220bhp GT 220 versions of the Megane Hatch, Coupe and Sport Tourer are now available, priced from £23,245
Doug Revolta Autocar
12 February 2015

A new, sportier version of the Renault Megane, the GT 220, has gone on sale in hatchback, Coupe and Sport Tourer forms, with prices starting at £23,245.

The GT 220 sits below the Renaultsport in the Megane range and will rival other warm hatchbacks such as the Kia Proceed GT.

Next generation Renault Megane Sports Tourer unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motorshow

Powered by a 220bhp version of the Renaultsport 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, the GT 220 covers 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 149mph.

The new model is based on the Megane GT Line TomTom but delivers up to twice as much power and features a Renaultsport-tuned chassis with stiffer springs and dampers, as well as larger Renaultsport front brake discs and 18-inch alloys.

The GT 220 uses the same rear bump stops as the Megane Renaultsport, and specific front and rear dampers on the GT 220 have calibration and valving based on its faster sibling.

Cosmetic changes include a special GT bumper design with a reshaped central air intake and an integral gloss black cross bar around the number plate.

Inside, sports seats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel come as standard, as do analogue dials and aluminium pedals. Interior door handles, outer air vent surrounds and the dashboard have a polished carbon finish.

Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, LED daytime running lights, Renault R-Link sat-nav, Bluetooth, USB, a rear parking camera and an upgraded Arkamys 3D sound system all come as standard.

Renault’s Stop & Start technology also comes as standard, and official figures claim the GT 220 can return 38.7mpg, emitting 169g/km of CO2.

Optional extras include heated leather seats and Renault’s Visio System, which includes lane departure warning.

The GT 220 will also come with Renault’s four-year or 100,000- mile warranty, as well as a three-year paint warranty and 12 years’ corrosion cover.

The Megane hatch GT 220 is priced from £23,245, the Coupe GT 220 costs £24,230 and the Sport Tourer GT 220 comes in at £24,245.

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12 February 2015
They say there's a car to suit every person,but,are there too many choices?

Peter Cavellini.

12 February 2015
When did 220HP in a Megane sized car and 149mph become a merely warm hatch. This must outperform almost every iteration of the Golf GTi before the current one, or does this just reflect too much time of Autocar staffers in exotica that normal people can't afford to appreciate how stunning it is that a sub £25K car can do this?

12 February 2015
why so late in the day? There's been a huge performance gap in the petrol range for a long time now

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

12 February 2015
A nice option to have, if the turbo has been tuned to give better low end response rather than just cutting max power/torque with a re map then It could be a better 'real world car' than the fire breathing model ?

12 February 2015
Interesting.

12 February 2015
Sorry Reckless Fox but it doesn't beat all Golf GTI's before it. Mk6 and Mk5's were quicker so you have to go right back to the MK4 with its 1.8 turbo and even then the 180bhp Anniversary was only a smidge off this from 0-60, albeit not very good round a corner! I am sure this is a good car but sadly things like a Leon FR or Focus ST blitz it in terms of ability/performance/price. And it's a shame they do...the French took such a hammering in recent years it's taking a lot to change people's perspectives back to being positive. I hope this car is a success and contributes towards helping change this perception.

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