The Megane CC presents sun-lovers with a tricky decision. By far the best engine is the 1.9 diesel – its torque suits the CC’s character better than the 2.0 petrol. Thing is, do fashion-conscious CC owners really want to spoil their image with a diesel clatter?
Renault may have just made the decision easier, as buyers can now opt for a 2.0-litre petrol turbo. Not the 222bhp engine from the RenaultSport Mégane hatch, but a more modest 163bhp unit, offering 30bhp more than the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre. But it’s the 40 per cent of extra torque that’s more relevant, giving the CC a diesel-chasing 199lb ft.
Renault bills this as the high performance model. While at 8.7sec to 62mph it’s the fastest CC available, ‘high performance’ is a bit strong – ‘swift enough’ would be more appropriate. But the CC has never been about rapid travel: soft suspension, feel-free steering and a hefty kerbweight make it more suited to cruising than hustling.
The 2.0T makes the best of the car – like the diesel there’s enough torque to nip around town and cruise on the motorway, but with sufficient power to make it quick when you need it. In reality it offers as much performance as you will ever need. Any quicker and the car’s limitations (a high centre of gravity and body flex) really start to show.