The French car maker offers the Megane in five-door hatch and wagon body styles, while the sportiest variant, the Megane R.S. 275 Cup comes as a coupe.
Lower-spec models are powered by a 1.2 litre tubo-petrol, however I had the keys to a Renault Megane GT.
As the GT name alludes, this is a very much a sports-focussed model.
It’s a model that only comes as a hatch and with just the one engine on offer – a 151kW/280Nm 1.6 litre turbo-petrol unit.
Previous versions of the Renault Megane never really impressed me a great deal, though this 2017 model is a much more polished performer.
On the road, I found the Megane GT to be civilised-enough in urban traffic and then fun to drive on the open highway.
The transmission does a good job of assisting the engine, and the suspension is good, but not brilliant, that’s despite the quite good handling.
The steering is responsive and with a four-wheel steering set-up this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The Megane GT even comes with a launch control system to help you get the power to the road. This helps the sports hatch dash to 100km/h in a very respectable 7.1 seconds.
While the performance doesn’t come at the expense of fuel consumption, combined fuel use is quoted at just 6.0L/100km.
Overall, I found the Renault Megane an easy and pleasant car to drive.
Renault has given the Megane a larger body in the current generation model and that gives you more rear legroom and additional cargo space.
Though one area that remains modestly sized is the width of the centre rear seat and that means that for any longer trips it really is only comfortably large enough for four adults.
An interior plus is the large centre-mounted ‘tablet style’ infotainment screen.
The range of standard features in the Renault Megane GT is impressive and include:
- 18” alloy wheels
- Dual-zone climate control
- Tilt and reach steering adjustment
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Heated front seats
- Height adjustable front seats
- Upgraded brakes
While optional extras include an electric sunroof ($1,990) and a Premium Pack and this adds things like an upgraded stereo system and LED headlamps and carries a $1,990 price premium.
You can also expect to hand over an extra $600 for metallic paint.
In addition, it has enough features and performance to fit in with most lifestyles.
The price tag is hefty, but compared to its hot hatch rivals it is actually very competitive and with a five-year warranty there’s no good reason not to take one home.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Renault Megane GT
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 151kW and 280Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Five years
Price: from $38,490