What is it?
The new Renault Megane Coupe – a return to this market segment after an absence of five years. Renault launched the first Megane Coupe in 1996, which became Britain’s best-selling entry-level coupe for five years running.
Otherwise all-new, the Renault Megane Coupe is largely based on the platform of the Megane 2, though it gets significant modifications, including a re-designed rear beam axle, a new, more rigidly located front subframe and new electric power steering set-up.
The Renault Megane Coupe test car was powered by a 178bhp 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit, fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and a continuously variable inlet camshaft and driving a six-speed manual box.
What’s it like?
There’s no doubt the Renault Megane Coupe is a fine-looking machine, combining visual drama, an impressive, wide-track stance and more than a hint of Germanic solidity. It sits 43mm lower than the hatch, including 12mm lower suspension.
Inside, the cabin is wide and the footwells are broad and uncluttered, the pedals excellently placed – in left-hand drive at least. Even the headroom was good, even though this car was fitted with the glass roof panel.