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New Renault Megane

posted on Oct 24 2008 by Kyle McWilton

Soon to be launched on the roads of Europe is the new Renault Megane, the car Renault hopes will help restore its fortunes in Europe - and that's company boss Carlos Ghosn talking. Just like the last Renault Megane, the designers have placed this latest version to take on the Ford Focus and all-new Volkswagen Golf head on. Two versions will be available to begin with: a five-door hatchback and a sportier three-door version that will no doubt be badged with the name of Renault Megane Coupe.

The stylists at Renault have given the new Renault Megane a completely differenr rear to the outgoing model which emphasised its rear with the "shaking your ass" television commercial. The new Renault Megane's interior has a fresh look about it, especially the combined digital-analogue instrument pack, and the colour and cloth trim combinations look lively too. The Megane feels roomy, airy and its makers' claim of a better quality seems on the money.

It definitely feels capable of bearing comparison with the best of its segment rivals. As well as being larger, roomier model, which uses a development of the outgoing car's thoroughly decent chassis complete with revised suspension. It's plainly bigger than the outgoing car too and offers far more space to rear-seat passengers. On the road, the new Renault Megane has a lightness about all its controls - pedals, steering and gearchange - which eludes most of its rivals. It's a pleasant, easy car to drive. Despite being larger than the old Megane, the new car is about 8kg lighter model-for-model, and allows the punchy range of engines to deliver decent performance.

The best-selling 1.5-litre dCi emits less than 120g/km of carbon dioxide. The Megane feels quite different from the segment's profusion of firmly sprung, heavy-steering German-influenced models. And that's a nice change. It isn't revolutionary but as a car that stresses comfort, in a sea of faux-sportiness, it deserves to find a band of loyal buyers. We will shortly be able to provide contract hire and leasing prices for this New Model Renault Megane.

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