• Sporty Renault Mégane gets a facelift

    by  • February 26, 2014 • Car Reviews, Test Drives

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    2014 Renault Mégane GT Line hatchback exterior front left static

    The new Renault Mégane is more stylish looking than ever

    The Renault Mégane has had a facelift, giving it a super-stylish exterior with smart looking LEDs and a sleek, bullet-like body.

    Inside the cabin of the GT Line test car there was a strange juxtaposition of expensive looking sports trim and less expensive looking plastics.

    Playing on its sports credentials, the leather gearbox and Renault Sport seats had red stitching, the gear stick was topped in chrome and the car also had Renault Sport embossed on the door sills.

    Legroom in the front of the cabin was great, and I found it really easy to find a comfortable driving position.

    Rear legroom was not as generous, however, so best to keep the six footers out of the back seat. Two average sized adults would fit comfortably in the back.

    There was also a decent sized boot and the test car came with a spare wheel.

    The infotainment unit comprised radio/CD/USB/Aux and Bluetooth. The latter was easy to set up
    for phone calls and music streaming.

    2014 Renault Megane GT Line hatchback interior cockpit

    The sports seats in the Renault Mégane GT Line were very comfortable

    However, on the whole I found the small buttons on the unit a bit fiddly. I did like the TomTom SatNav unit though.

    The car also had a decent dual zone climate control system, meaning there were no rows over whether the cabin was too hot or too cold.

    The test car had a push button start, but unusually the key card had to be placed into its slot in the centre console for the engine to be started.

    While I wasn’t a big fan of the cabin, where I was impressed was with the drive.

    The test car was a 1.5DCi 110 six-speed manual diesel with a manual handbrake and fuel efficient stop/start technology.

    It also had always-on cruise control/speed limiter – but it did not hold the speed if you changed gear.

    Our route in this car took us on city, country, motorway and mountain roads and I quite enjoyed my time behind the wheel.

    I found that it handled well, worked nice and smoothly through the gears and was fast enough at the lights.

    It was great fun over the mountains and was very fuel efficient.

    Overall, I thought the Renault Mégane GT Line hatch was a good looking car with a good drive but I was disappointed with the interior.

    The Renault Mégane is available now, with prices starting from €18,990. Prices for the GT Line trim I was driving start from €24,590.

    Tech Spec
    Engine: 1.5DCi 110 six speed manual diesel
    Acceleration: 0-100kph in 12.1 seconds
    Maximum Speed: 190kph
    CO2 emissions: 90g/km
    Combined fuel economy: 3.5l/100km
    Annual road tax: €180

    Visit the Renault Ireland website or its Facebook page for further details.