- Best looks in the class
- The diesel unit is more than convincing
- Attractive prices
- Energy dCi 130 Intens
- Energy dCi 130 Intens
- Some interior materials are lacking quality
Stay Away From
- Energy dCi 110 Life
- Energy TCe 200 EDC Life
Known Problems & Recalls
- None so far
Talisman’s engine line-up is consisting of five units – two gasoline engines and three diesels. The entry level is represented by the classic 1.5-liter diesel (108 hp), the diesel range being completed by the 1.6-liter with two power versions – 128 hp and 158 hp. As for the gasolines, there are two turbocharged 1.6-liter offers, with 148 hp and 197 hp. The range-topping 197 hp TCe 200 comes with a 7-speed double-clutch transmission while the detuned 148 hp version gets a 6-speed EDC as standard. The rest of the engines (except the entry-level 100 dCi) comes with a six-speed manual or a 6-speed EDC.
Although the gasolines have inviting performance figures, the diesels are Talisman’s stars, and most probably the ones that will sell best – especially the 128 hp version.
There have been important changes, regarding Renault’s underpinnings – the most significant one being the reiteration of the 4CONTROL system. We’ve seen it in action on the Laguna, only here is better: it can turn the rear wheels to an extent of 3.5 degrees, facilitating urban maneuvers and helping you around the corners on a windy road.
The Talisman’s safety package is comprehensive from the start – even the entry-level comes padded with six airbags, automatic lights, and wipers, ABS, ESP, hill start assist, and cruise control. Moving up, you get parking sensors front and rear, LED headlights with cornering feature, and blind spot assist. For the range-topping trim (Initiale Paris), you get even more safety features as standard: lane assist, adaptive cruise control with emergency brake function, traffic sign recognition, head-up display, and self-parking feature.
Although the Multi-Sense system can change the way the car reacts (you can choose from Sport, Eco, Neutral, Comfort, and Individual modes), Talisman is undeniably designed for comfort. The suspension settings make the car waft on the highways while the insulation is protecting you from the wind and engine noises.
As for the cabin, Talisman can feature heated/ventilated power seats with massage function – making the ride even more comfortable. On the higher trims, you get a leather-covered, heated steering wheel.
Talisman can even come padded with leather covered seats and fine wood trim – only it can’t hide some not-so-gruesome plastics. The overall cabin feeling is not a bad one, to be honest, but it’s not par with the segment’s rivals.
The sedan version has an impressive 600-liter boot if you take into account the under decking storage space. Otherwise, Talisman’s 515-liter boot falls behind Passat’s 586 liters. The Sport Tourer boasts no less than 572 liters of cargo space – but is still eclipsed by the Passat Variant’s 650 liters.
It might not be the most spacious when it comes to boot volume, but it’s a spacious car nonetheless. In the cabin there’s plenty of room for five – knees and head room will not be a problem for any of them
There are two levels of infotainment’s display: a 7” and an 8.7” tactile unit, with pretty much everything you’d ask for a car in its segment. The reaction time is decent, and as for connectivity, you have both Bluetooth and USB bonding with the car.
Renault is renown for its diesel units, so if you opt for one of the three offers, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises. The entry-level dCi 110 returns 65 mpg (3.6 l/100 km) (as declared) while the 130 and 160 1.6-liter units come with 60 mpg (3.9 l/100 km), respectively 53 mpg (4.4 l/100 km) fuel consumption ratings. A wonderful deal here would be the dCi 130 – it also delivers 236 lb-ft of torque, decent for a car weighing 3,200 pounds.
Well, you won’t lack any of the goodies prepared for you if you opt for a higher trim – it’s satisfactory, but you wouldn’t want to be seen in a mid-level sedan with plastic-covered rims, wouldn’t you? Opt for the Zen version (next after the entry-level Life, depending on the market) and you get 17” alloys, along with massage seats, front/rear parking sensors, along a dual-zone air conditioning, refrigerated storage space, and a bunch of safety and infotainment features.
Renault Talisman has a starting price of a bit less than €30,000 (in Germany), but it also comes with a lot of kit as standard. Moving up to higher trims, the price tag difference between the Talisman and the segment benchmark Passat increases – considering they have a similar kit. That’s a clear advantage for Talisman when buying new, only it would be hard to keep that price up (as Passat does) when it comes to selling, so pay attention to the optional features and tick only what you really need. That would be hard because the price offers are very tempting.