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,

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Motors - writes Ed Wise­man

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.

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