two rear side seats are fitted with an ISOFIX fastening system for the safe fitment of child seats. Automatic central locking of all doors, as well as the boot, occurs when the vehicle pulls away.
All three of the ultra-spacious Fluence variants come with Renault’s 5-year/150 000km mechanical warranty. There is also a 5-year/90 000km service plan, which can be upgraded to a full maintenance plan at extra cost. The Fluence 2.0-litre Dynamique CVT retails at R264 900