Renault Megane 4 First Drive

by Stephen de Vries 635 views0

After nearly 8 years of seeing the Megane 3, we’ve finally been handed its replacement and from a short encounter, driving it on the local media launch, its good, very good.

The car itself has been completely redesigned from the ground up and now looks amazing from any angle. It also extends the new design by bigger contours and broader curves, which gives the Megane an aggressive and sporty road presence.  The overall length has been increased to 4.36m and it’s also lower and as a wider stance for dynamic handling. Testing the 151kw GT variant on a very tight Redstar Raceway concluded a very agile C-segment hatch with phenomenal brakes.

The Megane 4 is available in 3 model variants :

  • 1.6 Dynamique 5 speed manual  – R279 900
  • 1.2 GT-Line available in 6-speed manual – R339 900
  • Or 7 Speed EDC Automatic – R354 900
  • And the range-topping Megane 1.6 GT with 7 Speed EDC –R449 900

The biggest new feature on the range is the 4Control system, which is only available on the range-topping  151kw GT model. It incorporates rear wheel steering to increase handling and agility, with the rear wheels able to turn at a maximum of 3 degrees.

The multimedia system has also been replaced with the R-link 2 with Multi-sense, and you are now able to fully customise your interior preferences for multiple drivers.

Fuel economy is claimed at 6.4l/100km for the entry level aspirated 1.6 Dynamique, 5.3/100km for the 1.2 EDC GT LINE and 5.4l/100km for the range-topping GT, although we saw closer to 7l/100km in real world conditions.

 

The new Megane comes standard with a 5 year 90 000km service plan with services scheduled every 15000km except for the GT, which is every 10 000km.