New bioethanol-powered hatch goes on sale in France
9 July 2007

Renault's joining the bioethanol bandwagon with E85 versions of the Megane hatch and estate.Like Saab's bioethanol cars, the new Meganes will be able to run on E85 bioethanol – which is 15 per cent petrol, 85 per cent biofuel – or ordinary unleaded petrol in any combination.The new cars use an adapted version of Renault's 1.6-litre, 104bhp engine. The fuel tank, injection system and combustion chamber all needed modification.Renault used expertise developed in Brazil, where it has been selling bioethanol versions of the Clio and Megane since 2004.The new Meganes go on sale in France at the end of June, for €200 (£135) more than the standard petrol equivalent, hitting UK showrooms a few months later at the end of 2007.No official prices have been announced for what will be Renault's first UK bioethanol car, but the two per cent reduction in company car tax now valid for biofuel-powered cars should make the new Meganes a fleet favourite.

Our Verdict

Renault Megane

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

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • BMW M5
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    Super saloon deploys four-wheel drive to improve every facet of its driving experience. Faster and more capable than any, and more exciting than most, of its celebrated predecessors
  • Range Rover Sport SVR
    First Drive
    22 March 2018
    More power and an intoxicating soundtrack have breathed new life into our love affair with the biggest, baddest Range Rover Sport variant
  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring