The French car companies, with more than a century of car building experience behind them, have been enjoying a renaissance in recent times and Renault has been at the forefront of the improvements and innovations.
And the Megane is as good as any other cars coming out of the nation in 2017 (albeit this car is screwed together in Spain, but you know what I mean) and the Megane GT Wagon is a good example of this trend.
Just as good to look at as the hatch (reviewed here), the wagon maintains the sporty lines, while still retaining a somewhat traditional look.
The end result is a vehicle that should attract both family buyers and those looking for something with a sporty touch.
For the record, opting for the wagon brings a $1,500 price premium with prices here starting from just under $40,000.
On the Road
Powered by Renault’s willing 151kW/280Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged engine the GT boasts good acceleration that comes on smoothly (there’s even launch control).
A 7.4 second sprint to 100km/h justify the GT name and sporty enhancements.
Smooth is also the word to use when summing up the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, though there is just a micro-second of hesitancy when selecting a gear.
Combined fuel consumption is listed at just 6L/100km, though you can expect to use on the other side of 8L/100km in the city, still reasonable though given the capable engine.
The suspension, roadholding and steering (which is four-wheel steering) are first class.
On the Inside
The seats are generously-sized, though sporty in design and feel, and there’s good with leg and headroom both front and rear.
The rear cargo area boasts a 510-litre capacity and that is quite respectable, fold the rear seat down though and you can squeeze longer and bulkier items into a space that is 1504 litre in total capacity.
Not surprisingly, given this is the flagship model in the range, the Megane GT Wagon boasts a better than good list of standard gear, including:
- Forward collision warning/mitigation
- Reverse camera
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Auto parking
- Adaptive cruise control
- Heated front seats
The Renault designers have made sure the instruments and controls are well laced and nicely laid out to be easy to see and reach.
The Megane cabin is well insulated, though the low profile tyres tend to be a little noisy on coarse bitumen.
The 2017 Renault Megane GT Wagon is a top pick for Aussie car buyers wanting a sporty drive, but also plenty of practicality and usability.
The pricing is competitive for a car in this market segment and value is boosted by Renault’s five-year warranty.
Give it a go!
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Renault Megane GT Wagon
- Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 151kW/280Nm
- Transmission: Seven-speed auto (dual clutch)
- Safety: Not tested
- Warranty: Five years
- Origin: Spain
- Price: from $39,990