The arrival of the new Renault Megane Hatch and the Renault Megane Coupe marks the beginning of a renewal program for the Renault C-segment range.
The arrival of the new Renault Megane Hatch and the Renault Megane Coupe marks the beginning of a renewal program for the Renault C-segment range. Both are largely, stand-alone vehicles but share similarities at the front and inside. But it is the Hatch version that has seen the most noticeable changes.
For a start, it is no longer shakin' its rear end. The famous backside has been replaced by a more mature but curvy aspect with wraparound taillights and convex rear window. It looks much better and although it is has definite European styling cues, it is still quite distinctive.
Renault has a knack when it comes to design - the company is very good at emphasising width through clever curves and smoothly integrated bumpers, while retaining the essence of Renault. The front view of the new Renault Megane Hatch is a case in point. The seemingly upturned grin of the large grille is enhanced by the curvy light clusters and relatively smooth bonnet.
Because the new Renault Megane sits lower than the previous model, from the side it looks longer and somewhat sporty, sitting on 16-inch alloy wheels, or in the case of the test car, 17-inch alloys. These were an optional extra, adding £300 to the £19,535 OTR price - the most expensive car in the range, although the pricing starts at £13,250.
The Renault Megane Hatch 1.9dCi 130 also came with a panoramic sunroof, which is in two parts with the front section moving over the rear panel. It adds a further £600 on its own or £1,250, as part of the Sunroof Plus Pack; just some of many optional goodies and packs available.
Renault Megane Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Renault Megane Hatch 1.9 DCi 130|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||9.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||64.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 13/05/09)||£19,150|