TELL ME ABOUT THIS CAR
The 2017 Renault Megane is the fourth-generation of Renault’s popular hatchback. Available in four variants (Life, Zen, GT-Line and GT), the sporty GT is the top of the range, running a 151kW/280Nm 1.6-litre turbo and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The GT also features a unique suspension calibration and four-wheel steering.
- The engine. The Megane GT is not to be underestimated. Its 1.6-litre engine supplies enough power to give you some real go. Basically, it’s quick.
- Thanks to the underpinnings of the Renault hatch, including its seven-speed dual-clutch auto, rear-wheel steering with four-wheel steering, the Megane is agile, hugs the road and takes corners like a pro. It’s fun to drive.
- The sport seats in the GT keep you in place when taking to corners. They’re also surprisingly comfortable.
- The Megane range is sexy. The exterior is unique and you’ll stand out on the road, while the interior of the GT is, well, interesting. It’s typically French – some love it, others don’t – even if a little inconsistent.
- Rear-seat space is small compared to its rivals, even though Renault said it has improved.
- It’s lacking active safety gear, with no autonomous emergency braking offered, although that may be added to the range in 2017.
- There’s no smartphone mirroring (Apple CarPlay or Android Auto) in the Renault, which is fast becoming a standard offer. But it still offers connectivity so it’s not quite a deal breaker.
- Along with the small back seats, features like cup holders are also particularly small. Too small to fit a water bottle.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD CONSIDER?
The Renault Megane is part of the small car segment, so it’s up against plenty of competition. Its closest rivals include the VW Golf, Peugeot 308 and Ford Focus.