Looks like they have hit a sweet spot with this car.
Would like to see a diesel with a bit more grunt though.
4 door RS diesel with the 127kw dci please.
I like it.
Hugely underrated car in the segment and much nicer than its Fluence sedan sibling. Looks good and it seems as though the diesel is perfectly adequate for a car of this size. Interesting to note as well that it’s about 150kg lighter than a Focus diesel. Fuel economy is great and it’s great value for money. Very little to fault in the Megane overall.
Renault Aus it took you a few more centuries to add diesel power to the Megane range and you added the 81kW (not 118kW) diesel! Where’s the wagon, the coupe, the manual diesel/Privilege, the GT, the more powerful petrol (1.6T if I’m not mistaken) and a whole other amount of things. Not good enough!
1.6 T is totally under-rated in this segment. Fuel efficient, plenty of torque and plenty of acceleration.
Ford should sell it here in the Focus.
VW have the 1.4L TSI but with the new engine to replace the 118TSI still having only 1.4L but only turbo charging, they should offer a 1.6T to compensate for the loss of the supercharger.
Holden Cruze 1.4T likewise would do well with a moderate increase in CCs.
A 1.6T (petrol) in the I30 would be a hoot too.
The BMW 1.6L turbo (found in the Mini) shared with Citroen/Peugeot is a cracker.
This car is much like the golf blue tdi 1.6l 77kw , my bro changed his polo tdi 1.9, the grunt machine , for the blue motion golf, now he is disappointed in the performance should have spent the extra 2k and got the 103kw 2.0l, might be okay in europe but here underpowered , still the economy will be very good .
I´ve been driving a 118 diesel wagon here in Germany the past couple of days and I´ve got to say its a great car. Plenty of room, very fuel efficient, handles well and on the Autobahn´s it goes very very well. I would have thought the wagon would sell well in Australia but Renualt Aus must not agree.
Lucky bugger max wish i was there , spent a great week in bavaria last year , gods country , missing the beer too .
Finallly renault, you have realised if you sell you car at real prices it will sell.
The price is OK because this could be made in Turkey just like the petrol version. I prefer made in Japan or Germany.
The old sedan was made in Turkey, this model is made in korea by Samsung.
It is made in Turkey numb nuts. The only models made by Renault Samsung is Fluence, Latitude and Koleos.
The Tuurkish product is great, this is where Renaults Global model Meaganes, Trafic, Master and Kangoo come from.
“no auto-dimming rear vision mirror” seems like a pretty harsh call against a small car, especially since it isn’t elaborated upon in the rest of the piece.
Not when its this damn expensive!
Even The Abarth 695 doesn’t come with one Peter….and thats $70k
Auto-dimming rear vision mirror is standard on the Privelege model.
Looks like a great package, love the exterior and interior styling, and the 5 year unlimited km warranty puts (most) others to shame! Sound like the CEO knows how to sell cars, I hope it takes off.
This model is also made in Turkey NOT Korea
Are you people crazy? euro cars are for badge snobs and posers. Everyone knows that reliability and high resale are the sole domain of Japanese and Korean cars. just ask bugle. sorry, I meant bungal.
SO your driving a GTI daewoo/kia/hundi , there is such a thing as taste ,style, performance, available to those who aspire to more that white goods with suspect longevity .
haha.. you must be a Volvo drive Bangel.
(Formerly Sam 300TD. I now have a 240D as well so thought I should change the name!)
It seems like a good car, great perhaps. On paper this car has everything that should have a guy like me excited but for some reason I find it hard to stay interested in it at all, even to read the the article. I’m not sure if its the styling that maybe I don’t warm to or if it is just to darned sensible for me.
How’s the Reliability of Renaults like in 2011? I can live with the poor resale for exclusivity (coz no one else dares to buy 1). But I don’t want to be left stranded or constantly without a car.
Mate its French…
Mate its French… Renault is dispelling all the hearsay about reliability(by giving 5yr warranty/roadside assistance), Servicing costs (offering 3 yrs free servicing) and overall cost (reduced prices and increased features).
Come in, test drive one then lets sit down and talk about what worries you about a Renault.
There is nothing wrong with the reliability of French cars. They have been around forever in the much bigger European market. I don’t know about the cost of spare parts though…that would be an issue to look at.
Wish they could list it with some decent alloys to make it look less mainstream and humdrum than it does now.
Accessories list on the website.
You can dress one up pretty nice.
Test drove the previous model sedan diesel and nearly bought it as it had the best ride/performance/price/features/economy mix, and the wife liked it.
So why didn’t I? Well an internet search brought up a heap of complaints about unreliable electrics.
The five year warranty will offset that but only time will tell if they have really knocked that on the head.
The full size spare (steel does not matter) is a definite plus for Australia.
I drive a 77kw/250 Nm diesel and have found the performance more than adequate with 2000 revs at speed limit and easy acceleration for overtaking.
Even my daughter’s 1.3 litre Echo has more than enough performance to overtake.
Maybe the need for more power has nothing to do with driving, just ego?
80kW, 240Nm is more than adequate for most. Nothing wrong with those figures at all, quite likely much more driveable and flexible than a garden variety 4 speed auto Corolla…
All of these small capacity diesels and turbo petrols are good enough for Europe, so why not Australia? Not everyone needs to tow a horse float or a boat, or carry more than two passengers frequently.
I agree. I see the 1.5 litre diesel as being more than adequate. Don’t really need a 2.2 litre diesel producing 110 Kw and 360 Nm (as per Mazda 3 diesel) in a small passenger car.
How ugly is the back.
The French must have a licence to make ugly cars. Has always been like that.
best car I’ve ever owned was a RS Clio 182. Worst hit on depreciation at the end of the lease as well. If these guys are serious about selling cars they need to address the ‘user chooser’ segment of the market, folks like me that lease a new car every 3 years in our salary package. I am in the market right now and would love to buy the Megane RS but I dont want the drama of trying to sell it in 3 years time. I’ll probably have to stick to a VW GTI or another WRX for retained value reasons. Do something to protect retained value and you’ll get a bigger share of the market.
I bought a new 1.5 DCI 110 auto a month ago, seems a great car, agree lumbar support
Only missing is seat warmers, but this Australia, its my 3rd Renault. Had 2 Scenics and no problems apart from the dash going Renault paid half, they should have paid the lot as it was a known Electrical problem, but I think they have got over these issues with the newer cars. It is a great car and the Sat nav works well. I took it up to Midura a 6 hour run.
Just an update I am now into my 5 month and no issues and I am getting about 850 klm around town you cannot complain at that, what petrol car can do that and at the moment diesel is cheaper, as it should be, than unleaded not premium unleaded.
Update. Had the car now over 13 months and no issues. Renault Australia is great for customer service if needed. Car is very good on diesel fuel very cost effective.
I’ve had mine for 7 months. It is a beautiful car. I hopped into my friends new Carolla and thought his auto gearbox had gone because it was so jerky compared to the gearbox of the Megane. Another bonus, I’m at 12000kms and I still don’t have to worry about servicing it unlike my friend’s Carolla which is coming up to its second service at 10 months.