This time last year the previous generation Megane wagon was a $28,000 proposition before on-road costs; now prices start at $30,490 driveaway. The sedan’s predecessor, the unloved Fluence, started at $25,000; the Megane four-door kicks off at $29,990 on the road.
The continuously variable transmission in the previous generation gives way to a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. Active driving aids have been added as standard or in a $700 pack, depending on variant.
Under the bonnet in place of the previous 2.0-litre (103kW/195Nm), the 1.2-litre turbo delivers 97kW/203Nm. Fuel consumption down by about 1.5L/100km.
The supple ride puts the sedan and wagon firmly into the relaxed tourer category. Regular road ripples are absorbed with ease while larger ruts can be felt without jolting those inside the cabin. Both cars accelerate smoothly, if unspectacularly.
Better plastics and a smarter interior look have been borrowed from the Megane hatch. Sedan and wagon give rear passengers much more legroom courtesy of a stretched wheelbase. The sloping roof on the sedan may be an issue for 180cm-plus passengers.