The Renault Megane is just one of the sports car models the company manufactures in its own Dieppe-based factory. Counted among the elite of this company’s line, the Megane takes its cue from the company’s historical success with Formula One racing.
The Megane comes with a petrol or diesel engine. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is turbocharged at 225 bhp, while the diesel 2.0 dCi engine packs in 175bhp. There’s extra power at 230bhp for the Megane’s special R26 edition, which boasts of a zero to 62mph sprint speed within 6.5 seconds. The incredible power is delivered smoothly all throughout, even when shifting within several rev ranges. Although the diesel moves at a slightly slower sprint of 62mph in 8.3 seconds, the ride is just as smooth and is stable enough for anyone not particular about extreme speeds. You can also expect a seamless transition at the fourth gear, even as the car swerves into tight bends. Plus the diesel engine is very quiet and doesn’t distract as much as the petrol engine.
The Megane’s steering wheel stands out against its competitors, being able to resist going left and right when hard acceleration occurs. The vehicle’s front tyres are also less likely to spin away during forward motion and weight shifting into the rear. The steering is also quite inert and allows the driver to be more aware of what is going on. More speed is also carried into the bends and difficult turns. Some versions of the Megane support this movement with stiffer dampers and springs; these vehicles provide a sharper turn but tend to emphasize bumps while going on slower speeds.
All Renaultsport models come with the alloy wheels, electronic stability control, CD stereo, electric windows, cruise control, and air conditioning as standard. The higher end models offer a full leather trim with metallic paint as well as electronic climate control. If you want an even smoother ride and transition, then go for the cup models’ stiffer chassis; this variation also offers the option to disable electronic stability control.
The interior is quite roomy and treats drivers to supreme comfort: the front sports snug sports seats in its limited embellishments, plus you can also include the metallic effect and aluminum pedals for the trim inserts.
Safety is another great asset of the Renault Megane. Its safety kit includes anti-submarining airbags for the front seat cushions and standard airbags on all other seats. Electronic stability control assures proper movement during extreme emergency situations.
With the Megane comes the Renault’s reputation for inconsistent reliability. There have been reports of terrible customer services, particularly with difficult dealers. Expect some challenges when it comes to getting a good sale or certain features in your car. Other bad experiences report electrical faults; it’s best to review the dealer’s reputation or to get a direct sale from a reputable reseller. Thankfully no problems have been reported for the engine, gearbox, and body.
Overall, the Megane is a good choice for anyone after consistent performance on the road, particularly for driving enthusiasts after a sports car experience.
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