Renault Talisman (from 2015) – reviews, used car, typical faults

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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
Wheelbase 281 cm
Luggage capacitysed 608 l, kmb 572-1700 l

Renault Talisman – technical data, performance, fuel consumption (petrol engines)

Engine1.3 TCe1.6 TCe1.6 TCe1.8 TCe
Capacity1332 cm³1618 cm³1618 cm³1798 cm³
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Max. power159 KS150 KS200 KS225 KS
Max. moment270 Nm220 Nm260 Nm300 Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h8,9 s9,6 s7,6 s7,4 s
Max. speed210 km/h215 km/h237 km/h240 km/h
Avg. fuel consumption5,6 l/100 km5,6 l/100 km5,6 l/100 km7,2 l/100 km

Renault Talisman – technical data, performance, fuel consumption (selected diesel engines)

Engine1.5 dCi1.6 dCi1.6 dCi1.7 dCi2.0 dCi2.0 dCi
Capacity1461 cm³1598 cm³1598 cm³1749 cm³1997 cm³1997 cm³
Fuelturbodieselturbodieseldiesel biturboturbodieselturbodieselturbodiesel
Max. power110 KS130 KS160 KS150 KS160 KS200 KS
Max. moment260 Nm320 Nm380 Nm340 Nm360 Nm400 Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h11,9 s10,4 s9,4 s10,3 s9,9 s8,7 s
Max. speed190 km/h205 km/h215 km/h206 km/h217 km/h234 km/h
Avg. fuel consumption3,6 l/100 km3,9 l/100 km4,6 l/100 km4,6 l/100 km4,8 l/100 km4,9 l/100 km
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