Renault launches 175bhp, 266lb ft diesel version of its Focus ST-fighter
16 March 2007

Renault has made an interesting addition to its hot hatchback range by announcing a diesel version of its Renaultsport Megane. The Megane Renaultsport dCi 175 will go on sale in April, priced from £18,930. Powered by a more fiercely blown version of the company's new 2.0-litre diesel engine, it's endowed with 175bhp at 3750rpm and a substantial 266 lb ft of torque at just 2000rpm.That, says Renault, makes it capable of dispatching the 0-62mph sprint in 8.5sec and of 137mph flat out, but more importantly, makes it a titanic performer at low engine speeds. In 6th gear, between 50- and 75mph, the Megane Renaultsport dCi 175 will outpull a Megane 225, Renault says.Being a diesel, the Renaultsport dCi will also be a lot cheaper to run than its petrol-powered sibling. The French firm quotes a combined fuel economy figure of 43.5mpg for the car, and carbon dioxide emissions of just 172g/km. That means it goes more than ten miles further per gallon of fuel than a Megane 225, and would be more than £230 a year cheaper for the 22 per cent company car tax payer. Standard equipment on the Megane Renaultsport dCi 175 includes air conditioning, 17in aluminium wheels, cruise control, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and the same chassis settings as the 165bhp Megane 2.0T Sport. The Megane Cup chassis, as featured on the Megane R26, is available as an option.

Our Verdict

Renault Megane

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

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