The 2017 Renault Talisman Grandtour is one of the first vehicles from Renault to deploy the new R-Link 2 platform, complete with a refreshingly clean interior with simple interfaces and lots of pixels. It is also one of the few vehicles (and by extension infotainment platforms) that uses a portrait-mode center stack display. This implementation requires a shift in GUI approach, but usually allows automakers a bit more freedom in designing their on-screen experience.
For this usability evaluation, we sourced a German-spec Renault Talisman. Since the Talisman is already one of the brand’s top of the line products, it comes well equipped. The baseline Talisman starts at €27,950, but our tester was the Grandtour INTENS, which costs €36,200. Standard at this price is the R-Link 2 platform with 8.7-inch capacitive touch screen, 8.0-inch analog-digital instrument cluster, 3D Sound by Arkymys with 8 speakers, speech recognition, online connection for Renault Assistance and the R-Link Apps Store, and Renault’s Multi-Sense system, which allows the user to place the vehicle into multiple modes that impact the performance, comfort, interior lighting and display GUI, through a simple control on the center console.
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