AT A GLANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROAD TEST | RENAULT MEGANE GT -

WHAT IT’S GOT

Six airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, 18-inch al­loys, front sports seats, Al­can­tara up­hol­stery, park­ing sen­sors and as­sis­tance, 7-inch in­fo­tain­ment touch­screen, Blue­tooth, nav­i­ga­tion, voice con­trol, rear cam­era, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, cruise with speed lim­iter, auto wipers, dual zone air, alu­minium ped­als, tem­po­rary spare.

WHAT IT HASN’T

Dig­i­tal ra­dio, Ap­ple Carplay, An­droid Auto, auto emer­gency brak­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor, rear cross traf­fic alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, sun­roof.

OWN­ER­SHIP

Ser­vic­ing costs $897 over 3 years/90,000km, with in­ter­vals of 12 months/30,000km or on de­mand.

WHAT WE LIKED

Beau­ti­ful de­sign in­side and out. Hi-tech dash re­ally works, es­pe­cially op­tional 8.7-inch por­trait touch­screen. Lux­u­ri­ously com­fort­able front seats, spa­cious rear seats and big boot. Will­ing, fuel ef­fi­cient 1.6 turbo. Auto gear­box does smooth, crisp shifts at speed. Sharp steer­ing and agile han­dling. Cheap to ser­vice. Long war­ranty, with road­side as­sist.

WHAT WE DIDN’T

The ride can be pun­ish­ing on rough roads. Ex­ces­sive tyre and sus­pen­sion noise. Torque steer. No driver as­sist safety tech. Voice con­trol is hit and miss and doesn’t op­er­ate nav­i­ga­tion. Re­naults can be tem­per­a­men­tal.

ALSO CON­SIDER FORD FO­CUS ST $38,990

The RS screamer gets all the at­ten­tion but this is just as good day to day. Runs a 185kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo, with sixspeed man­ual only.

ALFA ROMEO GUILIETTA VELOCE $41,990

Flawed but love­able and gor­geous. 177kW 1.7-litre turbo/sixspeed dual clutch box. Goes hard and fun, weird er­gonomics.

VOLK­SWA­GEN GOLF GTI $43,840

This price is with a six-speed DSG box. Golf is pricey but you get what you pay for. A great car, in what­ever sit­u­a­tion you drive it. 162kW 2.0-litre turbo.

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