Com­fort­ably haul­ing the load with ap­peal­ing GT style

LONG-TERM FLEET / Our Re­nault Me­gane GT’s fuel econ­omy has been im­prov­ing, writes Ler­ato Matebese

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The GT’s fuel econ­omy has im­proved con­sid­er­ably since our last re­port. Our Re­nault Me­gane GT’s fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure has been steady, but drop­ping to lev­els that are more ac­cept­able, at least for the ap­pli­ca­tion and ve­hi­cle type.

While we are yet to ven­ture out of the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment, some­thing that is def­i­nitely on the cards, our fuel con­sump­tion has im­proved quite con­sid­er­ably. In Septem­ber we man­aged to drop into the lower 8s — 8.1l/100km to be more pre­cise — with­out adapt­ing our driv­ing style.

We still spend a fair bit of time in af­ter­noon traf­fic, but the stop-start func­tion has helped greatly to re­alise an even bet­ter fig­ure this month, which now hov­ers at 7.4l/100km.

Ac­cord­ing to Re­nault the GT can con­sume as low as 6.0l/100km, but that fig­ure needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, al­though I would be fairly con­tent with a fig­ure around the 6.8l/100km mark.

At this rate, it might take quite a while to achieve this con­sump­tion so a road trip of sorts should suf­fice.

One bug­bear that has crept up this past month is a slight brake squeak from the right wheel when com­ing to a stop.

This has not af­fected the brak­ing per­for­mance of the ve­hi­cle in any way and it could sim­ply be a case of the brake pad com­pound used, as close in­spec­tion of the pads them­selves shows there is still a great deal of life left in them.

We will pay close at­ten­tion to this to see if the noise sub­sides with some more mileage.

The rest of the pack­age, how­ever, seems to be well in­tact as we ap­proach the 10,000km mark with no other is­sues to re­port on.

For now, though, the com­fort­able hatch­back is con­tin­u­ing to im­press with its easy-go­ing dis­po­si­tion, while all the driver con­trols have be­come more intuitive to use over time.

Stan­dard price: Joined fleet: Mileage at start: Mileage cov­ered: Long-term con­sump­tion:

7.4l/100km

Is­sues in last month:

Brake squeal from front right brakes

Mean­while, plac­ing the baby seat in the ve­hi­cle is a cinch, thanks to the rear doors that open up at an al­most 90° an­gle, thereby eas­ing ingress.

Boot space has been put to good use of late as we needed to move a few items from my par­ents to our hum­ble abode, which re­quired re­clin­ing the rear seats. This also re­quired the re­moval of the lug­gage cover board, which hangs by two strings on ei­ther side of the hatch door.

Again, this has high­lighted the versatility that comes with the pro­por­tions of a ve­hi­cle such as the Me­gane’s.

While there is a sta­tion wagon ver­sion of the model of­fered in Europe, this sadly will not float in our coun­try due to the mar­ket’s aver­sion to sta­tion wag­ons in favour of SUVs. Even so, that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily de­tract from the fact that the Me­gane re­mains a stylish, welle­quipped and com­fort­able of­fer­ing, in spite of the in­flux of crossovers and com­pact SUVs.

For me the ve­hi­cle con­tin­ues to blend versatility, style and a youth­ful ex­u­ber­ance that the other high-rid­ing genre sim­ply can­not em­u­late.

While the C-segment hatch mar­ket con­tin­ues to shrink due to the ad­vent of the cross­over, it still man­ages to serve a unique niche in our mar­ket, where its rel­e­vance con­tin­ues to flour­ish, even if on a smaller scale.

We are still spend­ing lots of time in Johannesburg traf­fic, but the in­te­rior makes it eas­ier.

Fold­ing the rear seats down proved use­ful for shift­ing house­hold stuff this month.

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