Renault megane 2016 gt




Renault megane 2016 gt

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    THE Renault Mégane GT hot hatch came with a boast. “It's up there with the Volkswagen Golf GTI ” To me this was high praise indeed.

    New fourth-gen Mégane shows promise on our first drive, but the performance- focused GT flagship will leave enthusiasts wanting.

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Take from that what you will. When braking, it allows you to skip multiple ratios in one hit, rather than having to work sequentially through them. The car dealt with the load well but my arrival was met with even less approval than usual. As a car, the fourth generation Renault Megane is light years beyond the current range:

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    The Dom Joly review: Renault Mégane GT

    For it to succeed, it needs to represent a significant step up compared to its predecessor. Despite a few facelifts and upgrades, even the likes of the flagship Renaultsport versions , despite being superb to drive, were tainted by dated trim and kit. This new fourth-gen version is no gentle overhaul badged as an all-new car. Allied to this are MacPherson struts up front, a torsion beam set-up at the back, disc brakes all round and electrically assisted power steering.

    Power for the new front-drive hatch comes from a range of efficient turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, some of which are offered with dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    The equipment list has also been overhauled, now featuring upmarket options including an 8. That means you get a 1. Renault claims a mph time of 7. When braking, it allows you to skip multiple ratios in one hit, rather than having to work sequentially through them.

    The GT also features Renaultsport-tuned suspension, a faster-acting electrically assisted steering rack, bigger front discs and twin exhausts. Similarly, the smartly styled rattle and squeak-free interior, trimmed with soft-touch materials in all the key places, lends the GT a high-end feel. This positive impression continues to build when you head out on the road. Where it all goes a little south for the performance-focused GT, however, is with regards to its handling and performance.

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    While its steering has adequate heft and precision for a powerful hatch, and is a snappy 2. At lower speeds the 4Control system permits the front and rear wheels to turn in opposite directions, effectively pivoting the car and improving agility. At higher speeds the wheels steer in the same direction, bolstering stability during high-speed lane changes. Little has changed, so it remains similarly ho-hum here. The key gripe is with the EDC gearbox. Driven gently, it unobtrusively shuffles through its ratios and is rarely annoying.

    Push a little harder, however, and it can hesitate, slur or intermittently shift far harder than you might expect. Its inconsistency soon grates, while sluggish manually commanded shifts will irk those expecting Volkswagen DSG-like responses. It grants repeatable, controllable and swift standing starts. Traction is good, but you do get some torque steer following hefty throttle applications on undulating or rougher surfaces.

    It has a coarse nature to it at higher crank speeds, which curtails your inclination to explore the upper rev range. That said, it puts down pretty decent numbers.

    Renault megane 2016 gt

    Four driving modes are offered, allowing you to adjust aspects including the accelerator response and steering weight, and there are noticeable differences. Of course, hatchbacks must also be practical. It's easy to get comfortable, thanks to a wide range of adjustments, spacious footwells and a wide cabin. It looks smart and the media, navigation and configuration functions all work well. At least Renault has retained conventional temperature control dials.

    Here is a hatchback that is comfortable, quiet, well built and easy to drive. The sluggish gearbox, uninvolving steering and harsh engine will put off those seeking something with a bit of an edge. A buyer seeking an everyday hatchback with sporting looks and decent performance could find it a gratifying package, however. Here's my name again. If you're going to offer touchscreens in a car, then it has to work perfectly. There can be no lag, missed inputs etc.

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