Renault Mégane 2016: First test, engines, technical data – The Mégane is chic – but not practical

Renault promises more quality, more high-tech, style and old virtues of the new Mégane. But the compact graders can redeem all of this? First test.

The Renault Megane was in France last only number two among the compacts - that should change with the new generation quicklyThe Renault Megane was in France last only number two among the compacts - that should change with the new generation quickly Source: Renault

Lisbon - French charm, a few German virtues and a 5-year warranty under Korean model. In our opinion, the new Renault Mégane is one of the most French cars that you can buy at the moment. Nevertheless, we recognize four a little influence from other countries in generation number.

Renault has invested heavily

MOTOR-TALK editor Björn Tolksdorf in the new Renault Mégane MOTOR-TALK editor Björn Tolksdorf in the new Renault Mégane Source: MOTOR-TALK Let's start with the German virtues: It may be a cliché, but solid build and high quality materials are not among the things that can be directly connected to the French cars. Here Renault has invested heavily - and successfully.

Except for a few hard plastic remains the materials are attractive and processing quality, This applies both inside and outside. Askew parts, loose roof lining and cheap surfaces are nowhere in this French. That's strong, Renault, and no worse than the competition from Germany or Korea. In order for the experienced as many customers as possible, Renault Germany offers as standard to a five-year warranty.

On the back seat is tight

For all the love for aesthetics unfortunately practicality have a little lost sight of the French. Rear although there is plenty of room for the head to the knees but it pinches. The space is comparable to that in the current Ford Focus and falls short of the new Opel Astra.

Who wants to load the 384 liter boot must overcome a high and wide sill and thereby take good care of the paint of the rear apron. In addition, the folded-over backrest forms a bulky level on the truck bed.

The new Mégane looks sporty. This is partly at the expense of practicality The new Mégane looks sporty. This is partly at the expense of practicality Source: Renault In the front row is nothing to remember of all this. Driver and front passenger sit on comfortable, wide seats and enjoy surcharge an air cushion massage. The steering wheel has considerable adjustment; a comfortable seating position is thus found quickly.

In higher equipment Renault mounted digital speedometer from Espace and Talisman and a Tesla-like, upright touchscreen. Who often sat as a child long before the game console will love the Mégane. An adaptive suspension as its big brothers does not provide the Mégane, but Steering, engine sound, accelerator mapping and display color can be adjusted to taste, or in four pre-programmed driving modes. There is also a head-up display, most wizards from the Renault-Nissan modular system and LED headlamps.

Test drive in the 130-horsepower diesel engine and large range

We drive the Mégane with the time being most powerful diesel with 130 hp. The manual transmission feels a little limp on, but it misses the shift lever easily in the seven streets. The high-torque and low-noise engine pulls the Mégane easily up the hill and is content on our test round with 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. Toll: Even at high speeds the noise level remains pleasantly low. In fast corners the Mégane can be fun. The steering is translated directly un-French, the chassis is safe and comfortable, without much aufzuschaukeln. A well-tuned car.

A bit of Tesla in the new Mégane: In the center console sports a huge, upright display A bit of Tesla in the new Mégane: In the center console sports a huge, upright display Source: Renault Skip to Start Six engines and six equipment ready to either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual clutch transmission with six or seven courses. The combined Grand Tour follows in the summer, as well as a 165-horsepower diesel. 2017 Renault also wants stoking a diesel hybrid. A coupe version, there will be no more.

And the prices? Most Mégane variants remain a few hundred euros lower than the prices of the German competitors like Opel Astra and Ford Focus with comparable equipment and motorization. These always Renault has a sixth gear and five-year warranty (up to 100,000 km). If that's not enough, you should dig deeper. Because for generous discounts the Renault dealers were never embarrassed the Mégane.

And where's the sport?

At a New Mégane is usually followed also A new Mégane RS. However, the French want to continue building their Nurburgring record holder until the end of 2016 on the basis of its predecessor. On successors will still fiddled says Philippe Varet by Renault Sport. All wheel drive? He shakes his head. Renault sets the RS on more power and less weight. however, it is conceivable Renault's all-wheel steering "4Control" which will be available from March in the Mégane GT.

Renault Megane: Engines

  • 1.2 liter turbocharged gasoline engine, 101 hp, 6-speed manual transmission
  • 1.2 liter turbocharged gasoline engine, 132 hp, 7-speed automatic dual clutch 6-speed manual transmission /
  • 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline engine, 205 hp, 7-speed double-clutch automatic transmission (only GT)
  • 1.5-liter turbo-diesel, 90 hp, 6-speed manual transmission / -speed twin clutch automatic
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel, 131 hp, 6-speed manual transmission
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel, 165 hp, 6-speed automatic dual clutch (only GT / 2. Half 2016)

Renault Megane: Specifications

The easiest

  • Motor: 1.2 liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine
  • Transmission: six-speed manual transmission
  • Power: 101 hp (74 kW)
  • Torque max: 175 Nm b. 1.500 U / min
  • 0-100 km / h: 12.3 sec
  • Top speed: 179 km / h
  • Consumption: 5.4 l / 100 km (NEDC)
  • CO2: 120 g / km
  • Length: 4.36 m
  • Width: 1.81 m
  • Height: 1.44 m
  • Wheelbase: 2.67 m
  • Trunk: 384-1247 l
  • Leegewicht: 1,280 kg
  • Price: from 16,790 EUR
  • Market opening: March 2016

The (preliminary) most powerful diesel

  • Engine: Four-cylinder turbodiesel
  • Transmission: six-speed manual transmission
  • Power: 131 hp (96 kW)
  • Torque max: 320 nm b. 1.750 U / min
  • 0-100 km / h: 10.0 sec
  • Top speed: 199 km / h
  • Consumption: 4.0 l / 100 km (NEDC)
  • CO2: 103 g / km
  • Leegewicht: 1,393 kg
  • Price: 25,090 EUR
  • Market opening: March 2016

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