From £15,920
Overall it lacks any significant driver involvement

Our Verdict

Renault Megane
It's hard to make a case for any of the non-sporting Megane range

The Renault Megane looks bland, and it's not that good to drive either

10 November 2010

What is it?

This is the coupé cabriolet version of the current incarnation of Renault's Mégane hatch. Specifically, it's the top-spec GT, in diesel form, with Renault's 158bhp, 280lb dCi engine under the bonnet.

It's not the first time we've driven a Mégane CC; the 1.4 TCE Dynamique variant has been subjected to a full Autocar road test, and we have driven the open-top GT dCi before, too, but this is our first opportunity to sample it on the UK's roads.

See pics of the Megane CC in action

What's it like?

All of our previous road test conclusions regarding the 1.4 TCE CC still stand: it's a pretty refined car overall with surprisingly little roof-up wind noise, and it has a half-decent ride on smoother roads. However, it's aesthetically challenged at the rear and the ride and dynamics suffer on bumpy and broken surfaces, and particularly so when the car is under even the slightest lateral load. It also suffers a disconcertingly soft brake pedal action, has huge, heavy doors, and overall it lacks any significant driver involvement.

That's not to say the GT diesel can't be an enjoyable drive, but it's not exactly an engaging one. The motor is smooth and torquey, if a little raucous and gravelly sounding, especially around town. It makes a pleasant enough motorway cruiser, though, at which times the Renault should return mpg figures in the high 30s to low 40s. This drops significantly around town, however, in no small part due to the extra weight of the folding roof.

In GT trim the Mégane comes with 18in alloys which, surprisingly, don't seem to harm the ride too adversely. What they do, however, is transmit a significant amount more road noise into the cabin.

And of course you can drive it with the roof down, which is the CC's USP. And that in itself is a function which the car performs well provided you're happy with the inevitable loss of boot and rear passenger space.

Should I buy one?

If your sole goal is to be driving a French-built coupé cabriolet then the Mégane is admirably fit for purpose. In GT diesel guise, however, the Mégane CC isn't a cheap car and it’s hard to recommend over a VW Eos. The Renault's engine is a fine performer and there are nice touches to the GT's interior (although as a roofless coupé it could do with heated seats as standard, not a £305 option) but there are too many aesthetic and dynamic compromises to swallow before justifying the purchase price.

Renault Megane 2.0 dCi CC

Price: £28,870; Top speed:134mph; 0-62mph: 9.4sec; Kerb weight: 1625kg; Economy: 42.1mpg combined; CO2: 175g/km; Engine layout: 4 cyls, 1995cc; Power: 158bhp at 3750rpm: Torque: 280lb ft at 2000rpm; Gearbox: 6spd manual

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Comments
7

18 November 2010

might I be the first to say,

HOW F. MUCH!?

18 November 2010

Far too expensive and much too heavy by about 300kgs. The perfect example of the problem of the Coupe Convertible.

18 November 2010

It's actually on a par with the competition in reality. However, if you can get a Laguna Coupe for £16k without haggling, then this does seem a pointless buy. Actually, a cabriolet version of the Laguna Coupe would do the trick...

18 November 2010

They've obviously put that great big, black undertray at the rear of the car to help disguise the bulk of the back end, but it looks terrible.

19 November 2010

Sounds rather underwhelming

20 November 2010

Well, it is a French car after all. What more can I say.

fat

23 November 2010

It would be nice Autocar if you at least show a picture of the car you tested a 2.0dci is available in a GT only.

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