competent manner but once on the open road
During general driving, the Renault Megane is happy to be a solidly built hatch, reassuringly going about business in a capable, competent manner but once on the open road, the dynamics, agility and performance of the car reveal themselves. The low-down torque provides loads of oomph and there is plenty left for overtaking at motorway speeds.
The precise steering aids confidence on twisting road and the car feels at times as if would be happy to compete in a rally, as it stands. The wider track provides a solid stance and the balance seems to be just right so that you feel in complete control. But then, just as quickly the Renault Megane will settle down for a trip to the supermarket with little hint of what it is capable. Great fun!
The Renault Megane II was the first in its class to be awarded a 5-star rating in the EuroNCAP safety tests and the new one carries on what has become the tradition. Moreover, Renault is justifiably proud of the fact that it is the only vehicle manufacturer to have gained the maximum 5-star rating no less than 11 times.
All of the new Renault Meganes feature the same safety systems including ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with ASR (Anti-skid Regulation) and CSV Understeer Control. Inside, there are front and rear curtain airbags, two-stage airbags in the front and front and rear side airbags.
Although the new Renault Megane Hatch is a little less radical in its styling than the previous model it still has all the drivability characteristics, which is a good thing. Removing any polarising design aspects such as the rear end was a serendipitous move considering the current economic climate and Renault can expect to see the new Renault Megane at the top of the best-seller list again.13 May 2009
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|