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Renault Megane GT 2017 review

2017 Renault Megane GT (image credit: Andrew Chesterton)
EXPERT RATING
7.4
When it comes to building tyre-screeching, fire-breathing hot hatches, the French maniacs at Renault do it better than most. But what happens when they dial back the crazy? Enter the Megane GT.

When it comes to building tyre-screeching, fire-breathing hot hatches, the French maniacs at Renault do it better than most. A quick glance at - or, better, a quick steer of - the brand's epic RenaultSport portfolio reveals a cracking line-up that's utterly uncompromised in its craziness, and one far more at home on a race track than on the road.

But the question we're here to answer today is, what happens when they dial back the crazy? Can Renault build a hatch with enough performance to keep you entertained, but that's comfortable and tech-savvy enough to pilot every day?

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Enter, then, the Renault Megane GT - the king of this fourth-generation, all-new Megane range, and a car that, if not quite a 'hot hatch', definitely plays on the fun side of warm.

And with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, a chassis and suspension setup tweaked by the RenaultSport team and a new four-wheel-steering system, a it promises to be quite a bit of fun,too.

Verdict

Wonderful to look at, a blast on the right road and with  Euro-chic charm by the Chanel handbag full, the Megane GT hits all the right notes for a warmed-over hatch. Its inner-city manners occasionally leave something to be desired, and its standard safety equipment list lags behind the industry's best, but it's so damn charming it almost doesn't matter.

Does this Renault's charm overpower the usual warm hatch suspects? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

 

Pricing Guides

$25,990
Based on 59 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$18,500
Highest Price
$34,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
GT 205 1.6L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $26,990 – 33,888 2017 RENAULT MEGANE 2017 GT 205 Pricing and Specs
GT-Line 1.2L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $19,998 – 30,000 2017 RENAULT MEGANE 2017 GT-Line Pricing and Specs
LIFE 1.2L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $22,891 – 24,990 2017 RENAULT MEGANE 2017 LIFE Pricing and Specs
ZEN 1.2L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $18,500 – 27,288 2017 RENAULT MEGANE 2017 ZEN Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7.4
Andrew Chesterton
Contributing journalist

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