Renault Megane Coupe TCE 180 Privilege: Test Drive
14 January 2009
|Category:|| Lower medium|
|P11D price:|| £18,420|
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus|
We were really impressed with Renault's new Megane when we drove the five-door version late last year. The interior quality, subtly classy looks and great running costs all make the car a more credible Ford Focus rival than before.
But a third of sales will be the three-door version, branded Coupe by Renault's marketing department. So is a great-looking sporty version of the Megane a better bet?
Well, no. The big problem we found was a ride quality that bordered on horrendous in places thanks to a firmer sports suspension than the softer five-door.
The 180PS turbocharged petrol engine is also uninspiring. It doesn't feel as quick as the power or sub-8.0-second 0-62mph time suggest, and it's lacking in any sort of sporty exhaust note. It's also over the 160g/km capital allowance figure at 178 so doesn't make any sense for fleets, hence the 47.5p cost per mile figure.
On the plus side, there are 86, 106 and 130PS diesels that make more sense, as well as a 110PS 1.6 petrol.