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Renault MEGANE HATCHBACK 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr

Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
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Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr
Renault MEGANE 1.3 TCE GT Line 5dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph9.5 secs
  • Top Speed127 mph
  • C02130 g/km
  • BHP140
  • Torque177 lbs/f
  • P11D27%

Review

Renault's fourth generation Megane family hatchback is now a smarter proposition - in more ways than one. If you're shopping for something Focus or Astra-shaped in this segment, it'll probably no longer be one of the first cars you'll immediately think of, but this MK4 model is clever, sensible and very good looking, with the bold exterior styling matched by the cleverness of the fresh platform that lies beneath. In short, it might surprise you.

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The Renault Megane has been competing against cars such as the Vauxhall Astra and other similar sized hatchbacks since 1995. Now in its fourth generation, it faces stiff competition from hatchbacks and crossovers alike. Jonathan Crouch drives one.

Background

Ordinary family cars can no longer be ordinary. People want polish these days, a smarter feel and hi-tech features that make them feel pampered and premium. Which means that in the Focus-sized family hatchback segment, they may well find themselves looking at cars like this one, Renault's latest fourth generation Megane. This more sophisticated design these days has a more mature look to match seriously grown up technologies under the skin. Luxury car touches such as a massaging drivers' seat and full colour head up display merge with sub-100g/km CO2 emissions to make for a very interesting package. With the French maker's position as one of Europe's biggest car makers severely under threat and a slimmed-down range of conventional models forced upon dealers by this brand's commitment to electric power, it's hard to over-state the importance of this car if you happen to run a showroom with the yellow-backed silver diamond above the door.

Driving Experience

As with the vast majority of cars such as this, a big part of the driving experience will depend on the engine you've plumped for. 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. At the top of the range, the flagship Megane R.S. hot hatch uses a 280hp 1.8-litre petrol turbo unit. On the road, all versions of this Megane are precise and responsive while still being supple and comfortable thanks to extensive work on the suspension dampers, bump stops and bushes as well as the steering. Refinement is also significantly better than wth previous models, 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.

Design and Build

The fourth generation Megane is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor to give a more assured stance on the road. Helping give the impression of width are pronounced wheelarches similar to those on a Clio and striking light graphics front and rear. These scribe a 'C' shape up front, with the rear lights barely separated by the centrally mounted Renault badge. This echoes the large diamond logo up front with a typically large grille surrounding it. Step inside and you'll find a step up in quality compared to the previous generation car, with a distinctly Germanic feel to the ambiance. Higher end versions get a smattering of chrome 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 8.7" touchscreen in a portrait orientation. Boot capacity is an impressive 434-litres, significantly more than the class average. If you want more, there's a more versatile Sport Tourer estate bodystyle available with a 580-litre boot capacity and the longest loading length in the class.

Market and Model

Megane buyers get the choice of a five-door hatch or the Sport Tourer estate bodystyle. Prices in the mainstream line-up range in the £18,000 to £25,000 bracket and trim levels tun from 'Play' to 'Iconic' to 'GT-Line'. There's also the top hot hatch Megane Renaultsport variant with its 280hp 1.8-litre engine, priced from around £27,500. 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. Safety is covered by a range of available technologies on top of the usual electronic aids. These 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.

Cost of Ownership

Economy and emissions figures look promising. The 1.3 TCe 140 petrol version manages up to 45.6mpg on the combined cycle (WLTP) and 125g/km of CO2 (NEDC). The 1.5 Blue dCi 115 diesel variant is capable of up to 62.6mpg (WLTP) while emitting 101g/km of CO2 (NEDC). Another aspect of purchase that should please you lies in the fact that you won't be fobbed off with the basic three year / 60,000 mile warranty that most rivals offer. All Meganes come with a much more complete four-year / 100,000-mile warranty that includes emergency breakdown recovery. There's also three years' worth of European cover as part of this package. But will swinging depreciation negate all that hard work when it comes to totting up overall ownership costings? The previous generation Megane certainly didn't perform very well in this regard but Renault says that with this car, things are different. Recognising the impact of those low maintenance costings, independent experts are apparently predicting a rise of around 8% in residual values across the range. That should see petrol-powered Megane models hanging on to around 29% of their new value after three years and 60,000 miles, which is much the same as a Ford Focus or a Kia Ceed and really not that far off a much pricier Volkswagen Golf. Diesel versions fare better, with the volume Blue dCi 115 model set to retain 32% of its original cost over the same period.

Summary

Renault had to step up its game and significantly improve its fourth generation Megane. It has. Coming up with something different, yet still appealing in the super-competitive Focus-class family hatch segment is never easy but in some respects, Renault has really managed that with this car. The 'Multi-Sense' vehicle dynamics system and the 'R-Link 2' infotainment set-up for example, offer things you genuinely can't get in any other rival. Ultimately, what matters here is whether buyers in this segment who might in recent years have dismissed this Megane out of hand will take another look at its now much improved proposition. We think they'd do well to consider it. True, this may not be the European market leader it was a decade or so ago but it's a compact family five-door that now ticks an awful lot of boxes. And one that an awful lot of people we think, would rather enjoy owning..

