I looking at trading in my Opel Corsa and I was looking at the new Opel Astra, but my eye has been drawn over to the new Renault Fluence. I wonder could you help?
The Astra I was looking at is the SRi (1.7) and the TomTom version of the Fluence. Both diesel.
Filed under choosing new car - Asked by David Phelan (Dublin 17) - Wed, 19 May 2010 20:52
There is no denying that the Fluence is a lot of car for the money. The TomTom edition you mention is €23,500 and it comes with all the bells and whistles and depending on your car and how old it is it could end up costing you just €19,000. This Renault is loaded with kit and the multimedia system in it is really good.
The Astra will cost you €24,155 in SRi spec so you are starting off at a higher price and the Fluence will still have better equipment levels than the Astra.
These are two quite different cars. The Astra will be much more sporty and will feel more agile, while the Renault is aimed more at comfort and space. You are likely to get a better offer on your Corsa from the Opel dealer, but a greater discount from the Renault dealer.
It really would depend on the driving you intend to do and how long you will keep this car. If I were up and down a motorway all day and in the car a lot, I would have the Renault. If I was a keen driver and enjoyed the odd back road blast I'd probably have the Opel. In terms of value, the Renault has the edge, but the Opel might be worth more in three years time.
This is a case where you really just have to drive both cars and trust your feeling on them.
Up to you from here. Let us know in the comment box below how you get on.Answered by: Complete Car Adviser