2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
The French compact class Renault Megane shows itself topless. With it you feel very close to the sky and enjoy the sunshine - thanks to the panorama roof even when closed and in colder temperatures.
By Benjamin Palm
The sun's rays tingle on your skin, a mild breeze blows through your hair. Reasons why drivers opt for convertibles like the open compact Renault Megane CC. Even when closed, the 4.48 meter long Megane Coupé is flooded with light. This is made possible by the two-part panoramic glass roof, which lets in the sun and moonlight at any time, which illuminates the two seats at the front and rear. If that's not enough for you, you can automatically retract the steel cap at the push of a button. To do this, the journey has to be interrupted for around 21 seconds, because it can only be opened when the car is stationary, shrinking the trunk from 417 liters to 211 liters. But afterwards, the occupants feel a subtle breath of freshness that you wouldn't want to miss in good weather.
Sensitivity to the instruments required
The high-quality interior with leather and clean workmanship knows how to please. The well-contoured seats are comfortable even on longer journeys, legroom is only at the back and the head height is quite low when the top is closed, but this is definitely enough for the youngsters.
The operation of the instruments requires practice and a little dexterity, the many small buttons on the radio, navigation device and air conditioning might overwhelm some of the occupants. The sun blind for the glass surfaces on the roof is also in need of improvement: it protects against too much sun, but flicks backwards dangerously quickly and cannot be closed by the driver while driving. So this is where the engineers are required for the next facelift. But basically you can come to terms with such minor annoyances.
Four petrol and three diesel engines are available for propulsion. Those who are often out and about with their rolling "sun terrace" will find a loyal, albeit unexciting companion in the 1.9-liter turbodiesel. The four-cylinder has an output of 96 kW / 130 PS and always works quietly and quietly. When closed, a speed of up to 200 km / h should be possible, even if the feeling of comfortable gliding is lost.
The thirst of the folding roof convertible is moderate: The standard value of 7.3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers is only exceeded by 0.7 liters in practice, provided you drive carefully and change gears early with the quick six-speed manual transmission. The chassis and suspension are comfortable, which increases rather than decreases the sun enjoyment factor on country roads. The confident behavior in fast corners is also impressive. Thanks to the precise steering, parking in tight spaces is also possible without any problems despite a rather poor overview at the chubby rear.
Challenge to VW
Overall, the occupants feel safe and secure at all times. The ESP anti-skid protection and various airbags make their contribution to this. The so-called anti-submarining air cushions prevent, for example, slipping under the seat belt. In the event of a rollover, bars behind the rear seats should also extend to provide good rollover protection.
The Renault Megane CC is convincing in its entirety - despite minor weaknesses in terms of usability. The Frenchman is making a clear declaration of war on VW, who want to follow suit this year with their compact convertible. That they can beat the price of 29,050 euros in connection with a mass engine is rather unlikely. (mid)