Overview: Renault Mégane Coupé Cabriolet

The specifications and launch prices of Renault’s new Mégane Coupé Cabriolet are set out in the table below.

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The drop-top Mégane is heavy, with a fair amount of extra metalwork added to maintain torsional rigidity in the bodyshell — of which, more anon. While the fixed-roof coupé weighs 1310kg at the kerb, the open version adds 230kg for a kerb mass of 1540kg. It’s a great credit to the muscular and accessible torque of Renault’s 1870cc diesel that the Mégane never feels lethargic. Quite the reverse: this power-unit’s smoothness and energy are beyond criticism, and its ability to maintain pace with little effort from the driver is very satisfying.

Perhaps an incurable petrol-head might laugh at the F9 engine’s 3750rpm power peak, but the joke would be on him. Not only is maximum power main­tained over a good range, but the ratios of the Mégane’s six-speed gearbox are perfectly chosen. A fast and accurate gearchange, together with a torque peak of 300Nm at 1750rpm, mean that a lazy (or simply un-sporting) driver will get as much pleasure from the Mégane as an enthusiast. Some might want for more yowling noises from the power-unit, or perhaps a boomy tuned exhaust, but the Renault is too sensible for that.

The test of an open car’s design is how it corners. Handling is at the mercy of the bodyshell’s torsional rigidity: if the body flexes under cornering loads, the best suspension geometry will be wasted. Renault has added a lot of stiffening to the Coupé Cabriolet’s bodyshell; we’re in no position to say whether the Company could have done the same job with less metal, but we can say that the result is excellent. The Mégane can be cornered hard — with the roof lowered — with utter confidence. There is no trace of sogginess, and steering precision and response are as good as most hard-tops.

Renault Mégane Coupé Cabriolet.

The Mégane Coupé Cabriolet is a mature and accomplished motor. It even manages to convince with its build quality and finish — a comment we couldn’t honestly make about the current Clio, for example. We rate it ahead of its closest competitor — Volkswagen’s Eos — though on points rather than a knockout.

Renault Mégane Coupé Cabriolet
TCe
130
2.0 CVT
140
TCe
180
dCi
110 EDC
dCi
130
dCi
160
£21,595 £22,595 £24,880 £23,595 £23,095 £25,830
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 4
Valves 4 4 4 2 2 4
Bore/stroke 78.0/73.1 84.0/90.1 82.7/93.0 76.0/80.5 80.0/93.0 84.0/90.0
Swept volume 1397cc 1997cc 1998cc 1461cc 1870cc 1995cc
Compression
ratio
9.1:1 10.2:1 9.3:1 15.2:1 16.6:1 15.1:1
PS/rpm 130/5500 140/6000 180/5500 110/4000 130/3750 160/3750
Nm/rpm 190/2250 195/3750 300/2250 240/1750 300/1750 380/2000
Maximum speed 124 121 140 118 127 134
0-100km/h 10.7 11.1 8.6 13.2 10.6 9.4
Urban MPG
(l/100km)
28.5
(9.9)
25.9
(10.9)
25.2
(11.2)
46.3
(6.1)
39.8
(7.1)
32.9
(8.6)
Combined MPG
(l/100km)
38.7
(7.3)
35.3
(8.0)
34.9
(8.1)
56.5
(5.0)
48.7
(5.8)
42.1
(6.7)
CO2 g/km 169 184 188 130 149 175
Emissions EU5 EU5 EU5 EU5 EU5 EU5
Transmission M6 CVT M6 A6 † M6 M6
Driven wheels Front Front Front Front Front Front
Fuel tank 60l 60l 60l 60l 60l 60l
Kerb mass * 1500 1540 1540 1535 1540 1625
PS/t 86 90 116 71 84 98
Nm/t 126 126 194 156 194 233
Length 4485 4485 4485 4485 4485 4485
Width 1811 1811 1811 1811 1811 1811
Height 1434 1434 1434 1434 1434 1434
Wheelbase 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609
Track: front
Track: rear
1546
1547
1546
1547
1546
1547
1546
1547
1546
1547
1546
1547
Wheels
Tyres
7Jx17
205/55
7Jx17
205/55
8.25Jx18
225/40
7Jx17
205/55
7Jx17
205/55
8.25Jx18
225/40
CdxA 0.31x2.16 0.31x2.16 0.31x2.16 0.31x2.16 0.31x2.16 0.31x2.16
* DIN. EU kerb mass = DIN + 75kg.
† Dual-clutch auto-manual.
Volkswagen
Eos SE
TDI 140
£22,135
Cylinders 4
Valves 4
Bore/stroke 81.0/95.5
Swept volume 1968cc
Compression
ratio
16.5:1
PS/rpm 140/4200
Nm/rpm 320/1750
Maximum speed 128
0-100km/h 10.3
Urban MPG
(l/100km)
39.8
(7.1)
Combined MPG
(l/100km)
51.4
(5.5)
CO2 g/km 144
Emissions EU5
Transmission M6 (A6)
Driven wheels Front
Fuel tank 55l
Kerb mass * 1584
PS/t 88
Nm/t 202
Length 4407
Width 1791
Height 1443
Wheelbase 2578
Track: front
Track: rear
1545
1553
Tyres 235/45x17
CdxA 0.33x2.16
* DIN. EU kerb mass = DIN + 75kg.
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