The fourth generation of the Renault Mégane hatchback goes on sale in Ireland priced from €19,490, and will be available from Irish Renault dealers this July.

The Mégane has been transformed with dramatic new styling, a lower stance, longer wheelbase, and the new car has the widest front and rear track in its class for a more dynamic look. The new Mégane’s distinctive front and rear lighting signatures are permanently lit when the engine is switched on.

There will be five trim lines for the Irish market: Expression (from €19,490), Dynamique Nav (from €23,990), Dynamique S Nav (from €25,290), GT Line Nav (from €25,990) and GT (from €30,690). Petrol models are available from €19,490, while diesels are available from €21,490.

Power will come from a 1.2-litre (130hp) TCe turbocharged petrol unit, and 1.5-litre (110hp) and 1.6-litre (130hp) dCi diesel engines. A manual gearbox will come as standard, with the option of an automatic on the 1.5-litre dCi diesel. The 1.5-litre dCi diesel will be the most efficient of the range with emissions of just 96g CO2 and fuel consumption as low as 3.7l/km (76.4mpg).

A range topping ‘Mégane GT’ will house a 1.6-litre TCe (205hp) turbo petrol engine developed by Renaultsport and mated to a seven speed automatic EDC gearbox. This sporty model will also include a class first: 4Control four-wheel steering for extra agility.

Standard equipment on Expression trim includes hill start assist, cruise control, electric front windows, air con and Bluetooth. Stepping up to Dynamique Nav looks worthwhile for 16” alloys, electronic parking brake, auto lights and wipers, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, electric, folding door mirrors, electric rear windows, digital speedometer, keycard entry and go, dual zone climate control, Multisense system (ambient lighting and driving modes selector), leather steering wheel, and R-Link 2 multimedia system with 7” touchscreen.

In 2017, a more economical diesel-electric ‘Hybrid  Assist’ model will join the Renault Mégane range as well as a sporty 165hp 1.6-litre dCi diesel for GT models.

Caroline Kidd