The 2020 Renault Mégane

2020 Renault Mégane Update Includes A Hybrid

The 2020 Renault Mégane
The 2020 Renault Mégane

The Renault Mégane has been updated for 2020 and will feature a plug-in hybrid for the first time!

The headlamps, tail lights and fog lights are now all LED with dynamic indicators at the rear for the first time.There's a new front bumper as well as a new nose and lower grille, incorporating chrome trim on certain derivatives. The new fog-light surrounds have chrome trim and air deflectors at the front of the wheel arches for improved aerodynamics. The design of the wings has also been changed and they also feature door-handle lighting. New 16- and 18-inch wheels are also available as an option. New colours include Solar Copper, Baltic Grey and Highland Grey.

The 2020 Renault Mégane will have a revamped and modernised interior. There's a new 9.3-inch screen for the multimedia system and a 10-inch digital instrument cluster. Equipped with new driver-assistance systems for the safety and comfort of all passengers, customers can choose the optional Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, a Level 2 autonomous system that ensures comfort and peace of mind while driving.

The interior of the Renault Mégane R.S. Line
The interior of the Renault Mégane R.S. Line

A new R.S. Line trim level is introduced for the Mégane in 2020 and replaces the previous GT Line trim. The new Mégane R.S. Line features the F1 blade, the iconic signature of R.S. models. There's also a honeycomb front-end grille and special 17-inch or optional 18-inch alloy wheels. The tail is more muscular, with two exhaust tail pipes on the hatchback and one chrome tail pipe on the Mégane Estate. Inside there are sport seats with additional lateral support, carbon-look inserts, a sporty perforated leather steering wheel stamped with the double R.S diamond and a sporty aluminium pedal unit.

The Mégane is available as a hatchback, estate, saloon and high performance Megane R.S. 280 and Trophy versions. Petrol and diesel engines feature and now for the first time a 1.6-litre 'E-TECH' Mégane plug-in hybrid with 160 hp. It will be available initially on the Mégane Sport Tourer, and later offered on the hatchback version. It has an electric range of 48 km (WLTP).

In petrol, the 2020 Mégane still offers the 1.3 TCe turbo petrol engine with 140hp with a six-speed manual transmission or dual-clutch seven-speed EDC automatic transmission.

In diesel, the updated Mégane offers two versions of the Blue dCi 115 engine and is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission.

In Ireland the 2020 Renault Mégane range goes on sale from July 2020 for the 202 registration plate and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch.

Now you can plug-in your Mégane for the first time!
Now you can plug-in your Mégane for the first time!

Renault Megane TCe 130 Petrol

Renault Megane TCe 130 Petrol Now Available In Ireland

Renault Ireland has added a new engine to the Renault Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer range. The Megane is now available to order in Ireland with a 1.2-litre TCe 130 turbo petrol engine, priced from €20,740.

The new Megane TCe engine is available across Expression, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav and GT Line Nav versions of the Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer.

According to Renault, this engine brings "a new level of refinement and performance to Megane, while offering lower nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions than diesel versions".

Updated infotainment for new Megane

Dynamique Nav trim and above includes Renault’s RLink 2 multimedia system, which now features Apple Car Play and Android Auto, as well as built-in satellite navigation.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland: “As the demand for petrol continues to grow, we are delighted to increase our range of petrol cars with the new Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer TCe 130 in 2018, the most powerful entry-level petrol engine in its class. The Megane range continues to be our best-selling Renault model, proving its popularity among customers.”

For more information visit www.renault.ie


Renault Mégane Sport Tourer Ireland

Renault Mégane Sport Tourer Goes On Sale

Following on from the launch of the new Mégane hatchback over the summer, the new Renault Mégane Sport Tourer is arriving in Ireland in December. The new Mégane estate is available to order now, priced from €20,490.

The Renault Mégane Sport Tourer is even more practical than the hatchback with boot space of 521 litres, expanding to 1,504 litres with the rear seats down.

Like the hatchback, the new Mégane estate will be available in five trim levels - Expression, Dynamique Nav, Dynamique S Nav, GT Line and GT.

Standard equipment includes front and rear LED daytime running lights, 16-inch wheels, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio with fingertip controls, an AUX input, a two-way adjustable steering column and height adjustable driver and passenger seat.

