New Renault Megane is a real cracker

Hugh Maguire: is impressed with the new Megane

New Renault Megane is a real cracker

The all-new Renault Megane IV is here and if substance follows style then it promises to be very good indeed.

The car I am in this week is the GT Line hatch petrol a car that will appeal to both the family and possibly the fleet buyer. The GT- Line sits higher up the specification ladder and are versions that are a little bit special with an emphasis on a sporty theme which adds to the appeal of the new Megane hatchback.

Prices for the 2019 Megane range start at €22,140.

So has it any street cred?

The style is fresh and contemporary, with bold lines. It is one of the most stylish new hatchbacks on the market, putting arch rivals in the shade on the style stakes. The “California” 18 inch alloys look fantastic and the sweeping curves of the car look well. All in all the Megane hatch GT-Line looks very well indeed and I truly love the Flame red metallic paintwork!

What is it like inside?

The cabin layout is clean and concise, while the materials used feel top class except for a few hard touch plastics. The fit and finish of everything else is beyond reproach and the ergonomics of the design means everything is perfectly placed for ease of use.

The driving position is very good, you sit low feeling part of the car.

Standard equipment on the GT Line hatchback really is comprehensive (too much to list here) but highlights include multiple airbags, remote key card entry (just touch walk up to the car with the card on your person and the mirrors unfold and doors open), push-button start, auto locking, (walk away it locks itself) Bluetooth, climate control, voice control, multi-function leather steering wheel, figure hugging one piece Sports Seats, the excellent Multimedia system with 8.7 inch touchscreen and Tom Tom live services with European navigation mapping, rear view camera, auto wipers, auto high beam assist and much more.

There is “mood lighting the colour of which is selectable as is the style of the digitally generated but analogue look instruments, drive modes, Neutral, Sport, Eco, Comfort, all very Impressive! Accomadation is pretty good all round (though those high back sports seats make the rear a little claustrophobic) with adequate head and legroom both front and rear and a decent sized boot with a full size spare wheel.

What’s under the bonnet?

Powered by Renault’s TCe 140 petrol mated to a lovely 6-speed manual gearbox this winning combination proves excellent.

Performance is excellent and super quiet too. Road tax is €280.00 per year and I returned an overall test average of 6.6 litres per 100km. All pretty good.

Will I enjoy driving it?

The set-up of the new Megane GT Line is pretty good offering a nice balance between comfort and handling. The ride is supple even over poor road surfaces and noise levels are well suppressed. On the motorway it cruises easily at higher speeds and is a refined car in which to travel. The new Megane IV feels nimble and agile through corners too. Overall then its a very nice car to drive!

So to the verdict?

So here is a car that competes in one of the most competitive segments of the motor industry and its well up to the challenge. The new Megane is a real cracker. Its high tech, very smart looking, packed full of standard kit, proves practical, frugal and is a pleasant drive.

The GT Line as tested costs €27,615. What a lovely car!