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Renault Megane Coupe (2009-2016) - Engines, drive & performance

Sharp handling backs up the sporty looks of the Renault Megane Coupe

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The Megane Coupe matches its sporty silhouette with a more racy driving style compared to the standard Megane hatchback. So much so that the Coupe has stiffer suspension compared to the five-door version. While it’s less forgiving on uneven roads, the Coupe’s overall handling capabilities, from steering to ride quality, are much better than the standard car’s.

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These improved handling characteristics benefit the hotter models in the range, which include the GT 220 and the full-fat Renaultsport model. Be careful with these versions, though – their suspension setups are particularly firm and can border on uncomfortable on typical UK roads.

Renault Megane Coupe petrol engines

The smallest engine on offer is a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol. It’s peppy and responsive, and the 115 and 130bhp versions are capable of taking the Megane from 0-62mph in 10.9 and 9.7 seconds respectively, with the latter model having an automatic gearbox as standard.

Move up to the 220bhp 2.0-litre in the GT 220 and things start to get exciting, with a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 149mph. It can be quite entertaining thanks to its firm suspension and tweaked steering. However, the GT 220 was never supposed to be a rival to a dedicated sports coupe like the Subaru BRZ, and if you're really interested in speed above all else, you're better with the Renaultsport Megane high-performance model, which is one of the most exciting cars to drive at any price.

Diesel engines

There are currently two diesel engines available for the Megane Coupe, which provide slightly uneven performance. However, both are smooth and feel powerful thanks to the low-down grunt on tap.

The smaller 1.5-litre produces 110bhp and is the slowest engine in the range, taking 12.1 seconds to reach 62mph from rest. That figure is reduced to 11.7 seconds if the optional automatic gearbox is specified.

In contrast, the more powerful 130bhp 1.6-litre diesel is one of the quickest engines in the range, as it’s the only one besides the GT and Renaultsport petrols to do 0-62mph in under 10 seconds.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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