The top-of-the-range Privilege model is a bit more elegant than the other two.
The top-of-the-range Privilege model is a bit more elegant than the other two. It features a beige interior, including the centre console and steering wheel. The seats are cloth and leather covered although, full beige leather is an option. Choosing the Dynamique, however, means that you can opt for dark-carbon, biscuit or red leather upholstery. This includes door trims and centre armrest, at a cost of £850 or as part of the £1,200 Luxury Pack along with 17-inch alloys and electrically extendable rear roll-over bars.
The test car was fitted with all the available option packs. Climate pack comprises of heated front seats and climate control (£500); Comfort Pack includes a dash-mounted, 6-CD changer, folding mirrors and hands-free Renault Card entry system, also for £500. Then there’s the Handling Pack with ESP traction control, CSV understeer control and a tyre pressure monitor for £450.
These individual items, plus a few more, can be ordered separately making it very easy to spend a lot more than intended. It is all just icing on the cake because, even in its basic form, the Megane is well equipped.
The seats are very comfortable with front passenger and driver having height adjustment to go with the rake and reach-adjustable steering column with integral cruise and speed limiter controls. The leather interior does add an air of sumptuousness and the red looks good with the dark, soft-touch fascia.
For the two passengers in the back, there is only just enough legroom, as long as there are no long-legged people in the front. Then it becomes a bit tight and uncomfortable for more than short journeys.
As I mentioned, top-down motoring is achieved at the push of a button and the glass roof concertinas itself into the boot. In order for the roof to function, the flexible partition has to be pulled into place forming an interlock. Underneath, there are 190-litres of luggage space and with the roof closed this can be increased to 490-litres.
Renault Megane Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet 2.0 Turbo Dynamique|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.7 Seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 year/60,000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 13/05/06)||£20,310|