At launch there is a choice of four engines for the new Mégane estate – two TCe turbocharged petrol options with capacities and power outputs of 1.2-litre/130hp and 1.6-litre/205hp (GT only). The turbodiesel alternatives are a 1.5-litre dCi 110hp or a 1.6-litre dCi 130hp engine. Manual and automatic transmissions are available.

Petrols start at €20,490 and diesels start at €22,490.

The new Renault Mégane Sport Tourer is available to order for 171 registrations in Renault dealerships around Ireland now.

Caroline Kidd


Renault Megane GT Line ireland review

Renault Megane GT Line 1.5 dCi 110hp Review

Renault Megane GT Line ireland review
The new Renault Megane GT Line

Since I first caught glimpse of its curvy behind at the Megane’s world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015, I’ve been itching to drive the new Renault Megane.

Renault, you may have noticed, has been churning out some great designs over the last few years courtesy of design chief Laurens van den Acker – think Clio, Captur and Kadjar.

The new Megane is possibly the best yet. We may eat with our eyes, but for most of us, we buy cars with them too, and the Renault Megane has traffic stopping angles and curves. The new Megane’s distinctive front and rear lighting signatures are permanently lit when the engine is switched on, so there’s always that bit of drama about the Megane.

Together, it’s not a bad look at all for what underneath is a pretty conventional, mass market five door hatchback with a sub €20,000 entry price.

The design team has also done a good job inside the new Megane, and it feels just as fresh and modern as the outside.  A colour digital speedometer is the focal point for the driver and a very neat touchscreen system sits in the centre console for controlling infotainment and viewing vehicle information and settings. The quality of the plastics and materials is generally good around the cabin, and sporty GT Line cars have some lovely blue stitching and blue trim on the doors and dash.

Renault Megane review ireland
Renault Megane: Cabin design is fresh and modern, with plenty of new gadgets

The cabin space is adequate for this class. Get into the rear and legroom does not seem as generous as in some rivals and the middle seat passenger will feel short changed on space. It looks like cabin space has been lost to the boot because it’s a Golf, Astra and Focus beater at 434 litres, but a high load lip makes loading and unloading of heavier items a bit more difficult.

Power comes from the well-proven 1.5-litre (110hp) and 1.6-litre (130hp) dCi diesel engines. A 1.2-litre (130hp) TCe turbocharged petrol unit is available on the entry level Expression trim. A sporty ‘Mégane GT’ houses a 1.6-litre TCe (205hp) turbo petrol engine developed by Renaultsport, with 4Control four-wheel steering for extra agility, a class first.

The 1.5-litre dCi 110 diesel is the most efficient of the range with emissions of just 96g CO2 and fuel consumption as low as 3.7l/km (76.4mpg). It doesn’t have the outright flexibility of a more powerful engine, so overtaking manoeuvres will require dropping gears to get an adequate shove of torque, but it triumphs for its frugality and refinement. Even when under pressure, this is one diesel that never makes a racket.

Renault Megane review ireland
Renault Megane: The 1.5 dCi is one of the most refined engines in the segment

Under the skin, the new Megane has been engineered to be more dynamic on the road. It's got a little grippy front end and the steering is tactile and direct so you can place the car confidently on the road. It’s not the most fun to drive of its class, but when pushed the Megane doesn’t put a foot wrong. Whether cruising on the motorway or driving in and around town, it’s a quiet, civilised and comfortable car.

The GT Line has a new toy called ‘Multisense’ technology, and it acts like a driving mode selector.  Settings include comfort, neutral, sport and eco, with different steering and throttle response profiles for each. I was most interested in 'Sport' mode but I found the difference was negligible and it didn't really enhance the driving experience that much.

There are five trim lines for the new Renault Megane on 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, and even the high spec GT Line on test with the 1.5 dCi diesel looks like good value, coming in at €25,990.

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.

Renault Megane review ireland
Renault Megane: Driving dynamics much improved

So the wait is over and that's the new Megane driven. It's fairly obvious that the new Megane is another design triumph for Renault and brings adventurous design to the C segment, making rivals by comparison look quite conservative in their styling. While the cabin is much improved and the design looks fresh and modern, it's probably the weakest link here when compared to the likes of the new Astra and evergreen Golf because it lacks their refined and premium character, and rear seating space is not as generous as the best in class.

