RENAULT

RENAULT MEGANE DIESEL SPORT TOURER 1.5 Blue dCi R.S.Line 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2121 g/km

FAMILY HATCH FRANCAIS

The family hatchback sector is bursting with talent. Can the current Renault Megane come out on top? June Neary reports

Will It Suit Me?

When I think of a Renault Megane - if I ever do at all - then it tends to be the second generation version with its trendy vertical rear end. Its styling was a bit of an acquired taste but at least people talked about it. That was less true of the car's MK3 successor, but this current MK4 model once more has a bit of style about it, the point of which is to give this car a bit of its own personality again. This is a good idea because there's never been very much wrong with the Megane in my humble opinion. More recent versions have long since lost the airfix kit-like cabin fittings you found in original models and have instead added in wafer-thin panel gaps, classy materials and solid nuggety cuteness. It all should have long ago made this a car a real rival for Volkswagen's disappointingly conservative MK7 Golf, as well as for cars like Peugeot's 308, Ford's Focus, Toyota's Corolla and Vauxhall's Astra. And Renault could still severely frighten these models if enough people can be persuaded to get behind the wheel of this much improved MK4 Megane.

Practicalities

My better half and I shared the driving on a recent round trip and got to know the five-door car pretty well. The driving position suited us both, the adjustable steering wheel a welcome feature, given our different shape and sizes! The seats are firm but supportive and over the distance pretty comfortable. Children will be happy as sandboys in the back seat - which, unlike in some cars we've driven recently, is deep enough to accommodate booster seats and the like. The boot was surprisingly spacious for a medium-sized family hatchback at 434-litres, although we weren't overloaded with bags on this occasion. I'm sure that we'd have no gripes about luggage space for our fortnight summer holiday all the same. I thought that Renault's unparalleled experience in the MPV market shone through with this car, not only in terms of passenger space - which is excellent - but also in the provision of multifarious cubbies, boxes and pockets. Higher end versions get a smattering of chrome cabin trim, along with Nappa leather trimmings to help lift things further. While a 7" touchscreen infotainment system in the traditional landscape format is fitted to most models, plusher trims receive something a little different. Aping the Tesla Model S, Renault offer an 9.3" touchscreen in a portrait orientation.

Behind the Wheel

The engine line-up is a mixture of familiar carry-overs and new arrivals. If you plan to take on the likes of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308, you need to come equipped with a lot of engine choices and Renault doesn't fall shy in that department The mainstream Megane range is based around just two engines, a 1.3-litre TCe 140 petrol unit and a 1.5-litre Blue dCi 115 diesel. Both come with the option of dual clutch EDC auto transmission. There's now a plug-in hybrid option too. Refinement is significantly better in this MK4 model thanks to a stiffer body shell, thicker window glass, improved door seals and greater use of foam and felt in areas where road, wind or powertrain noise could be transmitted into the cabin. A more individual driving experience is offered by Multi-Sense technology, which allows drivers to personalise the accelerator pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight and interior lighting ambience through a choice of five colours, plus - where fitted - the speed of the gear changes through the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) auto gearbox. Even more crucial is the way that the design has retained its top safety credentials. Electronic aids include autonomous braking for emergency scenarios, adaptive cruise control that can increase and decrease the speed of the car in traffic plus warnings for speed limits, braking distances and lane departure. Those that struggle to park will appreciate the front, rear and side parking sensors and the hands-free parking ability of higher end models. In other words, should you manage to bend a new Megane, you'll have really excelled yourself.

Value For Money

Megane buyers get the choice of a five-door hatch or the Sport Tourer estate bodystyle. Prices range in the £19,000 to £30,000 bracket. That's about on par with most of its mainstream rivals but usefully undercuts vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf. Trim levels range from 'Play' to 'Iconic' to 'GT-Line'. Across all these levels, to compete in the Focus family hatch segment, this car will need to be very well equipped - and is. All models get Bluetooth connectivity, an automatic electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lamps, tinted windows, a 7-inch TFT instrument panel with digital speedometer, all-round electric windows, a leather steering wheel and a DAB radio with fingertip controls and an AUX input. Higher specification models benefit from such niceties as full LED lights front and rear, TFT instrument display, a driver's seat with massage function and a nine speaker BOSE stereo with an amp and subwoofer.

