Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet 2.0 Review: Megane fox

Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet 2.0 Review: Megane fox

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
18 Apr 2011
What we like:
pros
Elegant looks and much improved over its predecessor
pros
more affordable than its predecessors
pros
well-damped ride
What we dislike:
cons
Short on performance
cons
can do with a more rigid body and better dynamics



Inside, the CC shares its dashboard architecture with the rest of the Megane III models. The flowing design looks attractive enough but the ergonomics aren't exactly perfect - some of the switches are either set too low on the dash or just illogically placed. The driving position is spot on though - there's no offset foot pedals layout like Renaults of yore and the driver's seat not only looks plush but are comfortable and supportive as well.

At the rear, the Megane offers just about enough space for two adults although it can be a tad claustrophobic at the back roof up on longer journeys. Like any other coupe-convertible models out there with a folding hardtop, the CC's load area is compromised when the roof is retracted. Roof up and the boot will offer a reasonable 417 litres of load volume. Bring the roof down and the load area is less than half than when the roof is up - just 211 litres. Moreover, access to this 211 litres is limited to say the least as there'll be only a narrow gap between the roof and the loading sill to access any load area that is not taken up by the sizable roof. A thoughtful touch is the motorized locking mechanism for the boot lid, which means you do not need to use all your might to slam the boot lid hard to secure it shut.

Overall build quality is above average for a Renault - its alliance with Nissan has obviously helped to improve the quality of Renault models inside and out, which was a major cause for concern when buying a Renault in the past.

The Megane CC's generous standard equipment list includes ESP, cruise control, six airbags, keyless operation, factory stereo with external MP3 player connectivity, trip computer, two-zone electronic climate control, electrically foldable wing mirrors, rain and light sensors, a Carminat TomTom navigation system, leather upholstery, 17-inch alloys (18-inch ones are optional), rear parking sensors and so on.

The new generation Megane Coupe-Cabriolet will not be a fun or sporty drive for the enthusiast driver or for those who are looking for driving thrills but for those who like to strike a pose and look stylish while being topless, there isn't a better four-seat coupe-convertible at the Megane CC's price point.

Credits: Story and photos by Raymond L

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