But the Megane pulls a trump card with one of the most refined and frugal diesel engines in the segment, and combined with the Megane’s naturally good driving character, this car is a pleasure for day to day driving.

Caroline Kidd

Model Tested: Renault Megane GT Line Nav dCi 110
Price: 
€25,990 (Range starts €19,490)
Engine: 
1.5-litre turbo diesel
Power: 
110bhp
0-100km/h:
11.3 seconds
Economy:
76.4mpg
CO2 Emissions: 
96g/km
Motor Tax: 
€180 per year

Renault Megane review ireland


7 Sporty Hatchbacks Under €30,000

kia ceed gt line
The Kia Cee'd GT Line

There are a number of sporty variants of popular five door hatchbacks available now on the Irish market. These more exclusive models will ensure that you stand out from the crowd with updated styling for a sportier look, but still with average running costs and the same sort of practicality and versatility as their more conventional counterparts. I've picked seven of the best sporty hatchbacks for under €30,000.

1. Kia Cee’d GT Line

Available from just €22,500, the Cee’d GT Line is one of the cheapest sporty hatchbacks you can buy. The GT Line sports distinct ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, 17” five spoke alloys, more muscular bumpers, side skirts, dual exhaust, special GT Line interior, a sport mode and long list of standard equipment. Kia’s new 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 120PS provides the power.

Kia Cee’d 1.0 GDi Petrol GT Line: €22,500

2. Opel Astra SRi

OpelAstra(2)

The SRi is the sporty one in the new Astra range. It sits on 17” five spoke alloy wheels and inside there is loads of new tech, sports seats and a Sport button to enhance the driving experience. The SRi trim is available with a host of engines including 1.0-litre (105PS) and 1.4-litre (150PS) turbo petrols, and the 1.6-litre diesel (110PS or 136PS).

Opel Astra SRi 1.0i Turbo 105PS: €24,495

3. SEAT Leon FR

SEAT Leon FR
The SEAT Leon FR

The Leon FR gets some styling inspiration from the Cupra hot hatch including 18” 5 spoke alloys, double exhaust, full LED headlights and some other body modifications. Inside there is ambient lighting, sports seats and some other trim updates. A sports suspension and ‘Sport’ mode complete the experience. Power comes from a 1.4-litre TSI petrol (125hp) or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 150 or 184hp.

SEAT Leon FR 1.4-litre TSI: €25,675

4. Renault Mégane GT Line

Renault Megane GT Line
Renault Megane GT Line

The new Renault Mégane GT Line has 17” alloys and special bumpers with grey rear diffuser for a sporty look. Inside there is blue detailing, cosy sports seats, ambient lighting and a driving mode selector where you can select ‘Sport’ mode. The GT Line is available with Renault’s 1.5-litre diesel with wither 110bhp or 130bhp.

Renault Mégane dCi 110 GT Line: €25,990

5. Ford Focus ST-Line

Ford Focus ST-Line
The Ford Focus ST-Line

Inspired by the high performance Focus ST, the Focus ST-Line comes with 17” alloys, gloss black honeycomb grille, restyled bumpers and side skirts. Inside there are sports style front seats and the dash has a more premium finish. A sports suspension enhances the handling and just one engine is available – the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel with 150PS.

Ford Focus 2.0-litre TDCi ST-Line: €27,170

6. Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si
Honda Civic Si

A glimpse of the Honda Civic Si and you might think you’ve spotted the Type R for its 17” gloss black alloys, mesh grille and rear spoiler. Power comes from Honda’s super frugal 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Si: €27,395

7. Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super Sport

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super Sport
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super Sport

This is one of the most gorgeous sporty hatchbacks and it's quite posh too. The Giulietta sits at the more premium end of the market and its naturally beautiful shape is enhanced in Super Sport trim by 17” alloys, rear spoiler, red bumper insert, bigger exhaust pipe and side skirts. The Giulietta is available with a range of engines including a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 150hp and a 1.6-litre diesel with 120hp.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MutliAir 150 bhp: €28,100

Caroline Kidd