Renault Megane

3/5
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Verdict

The Renault Megane Coupe is the sleeker and sportier version of the Megane Hatch. With it comes the same stylish interior but a heftier price tag for less doors.

Performance

The Renault Megane Coupe comes with a choice of one petrol engine or one diesel variant. The petrol option is a 1.2 litre TCe115 four cylinder engine with 115bhp mated to a five speed manual gearbox. There diesel option has two varying power outputs that range from the 1.5 litre dCi95 with 95bhp and the dCi110 with 110bhp mated to an optional automatic gearbox. There is also the high performance Megane 265 Trophy powered with a 265bhp 2.0 litre turbo charged engine. While the diesel option makes more sense for those covering big mileage, the petrol engine feels more suited to the Coupe.

Ride & Handling

The Megane Coupe instantly feels more sporty thank its hatchback sibling behind the wheel. Overall it’s more focused with a stiffer suspension setup, better steering, and handling and much improved. The Coupe has the DNA of the hot Megane 265 Coupe and it makes for an enjoyable and engaging drive. This stiffer setup however does have its pitfalls. It can feel quite harsh on Irish B roads and lumps and bumps can sometimes feel bigger than they are. On the motorway, it provides a pleasant ride, but in and out of corners, it can be quite a bit of fun.

Refinement

There are four trim lines and specifications to choose from within the Megane line-up. These are Expression, Dynamique, Limited and GT Line. The core features are very generous at entry Expression level. It includes Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry push button start, tinted rear windows and optic headlights. Moving further up the trim lines you get further comforts like a leather steering wheel, auto wipers and headlights, daytime running LED lights, rear parking sensors and larger alloy wheels. The GT line gets specific interior and exterior trims replicating the high performance Megane Trophy.

Quality & Reliability

Like the Megane Hatch, the Coupe has a neatly designed dashboard layout with a blend of digital and analogue controls via the centre console and multi-function steering wheel. There is a nice use of materials with some nice contrast chrome pieces that lift the interior of the car. There is a sense of durability about the cabin with a less is more design approach. While the Megane recently received a makeover and adopted the new signature front end toward the end of 2014, it is expected to be replaced in 2016. A revised Coupe is likely to follow some time in the months.

Safety & Security

The Megane Coupe has not been tested separately to the Megane Hatch by Euro NCAP crash testers. The Hatch however did score a very respectable 4/5 stars making it a very safe car. The coupe gets the same standard safety kit that includes anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, traction control, understeer control, hill start assist, cruise control and a full set of airbags including front and side curtain bags.

Space & Practicality

Being a two door the Renault Megane Coupe is not going to be the most practical car in the world. While front seat passengers fare well, back seat passengers struggle for any real legroom and the sloping roofline is not good for headroom either. Access to the rear is not that easy either due to its two door setup. Boot space is about on par with its Opel Astra GTC and SEAT Leon SC with 344 litres of capacity. The rear seats can also be folded forward to open up the back of the cabin to 991 litres.

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Key Facts

Make

Renault

Model
Megane
Variant
TCe 115 S&S EXPRESSION
Car Category
Family Hatch
First Launched
2009
Engine (L)
1.2
Gearbox Type
Manual
Gears
6 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Hatchback
Price New
€19,490
CBG Expert Rating
3.0

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
L/100km Combined
5.3
Average km/L
18.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
60
Fuel Tank Range
1132 km
Cost of filling a tank
€78.84
Average Cost Per 200 km
€13.93
CO2 emmissions
119 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
115 bhp
Max Power kW
86
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1198
Engine Cylinders
4
Driven Wheels
Front
Aspiration
Turbo Charged
Top speed
190 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
11.0 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Hatchback
Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity
372 L
Automatic Parking
No
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Yes
Parking Sensors
No
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
No
Reversing Camera
No
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
5 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
5 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
Paintwork
5 Year warranty
Mileage
200000
Roadside Assistance
5 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
4
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Interior Comfort

Air Conditioning
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
372 L
Tyre size front
205/55 R16 mm
Tyre size back
205/55 R16 mm

Technical Information

Power
115 bhp