19th August 2016

Reviews: 2016 Renault Megane 1.5DCi – The Diamond Sparkles

Renault’s new Megane hatchback comes with a strong street presence and powered by its 110bhp 1.5litre DCi, has an entry price of €19,490.

This front-wheel drive hatch is boldly designed, roomy and full of tech, my Megane test car in GT Line performed very well over my 800km test drive. Whereas the previous Megane could be described as nondescript, this new model is right up there with the best in class – a definite contender for that space in your driveway. 

Make: Renault, Model: Megane GT Line, Body Style: 5-door hatchback, Engine: 1.5DCi, Power: 110bhp, Torque: 260Nm, Transmission: 6 speed manual, CO2 rating: 96g/km, Road Tax Band: A2, Annual Road Tax: €180, Boot Space: 434 litres, (1,247 litres with seats folded), Entry Price: €19,490, Test Car Price: €27,130

Some of the Competition: VW Golf, Toyota Auris, KIA cee’d, Ford Focus, Opel Astra, Peugeot 308, Mazda3, Honda Civic, Citroen C4, SEAT Leon.

Outside View

Your eyes will blink pleasingly on sighting the new Megane. Whereas the former was almost shy on the street, this latest fourth generation model is a real diamond. My test car come in Iron Blue paintwork, ran on very tasty 18” alloys and magnetised eyes on every street we strolled. From the front grill to the LED Day Running Lights, (DRL’s), the front skirt, nice bodyline taking you to the rear LED light-line cluster, Renault have put their Diamond big and bold on this very important mass-market car. And as can be seen in this segment, this 2016 Megane needs to be exceptional merely to exist – mediocre doesn’t cut it here. 

Inside Story

Here again, Renault has been inventive and personal. The TFT dials facing the driver, the large 8.7” centre console screen, touch materials and overall layout is clean and functional. As with many new cars today, drivers are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the menus and controls on the centre console, pre-set those most in use, air-conditioning, Bluetooth and radio, before wrapping your hands around the very tactile leather steering wheel and heading for the horizon. 

My GT Line came with sports seats, which hug you like they love you, the optimum driving easily attainable and overall the space back and front will accommodate four adults in comfort.

On the Road

Renault’s 1.5DCi, with its 110bhp is well known, being housed within many previous and present of its models, its Dacia cousins and its manufacturing ally, Nissan. It therefore delivers no surprises with its road performance to entertain, whilst demanding a minimum amount of time spent in fuel stations.

The Megane feels good on the road and should please drivers who like a chat with their charge. Those who like to have a full-blown conversation every turn of the wheels can opt for the Megane GT, with just over 200bhp, which will blabber each time you sit into it.

Overall the new Megane will tick a lot of boxes for its owner. Well put together, with up-to-date safety and comfort features, running on a roomy chassis that performs well across a wide range of domestic demands, all the while through this 1.5DCi will deliver fuel economy which averaged 4.9 litres/km on my care-free test drive through town and country.

This 2016 Megane 1.5DCi has raised its game in this segment, which contains a host of really talented combatants. Your choice here should take the time it takes to select your other three favourites, test drive them all, and then sit at home looking at your driveway choice, knowing your decision is not a whim. This Renault Megane deserves your time.  

 

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