What is it?
The facelifted 2014 version of the Renault Mégane coupé.
Many of its rivals have since been considerably refreshed however, or renewed from the ground up, leaving the Renault trailing behind. New alternatives, like the second-generation Kia Cee'd, have further weakened its position.
So, in order to modernise the Mégane - and to bring it in line with the rest of the Renault family - it's received the brand's new visual identity. It entails a much more prominent Renault diamond on the nose, new bumpers, lights and grilles, and a new bonnet.
Renault also claims to have revised the suspension for 'strong dynamic performance', while a new 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine is available. The manufacturer's R-Link media system is offered too, alongside a host of technology packs.
The model tested here, a 1.6-litre diesel coupé in range-topping 'GT Line TomTom' specification, commands a price tag of £22,945. That's not insignificant, for a diesel hatchback, but adequate equipment levels go some way to justifying the price.
As standard it includes cruise control, a speed limiter, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, sat-nav, keyless entry and start, automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Opting for the GT Line TomTom further adds, over the Dynamique TomTom model below, myriad cosmetic upgrades. The most notable additions are 17-inch wheels, 'dark chrome' exterior trim, a Renaultsport steering wheel and two-tone Renaultsport seats.
These are complemented by a 'sports chassis' with lowered suspension. Our test car was additionally fitted with optional £595 metallic paint, the £300 R-Link multimedia system, a £95 spare wheel and a £600 reversing camera, bringing its total price to £24,535.