Slipping in behind the wheel of the Renault Megane Wagon is like taking the first few sips of your favourite brew of coffee. That familiar, satisfying taste that leaves you invigorated, regardless of the time of day is what gets you hooked on a caffeine fix. Driving is enjoyable from the comfort of the electronically adjustable, leather seats of the Renault Megane Wagon GT-Line variants. The design and ergonomics of all new Megane models lead to the car being comfortable and refreshing to drive. Let’s have a look at the new Renault Megane Wagon’s features.
A whole lot more room is gained for carrying luggage in the Megane Wagon compared with the Hatch and Sedan variants. Weighing in at a little under two tonnes and having a length of 4567 mm, the Megane Wagon is a solid beast that feels very safe – even with all the seats taken and everything but the kitchen sink on-board. Tracking with a confident stride, the Megane Wagon has a predictable, nimble chassis that copes well with loads. And it’s easy to see why the class leading 524-litres with the rear seats up will spend a lot of its time full of holiday stuff, sports gear and shopping goods. Send the rear seats into a flat position, and the luggage capacity is a mammoth 1600 litres.
Renault has provided both the Dynamique and GT-Line Megane wagons with plenty of practicality. A luggage net, big storage (side door/back seat pockets/boot storage compartments) and cargo anchorage points are standard, while the centre storage console (with arm rest) and glovebox are a decent size for putting your lip stick, sunblock and one or two books to read with room to spare for your favourite CDs.
Both the Renault Megane Dynamique and GT-Line wagons offer dual-zone climate control so that the cabin ambience is adjusted to the perfect temperature regardless of the conditions outside the car. Long journeys can be made so much more relaxing with a decent interior temperature control system, and if you’re intending to use the new Renault Megane Wagon as a family vehicle, then you’ll be more than impressed with the level of excellent features that create an environment that is safe, comfortable and entertaining for all occupants. Renault know that you and your family are likely to be carrying extra electronic gadgets on-board, so there are no less than three 12-volt sockets: one in the front, one in the rear and one in the cargo area. The 4 speakers with 2 tweeters audio system has excellent sound clarity, and the audio system can be controlled from the steering wheel. USB connectivity means that you can download all your top music favourites into the central control system. Bluetooth communications is standard for both the Dynamique and GT-Line models.
Much like Citroen, Renault also knows how to make a car ride comfortably. Not only is the chassis very compliant with any big road bumps, the seats are very comfortable to sit in – both in the front and in the rear.
Safety is a big part of what Renault is about, and they have been setting the bar in this department for the last decade or so. Megane is a big name in safety, and these cars have been performing with excellent results in crash tests here in Australia and over in Europe. Driver and front passenger have front and side airbags, while there are also front and rear curtain airbags as standard on all Megane models. ABS, EBA, EBD, ESC, automatic dusk sensing headlights, headlights with a “see me home” feature, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights, manually height adjustable headlights (for when the load on-board causes the rear to squat down a little more), rear parking sensors, seat belt warning lights and tone, height adjustable front seatbelts, height adjustable front and rear headrests, tilt adjustable front headrests, indicator lights on the door mirrors, an assisted parking brake with Hill Start Assist, three child seat anchorage points for rear seats, cruise control and a speed limiter, and an engine immobiliser all make up the comprehensive safety list on-board a new Renault Megane Wagon. There are more top features that I haven’t listed.
Performance is energetic for both the petrol and diesel Megane Wagons. Basically, you can have the Renault Megane Dynamique and Renault Megane GT-Line with a relaxed 2.0-litre petrol engine or you can opt for the 1.5-litre diesel in GT-Line form. The 2.0-litre petrol motor runs on 91 unleaded and puts out a willing 103 kW of power and a handy 195 Nm of torque in the mid-range. Drive the 1.5-litre diesel, and the 240 Nm of torque available from 1750 rpm is a perfect setup for the very practical wagon.
All Renault Megane Wagons are front-wheel-drive, and they are either a CVT setup (petrol models) or a six-speed auto setup in the diesel. Smooth performance of the auto/diesel combo has my vote, however the 2.0-litre petrol variant provides very relaxed transport linked to the CVT. Neither of the two engines set out to break any land speed records, however their swift efficiency, is very likeable. Renault suggests that the 2.0-litre has a combined fuel economy cycle of 7.9 litres/100 km, and the diesel boasts an amazing 4.7 litres/100 km.
All-in-all, a likeable car – particularly if you’re after a good, safe and solid all-rounder. Hey, and Renault are offering the new Megane with a huge 5 year/unlimited km warranty!
The current Renault Megane Wagon models include the:
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