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It is: Three-door vari­ant in the Mé­gane fam­ily.

Prices from: £16,481 for the 110bhp 1.6 Ex­pres­sion which in­cludes ABS, sta­bil­ity con­trol with skid and un­der­steer con­trol and emer­gency brake as­sis­tance, front and rear cur­tain airbags, an­ti­sub­marin­ing airbags for the front seats with belt pre­ten­sion­ing, slim spare wheel.

Test car: Dy­namique TomTomTCe130 from £18,723 in Glacier white. Dy­namique spec brings 16-inch sport wheels, air con­di­tion­ing, Carmi­nat TomTom nav­i­ga­tion, auto lamps and wipers, cruise con­trol, speed lim­iter, au­dio up­grade, darker rear glass, height ad­just­ment for the front seats with lum­bar con­trol for the driver, elec­tric front win­dows.

The test car (seen here) had var­i­ous ex­tras in­clud­ing 17-inch wheels, a fixed sun­roof, leather up­hol­stery.

Mo­tor: 1397cc 130bhp petrol with six-speed gear­box.

Pace: Max­i­mum 127mph; 0-62mph 9.6 sec­onds. Com­bined econ­omy (claimed) 42.8mpg. CO2 153g/km.

Length: 169 inches (4.3m).

Diesel: From £17,557 for the 96bhp/62.8mpg 1.5 Ex­pres­sion.

Au­to­matic gears: Avail­able as the 140bhp 2.0 CVT from £19,744. Also avail­able with the 160bhp 2-litre diesel, at £23,575.

Hot ver­sion: The 180bhp 2.0 petrol from £21,174 cov­ers 0-62mph in 7.8 sec­onds.

Ver­dict: Stylish de­sign state­ment from Re­nault leads the way. Com­pre­hen­sive safety kit, in­clud­ing an in­truder alarm, shows why Re­nault gets top marks in the EuroNcap tests. Long-life reli­a­bil­ity of some mod­els in­clud­ing Scénic has been ques­tioned. More: 08000 723372. Or: Volk­swa­gen Sirocco has more space for rear pas­sen­gers but isn’t a full coupé shape. Volvo C30 has a cer­tain je ne sais quoi from Swe­den. It may suit you, madame.

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