A year after the Megane hatchback and Sport Tourer went on sale in the UK, Renault has launched a flagship for its diesel line-up. Powered by a 1.6-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine, the newcomer develops 161bhp and 280lb ft of torque, all transmitted through a six-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. With an acceleration time of 8.9 seconds to 62mph, itís quick off the mark and certainly looks the part thanks to a honeycomb front grille, deep bumpers, a silver diffuser to the back and 18-inch diamond cut alloy wheels. But far from this simply being an engine transplant, the addition of full-LED headlights and a smart bodykit, the GT features four-wheel-steering. At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the fronts for better manoeuvrability, while above 37mph, the rears turn in the same direction as the front wheels, delivering greater agility through the bends.
You can read the full report on this Renault Megane in the February 2018 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Punchy engine. Clear instruments. Four-wheel-steering enhances agility. Looks fantastic. Huge boot and low loading sill.
Fingerprints on the touchscreen become annoying. The infotainment system is overly complicated. The key is bulky. On paper, it looks down on power. Space saver spare wheel costs extra.