Review Renault Megane GT
According to John Carey, Renault has been free and embraced quality – and Megane stands out in the blossoming brotherhood.
A new French revolution is not what Renault wants with the new Megane.
The goal, according to chief engineer Fabrice Garcia, “is not to make revolution, but to improve.” Renault realized that it was necessary to improve the quality of its hatchback in order to make it stand out in the crowded compact car segment. And the team also wanted to make the car’s road traffic safer, but without compromising comfort.
Renault has achieved these goals, as demonstrated by the introduction of a new Megane vehicle in Portugal. But the car will attract attention for other, more obvious reasons. The French brand created one of the most beautiful cars in its class, both inside and outside. That’s a huge improvement over the old Megane, which debuted in 2008 and looks outdated these days.
The stylish exterior makes some of the new Megane’s key competitors – cars like the VW Golf, Ford Focus, Peugeot 308, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30 and even Mazda 3 so popular – seem a bit plain .
High-end versions of Megane will feature a large 8.7-inch vertical touchscreen in the center of the elegantly designed dashboard, bringing a touch of luxury car technology for the first time.
A comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistance technologies can be installed in the new Megane. The list includes automatic emergency braking, a rear view camera, auto-brightness headlights and side sensors to warn the driver when there is a danger of crashing the vehicle in front of an invisible obstacle.
The new Megane is a bigger car than the old model; length, width and wheelbase all increased, while height is a bit less. Despite the growth in size, Renault has used special steels in Megane’s body to ensure weight does not increase. Substances for metals are used in many places.
Megane’s rear door and front spoiler, for example, are made of plastic. Compared to the model for the model, the new Megane weighs about 10kg heavier than the old, Garcia said. There’s more room inside. Renault claims interest in shoulder room and rear seat knee room.
There is certainly enough room for a couple of adults in the rear seats. And the car’s 384-liter cargo compartment is one of the largest in the segment, despite its rather high load.
The motor is powerful, the sound is good when spinning strongly
The new and improved Megane won’t arrive in Australia until around the second half of 2016, possibly September or October. Renault Australia plans to import a line of cars with two turbocharged petrol engines and one turbo diesel. pressure.
Renault’s Energy TCe 130 engine, 1.2-liter, 97kW, will come with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The manual will be the cheapest model in the range, with the same $ 21,000 price tag as the current base model Megane.
The sole diesel engine will be the Energy dCi 110, a 1.5-liter 81kW power generation in the fourth series. It will only be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, marketed by Renault as EDC (for Efficient Dual Clutch).
Topping the list of new Megane will be GT 205, targeted by Renault Australia with prices from about 37,500 USD. Its Energy TCe 205 is a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine and it will only be offered with the seven-speed EDC.
With the aim of bridging the gap between conventional Megane models and super sports RS models, the GT features technology to make it a fun car to drive.
Renault has the basics right
These include more direct steering, a computer-controlled rear micro-steering for improved agility at low speeds and stability at high speeds, and larger brakes at the front. and behind.
This is the CarsGuide model spending the most time driving in Portugal. The engine is powerful, sounds good at strong revs, but the dual-clutch gearbox can falter when driving fast in Sport mode. It’s better in Neutral and Comfortable modes.
The car goes and handles very well. It grabs well and corners safe, as it should.
Sampling a more basic Megane, without the tech that enhances the GT’s agility, shows that Renault got the basics right. The ride comfort is better than average, and the overall quietness of the car is impressive.
As with the GT, the quality of the interior is unlikely to fail.