In a bygone era of political incorrectness, the new Renault Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet might have been disparagingly referred to as a hairdresser’s car. The connotations of the insult were hard enough to work out then – a car that tousled your hair so badly you needed to stop off at Toni & Guy – but, in a broader sense, I suppose it inferred that "very pretty" came several places above "very fast" and "handles like a dream" on the design wishlist.
It would be a brave commentator who tried to pin the put down on the most elegant new member of the now fully fleshed-out Mégane range, even though the prioritisation of style over speed and sportiness still holds true. Mégane the hatchback is a serious player, not merely Europe’s current Car of the Year but also, for the first six months of this year, its best seller. And, of course, it takes more than radical rear-end styling to accomplish that.
Anyone expecting similarly challenging aesthetics from the C-C, though, is going to be disappointed. Its relationship with avant garde is about as distant as Sacha Distel’s is with Nu-Metal. Nowhere does the shape cause gasps of disbelief, just a nagging feeling you’ve seen it somewhere else. And in profile from a distance, its kicked-up tail and general proportioning is reminiscent of the Vauxhall Astra Cabrio’s.