Renault’s trade-in deal has spurred an increase in sales of its Megane models.   Picture: QUICKPIC
Renault’s trade-in deal has spurred an increase in sales of its Megane models. Picture: QUICKPIC

In the past few months, I have noticed a number of current Renault Meganes on the road, which has been rather refreshing among a sea of other nondescript C-segment hatches.

Yes, the Volkswagen Golf continues to rule the roost, having sold some 702 units in SA in November, according to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers SA sales report. Surprisingly, Renault managed to rake up some 215 units over the same period and while these might pale in comparison to the Golf, it is still a noteworthy figure for the French marque, which has not seen its Megane selling in great volumes over the past year.

But, in November alone, the Megane sold 141 more units than the preceding month.

The latest sales improvement hinges on Renault’s HoliYay campaign, which offers R40,000 trade-in assistance on both the Megane and Kadjar models. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that the former has seen some sales improvements because, frankly, it is a great package.

This brings me back to our own Megane GT long-term test car, which has up to now proven itself as a robust, comfortable and refined hatch. In November we spent a great deal of time at the wheel of the model and it continues to be an impressive package with a comprehensive list of standard and convenience items.

One need only look at the Megane range and compare it with many of its rivals to see what an exemplary value-for-money proposition it presents. At R475,900, the GT offers quite decent performance at the price, punching well above its weight in the muscle department. Managing to come in under the R500,000 mark for a vehicle of its performance disposition and features, it remains a compelling package for the most part.

With the inclement weather in Gauteng in recent weeks, it was quite interesting to experience just how stable the vehicle is while driving through wet weather.

This is also influenced by the condition of the tyres, which in the instance of our test car are still in very good condition, with some 10,200km we have covered and we continue to check tyre pressures at least once a week.

Speaking of which, we are averaging about 7.6l/100km around town, which is commendable. Thanks to Renault Sport’s fettled suspension, grip levels are impressive, with the car remaining comfortable.

The Megane RS that will be introduced in 2018 will arguably be slightly harder riding than the GT, particularly in the Cup variant, but if the GT is anything to go by, then it should be a bearable vehicle to drive in town. I guess we will get to know soon as we will be attending that vehicle’s international media launch in Spain in February 2018 and we will relay our first-hand account of the vehicle then.

For now, the GT continues to impress with its easy-going nature, well equipped interior and sprightly performance.

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