New Megane Voted Diesel Car Of The Year 2003 | Part Two

Compact class winner - Renault Mégane 1.9dCi 120

The New Renault Mégane 1.9dCi 120 is quite simply ‘… the best small family diesel car to be introduced in the past year’, according to Diesel Car, giving a straightforward reason why it voted the Renault winner in the Compact class.

In addition to introducing stunning looks that have shaken up the small family car class Renault also adds a lot of substance to the style, starting under the bonnet. Diesel Car says ‘Its 1.9-litre dCi engine is an absolute gem: smooth, flexible power delivery and sweet-revving refinement, married to real punch and, perhaps most importantly, genuinely competitive fuel economy.’ The powerful brakes, accurate gearchange and handling that offers ‘seriously accomplished cross-country ability’, make the Mégane a real driving pleasure.

All this plus better specification, lower costs and being the safest car in its class with the only five-star EuroNCAP rating for a lower-medium car, the New Mégane comes out a clear winner.

Supermini class winner - Renault Clio 1.5dCi 80

As well as offering class-leading fuel economy and performance Diesel Car’s Supermini class winner has to offer other advantages and the Clio 1.5dCi provides them all. Big-car ride quality, a generous equipment specification and keen purchase price as well as being the ideal urban runabout and motorway cruiser rolled into one puts the Clio at the top of Diesel Car’s list.

The combination of excellent running costs plus a fuel consumption figure of 67.3mpg – Diesel Car managed 72.7mpg on a recent economy run – allows the judges to conclude

‘… we just can’t think of a better, more rounded diesel supermini at the price.’

Estate class winner - Renault Laguna Sport Tourer 2.2dCi 150

Another clear winner for Renault, the Laguna Sport Tourer 2.2dCi 150 scooped the Estate class award because it ‘dazzles with a blend of style, practicality, comfort and pace that is hard to beat in this sector.’

Providing style combined with a spacious interior, the Laguna Sport Tourer is an accomplished and relaxing mile-muncher thanks to its relaxed but powerful engine. Its long-gearing allows the car to cruise at 72mph at 2,100rpm while its 150bhp and 320Nm of torque makes it a 130mph car that can hit 60mph in 10 seconds while still returning an average 40mpg.

‘Backed up by an excellent safety record and attractive equipment levels, the Laguna Sport Tourer makes for a very civilised, sporting, yet relaxing car that just happens to be a spacious estate too,’ making it a winner in Diesel Car’s eyes.

New dCi engines on the way from Renault

The Diesel Car Awards panel will no doubt be keeping their eyes open for the latest diesel additions to the Renault engine and model line-up in time for next year’s awards. Appearing soon in the New Mégane range will be a 100bhp version on the 1.5dCi and a 140bhp version of the 1.9dCi units, which will also appear in the New Scénic, Sport Tourer and Sport Saloon models.

Published 22 June 2003 Melanie Carter

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