RE: Is there anyone there?
I do believe the Fluence has the potential to be a lovely car. I chose it over the Leaf because of its absence of annoying gimmicks. It's too early to say whether I have been wise in accepting another of the same, I do hope so. Space-wise it's more roomy than the Leaf and performance-wise the only downside is the 13.5 0-60 time which the Leaf betters by quite a margin. Range-wise, gentle winter use achieved upper 60's and with summer now upon us cruising around is in the high 90's; I might even pass the ton on the current charge! Mind you, that's keeping down to 50 where traffic allows. How low you can push the range down really depends on how you drive the beast, and that applies to all electrics.
The battery lease was not to my liking (Nissan have now caught the idea as an option) but I had no choice. With the miles per year I'm likely to do it's going to work out expensive to run. £76 for 6000 miles isn't bad so long as you use up your mileage allowance - but don't go over, there's a cost per mile penalty! Do remember that the lease includes full breakdown recovery, even if you foolishly run out of juice. I don't think I could contenplate any electric car without such a facility.
The final downside for the Fluence is the maximum charge rate of 16A, way below that on UK Leaves. Strange, the publicity during the pre-launch suggested an 80% charge in under the hour, as picked up by many commentators.I wonder what made Renault change their mind?
Keep watching this forum, I will update you all at regular intervals.