Renault Talisman – The price of a new city car includes a several-year-old Renault Talisman. Does this modern car turn out to be solid? Here are the opinions of owners of used Renault Talismans.
Talisman, like a magic amulet, was supposed to bring good luck to the new middle-class Renault model. Since the emergency Laguna II, the French manufacturer has not been able to find a place in this segment, even despite the presence of quite good Laguna III (2007-2015). This time, not only was the name changed, but also radical structural modernization. Talisman simultaneously replaced Laguna and the positioned class above Latitude. It is therefore a really big car (almost 4.9 m long) with axles more than 2.8 m apart. Nevertheless, it does not disappoint with its maneuverability, especially in the versions with the four-wheel steering system (4Control), which has gained wide recognition in Laguna III. The car was not a liftback, but a sedan and a station wagon (Grandtour). It was one of the first Renault models to set new stylistic trends for the French brand, which is continued to this day. A subtle visual facelift was carried out in 2020, and a few months later the engine range was reshuffled. This one, as you might guess, is based on small turbocharged gasoline units and modern diesel of the older and newer date.
The opinion still circulating among drivers about French cars, combined with reports about Talisman’s emergency electronics, affects its rapid loss of value. At the moment, 5/6-year-old cars cost 45-55 thousand. PLN, i.e. the equivalent of a new A / B car. Is it worth risking buying Talisman? After all, some cars still have a valid warranty!
Used Renault Talisman – interior
Choosing Talisman comes down to accepting the almost complete digitization of the cockpit. Almost all cars have virtual indicators (with the possibility of displaying various parameters) and a large “tablet” which is a kind of control center for this car. It resembles the Tesla solution, has more “down-to-earth” dimensions. For people skeptical about tapping the icons with their fingers, a special controller has been prepared to make it easier to navigate the intricate multimedia menu. Only Talismans in the base version of Life have a simplified center console with a small screen. It was rarely decided by choosing cars with equipment options such as a head-up display, atmospheric cockpit lighting or a safety system package. Renault has tried to ensure the high-quality assembly of the finishing materials and has not been idle in choosing them. Plastic squeaks can happen under finger pressure or on a very uneven road.
Renault fitted the Talisman with comfortable seats with good thigh support, a long seat and usually active headrests. The best ones are reserved for Initiale Paris varieties – they almost spoil you with comfort, not different from their counterpart’s inexpensive premium cars. When it comes to the amount of space, the second row collects more praise: with such room for feet, it can even be considered representative. It is also optimal in the width and around the heads, although tall people will find themselves better in Grandtour. The manufacturer declares great luggage capacity – 608 l in the sedan and 572 l in the estate car. A limited loading opening leads to the first of them, it is also not very regular (but long). The luggage space of the Talisman Grandtour is considered to be almost exemplary: roomy, adjustable and functional.
Renault Talisman – engines
Under the hood of the Talismans, there were no naturally aspirated petrol variants in favor of downsizing ones (turbocharged with direct fuel injection). Initially, the range was based on 1.6 TCe (150/200 hp) and 1.8 TCe (225 hp, which was later used, among others, in the Alpine A110. In 2019, an even smaller 1.3 TCe unit developing 159 hp was introduced. Talisman consists of turbodiesels. 2.0 dCi (160/190/200 bhp) Diesels above 130 bhp (except 1.7 dCi) and all petrol engines are paired with EDC dual-clutch gearboxes, and all Talismans are front-wheel drive.
Renault Talisman – failure rate, typical faults
So far, the powerful Talisman engines have been doing quite well to power this car, weighing 1.4-1.7 tons. Occasionally, reports mainly concern the 1.6 units: TCe take up engine oil, dCi has a stretchy timing chain. There are more complaints about the failure of EDC gearboxes. Talisman users, after noticing excessive gear jerks, went to an Authorized Service Center for a warranty repair, which often ended with the replacement of the entire gearbox. The Renault suspension (stabilizer links susceptible to wear) is moderately durable. Reports of malfunctioning Talisman’s onboard electronics are not unheard of. Every day owners struggle with multimedia system suspensions, non-working (or surprising after several attempts) buttons or frequent discharges of the battery (usually without any “warning”).
Renault Talisman – summary
Reports of electronic troubles reminiscent of Lagoon II are somewhat of a concern, but aside from that, Talisman has no more significant flaws. During the inspection, let’s find out if a specific item is still under warranty (some extended its duration to 5 years). It is worth appreciating the eye-catching design and great transport possibilities of the station wagon.
Renault Talisman – dimensions, luggage compartment capacity
|Length / width / height||485-487 / 187/146 cm|
|Luggage capacity||sed 608 l, kmb 572-1700 l|
Renault Talisman – technical data, performance, fuel consumption (petrol engines)
|Engine||1.3 TCe||1.6 TCe||1.6 TCe||1.8 TCe|
|Capacity||1332 cm³||1618 cm³||1618 cm³||1798 cm³|
|Fuel||benz., turbo||benz., turbo||benz., turbo||benz., turbo|
|Max. power||159 KS||150 KS||200 KS||225 KS|
|Max. moment||270 Nm||220 Nm||260 Nm||300 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||8,9 s||9,6 s||7,6 s||7,4 s|
|Max. speed||210 km/h||215 km/h||237 km/h||240 km/h|
|Avg. fuel consumption||5,6 l/100 km||5,6 l/100 km||5,6 l/100 km||7,2 l/100 km|
Renault Talisman – technical data, performance, fuel consumption (selected diesel engines)
|Engine||1.5 dCi||1.6 dCi||1.6 dCi||1.7 dCi||2.0 dCi||2.0 dCi|
|Capacity||1461 cm³||1598 cm³||1598 cm³||1749 cm³||1997 cm³||1997 cm³|
|Max. power||110 KS||130 KS||160 KS||150 KS||160 KS||200 KS|
|Max. moment||260 Nm||320 Nm||380 Nm||340 Nm||360 Nm||400 Nm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||11,9 s||10,4 s||9,4 s||10,3 s||9,9 s||8,7 s|
|Max. speed||190 km/h||205 km/h||215 km/h||206 km/h||217 km/h||234 km/h|
|Avg. fuel consumption||3,6 l/100 km||3,9 l/100 km||4,6 l/100 km||4,6 l/100 km||4,8 l/100 km||4,9 l/100 km|