Test Drive: Renault Megane GT Line Energy 1.2 TCe image

Besides the Megane GT Line diesel, tested here, Renault is also offering a petrol version of the model which is using the 1.2-liter turbo. But is this worth it compared to the diesel variant?

Engine and Transmission

The Renault Megane GT Line Energy is offered with the 1.6L diesel, one of my favorite engines in the segment and not only, and with a 1.2 liter petrol turbo. The last variant was equipping the test car and it is rated at 130 HP (96 kW) and 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) of torque. This is a brilliant little engine because Renault has managed to cut down the turbo lag so driving it isn’t a big pain, especially when wanting to overtake the vehicle in front of you.

The engine is connected in this case to the EDC (efficient dual clutch), a good but sadly underrated transmission made by Renault. Gear shifting is smooth but it may differ from engine to engine and with the 1.2 TCe, it will take about a second or two to automatically downshift in order to give you an extra boost. Hand over hand, this is the transmission you are looking for in this compact model but as far as the engine goes, I would personally choose the 1.6L dCi diesel, which is offering more torque, the same HP figure and a better fuel consumption.

Fuel consumption

The official figures stand at 6.7L / 100km in the city, 4.6L / 100km on the highway and an average of 5.4L. In the real world, the Renault Megane GT Line 1.2 TCe will make you go closer to 9L / 100km in the city but push the gas pedal too hard and you will see close to 11L / 100km indicated by the computer. In a normal driving mode, 8.7L is the achievable figure. On the highway, the trip computer will show you about 5.5L / 100km, at cruising speeds, so if the fuel consumption is a main factor when choosing a new car I would have to tell you to pay an extra thousand and go for the diesel.

The Ride

The Megane GT Line is using a modified chassis compared to the standard one so cornering is quite easy. Despite being a bit stiffer, you won’t be annoyed by the speed bumps and it will all make sense when you will want to have a little fun on a mountain road. The brakes kick in quite early but you will get used to the feeling quite fast. If you really want to test out the chassis and the suspension, you can turn off the traction control, but be warned understeer will become a reality, along with useless wheel spin, so make sure you know what you’re doing.

Interior Design

Considering the fact that the current Megane generation has been around for quite a few years, the cabin of the tested car had no surprises for us. We found the good old R-Link friend inside it, along with the sports seats, the multifunction steering wheel, the leather, the nice quality materials on the dashboard, the gears and knobs were where we expected them to be but a small disappointment was the sound system because this hasn’t been signed by Bose. I also looked for the vehicle sound effect to choose the V6 Clio but that was sadly missing. Cup holders and a proper place to fit your phone are in the minus part.

The driving position in the tested car was quite low which basically means that it may have some effect on you which will be transmitted to the fuel consumption figure. The rain sensing wipers are something you can live without because I still haven’t found a car in which these work properly. The heated seats are a “must”, along with the dual-zone climate control and I would also suggest ordering the Bose sound system, but this will inflate the total price of the car, so make sure you will choose your optionals carefully.

Likes / Dislikes

The chassis has to be in the first chapter, along with the transmission and the driving position. The buttons and knobs are where you would expect them to be and the overall feel was that the Megane is still a pretty good car which will be hard to beat by a future generation. The down side goes to the engine but I may be subjective here because I personally like the 1.6 dCi. If you happen to prefer petrol burners instead of diesels, go ahead and choose this because you won’t be disappointed. I would also have to mention the lacking cup holders and my personal “obsession”, a place to fit my phone.

Tested Vehicle

Renault Megane GT Line Energy 1.2 TCe
Engine: 1.2L petrol (1,198 cc)
Power: 130 HP (96 kW) at 5,500 rpm
Torque: 205 Nm (151 lb-ft) @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: EDC automatic, double clutch
Dimensions: length 4,302 mm, width 2,037 mm, height 1,471 mm
Weight: 1,280 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60L
Trunk Capacity: 368L / 1,129L
0-100km/h: 9.7s
Top Speed: 190 km/h
Price: Tested Car – 20,400 EUR

4.0 / 5