RENAULT MÉGANE COUPÉ
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.