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10 things we learned about the Renault Megane

Date: 16 December 2016   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Lower medium
Key rival: Ford Focus
Model tested: Megane GT Nav
Price as tested: £28,575

Can this sportier take on the Megane appeal as much as the frugal diesel, wonders Al Suttie?

1 - Renaultsport has had a hand in the suspension set-up of this car and it shows in the fine handling balance.

2 - In any situation, the Megane GT Nav turns into corners and hangs on with life-depends-on-it determination.

3 - We're not so convinced by the 4Control rear-wheel steer, but it doesn't detract from the Megane's fun drive on twisty roads.

Side

4 - Another area that fails to win us over is the Multi-Sense range of chassis settings. Just give us one that works in all conditions please.

5 - Even so, the Megane rides well for a sporty hatch, though we'd like some more feel through the steering.

6 - Now, what about the engine? Borrowed from the Clio RS, it suffers the same curious lack of aural appeal.

Rear

7 - From rest to 62mph in 7.2 seconds is certainly not sniff-worthy, but the motor never feels as eager or fun as a VW Golf GTI's.

8 - The seven-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission is a happy contributor to the GT Nav's experience, shifting smoothly.

9 - We can forgive the gearbox the occasional dither before changing down a couple of gears as it suits the car overall.

10 - Does the GT Nav have what it takes to tempts us from the fleet-favourite version? Afraid not, so we'll just have to wait for the full-bore RS.

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