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RENAULT MEGANE HATCHBACK

1.3 TCE Iconic 5dr Auto

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The family hatchback sector is bursting with talent. Can the current Renault Megane come out on top? June Neary reports

Will It Suit Me?

When I think of a Renault Megane - if I ever do at all - then it tends to be the second generation version with its trendy vertical rear end. Its styling was a bit of an acquired taste but at least people talked about it. That was less true of the car's MK3 successor, but this current MK4 model once more has a bit of style about it, the point of which is to give this car a bit of its own personality again. This is a good idea because there's never been very much wrong with the Megane in my humble opinion. More recent versions have long since lost the airfix kit-like cabin fittings you found in original models and have instead added in wafer-thin panel gaps, classy materials and solid nuggety cuteness. It all should have long ago made this a car a real rival for Volkswagen's disappointingly conservative MK7 Golf, as well as for cars like Peugeot's 308, Ford's Focus, Toyota's Corolla and Vauxhall's Astra. And Renault could still severely frighten these models if enough people can be persuaded to get behind the wheel of this much improved MK4 Megane.

Practicalities

My better half and I shared the driving on a recent round trip and got to know the five-door car pretty well. The driving position suited us both, the adjustable steering wheel a welcome feature, given our different shape and sizes! The seats are firm but supportive and over the distance pretty comfortable. Children will be happy as sandboys in the back seat - which, unlike in some cars we've driven recently, is deep enough to accommodate booster seats and the like. The boot was surprisingly spacious for a medium-sized family hatchback at 434-litres, although we weren't overloaded with bags on this occasion. I'm sure that we'd have no gripes about luggage space for our fortnight summer holiday all the same. I thought that Renault's unparalleled experience in the MPV market shone through with this car, not only in terms of passenger space - which is excellent - but also in the provision of multifarious cubbies, boxes and pockets. Higher end versions get a smattering of chrome cabin trim, along with Nappa leather trimmings to help lift things further. While a 7" touchscreen infotainment system in the traditional landscape format is fitted to most models, plusher trims receive something a little different. Aping the Tesla Model S, Renault offer an 9.3" touchscreen in a portrait orientation.

Behind the Wheel

The engine line-up is a mixture of familiar carry-overs and new arrivals. If you plan to take on the likes of the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308, you need to come equipped with a lot of engine choices and Renault doesn't fall shy in that department The mainstream Megane range is based around just two engines, a 1.3-litre TCe 140 petrol unit and a 1.5-litre Blue dCi 115 diesel. Both come with the option of dual clutch EDC auto transmission. There's now a plug-in hybrid option too. Refinement is significantly better in this MK4 model thanks to a stiffer body shell, thicker window glass, improved door seals and greater use of foam and felt in areas where road, wind or powertrain noise could be transmitted into the cabin. A more individual driving experience is offered by Multi-Sense technology, which allows drivers to personalise the accelerator pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight and interior lighting ambience through a choice of five colours, plus - where fitted - the speed of the gear changes through the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) auto gearbox. Even more crucial is the way that the design has retained its top safety credentials. Electronic aids include autonomous braking for emergency scenarios, adaptive cruise control that can increase and decrease the speed of the car in traffic plus warnings for speed limits, braking distances and lane departure. Those that struggle to park will appreciate the front, rear and side parking sensors and the hands-free parking ability of higher end models. In other words, should you manage to bend a new Megane, you'll have really excelled yourself.

Value For Money

Megane buyers get the choice of a five-door hatch or the Sport Tourer estate bodystyle. Prices range in the £19,000 to £30,000 bracket. That's about on par with most of its mainstream rivals but usefully undercuts vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf. Trim levels range from 'Play' to 'Iconic' to 'GT-Line'. Across all these levels, to compete in the Focus family hatch segment, this car will need to be very well equipped - and is. All models get Bluetooth connectivity, an automatic electronic parking brake, LED daytime running lamps, tinted windows, a 7-inch TFT instrument panel with digital speedometer, all-round electric windows, a leather steering wheel and a DAB radio with fingertip controls and an AUX input. Higher specification models benefit from such niceties as full LED lights front and rear, TFT instrument display, a driver's seat with massage function and a nine speaker BOSE stereo with an amp and subwoofer.

Could I Live With One?

On the whole, I found little to criticise with the latest Megane - and at last, it has a bit more French character, if not in quite as extreme a way as its MK2 model predecessor. Probably, that's a good thing. Add in frugal engines and high equipment levels and at the right price, here's a Focus-sized family hatch that's worthy of comparison to virtually any of its rivals.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions133.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed127mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 7" TFT Driver information display
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Door/boot open warning light
  • Easy link navigation with 7" touchscreen+4x20W amplifier+FM DAB double tuner, sound auditorium, 2xUSB/1xjack/bluetooth, smartphone integration plus
  • Eco mode
  • Exterior temperature indicator
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Multisense with 3 driving modes + 8 ambient lighting colours
  • Oil level gauge
  • Power assist steering
  • Rev counter
  • Trip computer
  • Visio system - lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high/low beam

Entertainment

  • 2 USB slots at rear
  • 4x35W speakers with 3D sound
  • Fingertip audio system remote control

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured shell door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
  • Extra tinted rear windows and tailgate with heating function
  • Frameless rear view mirror
  • Front and rear towing rings
  • Front fog lights
  • Full LED headlights
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Indicators with side repetitions
  • Integrated fuel filler cap
  • Rear wiper
  • Signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights

Interior Features

  • 3 height adjustable rear headrestraints
  • 3 seat rear bench
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable dashboard illumination
  • Air recirculation facility
  • Driver/passenger reading lights
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Front centre armrest with storage
  • Fully adjustable front headrests
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox
  • Heating ducts to rear passenger feet
  • Height adjustable driver seat
  • Iconic cloth upholstery
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Interior courtesy light operated by all doors
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lumbar adjustable driver seat
  • Pollen filter
  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear courtesy lights
  • Sunvisor mirrors with light

Safety

  • 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS with EBD and emergency brake assist
  • Driver and front passenger seatbelt undone warning audible alert
  • Driver two stage auto adaptive airbag
  • Dust protection kit
  • Electronic parking brake
  • ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with ASR (Anti-Skid Regulation) and UCL (understeer logic control)
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front lateral airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation with child seats
  • Front passenger two stage auto adaptive airbag
  • Gravel protection kit
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts with double pretensioners
  • Hill start assist
  • Rain protection kit
  • Rear seatbelt undone audible alert
  • Side impact protection bars
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Anti-drill door locks/ignition barrel
  • Hands free key card
  • Insurance approved Cat 1 alarm system and immobiliser
  • RAID (Renault Anti-Intruder Device) with automatic door locking
  • Superlocking

Wheels

  • 16" Impluse diamond cut alloy wheels

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    134
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    133

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1333
  • Compression Ratio
    Not Available
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.5
  • Engine Code
    H5Ht 490
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    47.9

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    140
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TCE
  • Coin Series
    Iconic
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    9.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    140
  • Engine Power - KW
    103
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    177
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    24.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    240
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    127

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    IMPULSE
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1447
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4358
  • Wheelbase
    2669
  • Width
    1858
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2058

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1823
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1258
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    402
  • Max. Loading Weight
    461
  • Max. Roof Load
    80
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1650
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    655
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1362
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.3
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Customer Reviews

   
Julie Judge

Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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Sean Annells

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"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

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