The lights which extend across the rear of the Megane attract a great deal of attention. Picture: QUICKPIC
The lights which extend across the rear of the Megane attract a great deal of attention. Picture: QUICKPIC

Since our last report we have spent some quality time with our Renault Megane GT. From carting kids to and from school to running various family errands, the vehicle has truly fitted into our daily routine and, for the most part, it has lived up to expectations.

The boot has managed to swallow our monthly groceries without flinching, while the various storage nooks and crannies have also been put to good use, mostly by yours truly where my phone, keys and toll gate money have found refuge in these various areas peppered about the cabin. The cubby hole, however, seems to be too narrow, meaning only the wife’s purse and little else can fit in there at any given point. As a result, I find the centre console a more accommodative storage area, while the door-mounted bottle holders are perfect for 1l water bottles.

The seats are worth mentioning again with their form hugging design, while the seat warmers have also been put to good use during the early mornings and evening winter drives.

The engine is slowly coming into its stride with consumption, having come down considerably compared to the previous month (8.9l/100km compared to 9.4l). While we find the Comfort driving mode offers the smoothest gear changes once on the move, the same cannot be said during slow moving traffic conditions. I find first gear to be jerky, and you lurch forward when all you request on the throttle is for it to crawl slightly.

The infotainment system is superb and easy to use. Picture; QUICKPIC
The infotainment system is superb and easy to use. Picture; QUICKPIC

The throttle assumes an on or off switch demeanour that is rather annoying, necessitating you to leave an even wider gap to the vehicle ahead of you which, inadvertently, makes fellow road users think you are giving them a gap and simply take it. It is a small thing, but it is rather irritating when you are stuck in traffic.

There are also some slight creaks creeping in though when going over speed bumps or awkward driveways, something that was not there a month ago.

On a more upbeat note, the model continues to elicit some positive attention from onlookers, particularly those rear light clusters that culminate at the boot badge, resembling an inverted eyebrow-like design. It is even more impressive when viewed under the night sky. Then there is the mood lighting that changes depending on driving mode. For instance, it emits a cool blue light in Comfort mode, while switching to Sport mode changes it to fiery red. Of course, you can also manually choose your preferred colour via the infotainment system settings.

The navigation system is also a cinch to operate and similar to the system we were first acquainted with in the Kadjar. The split view screen makes the legibility of both navigation and music settings possible while on the move.

Overall, the Megane in this GT trim is a satisfyingly specified vehicle with looks and design to take the fight straight to the establishment. The few bugbears so far are arguably some of the shortfalls of the vehicle, so hopefully this is an exception and not the rule. Time will tell.

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