Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ioniser Breath of Fresh Air

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ioniser Breath of Fresh Air

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RENAULT has put an ioniser in the air conditioning system of its new Latitude to help eliminate pollen, mould spores and dust from the air, giving you a more energised driving experience.

You also have a choice of three fragrances which you can inhale instead.

The new Latitude is the result of Renault's partnership with Samsung Motors in Korea a a car with a French heart and Asian body based on the Nissan Maxima.

Comfort

At 4897mm in length, it is easy to stretch out in the Latitude and the courtesy of space is extended to those in the back seat as well.

The leather seats are more comfortable than sumptuous but the front two are heated and the driver has the luxury of a two-speed massage as well.

Suddenly, the ride home in peak-hour traffic is altogether bearable with five pneumatic rollers working their magic on the shoulder blades, back and lower back.

The cabin has a distinctly European feel, with Renault showing its usual flair in teaming quality materials with good accents and distinguished trims. The main instrument panel looks quite conventional but has interesting quirks.

The speedometer, for example, uses an additional red line to show your cruise control speed while a graphic TFT screen between the two main dials shows oil level, tyre pressure, fuel used etc.

On the road

We drove the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel and on paper it looks pretty innocuous delivering 127kW/380Nm.

But torque is available pretty low down, giving the Latitude that burst of power needed for highway driving.

This car demonstrates smooth control, it is laidback and composed, making light work of small irregularities. Steering delivers good feel and the suspension is fairly compliant.

The Latitude uses its length and two-tonne body to give the impression of security preferring to stretch out and take in the view instead of being hustled.

What do you get?

Renault's inclusions are quickly becoming a point of difference.

The Latitude boasts keyless entry, which opens the door when you pull the handle and locks when you walk away, meaning there is no reason to spend hours digging in the bottom of your bag.

There is also Bluetooth connectivity, a premium sound system, power folding mirrors, electronic handbrake, glass sunroof, parking sensors and reverse camera to name a few. …

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