Suzanne Keane checks out Renault’s stylish compact Saloon, the Megane Grand Coupe
What is it? The Megane Grand Coupe is the saloon version of last year’s funky hatchback. While it may be less attractive than its hatchback and sports tourer siblings once you’re behind the wheel it feels identical and with 130bhp under the bonnet it won’t be left behind.
Styling? While there are touches of coupe styling in keeping with the name it does seem a little like the ugly duckling of the family. However, the 3D tail lights set off the rear end and the panoramic glass roof enhances the side view – giving a sportier feel.
Under the Bonnet? The 110bhp diesel engine is available with either a manual or automatic gearbox. Our test car was a 130bhp 1.6 dCi diesel which is just available as a manual and will do 0-100kmph in 10.5 seconds.
What about inside? Inside the spacious cabin there’s an 8.7” colour instrument display and R-Link 2 connectivity system. Seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of legroom. The new model Megane is longer, lower and wider than the outgoing car and, as a result, has more interior space. Passengers in particular, benefit from a 2cm increase in rear knee space and the boot volume is a very generous 550 litres (compared to 434 litres in the hatchback). The multi-sense system changes the interior lighting to match the selected driving mode with red lighting enhancing the
sport driving mode.
What about options? The entry level Expression Megane GC comes with Air Conditioning, Bluetooth and LED daytime running lights. The Dynamique Nav trim has automatic headlights and wipers, a hands-free key card, 7” touchscreen, 17” alloys and rear parking sensors. The next level Dynamique S Nav will upgrade you to an 8.7” touchscreen and rear parking camera with front and rear parking sensors, a leather steering wheel and hands-free boot opening. The Signature Nav model tested came with 18” alloy wheels, full LED headlights and a black leather interior. The car tested was also fitted with the optional panoramic glass roof.
On the Road? The Megane Grand Coupe is smooth and economical on the road and the 130bhp diesel engine gives plenty of oomph when required.
And Safety? The Megane has a 5-star Euro NCAP rating and safety systems include Adaptive Cruise Control; Active Emergency Braking; Lane Departure, Blind Spot and Safe Distance warnings.
Will it break the bank? The Megane Grand Coupe starts at €21,990 for a dCi 110 diesel Expression model rising to €29,490 for a 110bhp automatic version. The model tested was a Signature Nav dCi 130 which (with options) will cost €29,490 (optional extra panoramic sunroof €1,000). Road tax on this 130bhp diesel is just €190/year and fuel consumption is 4.1l/100km.
Verdict? The Renault Megane Grand Coupe is a smooth and practical saloon with coupe styling that’s economical to drive.
Why you’ll buy one? Economy, interior, front end styling
Why you won’t? The hatchback or sports tourer are much better looking!
Renault Megane Grand Coupe 1.6 DCI 130 Signature Nav
Engine: 1590cc, 130bhp@4000rpm, 320Nm/1750 rpm
Max speed: 201km/h
0-100 kph: 10.5 seconds
Emissions (Motor Tax) : 103g/km (€190 road tax)
Model price range: €21,990 (Test Car €29,490)
No of Doors: 4 doors
Euro NCAP : 5 star
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel Economy (combined cycle): 4.1 l/100km
Boot Capacity Seats up: 550 litres (987 with the seats folded)
Car Seats: 2 Isofix fittings in the rear
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6th November, 2017