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control + speed limiter
Rear parking sensors
Digital speedometer with 7 TFT screen
Door/boot open warning light
Drive mode selector
Eco mode
Exterior temperature gauge
Low fuel level warning light
Multisense system - Ambient lighting and Driving mode selector
Oil level gauge
Power assist steering
R-Link Multimedia system with 8.7" touch screen, Tom Tom Navigation, Voice recognition, app store, western european mapping
Rev counter
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
TFT display screen
Traffic sign recognition
Trip computer
Visio system - lane departure, traffic sign recognition and high beam assist
Entertainment
4x35W RDS radio/CD, Arkamys 3D sound with bluetooth and multifunction tunepoint
Aux-in socket
DAB Digital radio
Fingertip controls for audio system
USB socket
Exterior Features
Halogen headlights
Solid paint
Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
Body colour door handles
Body colour front bumper
Body colour rear bumper
Chrome door mirrors
Chrome door sill plates
Day/night rear view mirror
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric front windows
Electric rear windows
Extra tinted glass in rear windows and tailgate
Front and rear towing rings
Heated rear windscreen
Indicators with side repetitions
Integrated fuel filler cap
LED daytime running lights
Rear wiper
Interior Features
Cloth upholstery
3 height adjustable rear headrests
3 seat rear bench
60/40 split folding rear seat
Accessory power point
Adjustable dashboard illumination
Air recirculation system
Ambient lighting
Driver's seat with lumbar adjustment
Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment
Driver/passenger reading lights
Dual zone climate control
Front centre armrest with storage
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated boot
Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
Leather steering wheel
Pollen filter
Rear courtesy lights
Rear passenger heating ducts
Sunvisor mirrors with light
Safety
Emergency brake assist
ABS/EBD
Anti gravel protection
Driver and front passenger seatbelt undone audible alert
Driver/passenger 2 stage auto adaptive airbags
Dust kit
Electronic parking brake
ESP + ASR traction control + CSV understeer control
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front and rear outer seat belt pre-tensioners
Front lateral airbags
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts with double pretensioners
Hill start assist
Passenger airbag deactivation system
Rain protection kit
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Three 3 point rear seatbelts
Tyre pressure monitor
Wheels
Tyre inflation kit
18" California diamond cut alloy wheel
Security
Anti-drill door locks/ignition barrel
Hands free Renault card
Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm system and immobiliser
Insurance Approved Immobiliser
RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device)
Superlocking
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 132
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1330
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 72.2
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 81.4
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 48.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 57.7
EC Urban (mpg) 38.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 45.6
General
Badge Engine CC 1.3
Badge Power 140
Coin Description TCE
Coin Series GT Line
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 19E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.5
Engine Power - BHP 140
Engine Power - KW 103
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 177
Engine Torque - MKG 24.5
Engine Torque - NM 240
Engine Torque - RPM 1600
Top Speed 127
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style CALIFORNIA
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1447
Length 4359
Wheelbase 2669
Width 1814
Width (including mirrors) 2058
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 49.7
Gross Vehicle Weight 1814
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1247
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 434
Max. Loading Weight 461
Max. Roof Load 80
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1650
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 650
Minimum Kerbweight 1353
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.2

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Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 20,000 miles p/a £307.99 p/m £36.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £323.99 p/m £53.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £241.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £263.99 p/m £42.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £280.99 p/m £75.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £217.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £235.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £249.99 p/m £85.99 p/m
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £298.70 p/m £15.60 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £332.99 p/m £25.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £317.81 p/m £15.60 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £336.90 p/m £19.20 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £356.00 p/m £31.20 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £369.99 p/m £43.99 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £372.01 p/m £31.20 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £388.03 p/m £38.40 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £387.99 p/m £64.99 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £273.07 p/m £16.81 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £289.61 p/m £19.19 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £289.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £305.51 p/m £27.60 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £320.17 p/m £38.40 p/m
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36 months 25,000 miles p/a £332.52 p/m £57.60 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £344.84 p/m £76.80 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £335.99 p/m £90.99 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £240.29 p/m £21.60 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £261.99 p/m £37.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £255.71 p/m £28.80 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £270.16 p/m £38.40 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £283.56 p/m £50.40 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £282.99 p/m £60.99 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £293.58 p/m £67.20 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £302.94 p/m £84.00 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £299.99 p/m £102.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Entertainment
Bose Premium Audio system with 7 premium speakers + subwoofer £600.00
Exterior Features
LED Headlights £500.00
Metallic paint £550.00
Renault ID paint £650.00
Interior Features
Two tone Alcantara/Leather upholstery £1,200.00
Packs
Horizon Pack - Megane £550.00
Parking pack premium - Megane £500.00
Parking pack with Rear camera - Megane £400.00
Safety Pack Premium - Megane £400.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Diamond black £550.00
Metallic - Mercury £550.00
Metallic - Steel blue £550.00
Metallic - Titanium grey £550.00
Renault ID - Arctic white £650.00
Renault ID - Flame red £650.00
Renault ID - Iron blue £650.00
Solid - Glacier white FOC
Trim
Cloth - Black FOC
Two tone Alcantara - Carbon grey and blue £1,200.00
Wheels
Emergency spare wheel £150.00
Space saver spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated