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What is it?
Explore the 2012 Renault Megane Range
This is the drop-top version of Renault's Megane small car complete with retractable hard top (glass) and seats for four. Decent boot too.
The price is $45,990 but the Summer Edition adds 18-inch alloys and charcoal leather upholstery, normally $3300 extra
What are competitors?
VW Golf convertible though it's a soft top, VW Eos at more money, perhaps the BMW 1-series convertible, Mini Cabrio, Peugeot 308CC.
What's under the bonnet?
It gets a 2.0-litre, petrol twin cam four pot with 103kW/195Nm output driving the front wheels via a CVT auto. The engine passes Euro 5 emissions regs and prefers to drink 98 octane fuel.
How does it go?
OK as long as you are prepared to exercise the right foot and ignore the slurring CVT transmission. Performance would best be described as adequate, not sporty by any stretch of the imagination.
Is it economical?
Renault claims around 8.1-litres/100km but we couldn't get that because it has to be driven harder than expected.
Is it green?
Gets a Euro 5 endorsement so top of the tree. Can't comment about other aspects of Megane's "green-ness" but undoubtedly nearly totally recyclable.
Is it safe?
Gets a five star Euro NCAP crash rating _ top of the tree again.
Is it comfortable?
In the two front seats yes, in the driver's seat more so thanks to electric adjustment and heating. The leather is a welcome addition as are the Arkamys premium audio, Bluetooth and audio streaming, electric parking brake, dual zone aircon, audio connection box, wind deflector and hands free entry/ignition systems. There's plenty of kit to keep you comfy and entertained.
What's it like to drive?
Not too bad actually, with a supple ride, well controlled, quiet and when booted along, pretty responsive. The turbo engine out of RS coupe would be excellent.
Is it value for money?
Against current competition yes, plenty of equipment, the 22 second retractable glass roof, daytime running lights, 18-inch alloys and plenty more.
Would we buy one?
Possibly if we wanted a tan (we don't). But if we were in the drop-top market, and didn't want a rip snorting performance model, a more relaxed drive, we's definitely have a look at the Megane CC.
Price: from $45,990