The All-New Renault Mégane is here (Sponsored)
Renault’s ground-breaking new Mégane hatchback is on sale now, setting new standards for design, driving fun and in-car technology
Renault’s new fourth-generation Mégane has launched in the UK, targeting top spot in the family hatchback class. Improvements across the board deliver significant steps forward in terms of driving dynamics, quality, technology, and design.
Following on from the successful third generation Renault Mégane, the new model places more of a focus on design, while a chassis created with help from Renault Sport ensures that Renault motorsport DNA is present in all aspects of the new family hatch.
Created with the passion and expertise we’ve come to expect from Renault, the new Mégane also offers levels of practicality, luxury and safety that set new standards for the Mégane range and the wider hatchback segment.
Renault Mégane: emotive design
The new Mégane’s striking design makes it stand out within the increasingly crowded hatchback market. It’s lower, wider, and longer than the previous car, giving it a more purposeful look that’s sporty, yet stylish.
New C-shaped LED daytime running lights front and rear give the Mégane an unmistakable light signature. Meanwhile, the familiar strong grille design leaves no doubt that this is a Renault through and through.
As your eye is drawn back towards the rear of the car, you’re bound to notice a strong ‘shoulder’ line. The new Renault Mégane has been designed to be low and sporty – bringing some coupe style to the family hatchback class. Optional sporty diamond-cut 18” alloy wheels (standard on the Renault Mégane GT) complete a striking look that’s bound to turn heads.
Inside, the new Renault Mégane aims to create the ambience of a top class executive car. It has the quality, design flair and cutting edge technology to shame many a more expensive models from classes above.
The optional vertical portrait-style touchscreen and wraparound centre console are unique touches, incorporating the latest Renault R-LINK 2 technology that makes it easier than ever to interact with the features in the car.
The Mégane is crafted with the finest materials – optional full grain Nappa leather and embossed velvet are hand-stitched for a quality, classy feel. Renault Mégane GT models also come with the option of Alcantara seats – adding yet more comfort and refinement to the car’s cabin. Yet despite all the luxury in evidence, this car has the DNA of Renault Sport running through it.
Renault Mégane: Renault Sport engineering
The new Mégane has been worked on by the same team of engineers who were responsible for Renault performance flagships like the Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R and Clio RS 220 Trophy. As a result the car is tuned for the perfect balance of agility, stability and comfort.
Being 25mm lower to the ground than the previous Mégane, yet with a wider wheelbase, pays dividends when it comes to handling. The adaptive driving modes ensure that the car is always ready for any road conditions.
Unique to this sector is the Mégane’s ground-breaking 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system – fitted to the stunning Renault Mégane GT. The advanced 4CONTROL system can aid the driver both in town and when cruising – improving the car’s turning circle at low speeds and improving agility at higher ones, while also requiring less effort from the driver.
The new Mégane’s engines draw on knowledge Renault has gained on the Formula 1 racetrack. New ‘Energy’ technology allows the Mégane’s TCe turbo petrol engines to give the power and torque of a much larger-displacement unit, but without the associated fuel expense. Impressive torque figures of up to 205Nm ensure the Mégane won’t be left behind at the lights either.
Impressive performance is also available from the Mégane’s dCi diesel engines, which provide fuel consumption up to 76.4mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 96g/km* – perfect for Company Car buyers.
Gone too are the days of conventional, power-sapping automatic gearboxes, with Renault’s Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) providing lightning-fast gear changes as well as the ease of use of a conventional automatic.
Renault Mégane: technology
The new Renault Mégane is crammed with exciting technology features. Situated in the dash is an optional portrait touchscreen that’s unique in the sector, and once you’ve tried it, you’ll wonder why every manufacturer isn’t offering something similar.
There’s a choice of 7-inch landscape or 8.7-inch portrait screen sizes and the interface is designed to be responsive and intuitive. You can control many aspects of the car, including the seats, ventilation controls, radio, and other multimedia settings all through the clear menu system.
Multimedia is another strong point of the Mégane thanks to Renault’s R-LINK 2 system. Bluetooth connection with compatible devices allows hassle-free hands-free calls, as well as providing a top-class navigation system with live traffic information.
R-LINK 2 also gives the driver unbridled access to a whole suite of connected apps. As well as live traffic, you can add the option of live weather, speed camera detection and info on local fuel prices. It truly is an infotainment system for the modern age.
Renault Mégane: safety
Keeping new Renault Mégane owners safer and less distracted on the road is the availability of voice recognition system, allowing key functions to be controlled while you keep both hands on the wheel.
Not all the technology is as obvious, though. The new Renault Mégane has a range of electronic systems working away behind the scenes to deliver the highest standards of active safety. What else would you expect from a company that’s produced some of the safest cars of modern times?
A history of conforming to motorsport’s strict safety regulations has allowed Renault’s design team to engineer safety solutions without compromising the rest of the car. In line with this, the new Mégane includes everything you could expect from a modern vehicle and more.
It incorporates the full roster of Renault’s optional ADAS – Advanced Driver Assist Systems – including Active Emergency Braking, lane departure warning, safe distance warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and many others.
Renault Mégane: adaptable driving modes
Five separate and customisable ‘MULTI-SENSE’ driving modes allow you to effortlessly tailor the new Mégane’s performance on the road to your tastes. Eco, Comfort, Neutral, Personal, and Sport (on Megane GT only) modes can alter everything – from the cabin lighting to the weight of the steering and throttle response.
It all means the new Mégane really can appeal to everyone, whether you’re chasing fuel economy, looking for sharp handling on a twisty road or simply longing for a relaxing place to enjoy a long journey.
The ambient lighting system will set the mood as it cycles through green, blue, red or violet depending on which driving mode profile is selected. The steering weight will become heavier in Sport mode, or lighter in Comfort and Eco mode, while the reconfigurable dial cluster will show all the information you need, changing to match the profile you’ve selected.
Even before you get to the driving part, the Mégane will welcome you as you approach. The key card’s presence signals the car to deploy the mirrors, turn on the ambient lighting, and unlock the doors. Then, at the end of your journey, it can use its optional Easy Park Assist system to simply guide you into a space.
Renault Mégane: a new standard in the hatchback class
The new Renault Mégane’s stunning design and user-friendly technology, motorsport DNA and advanced safety systems make it a car with the all-round abilities to redefine the family hatchback class.
New Renault Mégane has it all and to find out what makes it so special first hand, just visit your local Renault dealer.
*Official Fuel consumption figures are produced for comparison purpose and are measured according to the European Directive 80/1268/EEC. These figures are specific for a vehicle type and not for a single car. Real world fuel (actual) consumption can vary as the fuel efficiency of a vehicle is influenced by driving behaviour, weather and road conditions. The use of technical equipment for example air conditioning, can also effect the fuel consumption. For further information, please visit the Vehicle Certification Agency web site www.vca.gov.uk.
EMISSIONS Figures obtained from AAA-DATA (Association Auxiliaire de l’Automobile), a subsidiary of CCFA. AAA-DATA is an organisation that collates automotive industry data for authorities.
Best new car deals 2024: this week’s top car offers
Hot car deal: quirky Nissan Juke hybrid for £172 a month
10 smallest cars on sale 2024