Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet
Renault Megane

I picked the right week to test the new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet. It included the hottest day, so far, this year and plenty of time to take advantage of the sunshine.

The Coupe-Cabriolet is just one of the five forms of the newly revised Megane range. All of them have had a face-lift and now sport a V-shaped front grille, narrow, tapered headlights and a more prominent Renault emblem. Except for the Coupe-Cabriolet, the rear light cluster has also had a makeover along with a new bumper.

The test car was Pearl Black, a colour that makes the car look mean and moody. When the roof is up, it has the classic lines of a smart coupe however, it loses something when the glass roof is folded away. By necessity, the windscreen, with its heavy leading edge, extends well over the cabin. The reasons for this are extra stiffness and occupant protection in the event of a crash and there is less roof to fold into the boot.

Just like the Nissan Micra C+C , the roof has been design by Karmann and the similarities are obvious especially the fact that it also takes 22 seconds to open and close.

Inside, there has been a change to the trim and details. The Dynamique, as tested, now has chrome surrounds to the air vents, dark-carbon faced dials and handles, which look like back massagers.

The Dynamique is the middle trim level and costs £20,305 with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. Both the entry-level Authentique and the Dynamique have dark-carbon interiors with cloth-covered seats but the Dynamique has a matt-anodised centre console and stainless steel trim along the top of the glovebox.

Published : 13/05/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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