4 October 2016
Review: Renault Megane
So I'll admit straight up that I was looking forward to spending a little more than launch time with a car that could be a gamechanger for Renault in the most important compact family segment.
I wasn't disappointed. If you like, you can stop reading now and head straight down to your local dealer if you're currently in this market space. You won't be disappointed either.
But if you're staying with me, well let's look in more detail.
Yep, it's an overall good looker. And overall looks strong.
The long wheelbase gives decent rear passenger room and since the car is wider than its predecessor it gives them good shoulder room too.
This is the first Megane to share the new platform underpinning the carmaker's Kadjar SUV, and driving it on a good mix of road surfaces and twists as well as motorway gave me very secure feeling about the car's ride and handling capability. Plenty of comfort but nothing soft is the short line on it.
The available engines are 1.5 and 1.6 diesels, the former with 110hp powered the review car and proved, perhaps surprisingly, quite peppy. The 1.6 dCi pumps 130hp, as does a 1.2 turbocharged petrol which powers the entry level car … and that's one I'm hoping to get a spin in soon. A GT variant with 205hp is powered by a turbo 1.6 and has 4-wheel steering.
The starting price is €19,490. My GT Line review car is available from €25,990. The full-blown GT is €30,690.