Renault Mégane GT-Line 1.5 dCI Review
Economy and excitement

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
31 Mar 2015
 

When you think of economy hatches, performance and handling is hardly a primary concern for the family grocery getter. Renault however has decided to combine these polar attributes into one car that is the GT-line. Besides a more aggressive styling on the outside, the car actually combines bits that are inspired or derived from the range topping Megane RS.

Considering the Megane RS defines the hot hatch segment, Renault is making big promises on their diesel hatch. The French manufacturer’s R&D department has done some fiddling on the otherwise normal Megane chassis to improve its handling. The car is fitted with new springs and firmer damper rates plus a lower ride height to improve its cornering performance.

But economy still ranks high in this hatch and thus the 1.5-litre turbo diesel under the bonnet. The 110bhp powerplant returns an impressive 23km/L on the combined cycle. Like with most diesels, the torque is where its most impressive and this engine serves up 240Nm from 1,750rpm. The narrow torque band means the transmission has to swop through its 6-speed dual clutch often. Acceleration is considered leisurely at 11.7 seconds to 100kmh.

However it is the handling department that we felt the most difference here. In the twisty bits, Renault’s fettling under the chassis can be felt in the quick directional changes. There’s a new found sense of agility and urgency when steering input is applied. Although there hasn’t been much improvement in its steering feel, it still felt accurate and direct. The ride however is noticeably firmer as well but is expected due to the sportier suspension.  


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1461cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 110bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 240Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 85.3 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 11.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 190 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 23.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC)
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type 5 Door Hatch
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4302 x 2037 x 1471) mm
Wheelbase 2641 mm
Turning Circle 10.95 metres
Kerb Weight 1290 kg
Boot Capacity (folded) 1162 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 60 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs