Me­gane on a higher plane

Albany Advertiser - - MOTORING -

Clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion com­bines the com­fort of an au­to­matic and re­spon­sive­ness of a man­ual gear­box.

Zen driver and front pas­sen­ger en­joy the ben­e­fit of adap­tive and lat­eral pelvis and chest-level airbags, while front and rear cur­tain airbags are also in­cluded.

Ac­tive safety fea­tures in­clude elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, ABS anti-lock brak­ing, emer­gency brake as­sist, elec­tronic brake­force dis­tri­bu­tion and hill start as­sist.

The higher-spec In­tens model of- fers stan­dard Multi-Sense per­son­alised driver modes and in­te­rior am­bi­ence LED light­ing with five set­tings to match the mood.

The first thing to be said about the Me­gane sedan is how quiet the en­gine is at idle — silent al­most, re­quir­ing a quick look at the tacho to see if it’s even run­ning. Even un­der hard driv­ing the en­gine man­ages to keep the noise down.

That’s not the only pleas­ant sur­prise. A hands-free card has the doors un­lock­ing and lock­ing au­to­mat­i­cally, while the boot lid opens via a kick mo­tion un­der the rear bumper or by a but­ton on the card.

This opens up an ex­pan­sive 503 litres of boot space, which with the 60:40 split rear bench seat folded frees up to 987 litres of load­ing space over al­most 2m in length.

The seat­ing is said to suit five adults, but four would be more com­fort­able on a longer jour­ney. Leg room in the rear is good, while head room is sur­pris­ingly sat­is­fac­tory con­sid­er­ing the roof’s slope.

As men­tioned, the tur­bocharged tech­nol­ogy of the en­gine errs on the side of econ­omy rather than out-and-out per­for­mance, the Me­gane mov­ing off the mark at a some­what steady pace.

We are told the best time to 100km/h comes up in 10.9 sec­onds.

Our test car recorded fuel con­sump­tion of 6.5 litres per 100km on a mix of ur­ban and high­way driv­ing.

While the word Zen im­plies a spir­i­tual na­ture to the new Re­nault Me­gane sedan, prac­ti­cal­ity and fuel econ­omy are the main­stays of the epony­mous model. Price-wise, this base vari­ant is in the up­per reaches of a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, which could hold it back.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Motor­ing

The em­pha­sised hor­i­zon­tal rear light treat­ment al­most meets in the mid­dle.

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