A Renault Mégane saloon has always done well in Ireland, with us being a nation of ‘big boot out the back’ lovers. Saloon sales are on a squeeze from SUVs, but Renault Ireland still believes in the value of the compact saloon in the Irish market. In 2017, the new Renault Mégane Grand Coupé (fancy name too!) arrived in Ireland to join the Mégane hatchback and Sport Tourer (estate).
Renault was right to defy market trends. The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé is now the bestselling model in the Mégane range in Ireland, outselling the hatchback and Sport Tourer.
What’s new for the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé in 2019?
Now in 2019, Renault Ireland has refreshed the Grand Coupé line-up. There are now three trim levels as opposed to four – Play, Iconic and Signature. And a petrol engine has joined the range for the first time. The new 1.3 TCe 140 engine is available in the Grand Coupé with a 6-speed manual or new 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox.
Renault’s 1.5 dCi engine has also been enhanced in 2019 with increased power at 115hp and is also available with 6-speed manual and 7-speed EDC gearboxes.
Style and space in the Mégane Grand Coupé
Renault has strapped the Grand Coupé moniker onto the Mégane saloon, which implies that this car has ‘notions’. But it’s not difficult to understand the popularity of the Mégane Grand Coupé. It’s a good looking car with design flair and elegant proportions giving it the presence of a larger and more expensive car.
The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé range starts from €23,940 in Ireland, which is an €1800 premium over the Mégane hatchback. But Grand Coupé buyers actually get a more spacious car because the wheelbase is longer than that of the hatchback. The rear legroom is more accommodating. The boot has a capacity of 503 litres, bigger than the hatchback, with reasonably good access for a saloon. Also since I last tested the car there is now a release button on the boot lid, which is great.
The Play trim level (from €23,940) replaces both the Expression and Dynamique Nav trims. Equipment includes Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, 7” touch screen, climate control and parking sensors.
The Iconic (from €26,140) replaces the Dynamique S Nav and has built-in navigation (7” screen), Multi-sense driving modes and the Visio Active safety system.
The sporty GT Line is preserved for the hatch, while the Grand Coupé gets the ‘grander’ Signature trim (from €28,440). This model has leather interior, 18” diamond cut wheels, 8.7” navigation screen and full LED lights.
The interior of the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé
The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé has a lot of rasmatazz on the outside but it’s a bit plainer on the inside. The most striking feature is probably the portrait style touchscreen which is quite unique in the segment. The interior is hardly the last word in sophistication with quite a few hard, scratchy plastics, but it’s perfectly acceptable.
The new petrol engine is a great addition to the Mégane Grand Coupé range. It’s a 1.3-litre turbo petrol unit that’s popping up in other Renault models too like the Kadjar. It’s got lots of power at 140hp and over a week of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 6.3 l/100km, with motor tax of €270 per year. There is also a 1.5-litre diesel engine with 110hp, which is the best for economy.
Driving the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé
On the road the Renault Mégane Grand Coupé 1.3 TCe is nippy and refined. The car moves well through corners with precision and good cruising ability on the motorway too. The gear change feels a bit slack but other than that I really enjoyed my time with this car. The ride comfort seemed more cosseting this time round too.
The Renault Mégane Grand Coupé is very impressive with this new petrol engine. This is a stylish saloon and while competition is fierce in the compact segment, the Grand Coupé has really hit its stride in terms of spec, comfort and refinement. The figures don’t lie. It’s Ireland’s favourite iteration of the Mégane and the addition of this smart little petrol engine should enhance its prospects even more.
Model tested: Renault Megane Grand Coupé Signature
TCe 140 GPF
Price: €28,440 (Range from €23,940)
Engine: 1.3-litre turbo petrol
Power: 140 hp
Torque: 240 Nm
0-100km/h: 9.7 seconds
Top speed: 203 km/h
Fuel Economy: 5.7l/100km
CO2 emissions: 130g/km
Motor tax: €270 per year