2017 Renault Megane GT-Line road test and review…
A different drive, ride and drivetrain separate it, and the rest of the range, from the sportier model.
Driving the GT-Line is a 1.2 litre turbo engine in place of the 1.6 litre turbo and while it still possesses the seven-speed auto dual-clutch transmission, it’s left underpowered and not as responsive.
It doesn’t have the same feel and is nowhere near as tight as the GT with lighter steering and brakes that aren’t as responsive.
Even the engine note is more hollow and doesn’t have the same growl as the GT.
The accelerator is a little jumpy when you step down making it hard to be precise requiring to gain smooth execution and the dual clutch didn’t noticeably offer faster shifts than a standard transmission.
What is still present is the manoeuvrability. Despite the throttle issue it handles corners and bends competently tested on a winding trip up the mountains.
But comparing apples with apples, the Renault Megane GT-Line holds its own against comparable models with its French style and, in my opinion, one of the most attractive front ends out there.
Fuel use is about average, displaying 8.3L/100km in my drive though it seemingly chewed through the tank at a faster rate.
The compact size not only makes it more nimble but easier to park assisted by the reverse camera with adaptive guidelines. Although you will have to deal with less interior space especially with a low rear roof line and limited head room.
Another great convenience is the auto hold function on the auto electric park brake cutting out one extra step when parking or taking off.
For more conscientious driving, there is an Eco shortcut button on the dash instead of an RS-Drive button in the GT version.
This switches in the drive mode into the most economical settings of the five available choices while also offering Eco tips on how to be more economical and an assessment of your acceleration and anticipation habits.
All of this is displayed on the large 8.7” portrait orientated touch screen, part of the Renault Premium Pack which also comes with a 12 speaker Bose system and LED headlights.
Air conditioning is controlled from the touch screen along with customisable features including selections for sound, lighting, driving components, sensor sounds and driver assist systems.
It’s rare to find this kind of screen in this grade or size of car which is a welcome offering however the touch sensitive buttons surrounding are less favourable to me.
What is preferable is the graduated dial control for the sunroof on the ceiling instead of a plain switch.
Heated seats, park assist, auto start/stop, cruise control and speed limiter are just some of the other noteworthy features.
The GT-Line boasts the same large seat bolsters around the sides and the legs which served a greater purpose in the performance grade Megane GT but only keeps with the theme of the rest of the lower spec models.
At $32,490 it is priced just slightly higher than its competitors but you do get the European styling and quality.
In the end the Renault Megane GT-Line is a quite a liveable car and while it’s no Megane GT, is a good mover with good specs offered for a small car.
NUTS and BOLTS 2017 Renault Megane GT-Line
Engine: 1.2L turbo petrol producing 97kW and 205Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed sports auto dual clutch
Warranty: 5 Year/Unlimited km
Safety: Not yet tested
Price: From $32,490