Carving a unique niche in the ever and quite fast evolving auto industry in India is becoming more difficult. Under-four meter segment is witnessing a gamut of new launches every now and then and is creating challenge for luxury sedans and SUVs alike. But there are many people who love everything from power to performance and rich features which can be found in mid-range luxury sedans. In addition to this, they come with awesome pricing to suite the professional class. Renault Fluence and Skoda Octavia, two top D segment luxury cars, are among such cars having a large fan club in the Indian market. Here's a comparison.
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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 got a couple of updates during its Indian tenure and last month it got its second major update. This new facelift was showcased to the world two years back in late 2012 at Istanbul Auto Show. And this time Renault seems to be banking high on Fluence with extra touching to the exteriors and interiors to show the powerful brand identity. Starting with the exteriors, the front profile of the sedan is smiling and has now newly designed grille, headlamp cluster, LED daytime running lights on the front bumpers and more noticeable company’s logo. Rear profile remains the same as of previous one.
On the other hand, Skoda Octavia was launched in the Indian market in October last year and superseded the second-generation nameplate ‘Laura’. Octavia is a renowned nameplate in the overseas market participating in motorsports as well. The all new Skoda Octavia received a lot of changes on the exterior front and is more refined this time around. It now boasts of new badge of the company that will be placed on all future models. New Skoda now sports LED daytime running lights, the first car from the company to have this feature. The rendered grille section is accompanied by the radiant headlights boasting of style statement. The side profile is enhanced with pair of 5-spoke glittering alloy wheels claiming authority on roads. The rear profile is equally fabulous that contains Laura’s tail lamp cluster and twin exhaust outlet.
The new Renault Fluence has alluring interiors where cabin is dressed