Hey, good looking
It’s no Renaultsport, but the Megane GT is a comfy and good-looking family car with an added dose of ooh la la,
Renault’s gorgeous design language has finally reached the Megane, bringing the French brand’s long-serving family hatch up to date.
It’s better inside and out, incredibly comfortable, and boasts plenty of French style.
The car is based on a new platform, which gives buyers more space. Some cars have a portrait touchscreen infotainment system, while the range-topping version gets four-wheel steering and even launch control.
Looks and image
It’s probably the most striking car in the sector. The headlights have an instantly-recognisable C-shaped LED accent, and the tail lights stretch across nearly the whole width of the car. This makes it immediately interesting, even from a distance, and especially at night.
Side-on is the only angle from which the Megane looks a bit conventional. Every corner is sculpted in a pleasing way. Competitors such as the Vauxhall Astra are easy on the eye, but the Megane is one of the best-looking cars on the road today.
Space and practicality
Like the three Meganes before it, this one is comfy. The ride is nice and soft, and the seats – especially in the front – are gloriously comfortable. The boot is capacious (384 litres, rising to 1,247 litres with the 60:40-splitting rear seats both folded down). This puts it in line with the class-leaders. Lots of buttons have been replaced with a touchscreen system which is harder to use.
Behind the wheel
The full engine line-up hasn’t been released for the UK but we can expect a range of petrol and diesel engines. Handling is good, and is improved in the GT version with the addition of four-wheel steering. Depending on speed the rear wheels turn either in the same, or opposite, direction at the front. This feels good on windy roads but even better on motorways, where lane changes are noticeably smoother.
Value for money
Starting at about £18,000, the Megane is good value. You may be a touch disappointed if your priority is driving experience, but if you want a smooth, comfortable family wagon – and one that looks great on your drive – you can’t do much better than the new Renault Megane. Full pricing hasn’t been released in the UK but Renault is likely to undercut competitors such as Audi and BMW – and in a lot of ways, the Megane is a superior product.