2017 Renault Megane GT Review

2017 Renault Megane GT road test and review…

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a lover of hatches and the Renault Megane GT is another hatch that can join that bunch of favourites.

The Megane GT is a good combination of power, handling and design with European flair which you can only expect from the French brand.

There’s plenty of dynamism with 280Nm of torque making the most of the small 1.6 litre turbo engine.

There are several drive modes to choose from - neutral, comfort, personal (dynamic, drive system, power train, engine sound) and sport with a handy RS-Drive button for quick selection on the centre console.

Throttle control at slower speed can be jittery due to the dual clutch making smooth take offs impossible.

A small blight but it does affect the whole drive experience.

When up to speed acceleration is smooth cornering and handling is adept and the quiet cabin improves the overall ride quality.

Geared higher due to its sportier status, the Renault tends to holdonto gears before changing especially in the sports setting. As always you can override this manually.

Longer paddle shifters were something I was happy to see making changing gears more accessible mid turn with many other cars deficient in this department.

Watching the fuel gauge all week, the needle seemed to be falling fast although the end result was 8.5L/100km which is reasonable for a drive in sports mode for a large portion of the time.

Almost everything (except for the temperature setting) is controlled from the large touch screen which, at 8.7”, is quite large for a small car.

In addition to that, it is orientated in a portrait or vertical format allowing the user to choose to have a split screen with say, navigation and audio displayed concurrently.

It offers a nice interface with welcome graphics and sound as well as customisable choices for ambient lighting and different gauge layouts.

Any negatives?

Not too many fortunately. The window control switches are placed too far back as in the GT-Line especially if you’re not tall and have the seat pulled up closer to the wheel.

But then again, there isn’t much room to play in a car this size.

The side seat bolsters tend to get in the way, in particular when turning the wheel.

While their purpose is to keep you in the seat, the side bolsters protrude out under your elbows obstructing arm movements.

You can grab an optional sunroof or the premium pack (8.7” touch screen, 12 speaker Bose audio system, LED headlights) for $2000 each.

It comes with a raft of convenience including auto start/stop, cruise control and speed limiter, auto electric park brake with auto hold, park assist, a sliding armrest and rear air vents all for a decent $38,490.

Rear space is on the cramped side with a low roof line and less head room for taller passengers.

The boot too is average for a car of this category but is deep and can better contain loose items.

Summing it up, it may have a twitchy throttle and annoying seat bolsters, but the Renault Megane GT is one neat package with good performance, build and kit.

Stay tuned for a review of the next step down in the Megane range - the Renault GT-Line.

NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Renault Megane GT

Engine: 1.6 litre turbo petrol producing 151kW and 280Nm

Transmission: Seven-speed sports auto dual clutch

Warranty: Five years

Safety: Not yet tested

Origin: Spain

Price: from $38,490

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