Renault Fluence vs Skoda Octavia: Clash of luxury sedans

Apr 21 2014, 12:52 IST
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Renault Fluence was launched in May 2011 and was the first product from the company after parting ways from Mahindra & Mahindra. Renault Fluence was launched in May 2011 and was the first product from the company after parting ways from Mahindra & Mahindra.
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in black and beige color scheme packed with quality fabrics. There is new infotainment system with navigation functionality and R-Link multimedia system with Arkamyís 3d surround system enhanced by eight speakers. The car has AC with Auto Bi-Zone climate control and the rear AC vents give that added comfort to the rear passengers. The all new Fluence is loaded with several advance features like automatic headlamps, follow me headlamps, rain sensing wipers, push start/stop button, illuminated glove box, electrically adjustable ORVM, etc. Standard safety features offered are 4 airbags (2 front and 2 rear), ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, ESP and also anti-rust warranty of 5years or 100000km whichever is earlier. Security is further enhanced with disc brakes, seat belts and head restraints and central locking system.

Skoda Octavia is also head to head with Renault Fluence when it comes to defining the richness inside. The new Octavia is well polished than the previous one with cabin outfitted with combination of premium fabric and plastic. There are plenty of comfort features in the third generation Octavia like electrically adjustable driverís seat in 12 different ways along with three programmable memory functions, air conditioner with dual zone climatronic and AC vents for rear passengers. A rich 6-inch touch screen infotainment system provides updates about the journey while the advance stereo system with USB, AUX-In ports takes care of entertainment aspects. The car comes with panoramic sunroof and bi-xenon headlights as well. Time and again Skoda vehicles have been proved superior in terms of safety. The unique safety features include nine-airbags, ABS with EBD, Lane Assistance, intelligent light assistance, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, etc.

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Engine

Renault Fluence is now only available in sole diesel engine option. Previously, it came with an automatic petrol variant. The diesel powered Fluence sports 1.5L K9K diesel turbo engine that produces 108bhp and 240Nm of max torque paired to a six-speed manual transmission system. The new Fluence delivers ARAI certified mileage of 20.4kmpl.

The new Skoda Octavia, on the other hand is offered in three different engine options which consist of two petrol and one diesel powertrain. The range starts with 1.4L TSI petrol engine generating 138bhp and 250Nm of torque while the more better 1.8L TSI mill seen in Laura and Superb, returns 178bhp. The diesel powered Skoda is loaded with 2.0L CR

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