Could I Live With One?

On the whole, I found little to criticise with the latest Megane - and at last, it has a bit more French character, if not in quite as extreme a way as its MK2 model predecessor. Probably, that's a good thing. Add in frugal engines and high equipment levels and at the right price, here's a Focus-sized family hatch that's worthy of comparison to virtually any of its rivals.

  • Rear wiper
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Extra tinted rear windows and tailgate with heating function

  • ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with ASR (Anti-Skid Regulation) and UCL (understeer logic control)
  • AEBS
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • ABS with EBD and emergency brake assist

  • Rear parking camera
  • Visio system - lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high/low beam
  • Power assist steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Eco mode
  • Multisense with 3 driving modes + 8 ambient lighting colours

  • Easy link navigation with 9.3" touchscreen+4x20W amplifier+FM DAB double tuner, sound auditorium, 2xUSB/1xjack/bluetooth, smartphone integration plus
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Oil level gauge
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Trip computer
  • Rev counter
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • 10" TFT Driver information display

  • Frameless rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body coloured shell door mirrors

  • R.S.Line dashboard and trim

  • 2 USB slots at rear
  • Fingertip audio system remote control

  • Body coloured front R.S.Line bumper
  • Body coloured rear R.S.Line bumper
  • R.S.Line chrome door sill plates
  • R.S. Badging
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Integrated fuel filler cap

  • Front fog lights
  • Full LED headlights
  • Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
  • Signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights
  • Indicators with side repetitions

  • Heating ducts to rear passenger feet
  • Air recirculation facility
  • Pollen filter
  • Dual zone automatic climate control

  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Glovebox
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • R.S. leather steering wheel

  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Illuminated luggage compartment

  • 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Driver two stage auto adaptive airbag
  • Front passenger two stage auto adaptive airbag
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation with child seats
  • Side impact protection bars
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with double pretensioners
  • Rear seatbelt undone audible alert
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt undone warning audible alert
  • Gravel protection kit
  • Rain protection kit
  • Dust protection kit
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts

  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrestraints
  • Lumbar adjustable driver seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • Fully adjustable front headrests

  • Superlocking
  • Anti-drill door locks/ignition barrel
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Hands free key card
  • Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm system and immobiliser

  • Front and rear towing rings

  • Sunvisor mirrors with light

  • 17" Monthlery diamond cut alloy wheels

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 125
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 121

  • Engine Code: K915SDVG8BVA
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 8
  • Camshaft: SOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 76
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.5
  • CC: 1461

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 60.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.7

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 115
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R.S.Line
  • Coin Description: Blue dCi
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 115
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.3
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 205/50 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: MONTHLERY
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2058
  • Height: 1446
  • Height (including roof rails): 1454
  • Length: 4625
  • Width: 1870
  • Wheelbase: 2712

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1536
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1916
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 45
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 449
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 730
  • Max. Loading Weight: 380
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1432
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Blind spot warning: £0

  • Handsfree parking: £0

  • Premium BOSE audio system with 9 speakers: £600
  • 4x35W speakers with 3D sound: Included

  • Renault ID metallic paint: £660
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £560

  • R.S.Line fabric upholstery with red stitching: Included
  • R.S.Line Alcantara/leather upholstery with red stitching: £1,200

  • Safety pack with Adaptive cruise control - Megane: £700
  • Motorway Pack - Megane: £1,000

  • Metallic - Titanium grey: £560
  • Metallic - Diamond black: £560
  • Metallic - Arctic white: £560
  • Metallic - Highland Grey: £560

  • Solid - Glacier white: £0

  • Renault ID metallic - Flame red: £660
  • Renault ID metallic - Iron blue: £660

  • Heated front and rear seats: £350

  • R.S.Line fabric - Black with red stitching: £0

  • R.S.Line Alcantara/leather - Black with red stitching: £1,200

  • Space saver spare wheel: £200
  • Full size spare wheel: £200
  • Tyre inflation kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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